ADHD in kids: Symptoms and remedies

Do you feel that it is hard for your child to pay attention? Do you feel that your child finds it difficult to sit without movement or maybe restless and overly active? If yes, it can be a sign of ADHD or Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or these are the ADHD in kids symptoms.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in kids. It is a disorder which makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, control Impulsive behavior, and feel restless. Usually, the symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) start to surface between the age of 3 to 6 years old, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. However the symptoms like hyperactivity improves with age and other symptoms like poor impulse control and disorganization often continue through the teen year

Many kids find it difficult at some point of time in focusing, sitting still, paying attention and self-control. But kids with ADHD find it more difficult and more often. It can affect a child’s life at school, at home or even with friends.

ADHD in kids: symptoms

Following are some common symptoms in the behavior of child with ADHD, generally noticeable in the early childhood:

Inattentiveness:

Trouble in staying focused on a task.

Often makes careless mistakes

Easily distracted.

Appears forgetful or losing things. (foods to increase memory)

Difficulty in following instructions.

Frequently avoid tasks that require a long time.

People usually complain that he/she doesn’t listen even when someone is directly talking to them.

Disorganized.

Hyperactivity:

Excessive physical activity like unnecessary climbing and jumping.

Talk nonstop.

Be fidgety and restless.

Trouble sitting still.

Disrupt others or can’t wait for their turn.

Impulsive:

Act too quickly without thinking.

Interrupting conversation.

Constantly tap their hands or feet.

Not able to interpret danger.

Desire for immediate reward.

Difficulty sleeping.(What are some foods that help in sound sleep?)

Causes:

However the exact cause of ADHD is not clear yet and research is continuing. The kids with family history of ADHD, who were born premature or have low birth weight, brain injury that happened either in the womb or later in life are at high risk.

Diagnosis:

If you notice any of the above ADHD in kids symptoms in your child, you must go for a proper diagnosis as recommended by the doctor. While there is no specific test for ADHD, diagnosis may likely include.

Medical exam.

Gathering information about the symptoms that exist, and from when these symptoms started.

Whether these symptoms are affecting their day to day life, or they find it difficult to socialize.

Family history of ADHD.

May also involve interviews or questionnaires for family members, teachers and others close to the child.

It is important to differentiate ADHD from other clinical disorders as it can have symptoms that may overlap with them. Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be misdiagnosed in a patient with ADHD as these symptoms (inattention and poor focus, memory loss, distractibility, etc) generally persist in individuals with the disorder

Treatment and Therapies

While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Healthy ADHD diet for kids:

It is very important to feed kids a nutritious diet from the early years itself, even more important if the child is suffering from ADHD. Along with the treatment and therapies a healthy ADHD diet for kids including essential nutrients is must, which may help in reducing the symptoms. Experts say whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD. Below is the list of essential nutrients recommended as a part of a healthy ADHD diet.

Protein

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is also essential for brain health and plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters (brain chemical). It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some foods rich in protein are: nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products.(how to get a protein rich diet?)

Omega 3 fatty acids:

Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span. Fish & walnuts are a very good source of omega 3. (Why is Omega 3 important for your kids?)

Magnesium:

In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders. Banana, avocado, pumpkin seeds and spinach are some food sources of magnesium.(what are some disorders in which magnesium can help?)

Zinc: 

Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for proper brain function and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing. Some food sources rich in zinc are: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chicken, shrimp and kidney beans. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Iron:

Iron is an important dietary mineral which is essential for the growth and development of kids- both physical and mental growth. It is also responsible for carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body. Lack of iron in children’s bodies leads to iron deficiency (how to deal with iron deficiency in kids?) and may also significantly affect dopamine metabolism (brain chemical). Green vegetables, fruits, and dried fruits are some sources of iron rich foods.(How can a cast iron pan help?)

