For centuries, eating seasonally was a natural way of life and this has, naturally, come back around as the latest wellness trend. The perfectly sensible idea is that our bodies and physiology, which are in synch with the current environment, evolved to best handle and metabolize what the season nurtures. That said, there is something refreshing and invigorating about a burst of summer in the heart of cold, dreary winter, especially when it's sunshine gold in color and so good for you. Picking up from our last post then, we bring you two, ultra easy, ultra tasty, ultra good-for-you sunny recipes incorporating turmeric, perfect for babies, toddlers and the family table.
We're off to Vietnam for a family holiday where it thankfully won't be cold and dreary. We'll break from our turmeric series next week and share some notes from our adventure. Regardless of whether your Christmas will be spent in a warm, sunny locale or a cold, white, wintry one, don't forget to bask in your ever present, inner sunshine this holiday season!
With Love & Spice xx
TURMERIC SUNSHINE SMOOTHIE
6 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult
(or once you've introduced yoghurt to your baby)
As discussed in a previous post here, mangoes are brimming with carotenids like alpha and beta-carotene, which are precursors to Vitamin A production in the body and potent anti-cancer agents due to their antioxidant, free radical scavenging activities. Vitamin A is especially important for eye development in children - being fat soluble like turmeric, it is well absorbed in this greek yoghurt smoothie. Mangoes also offer a boatload of Vitamin C and some B vitamins, particularly folate - if you're pregnant and looking for sources of folic acid, you can devour this with your kids. Together with calcium, protein and probiotics from yoghurt, the range of health benefits from turmeric, the pro-digestive and anti-viral power of ginger, this superfood, power smoothie is a treat you can most certainly feel good about.
2 8oz servings
1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen mango
1 banana chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen peach (about one medium peach)
1/2 - 1 inch turmeric root grated (with gloves on!)
1 tablespoon honey (not appropriate for under 12 months)
1/4 - 1/2 inch piece ginger grated (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy as a healthy and yummy breakfast or snack. Feel free to make extras and freeze for divine popsicles!
Turmeric Scrambled Eggs
12 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult
Eggs contain choline which is important for brain and memory development. At only 75 calories, an egg has 6 grams of high quality, complete protein as well as iron, vitamins, minerals and carontenoids that are vital for eye development and vision. The egg is therefore a tiny nutritional powerhouse. But what about all that cholesterol? While it's true that eggs do contain a solid helping of cholesterol, experts agree that it's not cholesterol in food but saturated and trans fats that causes blood cholesterol to be elevated as explained here. So go ahead and enjoy those nutrient-dense eggs. They are especially handy for picky eaters and for a quick, last minute, i'm-too-lazy-to-cook lunch or dinner.
1 adult and 1 toddler serving
1 3/4 tablespoon cream
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons butter
1-2 pinches turmeric
Heat a small saucepan on medium heat and add the butter. While the butter melts, crack the eggs into a bowl, add the cream, salt and pepper and beat well ensuring the yolks are well integrated into the mixture. Add the turmeric to the melted butter and stir the pan for a minute allowing the turmeric to open up. Reduce the heat to very low and add the eggs, stirring as often as possible, at least every 30 seconds. The mixture will eventually become custard-like and creamy. Once the eggs are cooked to your liking (about 15 minutes on very low flame), transfer them to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the chopped chives. These will be the creamiest, most delicious scrambled eggs ever, well worth the elbow grease and patience! Serve with toast and fruit for a five star, healthy breakfast at home. My toddler cannot get enough.
Liver & Gall Bladder Health
6 months+, Toddler,