Children with eczema, like all other children, need healthy food to grow. Lack of sleep and the constant struggle with eczema may have affected your child’s growth and thus, it’s even more important to ensure a healthy diet. MarcieMom is privileged to be given permission to feature recipes of Julie Daniluk, TV Host and Nutritionist, and have selected nutritious recipes whose ingredients are anti-inflammatory and available in Singapore. Read more on Julie here.
Julie’s Recipe: Ingredients
- 3/4 cup (185 mL) sesame seeds, soaked
- 4 cups (750 mL) filtered water
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp (30 mL raw honey)
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
1. Soak the sesame seeds in a bowl for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Blend the soaked sesame seeds with the water until smooth (approximately 2 minutes).
3.Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. (Save the sesame pulp in the refrigerator or freezer for later use—it can be added to porridge or soups to increase the nutty flavor of any recipe.)
4.Pour the sesame milk back in the blender, add the vanilla, pinch of sea salt and raw honey, and blend until smooth.
This milk will last in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days. Shake well before using.
Makes 3 cups of Milk and 1 cup of Sesame paste
Marcie Mom: I’m excited about this recipe because a local nutritionist has also just recommended me to give my toddler (Marcie) sesame paste, particularly after she heard that Marcie doesn’t drink milk formula. So, I’m excited to read up on the benefits of sesame and beware, I’ve vested interest because I’ve already been giving Marcie sesame paste for a month!
Sesame – Benefits include anti-inflammation + rich source of calcium!
- Source of manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, selenium, zinc, protein, folic acid and fiber
- Contains sesamin and sesamolin associated with lowering cholesterol, liver damage prevention and anti-inflammation
- Contains magnesium associated with reduction of airway spasm in asthma patients
- Rich source of phytosterols, i.e. plant compounds that lowers cholesterol and regulates immune responses
- Source of copper which is anti-inflammatory and able to activate enzyme that builds collagen and elastin
- Some may be allergic to it, check for cross-reactivity and buy from trusted source that takes care not to mix with nuts during production
I first read of raw honey through Julie’s post on ‘Honey, my favorite sweetener‘ and saw that many of her recipes use raw honey, instead of sugar. When I saw my local organic shop had raw honey, I bought one bottle – haven’t used it in any recipe, just ‘requesting’ my hubby to drink it with apple cider vinegar. It tastes sweeter than processed honey, so recipes have to be tweaked to ensure not it’s not too sweet. But I’m interested to learn more about raw honey, so here we go!
Raw Honey – Heals wound, anti-inflammation and anti-bacteria!
- Source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, folate, choline, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, potassium and selenium
- Peter Charles Molan (University of Waikato, New Zealand) studied that honey reacts with the body’s fluids to make (safe amounts of ) hydrogen peroxide that reduces bacteria (including staph bacteria common found on eczema skin)
- Also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial (use in treating wounds)
- Improves atheletic performance (but please, only take more if you really do exercise!)
- Choose raw honey because it has not undergone the pasteurization process that would destroy enzymes plus added sucrose (with little real honey, perhaps?)
- Not to be given to children below 12 months old due to their not fully developed intestinal tract
So, hurray to this sweet recipe that’s sweet but not inflammatory!