Unfortunately the cold/cough/sore throat season just started and no matter how healthy I try to feed the kids and the rest of the family, soon or later somebody gets sick 🙁
The worse thing about seasonal viruses is that there is not a magic medicine that brings energy back in no time…it takes days to recover and a lot of patience. Still, there are so many natural remedies that you can use to relieve the symptoms and speed up the recovery 😉
When it comes to cough and sore throat I usually prepare for the kids and myself a special smoothie with pineapple + kiwi + turmeric + lemon + ginger. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare between prepping the ingredients and throwing them in the blender, not bad at all! Inspired by the sore throat smoothie recipe I decided to play a little and prepare something baby friendly (appropriate starting from 6 months!!) + fun + ready to use when needed in no time. I ended up with these super cute frozen teddy bears that you can keep in the freezer, ready to come to the rescue when needed!
Even if the recipe has been designed for babies…my whole family has been enjoying the frozen pineapple bears last week when we were all under the weather 😉
Here you are some interesting facts behind the ingredients’ selection, why I chose this particular mix:
Pineapple to relieve coughing and mucus thanks to the bromelain enzyme in it which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Pineapple is also high in Vitamin C that helps to increase the production of antibodies and white blood cells which helps to fight the infection.
Lemon to relieve congestion and keep the mucus thin. Citruses protect the body from cell damage and boost the immune system.
Turmeric has well known antiseptic properties that fight cough and cold.
Kiwi to help fighting infections. Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium
Banana…ok, the banana doesn’t help to relieve cough or cold…but we need to give some natural sweetness and creaminess to our smoothie or it will be too acidic for our little ones 😉
You might be also interested in knowing which foods to avoid when you or your kids have cold/cough:
- Dairy products (breastmilk and baby formula excluded as they are the main nutrients for babies under 12 months)
- Sweetened drinks like juices
- Dry fruits and nuts
- Spicy and oily foods
To prepare the frozen bears/drops you simply need to make a smoothie adding all the ingredients in a blender to obtain a smooth consistency. I suggest to try both the pineapple and the kiwi first to check the sweetness!!
Once prepared the smoothie you have few options:
1- enjoy the smoothie like it is 🙂
2- fill a gummy bears mold with the smoothie and freeze it for few hours
3- using a teaspoon create as many smoothie drops as you can on a parchment paper and freeze it. you will not need the mold 🙂
Still, if you are interested in the silicone bear mold, here you are the link: http://amzn.to/2ydK0R4
Also, if you like my blender: http://amzn.to/2i7v0k7
This recipe is an all-natural homemade remedy that helps relieving the cold/cough/sore throat symptoms, but it is not a medicine. Consult with your pediatrician if symptoms persist and for medical advice.
All natural baby cough remedy +6M
Frozen cough drops ready to use to relieve a sore throat and help with coughing.
- 2 slices fresh pineapple
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwi
- 1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger optional
Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree up until smooth.
Fill a gummy bear mold with the smoothie and freeze for at least one hour.
If you don't have a mold, simply create small drops with a teaspoon on some parchment paper and freeze.