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Posts from the ‘Health and Nutrition’ Category

Simple Home Remedy for Reducing Fever in Children

fever-relieving-ice-lollies-2So it appears tis the season to have a high fever! Aaliyah has been ill with a virus twice in the last month! Whilst I have been giving her Calpol to bring down her fever, I also want her to give her body a chance to build up it’s own immunity, instead of giving her medication all the time.

I’ve always incorporated herbs and spices into Aaliyah’s diet since she was a baby, which has been great for her immune system, but recently the viruses seem to be coming thick and fast at school. So I wanted to give her immune system a little boost with a natural remedy that would help.

One HUGE problem! Natural remedies taste pretty awful! The mix of spices and ingredients used aren’t to create a lovely taste… it’s to do a job. Heal! As an adult, I’ll close my eyes and knock back a natural remedy, fully aware that it can taste vile, but ultimately know it’s best for my system. But try telling that to a child!

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Weaning In Summer

It’s beautiful outside (most days), the temperature is up and our British summer is well and truly underway! Which means it’s a great time consider weaning baby with fresh, locally sourced summer fruits and vegetables readily available in the supermarkets. Or if you’re a keen gardener, from your very own back garden! Weaning baby during the summer months also means light, fresh meals will go down really well.

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Yummy, Healthy Plane Food For Kids

You may have noticed it’s been a while since I last blogged. Well that’s because I’ve been on HOLIDAY!! After The Baby Show, we finally found the time to have a family holiday abroad and had an absolutely amazing time – swimming, sun-bathing, shopping and visiting water parks. I have serious holiday blues!

Not only was it Aaliyah’s first holiday abroad, it was also her first time on a plane. Which meant it was the first time I needed to consider what food I was going to take on the plane for all of us. With budget airlines now charging for EVERYTHING – check-in luggage, booking seats, extra leg room and horrible processed plane food (soon we’ll be paying to visit the on-board toilets!), there was no way I was going to pay for a meal which I knew would be vile!

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Boosting Your Child’s Immunity

Cold and Flu RemedyOkay, so it’s been a couple of weeks since I blogged about my LO’s cold and flu symptoms. As suspected her chesty cough is now almost gone, but the bug seems to be working it’s way through every member of the family painfully slowly, and I’m now the one with the bug!

Although my LO’s chesty cough seems to have subsided, she was still a little under the weather so I decided to take her to the docs last Friday for peace of mind, as she’s been ill on and off for quite some time now.

As suspected, the doc told me not to worry and to “come back in a few weeks” if her symptoms seemed to worsen. Apparently children are susceptible to one virus a month at this age (Aaliyah is almost 4 now) – according to my doc. So as usual I left the docs without medication, a response I knew I would get, but peace of mind that she was alright. So the trip to the doc wasn’t entirely pointless.

Over the past few weeks though, I’ve been giving Aaliyah an age old cold and flu family remedy which has seen me through many an illness and I swear by it! So if your LO is feeling under the weather and you know you’ll get the same response as I did from the docs, try my family’s cold and flu remedy to help soothe symptoms and boost your LO’s immunity naturally.

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Almond Satay Chicken

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Sat 10th May is International Blog Swap Day! And to mark the occasion I have swapped blogs with a fabulous food blogger from down under – Karen, who is author of Food, Glorious Friendly Food

Karen lives in Newcastle, Australia, just north of Sydney, close to both the beach and the vineyards.  She lives with her family on a small acreage with their dog, two goats, a sheep, a veggie garden and some fruit trees.  She is a photographer by profession, and loves taking tantalisingly good photos of her food, to entice you with!

Food, Glorious Friendly Food is a blog full of recipes that cater to families who want (or need) to eat free from wheat, dairy products, refined sugars and additives.  The focus is on Wholefoods, made from scratch, that are nourishing and oh, so tasty!  Karen has two boys, aged 11 and 8 , who have been eating this way since they were little.  Karen’s motto for eating is “It’s ok to love food, just love food that loves you back”.

Karen has created a delicious recipe which offers a great substitute to peanuts, for those of you whose little ones suffer from peanut allergy. This recipe is great for family meal time and includes some of my favourite ingredients, including the superspice turmeric.

