Simple Homemade Chicken Broth | Healthy Children Recipes
7 – 24 Months
Homemade chicken broth is a great way to provide the body with micronutrients, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. It also helps to rehydrate the body, which can be particularly useful when suffering from constipation.
Another advantage of homemade chicken broth is that it hardly contains any sodium. Please note that you should limit your baby’s sodium intake! Therefore, when you feed your baby chicken broth, please make sure it is really homemade as commercially produced chicken broths are often loaded with sodium.
Moreover, keep in mind that as long as you breastfeed your baby, she will receive all the fluids and electrolytes from the milk (the same applies to formula milk). That is why feeding chicken broth is only recommended for babies from 7 months of age, who receive increasing amounts of solid foods.
8 Chicken drumsticks (or 4 chicken thighs)
2 Bay leaves
Ginger (size of a thumb)
4.5 cups (or 1 liter) of water
Step by Step Instructions
Peel and finely chop the ginger
Wash the chicken drumsticks and add them to a large pot
Add all of the water
Bring to boil, then reduce to medium heat. Cover with a lid, then simmer for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes, add the saffron
Add the bay leaves
Add the ginger
Cook the broth (low heat) for 3 hours. Then strain it through a sieve. That’s your “simple homemade chicken broth”.
This homemade chicken broth can either be served as a soup or used as an ingredient in other baby foods (f.e. to prepare vegetable puree). In so far, there is no particular feeding recommendation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nathalie has 15+ years of experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, reflexology, Shonishin baby massage techniques, Western and Eastern massage techniques (including TUINA), as well as herbal medicine and nutrition.
She has a degree in TCM (including nutrition) and a postgraduate diploma in Herbal Medicine. Moreover, Nathalie used to work for the highly respected Asante Academy in North London and was in charge of the Maternity Acupuncture Clinic at the Whittington hospital in London. She is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the official regulatory body for TCM in the UK.
Today, Nathalie runs her own company and has a broad customer base in London, where she specializes in the treatment of babies and children as well as gynecologic and fertility-related issues in women.
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