Complex carbohydrates:

Having whole grains and less processed food and flours reduces risk of blood sugar spikes, also they feel full for longer, this will prevent them from unnecessary snacking. It also encourages better sleep. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils are carbs rich foods.(importance of good carbs for kids)

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Indian food tradition: Authored by Meghna Sharma (New Delhi)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about the Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

Hi, I am Meghna Sharma,  mother of two daughters, 10 and 2.5 years old. I was born and brought up in Delhi but my native place is Rajasthan. The culturally enriched state leaves an impeccable impact on our lives too.  

Life is good but sometimes I miss my maternal house very much. Since we live in Delhi we used to go to our Nani’s house during summer vacations, you can imagine the weather of Rajasthan during summers, but still the fun was unlimited. My maternal house was basically at Churu, a place near Bikaner.

May and June were the hottest months, and during that period dehydration was the most common thing we all suffered from, as the ground water of Rajasthan was mostly salty and we were not used to it. But nothing to worry when nani maa (grandmother) and mausiya(Aunties) were there to take care of us. To save us from dehydration they use to make a lot of healthy and delicious drinks like Amma panna, imli ka panna, bajre ki raabri, mango shake and nimbu ki shikanji. Rasna, tang and other cold drinks were like a dream for us.

I have a very small family in nanihal with 7 mausi and 2 mama’s plus 1 mamij with we kids among 1 or 2 of each, total we are around 25-30 humans not much😅😅 and my mother being the eldest of the small army but disciplined and stick to our roots. 

Going to Rajasthan and not having their main cuisine daal-baati-churma…is like going to Agra and not visiting Taj Mahal. The world famous rajasthani Panchmel daal is a mixture of 5 daals altogether with tadka or desi ghee to strengthen bones. Kair-sangri ki sabzi which is made with lots of nuts is must have and without Besan ke gatte ki sabzi your trip can never be complete. Bikaneri sponge rasgulla …l can feel water in my mouth only by writing 🤤🤤

Tulsi became the sacred plant….which we used to worship since childhood and we all very well know the medicinal properties of this holy plant. When we used to visit in winters, Tulsi and ginger tea was a must to get rid of cold and cough.

But now food has completely changed, there is so much Adulteration these days, that we are not able to give the kind of stuff we had in our childhood. In our childhood, even the normal home made cooked food was intact with all the nutrients and unknowing we were getting all required nutrients.

But still where there is a will there is a way.. We have to take some time out from our busy and high gadgets life to make food interesting for them. Out of all the dried  fruits my daughters only eat raisins, so I make powder of different nuts and hide it in their chapatis and parathas…job done with fun. Instead of ordering junk food from outside, I used to make it at home with whole wheat. I even make protein powder at home to mix in their milk.These are some small things which can make a big difference in a kid’s health.

I feel really blessed to have such an enriched life and I am trying to pass it on to my little one’s in every way and manner I can. 

Indian food tradition

Thank you so much for providing me with a platform to share a bit of me.  I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids.

My kids loved the chocolate spread. Its a combo of health and taste. looking forward for Iyurved’s up coming products for kid’s immunity, eye health and brain development.

Let’s stay healthy and safe.

Regard,

MEGHANA SHARMA


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Indian Food Tradition: Authored by Deepti Oberoi(New Delhi)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about the Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

I am deepti, from Dehradun and now live in New Delhi with my family. Born and brought up in Dehradun in a Vegetarian Punjabi family. Punjabis are world famous for their cuisine like breads (Parantha with butter or Ghee, Butter Naan, Lachcha Parantha, Makki ki roti and many more), Non – Vegetarian food (Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken etc.) and Vegetarian food(Makhni Dal, Sarson ka Saag etc.).

Grew up in a middle class family of six members Mummy, Papa , 2 elder sisters, me and my younger brother and being a part of Punjabi family we are foodie kids but totally depend on home made food means “Mummy ke haathon ka bana ghar ka sada khaana”. My father never allowed us to eat any food(main course) from outside. I remember in my childhood visiting a hotel or any restaurant to fulfil your hunger with outside food not in trend like today.

