Why Deworming is necessary for your child?

Every parent wishes to give their child a better environment and a healthy life. Presence of worms in the stomach or intestine of your kid can shatter this wish of yours. These worms badly affect the growth and development (How to help your baby in growth and development?) of kids. The main cause behind this issue is unclean environment which takes a serious toll on the kids’ health.  The World Health Organization stated that “soil transmitted helminth (STH)  infections are among the most common infections in humans, caused by a group of parasites commonly referred to as worms, including three main types that are roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. These intestinal worms can severely affect the child’s nutrition and growth.”  For food and survival, these worms reside in the human intestine where they produce thousands of eggs every day. Consumption of vegetables grown in contaminated soil, drinking or washing hands with polluted water or playing in ground where soil carries these worms and pets with infections are some of the potential sources from where your child can get these worms. There is an increased number of awareness worldwide about deworming for children. It is important to identify the symptoms in children to prevent growth deficiency and infant mortality. Right from the age of two, you should deworm your child regularly. It is important to deworm kids at least once every six months. Children with worm infestations need repeated deworming. This can help your child to increase his/her nutritional (Nutrition for kids) uptake. If it is ignored, these worms are able to form cysts in the liver (How to take care of your kids liver health?) and lungs which can lead to pneumonia and some neurological disorders. So, it is really important to keep a close check on your kids to figure out the symptoms as early as possible and start deworming kids accordingly.   

Why is deworming important for kids?

  • It helps in boosting immune system
  • Helps control infections
  • Keep the child active and healthy
  • Boost growth and development

Symptoms that your child is affected by these worms

  • Feeling hungry every time
  • Complaining sore tummy
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss in weight or loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Itching in anal region
  • Constipation
  • Blood in stool
  • Frequent urination
  • Irritating itchiness, Rashes in buttocks
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Coughing

Effects of worms on kids overall well being

These intestinal worms affect kids in several ways. Anemia is the most common effect as these worms feed on host tissues, including blood. It results in loss of iron (How to overcome iron deficiency?) and protein (What are some easy nuts and seeds for protein?). Children often suffer from malnutrition because these worms interrupt the process of absorption of nutrients (What is the required nutrition for kids?) through the small intestine.

Some safety measures

Children who are exposed to an unclean environment or are in direct contact with soil are more likely to have these intestinal worms. Dirty hands, toys, and tools are easy instruments for transmission of these parasites through hands to mouth and at the end they enter the body and intestine. Some precautionary measures should be taken to prevent your kids from these worms.

  • Keep the surroundings clean
  • Develop cleaning habits among kids
  • Don’t allow kids to play barefoot in grass or mud
  • Ensure that kid is using clean swimming pool
  • Wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption
  • Never use Fruit and vegetable that has infested part
  • Never allow your child to drink water from contaminated tank
  • Never serve semi cooked meat or vegetables.

10th February is celebrated as National Deworming Day in India. It aims at eradicating the intestinal parasites among children in the age group of 1- 19 years. There are some medications provided to deworm kids. All of them are safe to use. But it’s always better if one could find some natural ways to get rid of these worms. There are some foods that may help in deworming kids naturally.

Foods to get rid of intestinal worms

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are used as a traditional remedy to treat intestinal parasites. They are rich in an amino acid called cucurbitacin. It is anti parasitic in nature and  helps to paralyze worms in the digestive tract. After that they easily get eliminated through stool. Recent study has also shown that pumpkin seeds can help in parasite removal- especially tapeworms. (Pumpkin seeds millet crackers recipe)

Papaya seeds: Papaya seeds contain a variety of essential micronutrients. It has strong anthelmintic and antiamoebic properties which mean they have the ability to kill intestinal parasites in your digestive tract. A study found that papaya seeds with honey have a positive impact on removal of intestinal parasites. You can mix papaya seeds powder with honey in warm water and can give the child empty stomach in the morning for better results. (Importance of liver health)

Garlic: Garlic has some very effective antiseptic and anti parasite properties that helps to destroy intestinal worms and their eggs. It not only kills the existing eggs but also prevents female pin worms from laying more eggs. Regular use of garlic can help to prevent oxidation caused by parasite toxins. (How to increase breast milk production?)

Turmeric: Turmeric is well known for having antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These qualities help in eliminating any of the intestinal worms. Drinking buttermilk with a tsp of turmeric daily can help in deworming your children. (Foods to boost your kids immunity?)

Carrots: Carrots are great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. This orange vegetable can help to deworm your kid. Beta-carotene has ability to destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. Eating it raw after washing properly can is best home remedy for deworming kids. Carrot scrapes the mucus which is home for these parasites. It helps to push away these worms out of the intestine. (Foods and recipes for 6 months old baby)

Recipe of Dhokla with hidden herbs and nuts

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gram flour (Besan)
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/oil
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Garnishing:

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 2 sliced green chilly
  • 1 handful coriander leaves

Procedure: Mix gram flour, curd, salt, lemon juice, Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here). Ferment batter for 1-2 hours. Pour boiled water in steamer and grease the utensil with few drops of oil. Pour the batter in greased utensil and cook on low flame for 15-20 minutes. Allow the dish to cool down.

Tempering: Heat a pan with 1 teaspoon oil. add mustard seeds, curry leaves and sliced chilly and 1/2 cup of water. Allow it to boil for 3 minutes. Switch off the flame, squeeze half lemon and let it cool down. Pour it over dhokla and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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Understanding the role of Prebiotics for Health

Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that humans cannot digest but the gut bacteria can. Prebiotic is a source of food for your gut’s friendly bacteria. It is a food which does not get fully digested in the body and reaches the large intestine (commonly known as GUT). The good bacteria in the large intestine eat this food and flourishes. Good bacteria multiply and win over the bad bacteria (disease causing). This allows your gut bacteria to produce nutrients for your colon cells, which helps in healthy digestion. Some of these nutrients include short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, acetate and propionate that are released into blood circulation, consequently affecting not only the gastrointestinal tract but also other distant organs. Prebiotics should not be confused with probiotics. Each have their separate role in the battle for better gut health, where probiotics are the friendly bacteria, prebiotics are food for these bacteria. (What are some foods for healthy gut?)

Health benefits of prebiotics

  • Consumption of prebiotics increases the useful gut flora, which synthesize the B complex vitamins.
  • Positive effect on calcium and other mineral absorption, by increasing their solubility.
  • Prebiotic may help reduce inflammation, especially in your intestines, and thereby strengthen the immune system.
  • Prebiotic reduces constipation by maintaining the regularity of bowel movement.
  • It also may help with allergy prevention and symptoms of eczema.
  • Helps in maintaining healthy hormone levels. Prebiotics help your body absorb essential nutrients that help in building hormones.
  • Prebiotic are fiber and eating lots of fibrous food keeps you full for a long time, thus prebiotics are great for weight loss.

