10 easy dinner recipes In India for kids of all ages

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Most parents are often confused as to what to feed their babies for dinner. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner has an impact on a child’s sleep too. As a result, extra care must be taken while choosing dinner recipes for babies because putting your baby to sleep is one of the most difficult chores you must accomplish every day. If your kid is breastfed and has been introduced to solid meals, then he/she most likely eat a range of items for dinner. Purees, cereal, rice, fruits, and so forth. As a result, make sure his/her dinner is nutritious, filling, and easy to digest while still maintaining his sleep cycle. Here are few tips and easy, healthy dinner recipes in India for babies and toddlers.

Some tips to keep in mind before feeding dinner for babies:

  1. It is better to introduce new foods at breakfast or lunch rather than at dinner time. This helps to identify any food allergies in babies.
  2. Avoid snacks and processed foods – baked goods, ready to eat meals which are high in refined carbs, sodium, and transfat.This not only makes them feel full, but also has long-term health consequences.
  3. Choose foods that can be easily digested by babies at night.
  4. Make sure to feed them dinner at least two or three hours before their bedtime.
  5. Always prepare and store baby foods in clean and sterilized steel or glass containers and avoid containers made up of plastic.  
  6. Use steel cups to introduce water rather than a feeding bottle to bring out the transition in growing babies.

Dinner recipes in india for babies and toddlers:

6 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

Solids are introduced to the babies at this stage after indicators of physical development such as adequate head and neck control, curiosity in meals are observed. Digestive enzymes are also produced at this stage, which helps digestion. At this age, babies are exclusively breastfed, with solids introduced once or twice a day. As a result, introducing solids around dinner time is not recommended for a six-month-old baby which may lead to colic, digestion related issues and allergies. (6-month baby food chart)

7-9 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

Solid feeding was limited to only twice a day in the sixth month. However, by the seventh month, the infant has tried a variety of foods and is ready to go up to three solid meals each day including dinner. The frequency of breast milk can be reduced and solids can be increased at the end of the ninth month. (7 Foods to increase breast milk )

You may have noticed that your kid is easily bored these days and prefers to play with her meals. That’s your cue to start introducing a lot of diversity into her diet. It is important to make wise dinner choices for babies which are easy on their stomachs. Look at few 7-9 month babies dinner recipes in India.

 1. Apple khichdi recipe:

Ingredients

  • Apple -1/2 cup
  • Rice – 1/4 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Procedure

  • Prepare apple puree.
  • Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes, rinse. 
  • In a pressure cooker, add rice and water and cook for 2-3 whistles. 
  • Once it cools down, add apple puree and cinnamon powder and mix well. Serve!!
2. Carrot oats porridge recipe:

Ingredients

  • Oats – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot puree – 1/4 cup
  • Jeera/ pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add oats and cook well.
  • Once cooked, add carrot puree (grind grated carrot with 5 tsp of water) and mix well.
  • Finally, add jeera/pepper powder along with turmeric and stir well. Serve!!!
3. Ragi porridge recipe:

Ingredients

  • Sprouted ragi flour – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1 cup

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and sprouted ragi powder and mix well without any lump formation.
  • Place the pan on the stove and cook well.Keep stirring to prevent sticking to the bottle of the pan.
  • Once it is thick, turn off the stove.
  • Cool and serve!!

Also, check 8 amazing health benefits of Ragi.

10-12 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

As your baby moves through this stage, you may notice that he or she becomes less interested in food as mealtime approaches. Most moms interpret this as a symptom of decreased appetite. The truth is that it isn’t the baby’s appetite that has reduced – it’s his/her interest in foods.  ( Baby feeding schedule for 9-12 months old)

By now, your child has tried nearly all of the foods you prepare at home and has expressed an opinion about the ones they like or dislike. Hence, adding spices also helps in boosting the flavour of the baby’s food. The babies also develop an interest in self-feeding. So choose foods which help them to self-feed. 

4. Plain masala khichdi recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice- 1 cup
  • Toor dal – ¼ cup
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread – ½  tbsp
  • Jeera, cinnamon, clove – ¼ tsp
  • Sliced onion – 1
  • Water – 4.5 cups
  • Salt ( Not recommended for babies below 1 year of age)

Procedure

  • Wash the rice, toor dal. Soak rice and dal in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add ghee, jeera, cinnamon, clove and onion followed by Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread and saute. 
  • Then add rice, dal and water to the pressure cooker.
  • Cook in the medium flame for 5-6 whistles (depending upon the consistency that you prefer)
  • Cool, remove spices like clove, cinnamon, mash well and feed your child.

