Cheese for Teeth
There is a lot of advice we can follow to maintain our baby’s health. One of the important things we can do for our children’s health is to provide special care for their teeth. Some of you might be surprised to hear that baby teeth first start to develop while the baby is in the womb. At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 teeth hidden within the gums. This is why it is crucial for the mum to consume enough calcium during her pregnancy. This is maybe even just to protect herself: the human body is amazing, the baby in the womb consumes calcium from the mum’s body. Amongst all diary products, cottage cheese is the best for calcium intake.
Here is the fun part. When we buy a natural yoghurt we assume it has live bacteria. The easiest way to prove it, is to mix yoghurt and warm milk approximately in a 1:4 ratio and let it set for 12-24 hours, the duration depends on the room temperature. The warmer a place, the quicker it will work. If you find that the milk smells after 24 hours and has not transformed into a drinking yoghurt or a butter milk, then your yoghurt is not real.
The best way to ferment milk is to buy Kefir culture. If not available then experiment with various natural yoghurts. Greek yoghurt is a good candidate, or any other yoghurt that claims to be set in the pot. Once you find live yoghurt include it into your diet daily.
By using live yoghurt you can make your own yoghurt using the method above. Then use your own yoghurt to make a fresh batch again.
You can make healthy cottage cheese following these simple steps:
1. Place a pot with water on the stove on medium-high heat.
2. Place a jar with drinking yoghurt or Kefir into the pot with water. (Don’t forget to keep some kefir for the next batch 🙂 )
3. Take the jar out as soon as half of the content is watery (this is whey) and the other half is a white substance (this is a cottage cheese). Let it cool and sift through a very fine sifter or a linen cloth, leave for an hour to allow moisture to drip out.
The cottage cheese is the best meal for the breakfast. You can have it with your porridge, or maple syrup, honey, fruits, yoghurt and even on your toast.
Adult teeth start to develop within the first few months of the baby’s life. Now it becomes crucial for the baby’s diet to include products high in calcium. Mother’s milk is sufficient for the first few months. You can introduce cottage cheese to the baby after 2-3 months starting from 1 teaspoon. But you will need to prepare a fresh batch at every feeding time. This is why there is a short cut. You can add a few drops of lemon juice to the glass of milk and heat it until the whey separates. Another quick way to get high calcium cottage cheese is by using Calcium Chloride (10%), available in the chemist. You need to add a tablespoon of it to 500ml of milk and just heat up. If your baby does not show the signs of intolerance or allergy, you can add 30-40g of the cottage cheese to the porridge or mix it with the apple purée, 3-4 times a week.
Returning to our previous post’s discussion on the transition period of the toddler, here I am with another recipe that will be beneficial for parents and children. This dish is also a good addition to your special breakfast or a celebratory brunch.
Cottage Cheese Gnocchi
500g Cottage cheese, soft
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons stevia
1/2 cup amaranth flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
Extra amaranth flour
1. Put a deep pot with 2L of water to boil.
2. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients, divide dough into 4 parts. Roll each portion into a 2cm-diameter ‘sausage’.
3. Use a lightly oiled knife to cut each ‘sausage’ into 2cm pieces.
4. Lightly flour your hands and roll each piece of dough, then transfer all the gnocchi into the boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes on very low to let the water only to simmer.
5. Drain gnocchi and serve with your favourite topping. Options: warm compote, honey, yoghurt, sour cream, jam, even chocolate or caramel sauce.
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