Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Six of them, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Almond! Consuming 4-8 almonds for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.
BRAIN: Almond contains brain boosting elements- Vitamin B2 and L-Cartinine which are the two essential nutrients responsible for the nervous system, development of the brain and enhancement of memory.
DIGESTION: Kids suffering from constipation is very common nowadays primarily due to the food choices being high in sugar and sodium. 50% of any quantity of Almond is just fibre which helps in relieving constipation.
ENERGY: Manganese, copper, Iron and Vitamin B2 present in Almond helps in keeping the energy levels high in kids.
IMMUNITY: The vitamin E found in almonds acts as a great antioxidant that counters the free radicals (villains) of the body thereby keeping the diseases at bay. Almond also has zinc which activates the body cells to kill viruses and bacterias to keep immunity of the body high.
BONES & TEETH: The calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous present in almonds help in maintaining the strength of bones and teeth that is most important during the growth years of kids. Osteoporosis is a problem that manifests in adulthood but can be avoided by consuming the right food in the early years of life.
SKIN & HAIR: Almonds are rich source of Vitamin E and protein which helps to regenerate cells (of skin and hair), keeping the damage of cells minimum. It is also a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which promote healthy skin and hair growth.
There are many ways Almond nut can be consumed by a child. Kids love to eat chocolate. Roasting almonds and dipping them in chocolate makes a great snack for kids to eat any time during the day. And it also takes away the urge to eat something chocolatey or sweet. Almonds can also be made into a butter for spreading on bread. Or grind into a flour to be used to make cookies or added to cake batter. Roasted almond powder can also be added to hot or cold porridge. Roasting Almonds do not impact the nutrition value of the nut.
Kids who are picky eaters usually tend to miss on their daily nutrition. Just a minor tweak of adding Almonds to their daily diet can help them meet daily requirement of several vitamins and minerals. Almonds have high quality of calories which not only adds nutrition but also helps in managing weight of a child. They tend to make the child feel fuller faster than other foods resulting in reduced urge to consume comfort-food or over-eat meals.
Research suggests that just by eating nuts regularly for five or more days a week, a person can increase life span by two years. This is one of the easiest and tastiest way of extending life. Another study states that not eating enough nuts and seeds was the third leading dietary factor for disability in the world. Isn’t it just amazing how a handful of nuts and seeds can do us so good.
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