Earlier this week I was reading up on bone broth & it’s benefits. I also read that it’s completely safe to give babies once they have reached 6 months of age. As some of you may know I was super excited to make my son homemade baby food once he turned 6 months.
Pictured is some Mac & cheese that I made for Matthias. I used @organikahealth chicken bone broth for some added health benefits.
What exactly is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a liquid/broth made from simmering the bones and connective tissues from chicken, beef, fish, etc. over a period of time to extract the rich nutrients within the bones and tissues of the animal.
What are some benefits of Bone broth?
- Rich in vitamins and minerals- calcium, magnesium & phosphorous
- Contains collagen which is great for hair, skin and nails
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps the gut & digestive tract
- Strengthens bones & joints
Click this link for more health benefits of Bone Broth–> Bone Broth Benefits
Why Bone Broth is great for babies
Bone broth is great for teeth and bone development, helps the gut and digestive tract & is full of vitamins and minerals. It’s a great replacement for the bouillon’s you typically find in the grocery store that is mostly filled with salt among other things.
Bone broth is especially great for babies because
- It contains additional vitamins and minerals
- A good prebiotic as it aids in gut & digestive tract health
For more information on its benefits for babies, recipe to make your own bone broth & how/when to serve it to your little one click this link–> Bone Broth for Babies
As I mentioned before I used Organika brand Chicken Bone Broth which you can purchase at your local health food retailer or you can purchase it here Organika Bone Broth Chicken, Original, 300g
What’s great about the Organika Chicken Bone Broth is that it’s less time consuming than making your own bone broth from scratch. Also, its a quick and healthy alternative.
Okay so the bone broth definitely stole the show lol…
I also used shredded” cheddar cheese” from @daiyafoods
My son has eczema and though no one really knows the root cause of it, sometimes allergies can cause it to flare up. When my son turned 6 months I gave him cheese, yogurt and other foods but I noticed the dairy made his eczema flare up. Unfortunately I have to wait a full year before I can see an allergist to confirm if he has a dairy allergy 🙄 but in the meantime I cut out all dairy and haven’t seen any major flare ups (call me doctor mom 😉 lol). The shredded cheese from Daiya is dairy, lactose, gluten, casein and soy free. It melts like real cheese! & Isn’t bad tasting.
It was great to find some alternatives that are healthy and wouldn’t trigger an allergic reaction from consuming dairy. I found this cheese at Walmart which is great because its accessible.
So Here’s The Recipe For The Mac & Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat pasta, Kid friendly (Small shaped like Orzo,etc. I used space shaped pasta)
- 2 Tbsp of Organika Chicken Bone Broth
- 2 Cups of water
- 1/3 Cup of cooked well shredded meat like chicken or turkey (Optional)
- 1/3 cup of Daiya Shredded Cheddar “Cheese”
- 2 Florets of Broccoli
- Spices/dried herbs that your baby is familiar with or try something new at your discretion (Optional)
- In a saucepan, add 2 cups of water and the Organika Chicken Bone Broth over medium heat. Stir well together.
- Add your choice of kid friendly pasta and the broccoli to the saucepan. Allow to cook over medium heat until broccoli is tender and falling apart and pasta is very soft. (*The tenderness depends on how well your little one can manage harder/thicker textured foods; tenderness makes it easier to “chew” or mush the pasta before swallowing).
- Once the water has reduced (make sure it hasn’t reduced totally), add your choice of cooked shredded meat (optional)
- Add the Daiya Shredded Cheddar Cheese and stir everything together until cheese is melted and everything is cheesy.
- Be sure to mash out any large pieces of broccoli if there are any & mash the pasta smaller if necessary
*You can add as much or as little pasta and other ingredients as you see fit. This recipe made about 2-3 servings, so it’s great to have left overs for the following days depending on how much your little one eats
Store the remaining servings in an air tight container in the fridge- I wouldn’t exceed three days. Once ready to use, simply reheat and add a little water to loosen up the cheese & everything.
Matthias enjoyed this, he ate about half the bowl because he was full. Hopefully your little one will enjoy it too or maybe you can make a bowl for yourself- I don’t see why not!