5 kid friendly recipes for healing hand, foot and mouth disease
Anyone whose child has suffered from the painful mouth sores caused by hand, foot and mouth disease will know that eating, while sick, is just painful. So, while you may empathize with your child’s pain, it is still important to keep the fluids up and maintain adequate nutrient intake. These 5 kid friendly recipes for healing hand, foot and mouth disease will make eating, easier.
The world Health Organization explains that nearly all patients recover from hand, foot and mouth disease in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment and complications are uncommon. But, if the patient’s immunity is compromised, there may be further serious complications.
The foods and ingredients that have been reported to aid recovery of hand, foot and mouth disease because they boost immunity and have antiviral capabilities are: bananas, cranberries, manuka honey, coconut oil and mushrooms. So, these 5 kid friendly recipes are based on these ingredients.
1) Banana Bread With Coconut Oil
4 very ripe bananas
⅓ cup coconut oil
¾ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 x 5 –inch loaf pan, or spray with cooking spray
Place the bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the coconut oil and sugar to the bananas, and beat with a fork or an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, on low speed with the mixer (or using a rubber spatula or fork) just until well-incorporated, but do not overmix, which will yield a tough banana bread. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Scrape the coconut banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake for about 55 minutes until a wooden skewer or a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out of the pan and finish cooling upright on the wire rack.
What the Kids Can Do: Mash the bananas, measure the ingredients, mix up the batter, and don’t forget – preheat the oven! It’s never to early for them to know how to do that! You might let them decide on whether or not to ad chocolate chips — though in my experience, the answer to that will always be yes.
You can also make these as muffins, and they will make about 14 to 18 regular muffins. Reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
2) banana, cranberry smoothie
8 ounces fresh cranberries
2 small banana
1 cup canned, light coconut milk, no sugar added
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
3) Manuka honey smoothie
500ml milk kefir
1 banana, frozen and slightly thawed
1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
1 tbsp Manuka Health manuka honey
Handful of raspberries and blueberries
1 capsule probiotic (optional)
Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Tip: make sure you put your liquid In first before your frozen ingredients.
Pour into a bowl and add your granola, nuts and fruit for topping.
4) Mushroom soup
1 tablespoon avocado oil, olive oil or another fat
1 white onion, diced
1 (8 oz) package baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano pepper, roughly chopped (remove rib if you don’t like spicy food)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, adjust to taste
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, (adjust to taste or omit)
¼ cup white wine
1 cup organic chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk, canned and full fat (mix well after opening)
Add oil to a dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium heat, then add onions, mushrooms and a pinch of salt.
Saute for 10-12 minutes or until onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft.
Add garlic and serrano pepper and cook for minute, then add the spices. After another minute or so, add wine to deglaze the pot.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add chicken broth and coconut milk.
Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until it thickens to your liking.
Blend the creamy mixture in a blender or with an immersion blender.
5) Mushroom and Cheese Toastie (Grilled Cheese Sandwich)
2 slices white bread
4 good slices of mature cheddar
1 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 cup sliced mushrooms
In a pan, put a knob of butter and heat on the hob.
Place the mushrooms and oregano in the pan and gently cook for 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms are lightly cooked and soft. Set aside.
Lightly butter the two slices of bread.
Place one of the bread slices butter side down and line with slices of the cheese.
With a spoon place the mushrooms on top of the cheese, finally adding the other slice of bread, butter side facing out.
Toast for 5 minutes in a toastie maker or George Forman Grill or until golden brown and cheese has melted.
For more ideas on how to deal with hand, foot and mouth, you may want to read: easy to find remedies for hand, foot and mouth disease. Also, find out more why cranberries are a must eat food for gut health, and how bananas can protect you from viruses. Click here for more ideas on how to use cranberry and check out this vegan banana smoothie recipe.