1cup – 300 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

5. Beetroot idli with chutney recipe:
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6. Jowar dosa recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice- ½ cup 
  • Jowar –  ¼ cup
  • Urad dal – ¼ cup
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread – ½  tbsp
  • Water – 4.5 cups
  • Salt ( Not recommended for babies below 1 year of age)

Procedure

  • Soak rice, jowar and urad dal for 3-4 hours. Grind it to make a thick paste. Keep it for rest overnight for fermentation. 
  • Add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here). Mix it well.
  • Take a dosa pan and pour the batter.
  • Cook both the sides until it’s crisp and serve!!

1 dosa – 49 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

1-2 years Baby Dinner Recipes:

Reaching the age of one is a huge milestone for both the infant and the parents. As your child continues to develop, his or her life will change, and the most significant change will be in the area of food. Except for those restricted foods, your baby should be eating most household meals by now, and you can feed him or her whatever you make for the rest of the family, with less salt and spices. It is during this stage that babies become more picky eaters and are at risk of nutritional deficits. As a result, it’s critical to ensure that the baby’s nutritional needs are met on a daily basis.

7. Vermicelli Pulao recipe:

Ingredients

  • Vermicelli – 1/2 cup 
  • Chopped onion, tomato – 1
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Grated carrot – ½ 
  • Chopped Capsicum – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread – 1  tbsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Water –  ¾ cup
  • Salt – a pinch

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add ghee, salt and vermicelli and cook it.
  • Meanwhile in another pan, add ghee, ginger, onion and saute well.
  • Add  Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread, then tomatoes, carrot, capsicum and cook for some time.
  • Now add garam masala, pepper and cooked vermicelli and mix.
  • Serve!!

1 cup – 165 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

8. Pumpkin pancakes with millet recipe:
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2+ year Baby Dinner Recipes:

At the age of two, your child’s appetite will most likely rise, and you will notice him consuming whatever is placed in front of him. As this is a period of growth and development, it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that his nutritional needs are met.

9. One-pot veggies rice recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice – ½ cup 
  • Chopped onion -1
  • Chopped Capsicum – ¼
  • Cauliflower – ¼ cup
  • Soy chunks or tofu – ¼ cup 
  • Garlic – ½ tsp
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Ghee/ olive oil – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread – 3  tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Procedure

  • Heat ghee/olive oil, add cumin seeds, ginger and garlic.
  • Then add onion, veggies and saute well.
  • Add Iyurved’s 7 nuts & 5 herbs Savoury spread (order here) and mix well. Once done for 5 min, add rice and Sauté for two more minutes. 
  • Add water and cook in the medium flame for 3-4 whistles.
  • Serve!!

1 cup – 215 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

10. Cheese paratha with millet recipe:
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Common FAQ’s related to dinner for babies and toddlers:

1. What is the right time to introduce dinner to babies?

You may need to experiment with the time schedule to ensure that your kid is getting enough to eat. Dinner should preferably be served two to three hours before the nighttime bottle and her usual bedtime.

2. What are the foods to avoid for babies during dinner?

Avoid foods high in sugar and salt, such as canned foods, processed meats (such as sausages, hot dogs, and ham), and frozen dinners should be avoided. Give foods that are cooked properly. Avoid fresh vegetables and high-protein foods such as meat, egg, and spinach for dinner because they take longer to digest and may interrupt your child’s sleep.

3. When to introduce water or breastmilk to babies after dinner?

Water can be given to the babies: 10-15 minutes after dinner. Babies who are still breastfed or bottle-fed can be fed with milk one hour after dinner or 30 minutes before bedtime. (Right time to introduce water for the baby)

4. Is it true that introducing solids at dinnertime causes constipation in children?

When a baby first starts eating solid foods, he may become constipated (hard stools). It could be induced by high-starchy foods like rice, unripe bananas, apple sauce and potatoes etc. If your baby becomes constipated, change to whole wheat or barley cereal instead of rice cereal, and avoid unripened bananas and sweet potatoes. And, of course, moderation is a golden rule as an excess of any food might cause indigestion. (10 foods that help constipation in kids)

Dinner time is crucial, and adequate care should be taken when feeding them, as the consequences might be seen as late as midnight. So, don’t force the child to eat something if they don’t like it, even if it is highly nutritious. Choose foods that are easy to chew and swallow. Make sure the food is cool before serving. 

You can try these 10 dinner recipes in India for babies and enjoy your journey of motherhood and try more varieties of foods for your baby which is not only tasty but also nutritious and wholesome. 

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5 foods being the reason of weight gain & GROWTH in children

Everyone has probably heard the rhyme “chubby cheeks, dimple chin,” and the gist of it is that everyone loves chubby kids. One of the most difficult problems for any mother is ensuring that her children acquire weight in a healthy manner. However, parents are worried about their children getting obese in the face of the global pandemic, while many parents are still hunting reason of weight gain or weight-gain recommendations for their children such as weight gain baby food.

how to promote healthy weight gain in children?