On daily basis in morning breakfast my mother use to cook delicious parantha(kabhi aloo ka, kabhi gobbi ka, kabhi paneer ka) With a cup of milk, In lunch sabji with plain parantha and in evening a cup of tea with aate wale biscuits and in last meal of the day means dinner we ate Daal n Chawal with salad. Sundays were a treat for all of us 4 kids because on alternate Sunday Mummy used to make Rajma chawal, Chole Bhutre, Aloo puri, Chole Chawal with any sweet dish like Suji ka halwa, ice cream, custard etc. As Sundays were our outing day at that time we ate snacks like aloo tikki, chaat papdi, dahi bhalle chaat, gol gappe, samosa, jalebi once in a week. Especially in winters Mummy made Aate ka halwa in desi ghee for all of us late at night . While we were studying in our room, Mummy came in our room with the tray to serve us garma garam Halwa with a cup of coffee.

“ Wo Bhi Kya Din The Jab Ghar Ka Khaana & Light Snacks Hi Achche Lagte The”

But nowadays the scenario is totally different in each and every way, especially food habits. I am a mother of 2 daughters. My elder daughter is a teenager and my younger one is 11 years old. My both daughters and even my husband love to eat junk food like pasta, pizza, momos, Maggie, Fries etc. on a daily basis as snacks in the evening. They are eating homemade food just as a routine or requirement of fulfilment of their stomach nothing else but eating junk food is like a treat for them. Now junk food is a part of our life but being a mother I always give my best to boost them with healthy food.

With my Mother
My husband and kids
Indian food tradition

Thanks to Iyurved for giving us this opportunity of sharing our different culture of food. I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids. This is the need of the hour.

Received the samples, outstanding products. My kids loved the chocolate one and I liked the savoury as we can now add to everything that they eats without even making them realize.


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Indian Food Tradition: Authored by Deepa Gupta (New Delhi)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

Hi, I am Deepa, proud homemaker, wife and mother of two gorgeous kids Sumona and Lisa. I am from a beautiful city called Kanpur. Youngest in my house and growing up in a dignified family is always a demur where you have to live it up to the expectations not only in your personal growth but in terms of food and taste as well.

I grew up at my Nani’s house as my mom was a single parent and a full time working woman so my nani and nanu took the place of my mom and dad. I shared an alluring relationship with my nani and nanu.  I used to call my nani as Laal Mummy (laal means dearest in Sindhi language and Also, she had pink cheeks.) and nanu as Daddy. My Nani and Nanu were always there for me and were my first teachers.

My nani was very religious and made me learn lots of Sindhi prayers and songs which I was never interested in. She would always take out one plate for bhagwaan ji from all her cooked meals then only allow us to eat or even touch that food. It was funny, however I truly respect her emotions.

She was a huge fan of bollywood actor Dharmendra and had never missed any of his movies, Always first day first show that too in theaters, no compromises in that, sometimes my nanu was so jealous of bollywood actor Dharmendra, but the way they adored as partners and their commitment to each other as best companions has always filled my heart with hope and love. They were the cutest and my favorites always.

 My Nani would always pamper me and make typical sindhi heavy  breakfast to start off the day, which could vary from royal dal pakwan (fried crispy maida based poori with mildly spiced Bengal gram dal) to seyal phulka(spiced bites of leftover chapatis in  thick garlic, onion tomato gravy).

The other options would be Basar ji koki( a thick flat bread made with whole wheat flour mixed with Bengal gram dal with onion, fresh green chillies and some garam masala made into dough with lots of oil), daal ji debri / Moong Dal parantha (flatbread stuffed with boiled moong ki dal mixed with salt and minimum masala served with curd) or saiyun patata(maida based roasted vermicelli cooked in sweet water served with spiced sautéed Potatoes as a savory along papad) and most  important be it winters or summers you can’t get out of the house without Matho(Salted Lassi).

