How To Introduce Seasonings To Your Kids’ Meals – That They Will Love!

Despite tradition, you can use herbs and mild spices in your kids’ foods right from the baby stage!

Of course, the key is using the right amounts, as well as choosing the right herbs. However, with this tasty balance, you can bring a variety of flavours to your kids’ meals that can both add health benefits as well as make your children adventurous, happy eaters.

Read on to discover how to add seasonings to your kids’ meals in a way that they will love.

Which seasonings to avoid

Firstly, it should be pointed out that some herbs and spices will be a little too overwhelming – especially if your children are babies or toddlers.

According to The Baby and Child Nutritionist, there are no dangerous health risks, but you’re unlikely to encourage your kids to try spices if they have a bad experience the first time. We all know how stubborn kids can be when it comes to new flavours and textures, so starting with mild seasonings is the way to go. 

Having said that, here are the spices you should avoid introducing first (adding them in when your kids are older and more adventurous is fine!):

  • Chilli
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Soy sauce 

You can further check out The Baby and Child Nutritionist, which is linked above, to grab some easy and fun recipes that include seasoning – the perfect recipes to introduce your kids to bold flavours. 

Introducing seasonings over time

Given that babies and toddlers should be avoiding salt and sugar anyway, it can be a challenge to find ways to add healthy but exciting flavours to kids’ meals.

However, this is how to do it – and the key is to do it a little more each time. 

Taken from the advice of Healthy Little Foodies, below is a list of well-beloved herbs to add to ANY meal:

  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Clove
  • Paprika
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Rosemary

Using this thorough list, you have a range of seasoning options to use when it comes to adding herbs and spices to family meals. Although many of these herbs are mild, you will notice a difference in the flavours your kids like, and they may even grow out of any picky eating habits!

The health benefits of seasonings

As it turns out, adding herbs and mild spices not only makes for tastier food, but they also have considerable health benefits!

According to the UK National Institutes of Health, recent research has revealed that spices and herbs have several pros when it comes to their bodily benefits. These include:

  • Antioxidant properties
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower glucose
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Benefits to cognition and mood 

You can read the full report at the link above, and discover how herbs and spices can aid your kids’ bodies and minds – whilst also adding that special touch of tastiness.

The road to raising adventurous eaters

We all want our kids to enjoy their food, and adding seasoning to their beloved meals is an easy way to make mealtimes more exciting and adventurous experiences. This can ensure that kids grow up to be adventurous eaters, as well as great cooks that want to make use of herbs and spices.

With the added health benefits that seasonings can bring to the food, introducing them to kids really can’t go wrong.