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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.

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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).

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References

Livestrong.com – 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 Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones and WHSmith).

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