Every parent should understand the difference between gaining weight and gaining a healthy weight. In today’s world, children are more likely to consume processed and refined foods that are readily available. However, they serve no nutritional purpose other than to fill their bodies with unhealthy empty calories. As a result, the children have a poor appetite and are unable to fulfil their body’s daily nutritional requirements. 

As children grow at a steady speed, they require special attention to support and encourage healthy development while also fulfilling their energy requirements. Nutrition for children follows the same principles as nutrition for adults. So, here are some of the things you can do to help your child acquire weight while also maintaining a healthy and active body.:

  • Provide nutrient-dense foods that are rich in essential fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Reduce drinks at mealtimes to increase children’s consumption of nutritious foods (which being the reason of weight gain).
  • Offer four or five little meals rather than three large meals and encourage a few healthy snacks throughout the day.

Which food is good for weight gain in children?

Nuts:

Nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew and hazelnuts contain healthy fats. They are also a great source of protein and dietary fibre, along with a pack of a number of vitamins and minerals. They are high in calories and hence nuts and nut butter is absolutely the right choices if you are looking for some foods that support active growth and healthy weight gain in kids. 

Seeds: 

Seeds like pumpkin, melon and sunflower are high in fat, mono and poly-unsaturated fats that add healthy calories for overall growth and weight gain. Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K are all abundant in them. Pumpkin seeds solve dietary deficiencies, while sunflower and melon seeds boost metabolism and aids in digestion. Melon seeds are also a good source of zinc and it helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion and overall growth and development.

Herbs:

Since time immemorial, herbs like ashwagandha, mulethi, turmeric, shallaki, and brahmi have been shown to aid in weight gain and boost brain, immune, and bone development. Ashwagandha and Mulethi aid digestion and nutrition absorption and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine. Ashwagandha enhances bone mineral density, which in turn increases overall body mass. Brahmi and turmeric help to keep digestive issues at bay. Shallaki is rich in carbohydrates and calcium, thus helping in bone growth and improves appetite.

Antioxidants – Vitamin E and rosemary extract:

Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, help to keep cells healthy by fighting free radicals. Rosemary extract is high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, and B6, and is commonly used to treat digestive issues and a lack of appetite. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs and spices.

Millet

Jowar flour is a great source of protein, unsaturated fats and dietary fibre, packed with B Vitamins, minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.  It also contains antioxidants. The high dietary fibre content eases digestion in kids and improves their appetite. Ragi is loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and it is the food for kids to gain weight. With around 130 calories per ½ cup, it also strengthens the bones, teeth and aids digestion. Ragi can be given as ragi porridge, kheer or in the form of flat bread. (How does whole grains manage menstruation pain?)

Foods to avoid

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Refined sugar: Excess sugar increase the caloric content without providing any nutritious benefit. Moreover, sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  Artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your overall growth.

HOW TO FEED ALL THESE FOODS TO KIDS?

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DOES MY CHILD NEED IT?

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Formulated with 18 nutrient-rich ingredients, Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for kids to help overall growth and weight gain, especially for kids who typically:

  • Are picky eater / have less appetite
  • Do not eat bitter Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Mulethi, Shallaki, Turmeric, nuts and seeds on daily basis.
  • Do not meet daily nutritional requirements that help in overall growth and weight gain
  • Are as young as 9 months old

WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT?

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Never has it been so easy to feed bitter Ayurvedic herbs and nuts to children in such a convenient format. This product has the following nutrients to support complete health:

  • Carbohydrates: provides energy
  • Protein: helps support muscle development
  • Fats: supports brain development
  • Fiber: supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc: builds immunity
  • Iron and Copper: provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: supports bone development

This product has been developed by a nutritionist in close collaboration with one of the best food technologists in India. 

HOW CAN MY CHILD EAT THIS savoury SPREAD?

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You can mix in roti/pizza dough (atta), dosa/ idli/ cheela batter, curries/ veggies/ dal/ pasta sauce etc. If the child likes, can be served directly too.

  • 6g protein per serve
  • Preservatives free
  • Healthy weight benefit in just 2 weeks*

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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 Ayurvedic savoury spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic spread  by Iyurved

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

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10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF BOTTLE GOURD/ LAUKI

Right since our childhood, we have always heard that green vegetables are the healthiest and it is important to consume them every day. Amongst them, bottle gourd/lauki is one and it’s known for its nutritional powerhouse and health benefits. However, when it comes to babies and children, we always think twice before giving them any food. There are many parents who wonder if they may give their newborn bottle gourd or lauki. The answer is yes, you can totally give them. So, let’s look into the nutritional information and the amazing health benefits of bottle gourd and its juice for babies and toddlers.