Food sources of prebiotics:

Moong Daal (Mung Bean): It is an outstanding prebiotic. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicine for digestion. Other than being a food for the bacteria in the Gut, it is the most powerful antioxidant amongst all lentils, and is also loaded with many micro-nutrients. Mung bean is also extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic and Fit. Due to these powerful results, billion dollar companies in the west are moving to Moong Daal (Mung bean) to prepare plant-based non-veg. protein which is more nutritious than original. (What are other easy protein sources for kids?) Soaked Mung beans can be cooked for a longer while with extra water into a soup or blended into a paste of Dal for small kids. It’s so rich in good bacteria and fiber that it helps in easy digestion and manages gas, colic, and bloating in kids. Without removing the cover of the mung bean, it can be prepared as Khichdi (porridge), Wrap, Cheela (pancake), Dosa or a paste to add in bread dough for all age-groups. (Easy mung bean recipe)

Garlic: Garlic is a prebiotic that is naturally high in inulin, a type of non- digestible carbohydrate that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and restrict disease causing bacteria from growing at the same time. Pickled garlic is best for kids’ gut health. (Easy to feed Omega-3 for kids brain development)

Onion: Onion has prebiotic effects which strengthen gut flora, that help with fat breakdown and boost your immune system and improve digestion. Onion is also rich in antioxidants called flavonoids quercetin which help fight free radicals. Onion is also rich in vitamin C, B vitamins like folate (B9), pyridoxine (B6) and potassium, which aids in metabolism, red blood cell production and nerve function. (Home remedy to cure cough using onion?)

Banana: Apart from being rich in nutrients like potassium, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin B9, it also has prebiotic effects and a small amount of inulin.Banana is high in fiber and prebiotics, both of which support smooth digestion. (Easy to make banana and apple muffins for kids)

Barley: Barely is one of the most popular cereal grains. It contains beta-glucan which is a prebiotic fiber that promotes the growth of good bacteria in your digestive tract. Barley is also rich in selenium, this helps with thyroid function. It has antioxidant properties as well which boost the immune system of the body. (Easy pizza recipe using millets)

Sprouted grains: The concentration of fiber increases in sprouted grains. Fiber is one of the most important components for maintaining gut health. Fiber nourishes the good bacteria in the gut and promotes elimination and detoxification of the colon. (What is the need to sprout grains?)

Apple: Apple has outstanding health benefits as it is rich in fiber, vitamin c, antioxidants and potassium. It has pectin, a type of soluble fiber, which has prebiotic effects and promotes healthy gut microbiota. Pectin increases butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that feeds beneficial gut bacteria and decreases the population of harmful bacteria. (Foods to keep the immunity of kids high all through the year?)

Cocoa: Cocoa contains prebiotic fibers that activate good bacteria. Researchers found that cocoa can promote friendly bacteria and helps to reduce inflammation in the gut. Cocoa is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin K which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Healthy and tasty Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition spread Chocolate spread for brain development, immunity, growth and strong bones)

Recipe for Paneer Paratha with hidden radish, herbs and nuts

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Puree 4 small radish with few spoons of water
Mix with flour and salt.
Add 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 Nuts spread (order here)
Make very soft dough
Take a ball of dough
Scramble Paneer or firm tofu. Add spices of choice and salt.
Stuff mixture in the flattened ball of dough
Seal the ball of dough
Roll the ball into a thin paratha/tortilla
Cook it for both sides on an iron pan, applying little ghee/ oil
Serve hot!

Ingredients:

  • 4 small radish
  • 2 cups Jowar/ sorghum or wholewheat flour (or as much required to make super soft dough)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 Nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Paneer or firm tofu (mixed with spices of choice)

Keep dough very soft to be able to fill the stuffing or serve plain with yogurt or any curry.

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Probiotics for Gut Health

Probiotics are live bacteria naturally occurring in food that are good for you, your digestion and your GUT. According to a study, there are approximately 300 trillion bacteria living inside your body. Most of them reside in your gut and majority of them are quite harmless, some are helpful and a small number of them cause diseases. Whenever you get an infection, it is a sign that bad bacteria are affecting your system out of balance. At this point of time good bacteria helps in eliminating those bad ones and maintaining the balance of good bacteria again. Probiotics are the best way to flourish good bacteria in your body. Most people consider bacteria to be a negative word. They thought that bacteria only made you sick. But Probiotics are those good bacteria that help you fight off diseases causing bad bacteria and restore the balance of both. Food habits, lifestyle and antibiotics, all of them impact the gut health of your body. Your body loses good bacteria when you fall sick and take antibiotics. At this time probiotics can help to maintain the amount of good bacteria in the gut again. The two specific types of bacteria found in probiotics are Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Probiotics also promote the production of natural antibodies in the body. There is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, so there is no way to know exactly what quantity is best. Therefore, add as many probiotic rich foods to your daily diet as you can. (Antioxidant rich foods that kids must eat everyday)

Health benefits of probiotics:

  • Balance the friendly good bacteria in the gut and improve digestion.
  • Helps in stomach discomforts such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and stomach ache. It reduces the risk of severity of diarrhea from a number of different causes.
  • Research shows that taking probiotics on a regular basis improves the symptoms of mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, stress etc. (More foods to manage stress and body ache?)
  • Probiotics may reduce the symptoms of eczema, by restarting the disrupted immune system. (Foods and remedies to manage skin rashes?)
  • Probiotics build your immunity by boosting immune cells and reduces the risk of respiratory infection. (More foods that build immunity?)

Foods rich in probiotics

Yogurt: Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics, which helps in strengthening the digestive tract and promotes gut health. It is high in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics which can enhance the good bacteria in the gut. Yogurt is the best food for kids’ gut health.