The  lunch would consist of Tur Dal (cooked with tomato, chilies and tamarind paste) with chawal and Patata(potatoes)/, bhindiyun(okra)/, peah(peas)/, singiyun(drumsticks)or bheeh(lotus stem) served with dahi and a bowl of summer/winter fruit like amb(mango) / Gidra(muskmelon) / loochaa(plums). It was always a well balanced meal and full of nutrition. I used to wait for special occasions when she would make special dishes like teevar (meat), sai bhaji with pulav or Sindhi Kadhi, I don’t think in my childhood my grandparents or Mum ever ordered food from outside. All the snacks were homemade from gur ke ladoo to khas khas ka halwa to bhajiyas or pakore or you name the snack she would make at home.

The culture was very different from today, where we not only shared our food to our neighbors but also. Those chaotic days when all the kids used to gather in the evening to play outdoor games or to do knitting or mehendi sessions or cooking in the woods or planning for what to do productive in summer holiday. We projected so many plays or dance performances to our colony members without any adult supervision.

We knew our next door neighbors and they were like our extended family only.

Things are contrasting now, we push our kids to go and play outdoors than to be on TV /Laptop or be friends with next door neighbors. These days we modern mums organize play dates at sports clubs to ensure the child is advancing social skills and getting adjusted to other humans. Every mom of this era is facing some or the other challenges, be it with food, nutrition or any other skill. Now, kids have more inclination for pizza, fries and coke than a home cooked meal. We were really fortunate to be part of such amazing families who taught us and converted us as Super Moms. Our kids demand variety and exciting meals. I also ensure that every meal I am serving to my kids is well balanced and full of nutrition. So to make it fun when I serve our desi paneer ka parantha with makhan I don’t say that it’s a paneer parantha…It’s  always a cottage cheese flatbread topped with butter:-P for them:-D.

So keep trying you awesome Moms! Strive for excellence and remember that good enough is the new perfect!

Grand father and Grand mother
ME
Indian food tradition

I am very grateful to Iyurved for sharing my childhood memories and giving me this platform. I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids. This is the need of the hour.

I personally recommend all the parents to try both Iyurved’s DAILY NUTRITION Chocolate and Savoury spread for their kids.

Regards,

DEEPA GUPTA.


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Millet Pizza that is Gluten free

Recipe of Millet Pizza that is Gluten free with herbs and nuts

Kids love to eat pizza. Preparing a millet pizza that is gluten free helps to add nutrition to their favorite foods in a convenient way. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

Let’s try to make every healthy food recipe for a child more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts. Check this healthy mixed millet pizza recipe for babies, toddlers and kids. It is a healthy pizza recipe.

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Ingredients and Procedure:

  • 2 cups of flours (mix of any- whole wheat, ragi, sorghum, rye, amaranth, teff)
  • Add oregano seasoning and salt as per choice
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Add whey protein liquid or whey protein powder + water (to make sticky dough)
  • Leave dough to rest and rise for 2-3 hours covered with dry cloth and loose lid
  • Once done, take a small ball of dough and roll using dry flour
  • Add tomato puree (or pizza sauce) and alfalfa sprouts, veggies/ greens and cheddar cheese on top
  • Preheat for 5 min at 220 celsius. Bake for 15 min and serve!

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Indian Food Tradition: Authored by Surabhi Srivastava ( Ghaziabad, U.P.)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about the Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

Hi,  I am Surabhi, basically from Kanpur U.P. , Kanpur has always been famous for its  tasty foods and like Thaggu ke laadu, Badnaam kulfi and Baba biryani etc. and the same Indian food tradition has been followed in our house as well, like we live to eat and eat to live 😅😅

I had spent my childhood in a joint family and there were 11 members in the family including Mummy, Papa, my Siblings, Grandparents, Uncle, Aunties and cousins, even neighbors are like family members. Everyday was like a party, not like today’s culture of nuclear families, people don’t even know their immediate neighbors. 

There has been a set and disciplined pattern of  food. Although it was full of variety including Dal, Chawal, Green veggies, Stuff paratha, roti on regular days and on special occasions or on sundays menu includes special things like Chicken curry, Biryani, Paneer, Chola and a lot more. On most of the Sundays papa bring Jalebi, samosa and kachori for the breakfast. Even today when I go to my parents house, that breakfast treat is must 😅. Just like everybody’s mother, my mother is also a great cook, can’t find that taste in anybody’s hand especially those Dal ke phare.  Really miss those days.

