Mustard Seeds

I am very passionate about spices or rather ‘SuperSpices’ as they are also referred to as, and I don’t think parents are aware of just how beneficial they can be. So, in my campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of spices for children, and the whole family, I have created my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’.

Each month I will highlight a key spice and will include some quick-fire bullets about why it is my ‘SuperSpice of the Month’. I hope you will find it useful and perhaps even encourage you to include more spices in your little one’s diet.

Quick-fire benefits:

Increases metabolism
With rising levels of obesity amongst children in the UK and US, consuming a spice that helps the body to burn calories more efficiently should be a welcome addition to any child or families meals.

Contains the mineral selenium
An anti-cancer mineral also found in chicken

A natural aid for treating asthma
In the UK over 1.1 million children suffer from this condition. Consuming mustard seeds may help to reduce the severity of this in children.

If you want to take a crack at including mustard seeds in your child’s meals but have no idea where to start, try my Super Quick Bombay Potatoes (V) recipe. It’s a fab healthy, tasty finger food snack suitable for 1-3 year olds (and older).

By

Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Author of Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, available to buy now from Amazon, Waterstones and all good e-bookshops, priced from just £4.79

References

Livestrong.com – The Health Benefits of Mustard Seeds
NHS Choices – Asthma in Children
The World’s Healthiest Foods: Mustard Seeds

 

About The Author

Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Zainab Jagot Ahmed is a first-time mum and author of the UK's first Indian baby food cookbook, ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook'. Prior to becoming a mummy, Zainab worked in marketing for almost 10 years in the fashion, entertainment and retail industries. However, after the birth of her daughter felt inspired to turn her attention to cooking delicious, nutritious home-made baby food. As she began the weaning process, she was keen to introduce Asian flavours early to both broaden her daughter's palate, and to introduce her to her culinary heritage. However, unable to find any baby and toddler cookbooks with Asian or Asian influenced recipes, was inspired to invent her own recipes. Soon friends were asking for them too. After a year spent researching spices, dietary recommendations and various superfoods, Zainab decided to put her research and recipes to good use by writing her own Indian baby food cookbook, giving everyone the chance to try them at home.

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