Baby’s First Foods: Millet, kale and nutritional yeast

Millet is a super healthy whole grain cereal and can be used instead of brown rice as a first cereal. With recent concerns about arsenic levels in white and brown rice, even organic, millet is a terrific choice as a Super Porridge base. Millet is not likely to cause an allergy and is easily digested. Millet has many wonderful nutritive properties including Vitamin B, potassium, iron, protein, and other vitamins and minerals. Super Porridge millet alone is a terrific meal.

Below, I describe the preparation of millet Super Porridge and the preparation of steamed, puréed kale. To blow things right out of the nutritional waters, I suggest sprinkling this meal with nutritional yeast! This does not sound tasty to us, and indeed it is not, but a baby’s palate is perfect for this fantastic nutritious combination.

To Prepare Super Porridge with Millet:

  • Place a cup of water on the stove to boil
  • While it is heating put 3 tablespoons of millet in the blender and grind to a fine powder, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Whisk the millet powder into the water and let it sit over low heat for 10 minutes. Whisk frequently to prevent lumps.

A word on kale. Kale is, in my opinion, the most super of the Super Green Veggies. I fed it to my babies at least every second day when it was in season. Kale has so many wonderful nutrients including fiber, calcium, Vitamin B6, magnesium, Vitamins A, C and K, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Now that I have your attention, let me tell you how you can prepare the kale so you can add it to your baby’s diet in the 6- to 8-months-old range.

To Prepare Kale:

  • Select kale that is loose and not in plastic bags, if at all possible
  • Wash each leaf thoroughly under cold water
  • Discard unwanted leaves
  • Remove stems
  • Steam leaves for 5 minutes, reserving the liquid
  • Place pieces in blender with some reserved liquid
  • Purée away!
  • At this point in preparation, it would be perfect to add the puréed kale to a stainless steel ice cube tray for freezing for later use.

Remember kale has a very strong flavor so it is best to mix ½ to 1 kale cube with one cup of millet Super Porridge. You already have the makings of a wonderful meal for your baby at this point. To take it up one more notch, sprinkle with nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast is consistently one of the top suppliers for the major nutrients, especially B12 and trace elements. Sprinkling a bit of nutritional yeast, ½ teaspoon for your 6- to 8-month-old baby, gives his meal a super nutritious boost!

Published on: October 02, 2013
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I’d like to add the nutritional yeast in my seven-month-old baby’s food. Is it approprite?

And I know that the nutrition yeast is fortified with vitamins which may be too much if not properly dosed. Do you have a dose suggestion?

Can I use millet for the first food of my 6 month baby?
Thank u


As long as you cook it thoroughly and mash it to a puree consistency, you can use millet for baby food. See Dr. Greene’s Quick Guide to Starting Solids for some great information.


What is nutritional yeast and where do you get that?

Hi Shirley,

When I first heard about nutritional yeast, I thought it was like brewers’ yeast. In my experience, brewers’ yeast tastes horrible. I was shocked when I finally tried nutritional yeast and found it to be quite good. This is great news, because it’s very nutritious.

On average, a serving is two tablespoons and provides 60 calories. That is broken down into 5 g of carbohydrates (four grams of which is fiber) and 9 g of a complete protein.

Unlike brewers’ yeast, nutritional yeast is a deactivated. It doesn’t cause bread to rise.

It’s a golden brown flake or as a yellow powder that is called for in many vegan or vegetarian dishes or sprinkled on popcorn providing a nutty or cheesy flavor.

It is sold in most natural food stores in the bulk aisle. You can also buy it online.

Bon Appétit,