Kefir: kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, which are high in good bacteria. The process of making is similar to yogurt, but the fermentation process in Kefir is for 24 hours. The result is not a sour curd, but rather a tasty one. You can also load it up with nuts, seeds and berries to make a shake high in antioxidants, probiotics and prebiotics. (Recipe of kefir with hidden fruits, nuts and seeds)

Fermented food: People have been using fermentation techniques from ages to boost food’s shelf life and to increase its nutritive values. It’s a process through which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria convert the carbohydrates in the food to acids, which act as a natural preservative and promotes the growth of good bacteria. They are the best food to treat digestive disorders. Some fermented foods are kimchi, made from fermented vegetables such as radish and cabbage; it’s a popular Korean dish. Miso is a Japanese seasoning, made from fermented soybeans. Sauerkraut is a traditional food of Europe and made from fermenting finely chopped cabbage. Traditional buttermilk is the leftover liquid you can get during the making of butter and contains lots of probiotics. (Recipe of cauliflower pizza)

Cheese: Cheese is good for kids’ gut health. There are many kinds of cheese which are prepared by fermentation, but all do not contain probiotics. Only soft cheeses made up of unpasteurized milk, such as cheddar, mozzarella and Swiss are rich in probiotics. The longer the cheese ages the more beneficial bacteria develops in it for your gut health. (Which cheese is better to consume?)

South Indian cuisine: It’s good news for you, if you love south Indian foods like idli and dosa, as most of the south Indian dishes are rich in probiotics. Idli, dosa and other such foods are prepared by fermenting rice and lentils, which increases the bio-availability of its minerals and helps the body to easily absorb the nutrients. They are the best food to take while having digestive issues. (Recipe of millet Upma/ meal)

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate contains both probiotics and prebiotics (food for good bacteria). Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa which is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, vitamins A, vitamin B12 and vitamin K which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts chocolate spread- Order now)

Kanji: kanji is a popular Indian fermented drink, which contains lots of gut friendly bacteria (probiotics) which aids in digestion and reduces bloating, gas and promotes a healthy gut. It has a tangy, spice and tart flavor. In India, it is used as a detox drink after festival binge eating, which helps in digestive issues. However, there are many ways of making kanji, the most popular is carrot kanji. It is made by fermenting carrots along with salt, mustard seeds and asafoetida (heeng).(Summer drinks for kids that are nutritious)

Recipe: Millet Upma (Millet meal) with hidden herbs, nuts and seeds

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Arrange all ingredients
Roast Samai (little millet) or Suji/ Semolina and keep aside.
Heat Oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, onion, ginger and peanuts.

Ingredients:

  • Ghee (clarified butter) or oil
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Crushed roasted Peanuts
  • 1 chopped onion (or more veggies)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup little millet or semolina
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups water

After the veggies are cooked and turn brown add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here). Roast again. Add millet or semolina. Add water. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes till soft and water is absorbed. Garnish with coriander. Serve hot!

Tip: Soak the millet for 20 min before cooking (why?)

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Weaning from Breastfeeding: How to do it?

If you are a breast-feeding mother, you might have various questions about weaning. How to wean off a baby?When is the right time? Will weaning upset my baby? How can I avoid engorgement? Learn the facts about weaning and how you can make this a smoother & positive transition for you and your baby.

What is weaning?

Weaning is the process by which babies who are fully feeding on milk are slowly introduced to solid foods. It starts with the first solid meal & ends with the last feed of breast milk or formula milk. Introducing solids at the right time and in the right manner is very important to develop healthy eating habits in the babies.

What is the right time to start weaning?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding exclusively until your baby is 6 months old, then serving a combination of solids and breast milk until he/she is 1 year old. Six months is often recommended because babies, at this age, begin to need extra nutrients which are not found in milk, such as iron and zinc. Small amounts of solid food can provide these nutrients. Remember that weaning is ultimately a personal decision and should be based on what is best for your family. For instance, if you are returning to work and need the flexibility of bottle-feeding earlier than 6 months, then you might have to introduce bottle feeding to your baby earlier. Most mothers choose to wean their baby off the breast when she/ he is 4-7 months old. (Home remedy for kids cough?)

Signs that your baby is ready for solids:

  • Sits up well
  • Good control over the head
  • Able to hold food in mouth
  • Willing to chew food
  • Able to pick up food & put in the mouth
  • Looks curious & interested at mealtimes

If you think your baby is showing these signs but is not six months old yet, please consult a paediatrician before starting the solids. (Foods and tips to manage colic in kids?)

How to wean off Baby?

There are two approaches to weaning from breastfeeding namely Traditional approach and Baby Led Weaning approach. In Traditional weaning approach, you feed your baby and gradually introduce solid foods. You will begin with smooth purees before moving to mashed and chopped foods, then finger foods and finally small bites. Advantages of this approach are that it is easier on the baby as chances of choking or gagging are smaller, identifying food allergies becomes easier as only one food is introduced at a time and it gets less messier since you are feeding the baby. Disadvantages of this approach are that you have to prepare separate meals for the baby and if you don’t change from one texture to another at the right time, the baby might get used to one specific texture like purees. In the Baby led weaning approach, babies are encouraged to self-feed from the start. You can introduce solid foods as finger foods and allow your child to explore solids at their own pace. This approach encourages independent eating and reduces the need of cooking separately for the baby. Disadvantages include the risk of choking & gagging, difficulty to identify food allergies as many foods are introduced at once and might create a lot of mess on your baby’s high chair while he/she is trying to feed herself.  (How to increase breastmilk?)

How to introduce weaning from breastfeeding at different ages?

0-6 months: Generally, weaning under 6 months old means weaning from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. For every nursing session you drop, you will substitute a bottle feeding. Though it sounds so easy and simple, convincing your baby to accept that bottle may not be so easy, especially if they are more than 3 months old and are used to breastfeeding till now. Infants become quite aware between 3 to 4 months of age and it is not easy to trick them with the change. So, you may encounter more resistance at this point. Lactation consultants recommend introducing a few bottles of breast milk into your feeding schedule early on, at about 6 weeks, so that your baby will be comfortable with both ways of feeding. But if your thirsty baby refuses to take the bottle anyway, the key to success is patience and experimentation. Try having someone else offer the bottle, feeding in a different location, or holding your baby in a new position. And, above all, keep calm and do not stress. (Home remedy for kids cold and flu?)

Tips for weaning from breastfeeding under 6 months of age

Avoid Engorgement: In the first few months, your breasts will be very full. If you are not careful, you can end up with engorgement which means that your breasts will be uncomfortably hard and heavy, maybe even red and hot to the touch. This can lead to plugged ducts, which can lead to mastitis (swelling of breast), so it’s important to treat symptoms early. If you do end up with uncomfortably full breasts, ice them for about five minutes whenever they feel painful. You can also pump for relief, but be sure to limit it to three minutes or so, just enough to feel some comfort. (Is diarrhea a symptom of teething?)

