To follow up from our learn through play for Letter M, I decided to incorporate the sense of taste into the entire learning experience. Macaron is sugar loaded, can’t eat mama, and we are not going to eat a mouse nor a monkey. I list out a list of foods that start with M mentally: muffins, meatballs, macaroni, macaron, mango, mushroom, mascarpone, melon, macadamia nuts, mozzarella cheese, miso, mustard, molten lava cake, marshmallow, milk, mocha, matcha, mulberry, muesli. You get the point. There are tons of other foods that start with M. Pick whatever that is the easiest, most acessible and fun to eat for you! I decided on eating mango because it is something new to C and I had some frozen ones in the freezer.
This smoothie was inspired the flavours of one of my favourite ‘sweet drink’ from Heaven & Earth: Mango Tea with a hint of Chamomile.
Nutrition Benefits of Mango
Mango is a nutrient packed fruit that you can offer your little humans. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, and beta-carotene, which are essential to support a healthy immune system. It is high in fibre and aids in digestion which makes it easy for the digestive system to absorb. It is also rich in iron, potassium and magnesium which are minerals that are supports cardiovascular, bone and skeletal health. Personally, I wouldn’t offer mangoes as a first foods as mangoes can be really sweet, but definitely a regular in my baby’s meals, mixed with other whole foods.
However, when you are offering mangoes to babies, take note that they might be allergenic as mangoes belong to the same plant family as cashews, pistachios and poison ivy. If you have a family history of allergy to cashews, pistachios and poison ivy, there might be a possible allergic reaction to mangoes.
Chamomile for Babies?
While Chamomile are known for centuries as a herbal tea that prevents cold and relieves muscle spasms such as menstrual cramps, it can also be offered in a lightly brewed version for babies to soothe colic and promotes sleep. As chamomile belongs to the daisy family, if you have family history of allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies, there might be a possible allergic reaction to chamomile.
To make a Mango Chamomile ‘Sago’ Smoothie, you will need:
- 1 cup (frozen) mango
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup chilled chamomile tea
- 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- Hot water
1. Pour the hot water to the chia seeds. Set aside while it expands.
2. Blend the rest of the ingredients.
3. Stir in the expanded jelly-like chia seeds to the smoothie.
4. Chill before serving.
*An alternative to brewing a fresh cup of chamomile tea would be to add approximately 1/2 tablespoon of chamomile flowers to the chia seeds with hot water. The flowers should be placed in a tea infuser so that you don’t have to separate the flowers and chia seeds when it is ready.
Chia seeds are added to power up nutrition of the smoothie. It also resemble the texture of sago in mango sago dessert. It is also okay to enjoy the smoothie without the power food. While this is a recipe for smoothie, you can also lessen the amount of liquid added for a thicker consistency so that it can be enjoyed as a spread or added into oatmeal and plain yoghurt. It can also be frozen to be enjoyed as sorbet on a hot day!