A common question I get asked is what spices to offer babies and toddlers and my answer is whatever spices you like to eat yourself! Ok maybe hot spices like cayenne can wait (though some cultures offer those pretty early on too) but all aromatic and flavorful spices are fair game🙌🏽. This sweet paprika dusted wild salmon may not look terribly kid-approved but both my 20 month and nearly 6 year olds inhaled it in seconds as did the rest of us.
Here are 3 spice recommendations for babies and toddlers though honestly this is just the tip of the iceberg so don’t afraid to spice it up with even more of nature’s magic:
💚Cardamom: Sweet, floral, peppery, luxurious. Perfect with poached and puréed pears, bananas, peaches, rice porridge, oatmeal, pancakes and muffins. It’s healing powers include fighting nausea, cancer, bad bacteria, boosting digestion, and protecting heart health.
💚Turmeric: Earthy, lightly peppery, and mostly unnoticeable except for its vibrant hue, turmeric is truly gold when it comes to spices. A potent anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, brain health boosting, gut healing, mental health stabilizing spice, it works well in so many dishes. My kid-approved favorites are rice, lentils, scrambled eggs, savory or sweet oatmeal, popcorn, fried fish, roasted cauliflower and coconut popsicles!
💚Sumac: Bright, tangy, sour, literally my toddlers’s fav on sunny side up eggs, this gorgeous spice is so dang good for you with it’s potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers, diabetes, cancer and bacterial fighting powers. We love it with eggs, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cauli, hummus, chicken, salmon, and really on and on.
Other spices we use on the regular for the littles would be Ceylon cinnamon, paprika (sweet and smoked), cumin, coriander, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, saffron and fennel. What about you and your little ones? What’s your most used spice? —
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