There was a strict timing for every meal in our family and we were not allowed to skip our meals, like breakfast at 10, lunch between 1-2, evening tea and snacks at 5 and dinner by 9. 

Now with change in times, not only our food culture changed drastically but our way of raising our kids has changed a lot. Kids are becoming more fussy and difficult to handle, especially when it comes to nutrition as they are more prone to junk food. I am a mother of a 13 year old girl and still struggling to make disciplined and healthy eating habits. In my childhood ,we never went outside to have lunch or dinner casually, only on special occasions once or twice in a year, but nowadays not only children but even we parents also want to go out during weekends.

At last I just wanted to say that it is very important to make your kids aware of what they are eating and encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle.

Me
With my Brother, Mother and Father
Indian food tradition

I am very grateful to Iyurved for sharing my childhood memories and giving me this platform. I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids. This is the need of the hour.

In today’s world of busy parents these spreads( chocolate and savoury) are life saving, especially when kids are fussy eater like mine. Just a spoon fulfills -their daily nutrition needs. hats off to Iyurved for making such fabulous products.

Regards,

SURABHI SRIVASTAVA


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A guide to a Gluten free Diet for Kids

Is a gluten free diet advisable for kids? Before answering this question let us understand the meaning of gluten and gluten free diet. Gluten is a protein found naturally in certain grains including wheat, barley, spelt and rye. There are two main proteins in gluten: glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for the adverse health effects of gluten. The name gluten is derived from the glue-like property of this protein. When the flour mixes with water, the gluten protein forms a sticky texture that has glue like consistency. A gluten free diet is an eating plan that excludes foods containing gluten.

Why a Gluten free diet for kids? 

Gluten is not harmful and unhealthy. Avoiding or cutting gluten from your kid’s diet would not make your child feel better, however kids with certain health conditions are advised to avoid gluten or have a gluten free diet.

If the child is suffering from Celiac Diseases or gluten intolerance, should stick to a gluten free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine’s lining due to eating gluten. People suffering from this disorder experience unpleasant symptoms after eating gluten rich foods like bread or pasta. Whereas gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people have gluten intolerance with mild sensitivity to gluten while others may have celiac disease.

Children with celiac disease may have the symptoms like weight loss, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea or constipation and in some cases delayed puberty(How to deal with puberty in girls?). Kids with a family history of celiac disease are at higher risk. If you feel your child has any symptoms of celiac disease or gluten intolerance, call your doctor and go for the test he/ she suggests.

Currently the only way to treat celiac disease is to avoid gluten. A lifelong strict gluten-free diet is the only available treatment for celiac disease. Parents should take extra care of kids with this disorder, as it is very difficult for kids to understand and follow the restricted diet. Make everybody around them aware of the fact like their teachers, school staff and friends.

Some foods are naturally gluten-free and some made gluten-free through a process of purification. There are several foods that are naturally gluten-free, such as rice, corn, potatoes and a number of different grains, seeds and legumes. Historically, rice, corn and potatoes have been the first natural substitutes for gluten-containing grains.

Gluten containing cereals:

Some foods that naturally contains gluten and should be avoided by a person or child suffering from celiac disease or have gluten intolerance are:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Kamut
  • Malt
  • Triticale

Gluten free foods:

Gluten free foods are often low nutrients, as opposed to their gluten containing equivalents. Kids with celiac disease need to avoid gluten, they cannot eat many foods which are often good sources of minerals and vitamins. So, in order to make sure that your child gets all the nutrients despite the gluten free diet, meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist. A dietitian can work with you and your child to develop a gluten-free, balanced eating plan. Here are some naturally gluten free foods with their benefits.(Nutrients a child require?)