Go slow: When it comes to helping your little one with bottle feeding, the rule of thumb is to go slowly. This will protect your breasts from engorgement and also ease your baby’s anxiety. When introducing your child to a bottle, choose a time when he or she isn’t extremely hungry and might have more patience. Use a bottle nipple with a slow flow at first. If you use a bottle nipple with a fast flow, your child might become accustomed to that and get frustrated with the pacing and different flow rate of milk during breast-feeding. Try to drop only one feeding every three or four days so that it takes about two weeks for the entire process. Drop the least preferred feedings first, which likely means the morning and bedtime feedings will be the last to go. (Facts and tips to manage teething in kids?)

Tips for weaning from breastfeeding after 6 months:

6-12 months: Between 8 to 10 months of age, babies often start losing interest in nursing. It is the time when they are taking in a lot of sensory information and this often leads to babies constantly pulling off the breast to look around. So, this is the best window of time if you are thinking of weaning from breastfeeding. However, if you notice that your baby is really clingy, wait to wean until he/she has weathered this anxiety a little bit. In case the baby is facing teething issues or any other significant changes like learning to walk, starting day-care or moving homes, then it is advisable to postpone the weaning process until things settle down a bit. (Baby foods to be given at 6 months?)

Skip the bottle: If your baby is already 9 months old, it is best to wean straight to a sippy cup and solid food instead of first giving him/ her bottle and letting the child go from one more transition of bottle to sippy cup. It is a good idea to introduce your child to the cup about one month before you start the weaning process, so they have time to get comfortable holding and drinking from it. (Growth and development for kids after 6 months?)

Give extra attention: Weaning also affects moms and babies emotionally as both miss the intimacy that goes with breastfeeding when nursing ends, so be sure to give your little one lots of extra attention during the weaning process. Substitute nursing with something that feels emotionally equivalent, like snuggling together to read or even horseplay on the floor. Also take your partner’s help. Having Daddy put the baby to sleep and wake them up in the morning can give emotional comfort to the baby during these times. (Foods that help to relax and reduce stress?)

Use distractions: For older babies and toddlers, distraction is the key. When your kid starts craving for the breast, lure them into a block-building bonanza, an engrossing game of make-believe, or any of his/her favourite activity. (Foods after kids turn 9 months old?)

Nutrition for babies:

Babies need the extra calories, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals offered by a variety of foods, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For a baby’s first solid food, most parents start with 1 teaspoon of single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal (such as rice cereal) mixed with 4-5 teaspoons of breast milk. Once the baby gets the hang of cereal, you can introduce pureed veggies, fruits, and meats. The AAP recommends trying one new food at a time and waiting at least 2-3 days before starting another to monitor any allergic reactions. Once the baby reaches 9-12 months of age, your baby might enjoy small portions of finely chopped or mashed finger foods such as dry cereal or mashed graham crackers. (What are the nutrition tips for a toddler?)

How long does weaning take?

Weaning could take days, weeks or months. Even after you successfully wean your child from day feedings, you might continue to breast-feed in the morning and before your child’s bedtime to keep up that feeling of closeness. Breast-feeding is an intimate experience. You might have mixed emotions about letting go. But by taking a gradual approach to weaning and offering lots of affection, you can help your child make a smooth transition to a bottle/cup and solids. (Home remedies for allergies in kids?)

Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)

We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty products for kids!!

We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

Kids LOVE the colours!!

  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.

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Popcorn or Makhana- the better snack for Kids

Giving healthy snacks to kids every time when they have cravings in between meals is the toughest job for every mother. By handing over a pack of chips, sugary cookies and cold drinks we miss the chance to feed them something healthy and nutritious. In this article we will discuss the two healthy snacks Popcorn and Makhana (lotus seeds), and will see who wins the race in being more nutritious.

Popcorn: What makes a movie perfect? The answer is popcorn. Whether it is in the theatre or at home, movies are incomplete without popcorn. They are considered as one of the healthy snacks for kids. It has ample dietary fiber and low calorie count. Popcorn is also a good source of polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps in better blood circulation and digestive health. Popcorn is considered to be a food that can aid in weight loss too. Although always remember that vending-machine popcorn is not just high in calories but also in sodium. Air-popped would be a good way to prepare popcorn.

Makhana (Lotus seeds): Makhana or lotus seeds are grown in Asian countries and considered as a power food. Makhana is an excellent source of many important nutrients. It is loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and carbohydrates. Makhana contains antioxidants like gallic acid, chlorogenic acid and epicatechin, which reduces inflammation, helps to neutralise harmful free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. In simple words, this food helps to build immunity.

Makhana (Lotus Seeds) vs. Popcorn

Amongst many minerals and vitamins that contribute towards brain development and function, a few are Manganese, Vitamin B6 and B9. They are abundantly present in Makhana.

  • Just a cup of Makhana is enough to meet 50% of Manganese requirements for the day.
  • It is those rare snacks which are loaded with a good balance of B vitamins, 5 times that of popcorn.
  • Makhana has 1/4th of the calories of popcorn. This gap is huge in the limited amount of calories a child can be fed. Every calorie a child consumes should be loaded with nutrients and not be an empty calorie.
  • Not just Brain, Makhana also supports strong bone development of a growing child.

Amongst the two favourite snacks of kids, Makhana wins over many folds in nutrition. However, popcorn is not an unhealthy snack option, but Makhana is definitely more nutritious and healthier. So next time when you are watching a movie or otherwise offer your kids roasted makhana. They will surely love this crunchy healthy snack.

Health benefits of Makhana

Strengthen bones: Calcium is crucial for bone development and strengthening, especially for kids in growing years to have strong bones for lifetime. Makhana being high in calcium helps kids in bone development and adults in bone strengthening.(Foods that help build strong bones?)

Gluten free: This superfood is gluten free, which means if you are gluten intolerant or somebody who avoids gluten foods, can enjoy it without worrying about the reactions. (Foods that can help with allergies?)

Weight loss: Loaded with sufficient amounts of protein, this healthy snack for kids helps to stay full for longer and prevents overeating. Also low in calories, makhana is an ideal food for weight loss. Fiber in it moves slowly through your digestive tract to keep you feeling full for a long time. (Foods that can help with weight control?)

Helps in cognitive function: Makhana have high thiamine content, which helps with sustaining the cognitive function of the nerves and contributes to the process of neurotransmission. (Brain developments foods for kids?)

Better digestion: The high fiber contents of makhana aids in digestion and keeps the bowel movement regular. The antioxidant properties of makhana make them even better for digestion. It also helps in prevention of excessive and frequent urination. (How to fix gut health?)

Improve heart health: Makhana is the great source of magnesium, which significantly improves the quality of blood and oxygen in the body and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Makhana is high in potassium and low in sodium, which keeps the blood pressure level in check. (How to keep the liver safe from fatty liver disease?)

