Winter Wellness Recipe -Baby Nutrition
It is that time of year again to cozy up and put the fire on! This may be your baby’s experience of cold weather, or you want to ensure your children are protected for the winter season.
From stage 2 weaning you can begin to add spice to your baby’s foods, so why not add some immune boosting nutrients that will ensure they keep any colds at bay this winter.
The Turmeric root contains curcumin, a chemical that is a natural anti-inflammatory. You may recognise curcumin, as it is usually used as a natural food colouring (yellow). Turmeric can be used during winter as a natural anti-inflammatory to treat headaches, bronchitis, colds and lung infections in particular. Turmeric has also been shown to assist the body in fighting free radical damage from invaders such as the cold & flu virus. Curcumin is also an antioxidant and is antimicrobial. Antimicrobial basically means antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, fighting all 3 of these foreign invaders in our body, hurray!
A natural anti-inflammatory too, just like Turmeric, as well as being gentle on the stomach, great for motion sickness in particular… and morning sickness for some! This herb would be known as a carminative in herbal medicine, meaning a substance that promotes the elimination of excess wind and it relaxes the intestinal tract. The anti-inflammatory properties in Ginger are known as gingerols, some studies showed how effective an anti-inflammatory they were when given to patients with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. In chinese medicine ginger would be considered a warming energy, so it heats the body up, eliminating the cold from the body. If you visualise a chesty cough, with phlegm, all of which is damp; having something that dries up the phlegm is what ginger does, from a chinese medicine perspective. So interesting isn’t it!
One of the oldest cultivated plants, part of the lily family and a favourite of Aristotle. In terms of nutrition it is packed with Vitamins B6 and C, phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper and potassium. It is antimicrobial, like turmeric, due to the presence of Allicin. Allicin has been associated with targeting a specific microbe present in tuberculosis. So garlic is sometimes referred to as Russian penicillin for its antibacterial properties. It is particularly good at fighting respiratory infections.
So you can see why having these as a staple in your baby’s diet can keep them healthy in so many ways, but especially during the winter season, where it gives them an extra layer of defence for their newly formed immune systems.
Tip: try and get the ginger and turmeric root versions if you can, they are so much more potent.
Recipe – Baby Weaning Stage 2+
Fish or chicken
Winter Spices: Ginger Root , Garlic & Turmeric Root
1.Place fish or chicken in parchment paper, in a parcel shape to seal moisture and good fats
2.Put chopped vegetables into a steamer
3. Lie the meat parcel on top of the veg
4. Steam together in 1 pot for a good 30 minutes, ensuring the meat is cooked fully.
5. Grate the Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric into a bowl and leave to allow enzymes to come out before adding to hot food.
6. Hand blend or mash the veg to baby’s weaning needs
7. Crumble the fish over the mashed vegetables or if using chicken, chop finely so it is almost like soft pulled pork.
8. Add the winter spices and place in food trays for baba.
9. I added some milled chia seeds for some essential fatty acids and protein.
Hope you like the recipe !