Enjoy x

 

Almond Satay Chicken – author, Karen – Food, Glorious Friendly Food

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We found out my first born was allergic to peanuts when he was one.  Satay was one of my most favourite dishes, and I grieved the loss of it in our household!  I would often order it when eating out to get my ‘fix’.  It took me a few years to realise that there are other nuts that make a really fine replacement for peanuts in a Satay Sauce.  I have tried making it with both cashews and almonds, and have played around with my favourite recipe a lot, and here is the final product that we all love!  Kids and adults alike wolf it down!  Of course if you can eat peanuts, and prefer them to almonds, go ahead and use peanut butter to replace the almond butter.  Almond butter is just like peanut butter- made from ground almonds, sometimes with a little added oil and salt.  It’s wonderful for spreading on toast too, and it’s very high in calcium.

 

If you’re not familiar with coconut sugar, it is a wonderful alternative to refined sugar.  It is made by tapping the stems of the coconut palm, extracting the sap, and then dehydrating it at very low temperatures. This minimal amount of processing produces a nutrient and mineral-rich product with a great toffee-like taste. It has a low GI (about 35) so provides a slow energy release for your body. It’s also a very sustainable product- once a stem is tapped, it flows for the next 20 years. It’s great for when brown sugar is called for in a recipe, and I love baking with it. You can use it measure-for-measure to replace sugar in baking.

 

The other great thing about this recipe is that the cooked marinated chicken has the most wonderful, rich flavour, without even needing to add the sauce.  So, it would make a great finger food for toddlers, or a tasty addition to a fried rice dish.  Enjoy!

 

Serves 4 adults, or 6 with kids eating.

 

Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 500g / about 1 pound chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (wheat free soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other oil)

 

For the sauce:

  • Oil or ghee for frying
  • ½ cup / 130g almond butter (or crunchy peanut butter)
  • one brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (or palm sugar or brown sugar)
  • small amount of fresh chilli, or chilli powder, to your own tastes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated or minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (wheat free soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup / 250ml coconut milk or cream (needs a high coconut content, not much water added)
  • up to 1 cup water
  • Plus:
  • vegetables of choice (e.g. red capsicum, carrot, green leafy vegetables)
  • optional rice or noodles for serving
  • fresh coriander for garnish

Method:

Note: If possible, marinate the chicken overnight, or for at least 2 hours to develop the beautiful flavours.

  • Cut the chicken into bite sized cubes or strips.
  • Stir all the marinade ingredients together in a glass or ceramic dish, then stir in the chicken until completely coated.  Cover, and place in the fridge to marinate.
  • When ready to cook, stir together in a bowl or small jug the vinegar, sugar, chilli, ginger, tamari, fish sauce and coconut milk.  Set aside.
  • Heat about 2 tablespoons oil (I prefer coconut oil) or ghee in a large pan over medium to high heat.  Add the chicken and toss regularly so it browns completely.  You may need to do this in two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Remove the chicken, setting aside for later.
  • Add another tablespoon of ghee/ coconut oil to the pan and fry off the onions until they are soft, stirring regularly.
  • Add the almond/ peanut butter to the pan with the onions, and  HALF a cup of water.  Stir vigorously until the mixture is thick, like custard.
  • Add the jug of pre-mixed ingredients, stir, and allow to come to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan.
  • Simmer for a minute, and add vegetables to the dish.  If it is becoming too dry, add the extra half cup of water to the pan and stir it in.  Cover the pan to help the vegetables steam.
  • When the vegetables are cooked to your liking, turn off heat and serve over rice or noodles if desired, and garnish with coriander.

 

 

SuperSpice of the Month: Cloves

Cloves are a powerful, warm spice that can be used for cooking with both sweet and savoury dishes. They contain an active component called ‘eugenol’ which has many health promoting properties for baby and the rest of the family.

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Quick-fire benefits:

Treats Flatulence
If you have a gassy little baby, cloves can help to reduce the pressure in little bellies thus reducing discomfort.

Fungal Nappy Rash Protection
The active component eugenol has anti-fungal properties which may help to protect against fungal nappy rash (thrush infection). This infection causes the skin to develop a bright red moist rash with pimples which spreads into the folds of baby’s skin (ouch!). It can also protect against the fungal infection athletes foot.

Teething Pains
Clove oil helps to reduce pain in toothaches and sore gums which could be used as a natural remedy to help with your little ones teething pains. But please consult your doctor before applying clove oil directly to little gums.

Important: Please DO NOT feed spices to babies younger than 7 months of age.

References

NHS Choices – Nappies

Wake Up World – Health Benefits of Cloves

Elements4Health – The Health Benefits of Cloves

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