Vegetables: Veggies like carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, peas and other leafy greens are mostly gluten free. These veggies are a great source of vitamin A, C, E, fiber, iron and antioxidants. Vegetables are often a good source of prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut and immune system by becoming the food of the good bacteria living in the gut. Encourage your child to eat a variety of vegetables so that they do not face any mineral or vitamin deficiency due to a gluten free diet. (Power foods for kids)

Fruits: Fruits are one of the gluten free foods. Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants), which helps kids’ bodies to stay healthy. Fruits being rich in antioxidants boost a child’s immunity and give sustainable energy which is specially required when the child is on a gluten free diet. It also ensures kids healthy growth and development. High in fiber contents it aids in proper functioning of the digestive system and thus prevents constipation. Fruits also provide a wide range of health- boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. So daily include fruits in a gluten free meal for kids. (fruits for teens and kids)

Nuts and seeds: Apart from being gluten free foods, Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body. They are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 (Why Omega 3 is important?). They are considered super healthy for brain development in children, nuts also help keep their immune system strong. (Why to include nut and seeds daily to a kid’s diet?)

Whole Grains: Except for a few whole grains which contain gluten, rest are naturally gluten free. However when you are purchasing gluten free whole grains, always check the labels, because even gluten free gains can be contaminated with gluten, if they are processed in the same facility as gluten containing foods. Some of the gluten free whole grains are: quinoa, rice, brown rice, sorghum, millet, amaranth, teff, arrowroot, oats and buckwheat. Whole grains are nutritious foods for kids as they are powerhouse of energy and rich in carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, iodine, magnesium, zinc, folate, riboflavin and vitamin E. All these nutrients help in overall growth and development of kids.

Gluten free source of Protein: Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some gluten free sources of protein are: legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas), fresh fish, tofu, red meat, fresh chicken and egg. So if you are following a gluten free meal for kids add these foods for protein sources. (Some easy sources of protein)

Gluten free dairy products: Most of the dairy products are naturally gluten free, but if they are flavored and contain preservatives or additives, do check the labels before buying, as they can include thickeners, malt and modified food starch. Some of the gluten free dairy products are: milk, yogurt, butter, paneer, cottage cheese, ghee etc.

Recipe: One-Pot Veggies Rice with hidden herbs and nuts

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Gluten free diet
  • Mix of small cut capsicum, cauliflower, onion, chopped garlic
  • Soy chunks or firm tofu
  • Cumin seeds (optional)
  • other veggies (optional)
  • semi brown rice or any other
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 7 nuts & 5 herbs Savoury spread (order here)
  • Ghee/Olive oi

Heat ghee/olive oil briefly, add cumin seeds and all the veggies to sauté. Iyurved’s 7 nuts & 5 herbs Savoury spread (order here). Once done for 5 min, add rice and Sauté for two more minutes. Add double water and cover the lid to cook. I cooked extra for my kids to enjoy soft broccoli and cauliflower. I saved this dish with mushroom and peas gravy for additional nutrition.

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Indian Food Tradition: Authored by Sangitika Patra Shendre (Cuttack, Odisha)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about the Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

Hello everyone, I am Sangitika patra shendre, born and brought up in an Odia family. My father belongs to Jajpur in Odisha and my mother belongs to Cuttack a beautiful city surrounded by rivers. But my grandparents from both sides, my nanaji and my dadaji both were serving in the railways in Bondhamunda (known for Asia’s biggest railway ward)near Rourkela (Odisha), so my maximum childhood time of summer vacation we spent in Bondhamunda. 

So when it comes to Indian food tradition, I can say Odisha has a lot of variety in food, and diversity in every district or borders.

Like we used to have these many varieties of breakfast: Suji upma, Dahibara(dahiwada), Aludum(small single potato curry), Chuda santula( includes sometime banana or mangoes), Bara(vada), Ghuguni(dry green peas curry), Chakuli pitha(plain dosa), Alu tarkari(potato curry). My dadi and nani both use to make all these dishes very delicious😋�.

People also ask: What is the traditional food of Orissa?

What is Odia food?