Good for skin: Makhana contains several amino acids, which help promote skin elasticity and skin health. The antioxidant properties in it help fight free radicals, thus they act as an anti-ageing agent. Makhana is high in a natural flavonoid called kaempferol that helps to keep away the signs of ageing such as hair loss, graying of hairs and formation of wrinkles. So it is not only good for kids but for adults too. (Remedies and foods to avoid rashes in skin?)

Recipe for Makhana (Lotus seeds) Ice Cream with hidden herbs and nuts

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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Roast 2 cups Makhana till brown.
Powder them very fine.
Boil 1 cup milk. Add powder. Mix.
Add ½ cup cocoa powder.
Mix while on low flame.
Add 6 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts chocolate spread (Order here).
Mix ready. Check sweetness. Add honey/ jaggery for more. Switch off flame. Let cool a bit.
Pour in ice cube tray.
Seal in zip lock and freeze.
Ice Cream cubes ready after 6 hours!
No crystals! Kids LOVE it!

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Your baby’s growth and development- 6 months old

It feels like yesterday when your baby came into this world and now it’s half way to a year. There is so much going on in terms of growth and development of infants during 6 to 8 months of age . It’s fun and exciting seeing them do new things every day. This is the time when the left side of their brain starts talking to the right side of the brain. It helps them to coordinate with the movement of their body parts much better. The growth and development of infants at this age is very fast and you have to keep an eye on this. Following are the things that you can expect at 6 months baby age:

Growth and development of infants

Physical development: By 6 months most of the babies start to roll over in both directions and push themselves up and down, it means now you have to take extra care while they are on bed or table. They begin to sit with or without support for some time and also are able to hold their head up strongly without any help. They also try to reach and grab toys and other things which they see and pass them from one hand to other.

Communication and language skills: Normally children start to babble consonant sounds like “ba”, “da”, “Ma”. They also begin to recognize their name and responses when someone calls their name. Beside their name they start to understand a few words like eat, bath, sleep etc. Some Kids at this age use their voice to get attention and to express their feelings.

Emotional development: The growth and development of newborn is very rapid. 6 months is the time when babies start differentiating between familiar faces and strangers, even their touch and voice. They respond to your smile and when you talk to them they express their feelings through their expressions. Seeing themselves in the mirror is fun for them at this age.

Cognitive skills: They start reaching for things and putting them in their mouth to explore the world, show curiosity about things and try to get objects that are out of their reach. They also try to move in all directions and decide whether to go, either for a toy or when they look at you.

Every child is different so their time to reach any particular developmental milestone varies too. Some kids grab skills early while some take a little more time. It’s not right to compare them with one another. But if anything is bothering you; it is always better to talk with your pediatrician. Some signs of development delays are:

When to consult a doctor:

  • Do not try to reach out for things and toys in sight.
  • Does not make any sounds.
  • Rarely responds to smiles and shows little interest in talking.
  • Not sitting even with support.
  • Not able to hold his/her head.
  • Trouble in eating, like pushing food out of the mouth instead of swallowing.
  • Does not respond to his/her name and to any other sounds around them.
  • Don’t make eye contact or every little eye contact.
  • Don’t roll over in any directions.
  • Seems very saggy or floppy.

Tips for growth and development of infants

  • Familiarize your baby with his/her name by using it frequently.
  • Get toys for your baby which is easy to pick with one hand, so that they can pass it from one hand to another.
  • Play interactive games. Like peekaboo, in which kids show their different expressions when you disappear and come back.
  • Reading by showing pictures and telling stories, develop your baby’s imagination, and help them to recognize things later.
  • Take your baby out to a park or garden, this will give your baby all together a different experience, as there is so much to see, smell, hear and touch.

6 months is also the time to start solid food for your baby, as only breast milk or formula milk is not anymore sufficient to meet their nutrients requirements. They also need solid food to build immunity and to support growth of brain, bones, eye-vision and overall body. Every food chosen has to have a nutritional purpose. Please keep this in mind that even a single junk food can prove to be a wasted opportunity, since the opportunity to feed is limited in babies. Feed these foods for better growth and development of infants.

Foods to start solids with:

Banana: Bananas are loaded with potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin and vitamin B6. They are also a rich source of prebiotic fiber that helps build a healthy digestive system. Banana is good for bones, improves brain power and cures constipation issues too. It is one of the best baby’s first foods to introduce. As it is sweet and creamy, babies also enjoy eating it. Initially you can start with giving half a small mashed banana. Later, a small banana per day is ideal for a kid.

Mung bean/ Moong Dal: Mung bean is the safest and one of the best foods for (growth and development of infants). It is a great source of protein, iron, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics. All of these nutrients are essential in babies growing years. Always remember to soak and sprout the bean since it makes it easy for a baby to digest. You may use any- hulled mung bean or those with green covering.

Potato: It is considered good for (growth and development of infants). It is a good source of carbohydrates and provides energy to your growing baby. Vitamin C, starch and various enzymes in it nourishes baby’s skin. It also helps babies to gain healthy weight. Phosphorus in it contributes to building strong bones.

Rice water: Rice water is considered to be a very rejuvenating and healthy drink for babies. Rice water is starchy water left after rice is cooked. It is a great source of energy, as it contains carbohydrates. It also maintains the fluid level of the body and is effective in removing gastritis conditions in babies.

Carom seeds: It has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Carom seed extract helps to prevent and treat gas and indigestion. It is a common medication used to treat coughs in India. You can start giving your baby a little bit of carom seed water after starting solids to save them from indigestion and gas.

Recipe for Millet Halwa (sweet)

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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Roast Ragi/ millet
Once aromatic add Ghee and Iyurved Spread
Keep Roasting till change in colour (keep low flame)
Take water and jaggery and melt
Once mixture thicken slightly, add mixture.
Keep mixing. Add more water if the paste becomes too hard to mix.
Soon the mixture will be cooked well and will leave edges. Add Cardamom powder.
Serve garnished with nuts and cardamom powder
  • 1.5 cups Ragi (finger millet)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • ½ cup jaggery
  • Water
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder

Kids LOVE it and never notice the hidden herbs and nuts!

