Last week hasn’t been very fun: I’ve been fighting with a bad cough and I lost my voice more than once (…with understandable side effects on my filming schedule, sigh.)
Luckily the kids were the healthiest members of the family 🙂
I am a strong supporter of natural remedies. Medicines are wonderful, but I like to take/give them only when really needed.
In addition to that there are not a lot of cold/cough medicines that you can give to your baby without a pediatrician recommendation. That’s why natural cold remedies can help your baby beat colds more quickly and reduce/alleviate the severity of symptoms.
Today I want to share with you a baby fruit puree that, thanks to the ingredients’ natural properties, is a lovely cold remedy for little ones, free of side effects.
Here you are some interesting facts about the ingredients:
FRESH LEMON: loaded with Vitamin C + has incredible antibacterial and alkalizing properties. Vitamin C increases the production of antibodies and white blood cells, which help fight against infection. Also, Vitamin C keeps the immune system strong and neutralizes the free radicals in your body. This reduced the inflammation and swelling.
FRESH GINGER ROOT: such a powerful ingredient. Anti-inflammatory properties that will help your baby to relieve a sore throat quickly. and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place. Helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, which is helpful when you have a cold or flu. Ginger is also helpful for settling upset stomachs, nausea, vomiting.
Lemon and ginger increase perspiration which helps combat the fevers associated with colds.
FRESH KIWI: yes, this lovely sweet green furry fruit is packed with antioxidants vitamin C and E. Vitamin C is powerful (see lemon). In addition to that, Vitamin E is required for the production of immunoglobulins. These act as our bodies’ own personal bodyguards as they destroy all those pathogens that try to do us harm.
FRESH PINEAPPLE: also loaded with Vitamin C, pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. The juice from fresh pineapples can suppress coughs five times more effectively than cough syrup (and it is way cheaper than the cough syrup!!)
APPLES: an incredible source of antioxidants and with antiviral properties.
ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: yes, vinegar. Not a lot, just a bit. It alkalize your body fighting off cold viruses. Not only. It helps thinning the mucus and it is antibacterial.
So many healthy properties that can be combined together in a delicate, baby friendly, fruit puree!
Before serving the fruit puree to your baby, taste it. If you think that the puree is too acidic as maybe the kiwi or the pineapple were not ripe enough, simply add one mashed banana to the mix, it will balance the flavor, adding also a nice amount of potassium!
The quantities suggested in this recipe will make a nice quantity of fruit puree. You can easily freeze any leftovers for up to three months so that your baby cold natural remedy will be ready to use when needed.
I’m also sharing with you the powerful herbal tea infusion (camomile + lemon + ginger + honey + apple cider vinegar) that helped me recovering from the cough last week. In addition to the lovely ingredients mentioned above, I added honey. I buy it at the Farmer’s Market from a local vendor.
LOCAL HONEY: it’s not only an ingredient, honey is a full healthy meal!! Soothes a sore throat, making it an effective and natural cough suppressant. Raw local honey has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties and is made by bees that have pollinated on your local plants to combat air-borne allergies and soothes sore throats.
In addition to that, the sweetness of honey well balances the lemon’s tartness and the ginger’s spice.
- 2 apples
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 kiwi ripe
- 2 slices fresh pineapple
- an hot cup of your favorite herbal tea
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- Core and chop the apples in small pieces
- Peel the kiwi and cut it in small pieces
- Peel the pineapple and cut two slices (the central ones are sweeter!) in small pieces.
- Steam the apples for 10 minutes
- In a tall container place the apples all together with the grated ginger, the lemon juice, the apple cider vinegar, the kiwi, the pineapple.
- Using an immersion blender puree the mix for 2 minutes in order to obtain a smooth cream.
- Serve the fruit puree warm or cold.
- You can store it in the freezer for up to three months.
If you are interested in the silicone baby food container with the lid, it’s a Lili-Pop silicone tray
Please note that I’m a mom of two active boys and a passionate food blogger. I’m sharing with you my knowledge, research and experience about baby nutrition and development. Should you have any concern about your baby’s health, always consult with your pediatrician.