Meal Ideas with Spices for Infants
Including herbs and spices into your infant’s diet can give a big antioxidant boost. Try these ideas with safe spices for babies.
Many cultures include them in their baby’s diet from early on. Just avoid excess, monitor for allergies and make sure they are finely ground. Herbs and spices have been studied for their many health benefits and lower inflammatory processes. The phytonutrients in herbs and spices can also help with mental health and cognition and aid in the preservation and protection of brain function. We want robust connections between neurons so they can function their best. Neurons help us process and learn effectively and allow our memories to be stored properly. Phytochemicals in herbs and spices boost neural communication. In addition to phytonutrients, many herbs contain trace nutrients. For all of these great benefits, try our ideas for safe spices for babies.
10 Meal Ideas with Herbs and Spices for Your Baby
- Mashed sweet potato with a little dash of nutmeg, ground ginger, and clove
- Mashed avocado with a little dash of ground cumin and lime juice
- Steamed and puréed pears with cinnamon
- Oatmeal with puréed frozen berries
- Puréed baked wild salmon (carefully look for and remove any bones) with olive oil, lemon, and garlic
- Roasted chicken puréed with vegetables and oregano
- Whole wheat or quinoa pasta, carrots and chicken broth puréed with a little thyme and lemon
- Banana mashed with a splash of orange juice and a little dash of ground cardamon
- Roasted pumpkin purée with mashed hard-boiled egg
- Roasted butternut squash and white fish purée with thyme.
Important Tips for Introducing Herbs and Spices
- If your baby is tasting a new food for the first time, omit the spices until you know a food is tolerated. Once it’s obvious they tolerate the food, add in the spice or herb.
- Don’t limit the spices and herbs according to your own taste preferences. Your child may love an herb or spice you dislike.
- For fresh herbs wash carefully and mince.
- Label your dried herbs once open, they have their best antioxidant function before 6 months, but can still be used up to a year.