Today's post written by Kara-Noel at Elis Lids.com
I put spices in my baby's food... and I'm proud! It's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your little one's eating schedule. Break out the spices and go wild... well not too wild. Here are a few things you can try at your baby's next feeding: basil, cinnamon, dill, garlic powder, ginger, lemon zest, mint, nutmeg, oregano, pepper, rosemary.
Notes: -Most pediatricians will recommend not to add herbs to your baby's food till 8 months (I added much sooner). This is recommended to help prevent upset tummies and not so much because of possible allergic reactions. -After adding anything new to your baby's diet (food or spices in the food) wait 4 days to watch for any allergic reactions. -Do Not add anything to formula or breast milk in the bottle. -Ask your doctor, see what s/he thinks!
Some of the homeopathic health benefits are...
- Cinnamon - helps tummy upsets, diarrhea, possible anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- Dill - hiccups, colic, digestive troubles
- Ginger - helps tummy upsets
Mint - stimulates healthy digestion , helps respitory issues
Here is a little ditty I make for Cora a lot. It's so simple you can do while you are feeding lunch to your toddler and getting dinner started and switching over the laundry and...
- Throw peeled carrots into a pot (Time Saver - buy the peeled baby carrots)
- Fill the pot about 1/4 full of water (not too much because you'll want to salvage as much of the nutrient rich water you can)
- Cover and put on a low heat till the carrots are soft, one large carrot takes about 8 minutes (but not too soft or the good stuff is cooked out)
- Smash with a potato masher
- Puree, slowly adding a bit of the water from the pot, till the mix is SUPER smooth
- Add cinnamon to taste. The cinnamon will make the carrots taste like pumpkin pie... REALLY it is yummy.
More simple suggestions to get your creative juices flowing... Applesauce with cinnamon Pears with Ginger Bananas with ginger Plain Yogurt with mint Sweet potato with cinnamon Chicken with cinnamon Chicken with garlic powder and basil Carrots with basil & garlic Green beans with garlic powder Mashed potatoes(white) with dill or garlic
about Kara- Noel:
I'm a stay at home mama who starting sewing adorable "Lids" for my son in 2006. Before I knew it, friends and family were requesting Lids for their kids and baby shower gifts. I decided to sew my little heart out and start Eli's Lids, named after my inspiration... Eli! I've worked really hard to create a unique practical style for moms just like me.
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