A typical Odia meal will comprise rice, dal, a vegetable dish or two, something fried, and a fish curry or even meat. There’s a lot of similarity between Odia and Bengali food – the two cuisines in fact use pretty much the same kind of spices and ingredients, but in the end they are quite distinct. However, unless you’re used to both the cuisines, you may not even be able to tell the difference. Mustard oil, besara (mustard seeds pounded with garlic), panch phutana (panch phoron) are three important ingredients in Odisha, with even curd being an occasional feature. Having said that, the cuisine has been influenced by its borders as well, with Andhra Pradesh adding its Telugu touches, and chillies and curry leaves, and tamarind, making an appearance in some of the dishes. The food in this Odisha-Andhra border in fact is high on the spice factor. And you’ll see the influence vividly if you make a trip to Berhampur during the festival of Pongal. And while coastal Odisha loves its fish, the cuisine is replete with vegetarian, and sattvik food, thanks to the Jagannath temple in Puri.

Rice is a staple in Odisha, with vegetables such as potatoes, yam, pumpkin, brinjal, ash gourd, drumstick, banana flower and stem, finding their way into different dishes. Then again there are some of the unusual ones, which are rarely talked about. Take the Hendua (from western Odisha) for example, dried bamboo shoot that is used to make pickle, or even a curry with ladies finger, panch phutana, mustard paste, tomatoes, and chillies. It’s a heady combination of aroma and flavour, with both trying to outdo each other. Then there is the famous dalma, a dish that the cuisine is most commonly known for. The dalma is a preparation where daal and vegetables are cooked together, and usually eaten with rice. One can use moong dal, toor dal, or even chana dal. Some of the vegetables added include yellow pumpkin, raw banana, brinjal, and raw papaya. The panch phutana is an important ingredient in the dalma, as are dry red chillies, ginger (chopped) turmeric, roasted cumin seeds, and some ghee. A simple and quick preparation, the dalma actually has plenty of variations, and the better the vegetables, the better the end result.

Meat is definitely important in an Odia meal, especially if it’s a special one. What’s quite curious is that in general a mutton curry is referred to as mansha tarkari, where tarkari is curry. A standard mutton curry recipe will include potatoes, garlic, onions, ginger, garam masala, whole black pepper and cardamom, cinnamon, and a pinch of sugar. Additionally, the mutton is marinated in turmeric, curd, and red chili powder. The dish is cooked in mustard oil. It takes a while to make this one.

The Dahi Baigana where slices of brinjal are first fried and then cooked in a curd based gravy too is a delicious preparation. 

The khechidi (or khichdi) is a very important dish in Odia cuisine. It’s served at the Jagannath Puri temple, and while that recipe is extremely simple (using only moong dal, rice, heeng, and basic ingredients such as salt, turmeric, dried bay leaf, cinnamon), there are other variations where one could add vegetables such as cauliflower florets, peas, and potatoes. It’s not only healthy, but tasty too.

Santula, One of the main food dishes of Odisha, Santula is a classic Odia delicacy that you can slurp and slurp even more on your trip. Made with raw papaya, brinjal, and tomato, the dish has more greens and fewer spices, thereby having all the makings for a healthy dish.

One can’t end an Odia meal without something sweet, and one of the most famous dishes to have out of that cuisine is the chhena poda (literally meaning burnt cheese). Cooked with chhena (curdled milk) the dessert can be either baked or even cooked in a pressure cooker. It requires some sooji (semolina), refined flour, and lots of sugar (to caramelize, and to sweeten). Some people also add some dry fruits such as pistachios, and cashew nuts, to add texture. A little bit of green cardamom (crushed) adds a lovely fragrance to the dish too. And ofcourse rice kheer is also a very important dish of Odisha.

From bhajas (fried food), dal, tarkari (vegetable preparations), to fish and meat curries – there are plenty of dishes in the cuisine experiment with. Odia food has its lovely nuances, a sense of rusticity that hasn’t withered with time, and that will always make it special.

So like this I grew up with traditional food of Odisha. Hope u all enjoyed reading my story, many more things are there to pen, but for now this is it.

