Making children eat is one big job for every mother. One needs to find new and innovative ways to cook for growing children since they want variety in taste and even looks. Same food can be cooked in different ways so that they enjoy eating the food. The food has to be tasty as well as nutritious.
It is very important for children to develop healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyle. The food for children can be made more nutritional by adding spices in it. Herbs and spices not only make food tasty but these also add flavour and colour to the dish along with a number of health benefits for growing children.
Children need to be tempted to eat so their food has to look and smell good. Spices add an aromatic flavour to the dish and also add a beautiful colour to it. These spices promote longevity, relieve pain, and help to digest food. These enhance the flavor of whatever you cook for your children.
Children need a lot of energy for their day to day activities and for growing up. Their body needs to constantly repair and heal itself, and fight diseases.
Anise seeds – These add a sweet taste to the food. It is rich in fibre, calcium and iron needed for healthy growth. They also help to cure upset stomach, cough and cold.
Cinnamon – It adds a warm sweet aroma to the food and is very rich in fibre. It helps to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar.
Cumin – It is a good source of calcium, iron and magnesium needed by growing children to build strong bones and red blood cells. Its germ fighting property helps to avert stomach ulcers.
Fennel – It helps to digest food and prevent bloating, gas and other digestion related problems.
Ginger – Ginger is full of nutrients and it helps in the digestion of food. It prevents common cold and even colic problem in children.
Basil (tulsi) – Certain compounds present in basil reduce pain and swelling. Concoction of the leaves of this herb reduces infection of the respiratory track, asthma and improves immune system. It is a good source of iron.
Mint – Mint when added to dishes imparts a beautiful aroma and a green colour to the dish. It is a superb herb for a number of digestive problems.
Nutmeg – When added to food it is a good source of fibre and has anti inflammatory properties. It aids the body to cure bacteria and fungi and also many stomach problems.
Rosemary – A herb rich in antioxidants, and it helps to improve learning and memory in growing children.
Saffron –It has a beautiful flavor and adds an appetizing saffron colour to the dish. It helps to lessen depression, asthma and cough.
Turmeric – This is one wonder spice which imparts a pleasant colour to the dish and makes it more appetizing. It is used in almost all dishes in India. It helps to cure many ailments like skin problems, liver disorder, cough etc.
Asafoetida (hing) – This adds a pungent flavor to the food. It has anti flatulence properties and helps in the digestion of food.
So use new and different spices and combination of spices and herbs and surprise your children. When food is cooked keeping in mind the strategy of healthy eating, and children eat a well planned diet they grow into healthy adults.