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10 Reasons to give your kids Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are required for normal body functions, from muscle activity to cell growth. As our body does not produce them in sufficient amounts, it becomes vital to consume them as a part of our daily diet. As the initial years of kids are very crucial for their overall growth and development, including omega 3 fatty acids in their diet is definitely required. Omega 3 for kids is important as it promotes brain health. Some research has also shown that omega 3 fatty acids help in managing behavioural and psychological conditions in kids because of their role in neurotransmitter function. There are 3 types of omega 3 fatty acids:

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
  • Alpha linolenic acid (ALA)

EPA and DHA are found mainly in certain fish, where ALA is found in plant sources. Daily needs of omega 3 fatty acids depend upon age and gender. ALA is the only omega 3 fatty acid with specific dosage guidelines. Below is the dosage for kids recommended by NIH (National Institutes of Health)

  • 0 to 12 months            0.5 grams
  • 1 to 3 years                 0.7 grams
  • 4 to 8 years                 0.9 grams
  • 9 to 13 years (boy)   1.2 grams
  • 9 to 13years (girl)       1.0 grams
  • 14 to 18 years (boy) 1.6 grams
  • 14 to 18 years (girl)   1.1 grams

 Reasons to give omega 3 to kids:

Helps in brain development: 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. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered as critical brain foods that may counteract oxidative stress and inflammations, two drivers of cognitive decline. It also increases the concentration power in kids. Thus omega 3 for kids is more essential in early years of their life.

Eye benefits of omega 3: There are many clinical studies, that omega 3 fatty acids are essential for infant vision development. DHA and other omega 3 fatty acids are found in mother’s milk and also present in some formula milks to support eye development in infants. These essential fatty acids also help to protect an adult’s eye from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome.

Benefits for skin: Omega 3 fatty acids are the structural component of your skin. They help in regulating the skin oil production, keep it hydrated, minimize the sign of ageing and also soften rough and dry skin. It neutralizes the effects of sun damage and improves sensitive skin conditions.

Fight depression: Omega 3 can easily travel through the brain cell membrane and interact with mood related molecules inside the brain, which may help in relieving anxiety and depression. It also helps in various mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, mood swings and stress in children and adolescents.

Improves sleep: Lower levels of DHA are also linked to lower levels of the hormone melatonin, which helps in sleep. According to a study child with lower blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids is at higher risk of sleep issues. So omega 3 fatty acids may improve the quality and quantity of sleep.

Helps in menstrual pain: Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce menstrual pain which occurs in the lower abdomen, and may be even more effective than any anti-inflammatory drug. So it’s good to provide a daily dose of omega 3 fatty acid to your growing girls.

Reduces the symptom of ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is most common disorders in kids, and is often treated with medication. However, omega 3 fatty acids are also proven effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD in kids by improving their attention, ability to focus and memory.

Reduce Asthma in children: Asthma is a chronic lung disease with symptoms like shortness of breath and coughing. Severe asthma attacks are caused by inflammation and swelling in the airway of the lungs. Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the inflammation in the airways which can benefit those with asthma.

Reduces liver fat: Fatty liver is a condition where too much fat is deposited in the liver cell. Reducing the amount of fat in the liver by making changes in diet could help to restore liver function and improve the health of those with fatty liver. Several studies have shown that taking omega 3 may improve liver health.

Helps in inflammation: Inflammation is the body’s immune system response to an irritant like germs and bacteria. According to the studies, omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances which results in inflammation which can contribute to many chronic diseases.

 Food sources of omega 3 for kids:

Fish: Fish is the main and the richest dietary source of omega 3 fatty acids. Fish mainly provides DHA and EPA fatty acids. Some fishes that are high in omega 3 fatty acids are: salmon (2260mg in one ounce), mackerel (4107mg per piece) and sardines (2205mg per cup).This is one of the best source of omega 3 for kids. In supplements, cod liver oil is the best omega fish oil capsules available in the market, but it is always advisable to use dietary sources. (Most essential herbs to consume everyday?)

Walnuts: Walnut is a rich source of plant based Omega-3 fatty acids, which aids in brain development and maintaining good blood flow to the brain. One ounce of it contains around 2542 mg of ALA omega 3 fatty acid. The B vitamins present in the nut increase memory and cognition. They are also high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, and antioxidants. Vitamin B, Omega3 and magnesium in walnuts contribute towards a healthier nervous system, and keeping the stress levels and irritability low. So we can say walnuts are the best source of omega 3 for kids. (What is the Ayurvedic Diet for immunity?)

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are also a plant based source of ALA omega 3 fatty acid. It has around 4915mg of ALA in one ounce. Also loaded with copper, phosphorus and zinc, all together helps in soothing inflammation, helps in brain functions, reduces acne and helps to keep skin radiant and healthy. Chia seeds also contain 9 essential amino acids. (Easy to eat nuts and seeds for immunity and brain?)

Flax seeds: Flax seeds are packed with essential nutrients. Along with omega 3 fatty acids (6388mg of ALA omega 3 fatty acid in one ounce), it is rich in protein and fiber which aids in digestion and weight management. (Foods and remedies for tonsils?)

Soybean oil: Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of soybean. It contains 0.923grams of ALA per tbsp. loaded with riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, folate and vitamin K. it is being used in many households for frying, baking and roasting. Vitamin K in it helps to maintain bone strength and reduces the risk of fracture. (Fats that are good for the body?)

Mustard oil: Mustard oil is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids (826mg per tbsp).according to a study one tbsp of mustard oil has an ability to boost your metabolism up to 25%. So next time when you cook your fish, remember to make it in mustard oil and get the double benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. (Easy to consume antioxidants everyday?)

Recipe for Paratha/ Tortilla with hidden veggies and herbs

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Make soft dough. Leave to rise for an hour if you have time.
Take one small portion of dough, roll into a paratha/ tortilla. Cook from both sides. Serve!
  • 2 cups Wheat or Jowar (sorghum) or Ragi (finger millet) flour
  • ½ cup cooked oats (for softness)
  • ½ grated carrot and beetroot
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Carrom seeds
  • Little water to make a soft dough

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Antioxidant rich foods your kids must start eating today

In today’s era of pandemic, antioxidants have become a vital marketing tool, as most of the food companies claim for the presence of antioxidants in their products that boost up immunity and fight infections. Before going any further we should know, what are antioxidants and how it works? (What are some Ayurvedic herbs for immunity?)

