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Children are the new generation and good nutrition is the basis of good health; it is the fuel that builds and sustains the physical body and also influences the emotional development of children.
Calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins C and D are among the most important nutrients for children. Food suggestions are many but we do consider Dr Schulze’s Superfood Plus to be the best food choice for this life stage. Quick to prepare, it can be pleasant-tasting when mixed with your child's favourite natural juice. Superfood Plus is especially rich in B vitamins (including B12) helping to grow the nervous system and provide sound sleep. Other recommendations include a daily cup or bottle of nettle leaf, dandelion root, chamomile flowers or hibiscus flower tea. These all support children - in fact, any simple herb tea will be preferable to tea, coffee, squashes and fizzy drinks.
If you choose to bring your child up as a vegetarian or vegan you must ensure that you replace the nutrients, especially B12, that meat would have provided. You may wish to read any of Rose Elliot's vegetarian cookery books and especially those on cooking for children and babies. The Vegan Society website may also be of use to you.
When preparing food for children make it appealing and fun. Occasionally, cover the table with many foods with different tastes, for example sliced raw carrot, olives, olive oil, garlic, raw mushrooms, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, carob pods and apple boats and then let them try each of them and draw attention to the different flavours and colours. Children love to copy, so join in!
Children eat proportionally more food than adults. This is necessary because they are growing and therefore their metabolism is working at a much faster rate. They are also naturally more active than adults and hence use more calories, so it is always advisable to have nutritious snacks for them to eat like bananas, apples or pre-soaked dried fruits. In the summer you can make your own fruit juice ice-lollies.
Baby & toddler recipes
When feeding babies and young toddlers it is always best to use a variety of home-made meals to be sure of the source and quality. Some nutritional and easy recipes follow:
- 50% ground organic millet or millet flakes (or cooked whole millet).
- 50% fresh fruit or vegetables - preferably organic, but definitely alkaline like apple, peach, banana, cauliflower, carrot, parsnip or courgette. With fruits, add powdered cinnamon, and with vegetables, add a pinch of powdered thyme or oregano and a little finely chopped garlic or organic garlic granules.
Soak the millet overnight and gently cook through on a very low heat. (Sieve through for very young babies). Add sieved or mashed fruit or vegetables and serve.
This meal provides protein, iron, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and a range of other vitamins, minerals and trace elements. (IF USING VEGETABLES, ADD FINELY CHOPPED PARSLEY FOR OLDER BABIES WHICH WILL PROVIDE USEFUL IRON AND CALCIUM).
Rice & seaweed soother
- 1 cup of cooked organic brown rice
- ¼ cup pre-soaked dried seaweed (any variety e.g. purple dulse, bladderwrack or arame – there are so many kinds, so always vary your choice).
- ½ cup steamed chopped carrot
- 1 tsp arrowroot
- ½ tsp thyme leaves
- ½ clove of garlic
Mix all the ingredients together in a liquidiser. Add a little spring water if the mixture needs moistening. For extra protein, which is vital for babies' growth, add either 2 chlorella tablets or 2 teaspoons of Superfood to the mixture whilst liquidising. Finally stir in a teaspoon or two of virgin olive oil before serving.
This meal supports good, easy digestion and provides a rich variety of vital food values.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup freshly sprouted seed e.g. alfalfa or sunflower
- 1 tsp olive oil
Liquidise the quinoa with the sprouted seeds and olive oil.
This meAL provides a good balance of protein, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, with the bonus of the raw sprouts giving plenty of 'Raw energy'.
The white & green dish
- 1 cup mashed organic potato
- ½ cup mashed avocado
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ½ tsp of dried marjoram (or 1 tsp fresh leaves)
- ¼ tsp fennel seeds (or 1 tsp fresh fennel leaves)
Liquidise all of the ingredients together for very young babies.
Rich in protein and oils, it also contains a host of vital vitamins and minerals, while helping digestion considerably THANKS TO the herbs.
- 1 cup apple puree
- ½ cup prunes – mashed
- ½ vanilla stick – scrape out the inner flesh and add the paste
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
This recipe is excellent for digestion and slightly sluggish bowels. It is also easy to prepare. Add 1tsp of uncooked arrowroot if more help is needed with digestion (and correspondingly a little water to loosen the mixture). Apple is a very healthy food. 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'.
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