Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spice it Up!



It is recommended to wait till babies are about 8-10 months before adding spices to their diet. I am eagerly awaiting the day that I can spice up Ezra's food. I am hoping that the early introduction to spices will help my little one appreciate good flavor and widen his palate at a young age. I have been reading in various sources that spices should be added to a baby's diet just like new foods, meaning that parents should wait 3-4 days between the introduction of each new spice once it is clear that there is no reaction, then feel free to add another spice or herb. Do not be a afraid to add a little spice, but there is no need to add salt or sugar.

Here is a list of possible spices to add to your 8-10 month old's food:
pepper, vanilla, garlic powder, basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg,anise. curry powder
Suggestions to Spice it Up!  (from wholesomebabyfood.com)

Fruits:
Apple(Sauce): use cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, ginger
Pears: use ginger, cinnamon, a drip of vanilla or even mint
Bananas: use cinnamon, ginger, allspice, vanilla 

Dairy:
Plain Yogurt : use with mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, allspice, cardamom

Vegetables:
Sweet potato: use with nutmeg, cinnamon and/or cardamom
Pumpkin: use with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and dash of vanilla
Carrots: use with basil & garlic - baked cinnamon carrots are yummy too.
Green beans: use with garlic powder
Mashed potatoes(white) : use with dill weed or garlic
Winter Squash (acorn, hubbard, butternut etc.): use with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger

Cereals/Grains:
Pasta: use oregano, garlic, basil
Oatmeal or other cereals: use fruits, cinnamon & nutmeg, dash of vanilla
Rice (sweet) with cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla, cardamom, ginger
Quinoa (sweet): use cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla, cardamom, ginger for sweet
Quinoa (savory): use garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, basil, oregano and others

Meats:
Chicken/Turkey with cinnamon and/or coriander
Chicken/Turkey with garlic powder and basil
Chicken/Turkey with lemon zest and pepper
Chicken/Turkey with basil & oregano
Chicken/Turkey with garlic and pepper
Chicken/Turkey with sage, rosemary and thyme
Beef with garlic and pepper
Beef with onion powder and pepper
Beef with Orange Zest

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