Half of parents in the UK admit that they serve their children bland, unseasoned meals because they’re too scared to add herbs or spices in case they get rejected. But by offering tasteless meals, it is likely we’re raising a generation of unadventurous eaters who are afraid to try new tastes.
A recent survey conducted by the baby food company Piccolo discovered that 45% of parents confessed to never seasoning their children’s food with herbs or spices, with a quarter of them (26%) believing it wouldn’t be safe to add to the meals.
Parents also admitted that they would rather stick to the same old plain meals instead of risking their baby rejecting a new flavour either because it was too spicy (44%) or just didn’t like it (21%). This means that parents – and their babies – are stuck in a mealtime rut and babies are not being given a wide variety of foods to try.
Inspired by the Mediterranean recipes they grew up with, the team at Piccolo are determined to share their love of herbs and spices to help parents feel more confident about getting creative in the kitchen and being more adventurous with their meals.
Piccolo’s in house Infant Nutritional Therapist Alice Fotheringham creates Piccolo’s recipes from her kitchen and is passionate about the importance of including herbs and spices during the weaning journey. She says, “You can give pretty much any herb or spice from first foods. You only need a sprinkling when you start, perhaps a bit of parsley sprinkled on some carrot puree, or mint goes really well with peas. For spices, you could try a dash of cinnamon or ginger with some apple or perhaps some cumin or turmeric on some sweet potato.
For busy parents, or those on the go, Piccolo’s range of stage 1 and 2 pouches contains 12 different herbs and spices to help develop babies’ palates. From tarragon, rosemary and thyme to all-spice, cinnamon and vanilla, Piccolo’s unrivalled range really broadens baby’s first foods, helping to create a longstanding positive attitude to food.