I love a good tonic for when the weather turns and you feel the sniffles coming on. But the last thing I’m going to do is get my babies to drink boiling water with lemon and ginger in it when they’re sick – so the last time I spied baby Smalls with a runny nose, I mushed her up this little baby cold and flu tonic concoction.
It has similar ingredients to my tonic, but in a baby-friendly package. There’s nothing like a bit vitamin c boost when your immune system is down, and the sweetness of apples helped to balance out the ginger and apple cider vinegar. Although my first batch was a bit mouth-puckering and Pepper didn’t care one whit. Tough kid.
Baby Cold and Flu Tonic
To 6 medium peeled and chopped apples, I added a grating of ginger, a squirt of lemon juice, a big teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, two peeled and chopped kiwi fruit (a vitamin c powerhouse) and simmered over low heat for about 20-30 minutes until soft enough to blend. I added a little water when I could see it was getting dry but the apples hadn’t totally softened yet.
If your kiddo is a little older, you can also pop in a dollop of raw honey for its antibacterial properties.
Biggie isn’t into eating anything that’s not a sandwich, so turned her nose up at this. I made her a green smoothie instead, using pretty much the same ingredients, but with banana in place of the apple and some Loving Earth Rainbow Superfood Blend. She will drink anything in smoothie form! She loved it.
I also mixed this with a little coconut yogurt to change it up a bit for Smalls and she loved that too. So did I, just quietly!