Did you know…

Ginger can help with digestive complaints and is good for relieving colds and sinus pain. It can also help with morning sickness.

Lemons are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants. They help to neutralise acidity in the body reducing toxins.

Turmeric is a good remedy for inflammation. With a mild taste, it can be stirred into vegetables or sauces, adding a rich yellow colour.

Cammomile is soothing and calming and aids sleep. Usually served as an infusion but can also be used in a bath to soothe skin complaints.

Yoghurt helps to maintain healthy bacteria in the gut. Good to use after an upset stomach, diarrhoea, or after taking a course of antibiotics. Eating yoghurt regularly can help to regulate the gut and strengthen the immune system.

Broccoli is a truly miraculous super-food. Full of minerals it is also linked to reducing the risk of cancer.

Iru is well-known in Nigeria for it’s health properties.

Oats can help to reduce cholesterol in our bodies and are a wonderful source of energy, keeping hunger at bay for several hours.

Tips For Feeding Babies and Toddlers

Think gradual – the weaning process could take many months.

Pick a time when you and your child are relaxed so as not to create stressful associations with solid food.

Make batches of puree in advance, tip them into ice cube trays and freeze. Defrost as you need it.

Add breastmilk or formula to purees to thin them and make them creamier.

Try giving your baby something to hold in one hand as you feed so that they don’t grab hold of the spoon.

Children tend to be more attached to the first and last feed of the day, when the need for comfort is greatest. These may well be the last milk feeds your child drops. It might be easier therefore to drop a midday milk-feed first.

Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customised selection?

Use an ice-cube tray, a muffin tin, a compartmentalised box or dish or several small dishes or pots and put bite-size portions of colourful and nutritious foods in each section. Call these finger foods playful names that a two-year-old can appreciate, such as:

• apple moons (thinly sliced)
• avocado boats (a quarter of an avocado)
• banana wheels
• broccoli trees (steamed broccoli florets)
• carrot swords (cooked and thinly sliced)
• cheese building blocks
• egg canoes (hard- boiled egg wedges)
• little O’s (o-shaped cereal)