Me
Indian food tradition (Chhena Poda)
With my kids

Thanks to Iyurved for giving us this opportunity of sharing our different culture of food. I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids. This is the need of the hour.

I tried the chocolate spread. The taste is great but more than taste I like the ingredients and no preservative concept, Awesome, keep up the good work. 🙏🙏Jai jagannath 🙏🙏

Regards,

SANGITIKA PATRA SHENDRE


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Indian Food Tradition: Authored by Sumantra Bagchi (Kolkata, W.B.)

We speak to lots of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about Indian food tradition and some stories are simply nostalgic. All stories are special for us. They are raw, unfiltered, peculiarly nostalgic, and explain the contrast between traditional lifestyle/eating patterns and modern-day lifestyle/eating patterns in the most basic yet beautiful way. If you are a parent and this story took you down the memory lane, share with your friends and family.

Bengalis are known to be born foodies. I grew up in an environment where home-made food or Indian food tradition was considered far superior to restaurants. I always cherished eating Bhaja Muger Dal (Moong Dal fried and not boiled) and Aloo Bhaja (French Fries and not Julienne) with Gondhoraj Lebu (lemon with aroma). Dal is probably still the most uncomplicated dish ever discovered, simple yet tasty. 

Apart from a regular freshwater fish item like Rui, Katla, Tengra, Pabda, weekdays were allocated for veg items and weekends for non-veg so that the entire family can relish every bite. So, Sunday was D-Day for me. While Mushur Dal (Masoor Dal), Mug Dal (Moong Dal), Danta Chochori (Mixed veg with Drumsticks), Aloo Posto (Potatoes in a thick paste of Poppy Seeds), Begun Bhaja (Fried Eggplant), Mocha (Banana Flower) formed the veg line-up, the non-veg armoury was even more tempting with Kosha Mangsho (Mutton in thick paste), Bhetki Paturi (Bekti Fish coated with mustard paste, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed), Chingri Malai Curry (Prawns in Coconut Gravy) and Bhapa Ilish (Hilsa Fish with mustard paste, steamed). Being a food enthusiast, it was impossible to cover even 2 non-veg items in a single meal as back in those times the quantity overpowered variety. But I was blessed with the capacity to Eat-all Digest-all as I could never let go of any dish without gratifying my taste buds. My mom’s Kosha Mangsho is something which I cherish even today.

When I used to visit my maternal grandparents for summer vacation, the variety of pickles made by my grandmother was simply amazing. The Gur-Aam and Chiri-Aam were always on my list. The GurAam resembled Murabba but with the Bengali touch of spices. The name Chiri always intrigued me which basically was finely grated green mango. Nevertheless, they both tasted heavenly. I still miss them. Then competed the varieties of pickles with green mango, chilies, garlic and tomato. I often used to wonder why Grandmother took so much pain to make those pickles. Later, I realized that it is her love and emotions attached while preparing that made each one of them unique. I still believe, any food made by heart has a lot more to offer apart from its ingredients, process, pre-cooking and post cooking measures. Maybe this is the reason, the home-made Kosha Mangsho tasted much better compared to the restaurant. 

Unfortunately, now the trend has shifted to the other end of the spectrum with Eating-Out being the norm. The entry of junk food in our lives has added more pain than pleasure, which is realized in later stages. What was considered a luxury once, has now become a standard today, especially for kids. Last but not the least, a greater loss of emotional quotient attached to food, the feeling of “Cooking for My Family” is slowly diminishing only to reflect that times have indeed changed.

Me with my mother and father.
Indian food tradition (Mutton rice).
Creativity at its best.

I am very grateful to Iyurved for sharing my childhood memories and giving me this platform. I truly believe that nowadays children do not get the kind of nutrition and food that we used to get in childhood. It is great that Iyurved is making such nutritious food products for kids. This is the need of the hour.

In today’s world of busy parents these spreads( chocolate and savoury) are life saving, especially when kids are fussy eaters. Just a spoon fulfills their daily nutrition needs. hats off to Iyurved for making such fabulous products.

Regards,

SUMANTRA BAGCHI


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