Nutrition is not all about fruits, vegetables, milk, cereals, pulses, meat, etc.  It comes from a meal which includes the recipe, portion size, and the right nutrients, but most importantly: the TASTE!

What makes your food tasty?

SPICES!!!!!

Yes, nutrition comes from spices too. Cooking with herbs and spices not only makes the food tastier, it also creates a fabulous aroma that entices your young ones to eat what you have cooked.

Why should a child eat bland just because we fear to introduce spicy meals in his diet?

Spicy food never means chilly food. Mild aromatic spices used in daily cooking not only have health benefits but also arouse taste which eventually develops into eating habits later.

Herbs and spices contain beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants that help keep the body strong.

 

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Introduction of aromatic spices like cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and cardamom at an early age develops the palate of the child.

So, here are the basic spices you can easily introduce in your child’s diet:

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Cumin/Jeera 

The most important spice in Indian cooking!

But, are we eating it just because our mothers have used it for generations?

OR

Do we know its benefits as well?

 

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Cumin is one of the richest sources of iron essential to develop your blood cells at an early age. Besides, it improves digestion and boosts immunity. Also a rich source of Vitamin E, cumin replenish the skin and hair cells, thereby giving suppleness to the skin and shine to the hair. It lowers the rate of respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis.

You can use cumin powder for your kids as a seasoning on yoghurt and lemonades.

 

Turmeric/Haldi 

It’s a very resourceful natural spice which has always been known as an herbal medicine. It is being regularly added to the food not only for colour but also for its health effects on the body i.e. for its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiotic properties.

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Mix turmeric powder with ginger juice to cure a common cold, cough and flu easily. Turmeric, if locally applied to bruises and wounds proves to be the best antibiotic.

 

Asafoetida/Hing 

This spice has the most powerful effect on the digestive tract and makes the gut strong, thus relieving constant bloating after meals. This quality makes it a blessing for the colic babies

 

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Use this spice regularly in preparing pulses and vegetables to boost their taste. Hing mixed with water can be applied to the belly button of infants to prevent gas formation.

 

Cinnamon/Dalchini 

Every kid will love the fine sweet taste and smell of cinnamon in their morning cereals. It’s a perfect spice to season those vegetables that the child usually dislikes, like eggplant/brinjal. One tablespoon of ground cinnamon has:

  • 19 calories
  • No fat, sugar, and protein
  • 4 grammes of fibre
  • 68 percent daily value Manganese
  • 8 percent daily value Calcium
  • 4 percent daily value Iron
  • 3 percent daily value Vitamin K
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Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agent. The extracts found in cinnamon can protect your child from the mouth bacteria that cause bad breath, tooth decay, cavities or mouth infections.

 

Herbs

Fresh herbs like coriander, mint, parsley, tulsi, thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc. can be liberally used in your child’s diet.

These herbs are loaded with Vitamin A, iron, folic acid, Vitamin B12 precursors, and chlorophyll that improve the eyesight and give a glowing skin, luscious hair, and strong bones.

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The best part:

These herbs can even be used on fast foods like pizza, pasta, and burger while preparing them at home. Dried portions of these herbs give equal nourishment and taste. They soothe the gut and improve digestion.

 

So, if your child is a picky eater and you struggle to make him eat healthy, spice up your child’s meals with these herbs and spices. And then see how he starts relishing the meals you cook for him. You won’t have to worry about his nutrition anymore! These herbs and spices will be the ticket to his complete nutrition.

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Dr Vinita Vashist

Hi, I am Dr Vinita, a homoeopathic medical professional and a post-graduate in Dietetics and Nutrition. Intrigued by the role of diet in one’s health, I share my ideas and knowledge on this blog to help parents understand the important nutrients required for their child’s health, which they cannot substitute later in life. It will help you and I understand the basic problem of today’s generation regarding nutrition and how can you inculcate healthy eating habits in your child.

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