● Dried herbs add flavour to foods without adding sugar or salt.
● An easy way to add extra nutrients to dishes.
● Herbs such as basil, rosemary and thyme will boost your baby’s immune system.
● Mint and coriander aid digestion.
● Can take meals and snacks from dreary to cheery in an instant.
We have lots of ideas to help you include dried herbs in your little one's diet. Please scroll down for more information.
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Introducing dried herbs: Babies are often more up for trying new flavours than older children, so start them early with as many different dried herbs as your kitchen cabinets will fit!
You can use fresh herbs too – just be sure to chop them up into teeny-tiny pieces.
Find more ideas for introducing dried herbs to each age group below.
Introducing dried herbs at 6-9 months
Begin your baby’s herb adventure with milder options such as parsley or chives. These gentle flavours will awaken their taste buds whilst adding a hint of excitement to their meals.
Incorporate dried herbs into finger foods: add a touch of rosemary to their roasted sweet potato wedges or sprinkle some chives onto their scrambled eggs.
Consider the texture of the dried herbs you’re using – if too coarse, crush them into a fine powder before adding them to your baby’s food.
Mix, mix, mix! Get creative by mingling dried herbs into your little one’s favourite purees. Perhaps a little coriander into their avocado puree or some thyme into their vegetable medley.
Introducing dried herbs at 9-12 months
Experiment with herby sauces; blend basil, thyme and oregano into a homemade tomato sauce and let your little one dip their veggies, pasta or other finger foods in.
Stir mint (which contains iron and vitamins A, C and K) through yoghurt or pieces of fruit for a fresh, cool kick.
Make soothing herb-infused teething treats: Steep a chamomile teabag in boiling water and let it cool down. Then mix it with your baby’s favourite fruit puree and pop it in the freezer.
Up your baby’s toast game with combinations such as cream cheese and dill, or avocado and basil, spread on a slice and cut into soldiers.
Play around with pairings: combine peas with mint, tarragon with chicken, rice with parsley.
Introducing dried herbs at 12-18 months
As your little one explores chunkier textures, introduce dried herbs into hearty soups and stews.
Involve your mini chef by letting them sprinkle dried herbs into their own dishes. Add herbs to baked goods – rosemary biscuits or cheese and thyme scones will likely go down a treat.
If you want to try fresh herbs – rather than dried – start a mini herb garden with your toddler, teaching them about nature and responsibility along the way.