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are naturally formed when you breathe or when your body converts food into energy. There are also some environmental sources that cause free radicals like air pollution and sunlight. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is a process that is responsible for cell damage. In simple words, when any object oxidizes; it becomes bad, over ripe, aging, and reduces nutrients. Fortunately eating a diet rich in antioxidants or antioxidant rich foods help to fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Some examples of antioxidants are: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Beta carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Manganese, Polyphenols. Evidence suggests that antioxidants supplements do not work as good as naturally occurring antioxidant rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. We need to consume almost 10,000 units of antioxidants in a day. It is advisable to choose your meals in a way that your ‘nutrition and antioxidant’ content is met and you can be at your healthiest. Antioxidant is measured by using ORAC units (Oxygen Radicals Absorbance capacity). Below is a list of top most antioxidant rich foods available in India. (Kids favourite antioxidant recipe)

Antioxidant rich foods

Walnuts: When it comes to antioxidants, walnuts are the leader among other nuts. They have an ORAC value of about 6000 per ½ cup. Walnuts are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, compounds that communicate with free radicals and prevent them from doing cell damage and help the kid’s body to get rid of toxic substances. Walnuts are super foods for kids as they are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, folate, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and selenium, all of these promote the optimal growth of kids. So next time when your child is craving something between meals, offer a handful of walnuts. (Best foods for cognition in kids)

Raisins: Raisins are dried grapes and have a high antioxidant level and phenol contents as compared to other dried fruits. It has an ORAC value of about 2830 per100 grams. Raisins are a food source of antioxidants called flavonol glycosides and phenolic acids which are bioavailable (the body consumes them easily). Raisins are also a good source of vitamin C, selenium and zinc, all these nutrients and antioxidants result in a healthy body and glowing skin. (Best foods for weight gain in kids?)

Apple: Apple is one of the super foods for kids as it contains a variety of strong antioxidants like quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of them help us to fight against many chronic diseases. The ORAC value is 3000 per piece of apple with skin. Apples are also rich in vitamin C, fiber and potassium and low in fat, which reduces the risk of obesity. (Best recipe to hide fruits and feed kids?)

Orange: Oranges not only contain a good amount of vitamin C but also a potent source of antioxidants including flavonoids and carotenoids in addition to other beneficial phytochemicals, such as folate. Oranges are low calorie and highly nutritious fruit, only a piece of orange has 2000 ORAC units. Oranges are best for your child, to meet the daily requirement of vitamin C and is among the best antioxidant rich foods. (Foods to build immunity in kids?)

Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is not only kids favorite but also one of the antioxidant rich foods. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants called flavonoid and polyphenols which help to fight and repair cell damage. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can also help to reduce roughness of your skin and protect it against sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa which is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. It relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Easy nutritious chocolate cookie for kids with hidden herbs and nuts)

Kidney bean: It has been researched that kidney beans are rich in polyphenols which is a powerful antioxidant and can help to protect the body from diseases. These beans are an affordable source of protein, iron, fiber, folate and vitamins B1. Kidney beans contain higher amounts of omega3 fatty acids as compared to other beans, which are important for brain’s growth and function. (Best foods to increase appetite in kids?)

Beetroot: Beetroot are one of the natural antioxidant rich foods that helps in enhancing your kid’s immune system. They are loaded with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E and minerals like iron, magnesium, which help to prevent several diseases, especially diarrhea which is most common in kids.  It also has an anti-inflammatory compound called betalain, which helps to protect the liver from oxidative damage and inflammation.

Turmeric: Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that offers therapeutic relief. It is a very strong antioxidant which supports body against cell damage. It has been found to delay or reverse diseases or age related diseases in body functions. Half tsp of turmeric powder has 3000 ORAC units. Turmeric is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C and works as a perfect immunity booster food for kids as well as adults and considered as one of the super foods for kids. (Ayurvedic herbs that kids can eat for brain and immunity)

Oregano: Oregano is the herb loaded with antioxidants like tryptophan, lysine, valine, vitamin C, vitamin A and E. The antioxidants thymol, carvacrol, limonene, terpinene, ocimine and carryophyllene give this herb its flavor and smell. These antioxidants contribute to boosting overall health. ½ tsp of dried oregano has 4000 ORAC units. It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, folate and fiber all of which contributes to a healthy body. So never forget to add some oregano on your kid’s pizza or pasta.

Ginger:  Ginger is loaded with antioxidants which helps the body to fight off chronic diseases and promotes healthy living. As per numerous studies, ginger has been credited to fight infection and inflammation. Ginger root contains powerful compounds, including gingerols and shogaols that help to inhibit inflammation and protect against cellular damage. They also tend to protect the liver against toxins. Known for its amazing medicinal properties, ginger has been used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Loaded with Vitamin B6 and magnesium, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property, which helps in fighting infections.

Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)Beetroot and Moringa with Herbs and Nuts

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

Kids LOVE the colours!!

  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.

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Food ideas for 9 month old babies

How quickly time flies! It might seem like your baby was a newborn only yesterday when you were struggling with all the challenges of new motherhood, staying up all night, feeding continuously, changing diapers and dealing with all the demands of your developing baby.

You have done great so far. So what to expect next?

What to expect in 9 months?

Your nine month old baby probably has developed her own temperament, attitude, likes and dislikes by now. She is no longer that cuddly baby who would be content to just lie, gaze at you and wait for your tricks to entertain her. She/he is now exploring, experiencing and learning new things every day. Most 9-month-old babies are probably partially weaned off breast milk. Your nine months old baby may not be able to eat everything you can eat, but this doesn’t mean he or she can’t join you for a family meal as is. You just have to keep an eye on the special needs of the child and give the food in the texture or format that the baby can easily swallow and digest. While planning 9 month old baby food (especially finger food), size is very important. Pieces should be large enough to pick up, but small enough that your baby won’t choke. Try to aim for cubes about a third of an inch in size. This is just a little bit bigger than a standard pea. From 9 to 12 months old, your baby needs approximately 750–900 calories every day. Between 400 and 500 of those calories should come from breast milk or formula milk. The remaining calories will come from food.

Best food for 9 months baby

Cheese: Cheese is an excellent finger food for babies. It also has the ability to make any dish mouth watering.  From 7 months onward, cheese can be included in the baby’s diet. It is a great source of calcium, protein, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Calcium helps to develop healthy bones; protein contributes to growing healthy muscles, skin and hair. It is high in vitamin B12 which prevents anemia, supports bone health, boosts energy and promotes skin and hairs.  The presence of probiotics in cheese helps in maintaining healthy gut microbiota. Cottage cheese is the safest and healthiest and best food for 9 month baby

Eggs: Eggs are a rich source of many essential nutrients like protein, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin B12. It is safe for babies to consume an egg in a day. It helps them in all over growth and development. Though both the egg yolk and egg white are rich in nutrients, half of the nutrients found in eggs are in egg white only. Mostly egg yolk is recommended to babies while weaning them on solid foods. It is considered as 9 month old baby food. (Check some more brain foods for kids)

Pear: Pear is a nourishing food that can add more nutritional value to your baby’s dietIt is a good source of dietary fiber. It provides essential nutrients as it is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. It contains pectin, a water soluble fiber and sorbitol, a compound that retains water in the large intestine, which helps to prevent constipation and promotes bowel movements by loosening the hard stool. Pear with peel contains polyphenols, a bioactive compound that boosts immunity by combating free radicals. You can start with peeled and cooked puree or mashed ones as baby solid food.

