Here are 3 great recipes for kids that are definitely worth trying and I think every mom should know. One of the things that I have learnt as a mom for all these years is that, not every tummy discomfort or runny nose has to be reported to the doctor immediately. Of cause that does not mean you should take the health of your child for granted.
Before I share these Recipes, let me point this out. If your child has something serious and not just a runny nose or a minor stomach discomfort caused by gas, make sure you contact your paediatrician as I am not a doctor.
These 3 great recipes for kids are recipes that I personally make for my children, not only because they taste good but also because they do good to their immune system. The key ingredients in my 3 great recipe for kids include;
Chicken : Most people, including children, love chicken. It is considered a healthy alternative to red meat and it is low in fat. It is also known to contain higher amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids (for reducing the risk of heart disease ) than other meats and also high in protein, essential vitamins and minerals. The next key ingredient is
Ginger : Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and people that know how good it is, praise it for its ability to help with digestion, nausea, cold and so on. Due to the spicy flavour that it has, kids may or may not like it. The good thing is, you do not need big amounts to experience the benefits. For children, you can put a little amount (grated ) in tea or smoothie and they might not even notice it’s there.
Lemon : My children eat lemon just like they eat an orange and I know for a fact that lots of children love the sour(tartness) taste of lemon. Lemons are among the world’s most known citrus fruits. There are many ways to enjoy lemon. They can be used as a dressing in salads and is also a key ingredient in lemonade. When it comes to it’s health benefits, it is a great source of vitamin C and fiber, minerals and essential oils which may all help in lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and improve digestive health.
Kiwi : This green flesh with black seeds and a fuzzy brown skin is loaded with Vitamin C. In fact, I read that one cup of kiwi provides enough percentage of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C as we know, is an essential nutrient when it comes to boosting our immune system to fight off disease. Experts say that, eating kiwi may support immune function and reduce the likelihood of developing cold or flu and I am a witness to this. I can not remember the last time I got the flu and I give all the credit to this fruit because I truly love and I eat as much of it whenever I get the chance to do so.
Now that you know the benefits in my key ingredients, let’s start cooking. Beginning with my,
Chicken Noodle Soup
1/2 Cup (50 g) Chines noodle
1/2 Cup (50 g) Soup Vegetables ( carrots and leek )
1/2 Cup (50 g) diced Chicken breast (already cooked)
3 Cups Chicken Stock
Cook Chines noodles and drain the water, ran some cold water on it and put aside . Wash the soup vegetables, peel the carrots and dice up. For the leeks, make sure to wash very well because they turn to have a lot of dirt inside. In a pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil, add the vegetables and let it simmer for 5 minutes with lid on.
After 5 minutes, add chicken breast and noodles, cover with lid, take off the heat and let it sit for another 5 minutes then serve. make sure the soup has cooled enough before feeding it to your child. This simple chicken noodle soup is good for strengthening and helping with infections.
A Warm Lemon Drink
1 Cup (200 ml) Warm Water
1 tsp Honey
On medium to low heat, heat up the water, make sure the water does not come to a boil. Pour the warm water into a cup and juice the half lemon. Add lemon juice and honey to the water and give it a good stir until the honey is dissolved. Let the lemon drink cool and if your child is still drinking out of a bottle, transfer the drink into a bottle and let him/her enjoy.
Defence Smoothie :
1 Cup ( 200 ml) Orange Juice
Small piece of Ginger (about 1 cm, grated )
In a liquidiser/ blender, combine banana, kiwi and grated ginger. Add the orange juice and blend until there are no lumps and a smoothie consistency is achieved. Fill in a glass or a cup, let your child enjoy and quickly get well soon. This smoothie is a treat for the stomach.
If you are a mom, looking for great recipes that you can enjoy with your little one, here are a few of my favourites;
For some baby only Recipes, check out my 3 Green Peas recipe for babies