5 Great Benefits of Herbs and Spices for Kids

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Herbs and spices are fantastic for adding to children’s food.

  1. They add flavour to dishes without the need for sugar or salt.Apple, Cheese & Chive Snack. Herbs are so easy to add to dishes and are full of healthy nutrients.
  2. They are full of vitamins.
  3. They are full of minerals.
  4. They can be eaten in their raw state.
  5. They can easily be added to both savoury and sweet foods. (Encouraging your children to help cook dishes with them in will help interest them in eating it.)

When fresh herbs aren’t an option, dried herbs still are a good source of both nutrition and flavour 🙂

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is iA mixture of vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs. Children can choose what they would like in their wrap. They are then more likely to eat it. Herbs are full of nutrients and are beneficial for children.mportant for everyone, but children in particular need to receive all of the necessary nutrients for growth and development. Imagine raising a child that is not reliant on artificial sweeteners to entice the appetite and please the tastebud!

There are no specific recommendations as to when herbs and spices can be introduced to children, but many pediatricians seem to agree that as your baby is transitioning to solid foods, you can start adding herbs and spices to the foods that they eat.

Starting with spices and flavours that the family typically cooks with is important. For example, sprinkle cinnamon on porridge at breakfast time, or add a little bit of garlic or basil to your pasta sauce.

Don’t forget, if you are a breastfeeding Mum your little one is already tasting herbs and spices. Herb and spice flavors are transferred through breast milk, helping create and develop a taste for non-bland foods.

It is so easy to incorporate fresh herbs into simple dishes.

Some ideas to try:Apple, Pear & Rocket Salad. Herbs are so easy to add to dishes and are full of healthy nutrients.

Add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, ginger, rocket or mint to fruit dishes.

Add mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, allspice or cardamon to plain yogurt.

Herby Yogurt Sauce. Herbs are full of nutrients and are beneficial for children.

Add cinnamon, nutmeg, dash of vanilla or ginger to sweet quinoa.

Add garlic, pepper, chive, basil or oregano to savoury quinoa.

Add basil & garlic to carrots. Baked cinnamon carrots are yummy too!

Add chives to cream cheese.

Cheese and Chive in Toast for Valentines Day.

There are so many easy ways of adding fresh herbs to dishes just before serving to boost not only the flavour but the nutritional value of the food.

Which herbs do you serve to your children? Do you have a favourite, simple dish that you add them to?



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26 thoughts on “5 Great Benefits of Herbs and Spices for Kids

  1. I love cooking with herbs and spices, especially fresh ones which is always my preference. I try to use them as much as I can when I cook and have introduced them to our little one quite young. I love to get her involved in cooking with herbs and familiarise her with the different types and smells of them so will often encourage her to touch them, smell them and help add them to our food. I love the ideas that you have included in your post, really great ways to get little ones interested 🙂 Thanks for linking this up to #MarvMondays. Emily

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! It is lovely how much herbs stimulate the senses of young children. Thank you for hosting 🙂

  2. Some great combination suggestions here. I think it’s a good idea to introduce these as early as possible so your child’s palate gets used to the flavours
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I always am surprised by how many herbs and spices young children will actually eat if they have been exposed to them 🙂

  3. I will definitely be trying the yoghurt sauce! Thanks for sharing 😊


  4. Thanks for sharing, Sarah. I tried to introduce a varied diet with our girls when they were little, inducing herbs…oregano, basil, parsley, sage, garlic, cumin, turmeric, coriander. Consequently they are so much more adventurous. Helpful tips for those with little ones, just starting solids. #kcacols

  5. I add lots of basil and corriander to dishes. Seeing you put allspice here has reminded me how much I love to put it on rice pudding!:) I must get some more!



  6. I don’t tend to really add herbs or seasoning to my children’s food, but reading this has made me wonder why! I think it’s time to start branching out and adding more flavours to things for them to find out what they like! x #KCACOLS

  7. I love cinnamon carrots – I’ll have to try these other ones too! Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you next week! xx

  8. Great ideas, I’ll often add herbs, but they used to refuse to eat things if they could see green bits! They are getting better though and I’ll keep trying! #KCACOLS

  9. I love these suggestions and will definitely be trying them with H tonight. We’ve just got back from holiday yesterday and she’s been in a funny phase the last few days only eating beans on toast, sweetcorn and an occasional something else if she thought we weren’t looking!

    1. Thank you. I hope you have some success. They all seem to go through these difficult stages, don’t they? Good luck 🙂

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