Berries: Berries are great source of micronutrients such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin B- complex.  Vitamin K in this fruit with support of calcium and magnesium makes it the best fruit for bone development. It also promotes cognitive development in babies. It is one of the best foods for 9 months baby.

Watermelon: This fruit has amazing health benefits. It contains almost 95% water and thus helps babies to stay hydrated. Watermelon is high in vitamin C which can help in strengthening immunity and in absorption of iron in the baby’s body.  It is also a good source of vitamin A which promotes eye health.  It helps to prevent constipation and helps in digestion as it is the best source of dietary fiber . Watermelon has a good amount of calcium and magnesium which plays a huge role in the development of strong bones in babies. All these qualities makes it best food for 9 months baby. (What are other foods goods for skin?)

Dates and Apricots: Dates are good source of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc including vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and vitamin K. They are also excellent sources of natural sugar and fiber. All these nutrients help in growth and development.  Apricots are a rich source of beta- carotene, fiber, vitamin C. magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. These nutrients help in brain development and boost immunity among babies. It in best to include them in 9 months old baby food. (What does sugar do to kids bones?)

Nuts: Nuts are amazing source of fat, iron, protein, and micronutrients like copper, zinc, and vitamin E and B vitamins. full of nutritious values nuts promote brain function and development, boost up immunity levels and build strong bones and muscle strength in infants. They are also rich in fiber and take care of any bouts of constipation and thus helps in digestion too. (How to easily feed nuts and Ayurvedic herbs to kids everyday)

Cucumber: Though cucumber is slightly tasteless, it has a wide range of health benefits for babies. It is full of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, magnesium and manganese.  Cucumbers are rich in antioxidants and act as a great source of liquid to keep the baby hydrated. If you are not a fan of teething toys, chilled cucumber rings are the right option for teething solutions too. It also helps in digestion and promotes bone strength. It is best food for 9 months baby.

Apple: Apple is one of the safest and full of nutritious solid food for babies to start withBabies love its sweet flavour. It is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber thus easily gets digested by babies. As it is full of carbohydrates, it provides energy to the baby to stay active. Apple skin contains quercetin, a type of plant pigment flavonoid that helps to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. It is considered as one of the baby’s first foods.  You can introduce apples in puree form to your baby. (Fruits to feed everyday)

Finger millet (Ragi): Ragi is one of the super foods with numerous health benefits. It is the richest source of calcium and vitamin D. Both of these nutrients are vital for proper development of bones and teeth in babies. Calcium in it easily get absorbed by the body and beneficial for babies during the teething phase. It also prevents malnutrition in babies as it has high protein content. Ragi is loaded with a high level of dietary fiber thus, preventing constipation. Insoluble fiber in it promotes easy digestion of foods in babies. While preparing ragi porridge for babies, dry roast it thoroughly for at least 10 minutes. (Foods to keep the bones of a child strong?)

Tapioca: It is considered as one of the excellent foods for babies to start with. It has numerous health benefits. It is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin K which are key minerals for baby’s bone development. It also helps to cure digestive ailments including indigestion, bloating and constipation. Starch in it is packed with carbohydrates which provide energy to the baby throughout the day and helps to gain weight. It is also a good source of protein thus aids muscle development by strengthening them. It tops in one of the best baby’s  first food categories.

Adding herbs to baby food

Cinnamon: This herb has anti- bacterial and anti fungal properties. It has antioxidants which reduces inflammation. As it has prebiotics properties too, it relieves digestive disorders and may improve gut health. (How to make cinnamon candies for kids?)

Nutmeg: It is rich in many important B- complex vitamins. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and antioxidants like beta-carotene. It is also a great source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc which are essential for good health. Nutmeg has antibacterial properties that help in maintaining oral health. I

Cumin: Studies have shown that cumin promotes digestion by increasing pancreatic enzymes production. Cumin also has anti-diarrheal effects. Adding cumin powder in baby’s food can boost up the immature digestive system to break down food easily. It also helps in developing a strong immune system. It has a compound cuminaldehyde which directly kills disease causing bacteria and fungi. It is the best thing to add in your baby’s meal.

Mint: It is the best herb to add to your baby’s meal. It not only has a good taste but much other nutritional and medicinal value too. It helps in aiding tummy trouble and stomach cramping. It is a calming herb that helps to soothe upset stomach or digestive issues. (Summer drinks for kids hydration)

Turmeric: You can introduce turmeric to baby as soon as he starts eating solids. It has some bio-active compounds such as curcumin and curcuminoids that can boost baby’s immune system. It is related with effective pain management . In Ayurveda it is mentioned that turmeric has anti- inflammatory properties and it provides relief in respiratory issues like cough. Consumption of turmeric support digestive health by stimulating bile acid production. Adding small amount of turmeric in purees, soups and dals can benefit over all health. (Easy to feed turmeric balls during cold and flu)

Carom seeds: It has powerful anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Carom seed extract help to prevent and treat gas and indigestion. It is a common medication used to treat cough in India. You can start giving your baby little bit carom seed water after starting solids.

Ideas for 9 month old baby food:

Introduce cheese as snack.
Give soft cooked eggs as a meal or with rice or other grain.
Corn cooked soft but rice. Can cook corn or other vegetable soft with rice, oats, little millet (samai rice) or finger millet (ragi).
Introduce nuts in the form of spread.
Serve nut spread with bread, or flatbread/ soft roti broken into tiny pieces.
Serve nut spread with fruits like apply, pear, banana, berries cut into tiny pieces.
Serve soft cooked oats with tiny pieces of banana, berries, kiwi, lychee, sapota or grated apple or pear.
Introduce small pieces of watermelon.
Serve soft cooked little millet (samai) or finger millet (ragi) with grated apple or pear or tiny pieces of banana, berries, kiwi, lychee, sapota.
Serve yogurt with tiny pieces of banana, berries, kiwi, lychee, sapota or grated apple or pear.
Spreads made of avocado, yogurt+cucumber+herbs, served with soft bread or flatbread/ roti.
Soft Tiny cake pieces sweetened with dates or fig but no sugar.
Tapioca/ Sabudana porridge/ Kheer boiled with Milk.
Soft cooked paste served with red capsicum and tomato sauce.
Mung bean and rice porridge, cooked soft with veggies. Replace rice with finger millet or little millet.

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