Thyme For Baby
Who said baby food has to be bland and boring? Introducing spices and herbs to baby's diet will not only help expand their palate, it will keep them interested and wanting more! #winwin Thyme has an earthy, slightly minty flavor and pairs perfectly with pork, lamb and chicken. It is incredibly aromatic and brightens and lightens just about any dish it's added to, while also adding a BIG nutritional boost. Thyme is an excellent source of Vitamins C and A and the oil it produces has been found to protect and increase the healthy fats found in our cell membranes! This aromatic herb will add a new level of flavor to purees, finger foods and snacks while supporting baby's immune system, bone growth and vision health!
Highlighted Nutritional Importance of Thyme
Vitamin A - this vitamin plays a crucial role in vision and bone growth and helps protect baby from infections
Vitamin K - a fat soluble vitamin that is crucial for baby's cardiovascular system and blood clotting capacity
Vitamin C - this vitamin supports baby's immune system, mucous membranes and respiratory system
Folate - a B vitamin that supports the brain and nervous system health
Calcium - this mineral regulates bone growth and skeletal development and plays a role in hormone production
Iron - a blood-building nutrient that enhances the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells
Magnesium - necessary for baby's bone and skeletal health and helps regulate energy production inside the cell
Potassium - this electrolyte mineral supports a healthy heart and kidneys
How to Select and Store Thyme for Baby Food
If possible, choose fresh thyme over the dried version since it will have a much better flavor. Look for fresh thyme leaves that are vibrant greenish gray in color and free from dark spots or yellowing. If purchasing dried thyme, try to select a brand that is organically grown to ensure it hasn't been irradiated (the application of ionizing radiation to food to prolong freshness).
Store fresh thyme in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel until ready to use. Dried thyme should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark place where it will be kept fresh for about 6 months.
Thyme is delicious added to a wide array of foods, but remember to add it toward the end of cooking since heat can easily ruin some of its delicate flavor. This aromatic herb pairs perfectly with poultry, but also adds a delicious flavor to root veggies, potatoes, fruits and baked goods. Take a chance with herbs for baby and kiddos. it's a wonderful way to help expand their taste buds and their palates!
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