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Weaning – When is your baby ready for aromatic spices?

puree to spice_labelIf your little one is happily slurping up her purees and has clearly mastered basic tastes and flavours – fruit and vegetable purees, then it’s time to move on. Again, do this swiftly as you want your little one to experience new tastes and flavours to broaden her palate.

Introduce solids to your baby from 6 months of age (the recommended age), then your baby should be ready for aromatic spices from 7-8 months of age (if you allow a month to master basic purees and tastes). By this age your baby’s palate will be accustomed to basic tastes – fruit and vegetables and his/ her digestive system will be further developed.

 

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Top 5 Spices to Combat Teething Pains – Part 2

In Part 1 I highlighted my Top 5 Spices which all possess their own unique properties to help combat teething pains. Some of which are widely used within dentistry!

However in Part 2, I wanted to share a simple, yummy recipe with you which not only has oodles of taste (courtesy of the flavour enhancing spices), it also uses a combination of spices from my Top 5 to help towards providing some pain relief for your little one.  So give this one a go!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries (V) — Stage 2: 7 months plus

finger food sweet potato fries

 

If your poor little one is teething, this tasty snack may help to sooth those uncomfortable symptoms. The nutmeg not only provides a warm, spicy taste to complement the sweet potato, it also contains the compound ‘eugenol’, which is used as a natural medicine to treat toothaches. Combined with the powerful analgesic properties of cinnamon, this is a wonderful snack to combat teething pains.

SuperFoods included: olive oil, sweet potato
SuperSpices included: cinnamon, nutmeg

Total preparation and cooking time: 25mins
Makes 2 servings

½ tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 small sweet potato — peeled, washed, cut into 2” sticks

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas 6.

In a bowl add the oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir. Add the potato sticks to the bowl and give it a good toss to coat them with the seasoning. Lay them flat on a foil-covered baking tray and place on the middle shelf. Bake for 20-25mins or until tender, turning over half way. Allow cooling before serving to baby.

Hardcover front coverYou can find more delicious weaning and finger food recipes in Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family available to buy now from Amazon, Waterstones or my online shop for signed copies.