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SuperSpice of the Month: Mustard Seeds

I am very passionate about spices, or rather ‘SuperSpices’ as they are also referred to as, and I don’t think parents are aware of just how beneficial they can be. So in my campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of spices I have created my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’.

Each month I will highlight a key spice and will include some quick-fire bullets about why it is my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’. I hope you will find it useful and perhaps even encourage you to include more spices in your little one’s diet.

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Quick-fire benefits:

Increases metabolism
With rising levels of obesity amongst children in the UK and US, consuming a spice that helps the body to burn calories more efficiently should be a welcome addition to any child or families meals.

Contains the mineral selenium
An anti-cancer mineral also found in chicken

A natural aid for treating asthma
In the UK over 1.1 million children suffer from this condition. Consuming mustard seeds may help to reduce the severity of this in children.


If you want to take a crack at including mustard seeds in your child’s meals but have no idea where to start, try my Super Quick Bombay Potatoes (V) recipe. It’s a fab healthy, tasty finger food snack suitable for 1-3 year olds (and older).


References – The Health Benefits of Mustard Seeds

NHS Choices – Asthma in Chidren

The World’s Healthiest Foods: Mustard Seeds

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Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed (available to buy now from,, iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones and WHSmith).


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