WHEN CAN I GIVE MY BABY BOTTLE GOURD FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Bottle gourd is a simple to digest vegetable that can be given to kids as young as six months old. When you first start, use steamed bottle gourd puree. Begin with 1 tablespoon of bottle gourd puree and progressively increase the amount as the baby grows. Of all the vegetables, this is perhaps the least reactive. 

As it’s easily digestible, it is preferred for babies, the elderly, and the sick. The majority of the bottle gourd is water, with the rest containing important vitamins and minerals.

Bottle gourd – Nutritional facts

Bottle gourd contains 15 calories per 100 g with 96 percent water content. It is high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamine, iron, magnesium, and manganese, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. (Food with B vitamins and why do you need them?)

Nutritional information of bottle gourd
Nutritional information of Bottle gourd / Lauki

10 Health benefits of bottle gourd for babies and toddlers:

Here are proven health benefits of bottle gourd  for babies and toddlers:

1. Great source of vitamins and minerals

Bottle gourd is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin E and iron, folate which are important for a child’s growth and development. Parents must ensure that their children, especially infants, have a well-balanced diet to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, feeding your baby bottle gourd is an excellent option to start with. 

2. Treats constipation and diarrhea

Bottle gourd acts as a natural laxative and helps to alleviate constipation and diarrhea in babies. This is due to the vegetable’s high water and fibre content, which aids in the cleaning of the digestive tract and facilitates bowel movement. (Home remedies and foods for constipation in kids)

3. Reduces acidity in babies

The bottle gourd has long been used to treat stomach ulcers. When a baby has indigestion, they can develop acidity. In most cases, indigestion causes the stomach to create more acid than is required, resulting in acidity. Bottle gourd can help to decrease this.

4. perfect thirst quencher

It is a great thirst quencher for kids because it contains roughly 96 percent water. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and rejuvenated in summers by lowering the body’s heat. ( What is the right time to introduce water for baby?)

5.Excellent deworming food for babies

Bottle gourd seeds are one of the traditional remedies for worms in the intestine. Bottle gourd seeds can be boiled, ground into a paste, and given to babies (not more than 2 teaspoons). (Deworming foods for kids)

6. Good for urinary infection

Infections of the urinary tract are fairly prevalent in babies. One of the causes for this is because the baby’s body does not have enough water. Infections can occur if there isn’t enough water to clear the bacteria out of the urinary tract. Urinary tract infections can be considerably reduced by feeding your baby bottle gourd on a regular basis.

7.Protects liver

Infants are more likely to develop liver illnesses such as jaundice or hepatitis. Feeding bottle gourd which is rich in vitamin C to your babies helps to remove toxins and also protects the kidneys and liver from oxidative damage.

8. Good for heart health

Bottle gourd/lauki has a store of essential minerals and trace elements that help in maintaining good heart health in babies as well as adults. Its low sodium and high potassium content help to lower cholesterol levels, control blood pressure and promote adequate blood flow to the heart.

9. Great stress reliever 

One of the health benefits of bottle gourd is its inherent capacity to relieve stress. Bottle gourd has a significant quantity of choline, a neurotransmitter that aids in the improvement of brain functioning and the prevention of stress, depression, and other mental illnesses. This has a relaxing impact on both children and adults.

10. Promotes skin health

The high antioxidant – Vitamin C in bottle gourd helps to treat skin allergies and rashes in kids and create a youthful glow. Not only does including this vegetable in your diet help but putting its juice to your face offers you an instant, healthy glow. (What are the causes for acne in kids and how to treat them?)

Health benefits of bottle gourd juice for babies and toddlers:

Not just the vegetable but also its juice offers numerous health benefits. Bottle gourd meaning in hindi – lauki is quite popular for its juice.  Let’s look into the benefits of lauki juice.

  1. The benefits of lauki juice are not confined to the body and skin; it is also beneficial to the hair. Premature hair greying in children is most common these days and is mainly due to nutritional deficiencies. Early in the morning, drinking a glass of bottle gourd juice can help prevent the formation of grey hair. ( Reason for hair fall in kids)
  2. Sesame oil mixed with the juice is an excellent remedy for insomnia. It’s a good idea to massage the scalp every night with this preparation. (not recommended for babies below 1 year) 
  3. If your kids suffer from mental illness, epilepsy or stomach acidity or indigestion as well as mouth ulcers then bottle gourd juice is a great remedy.
  4. The bitter form of bottle gourd is used as a cardiac tonic, a poison antidote, and a tonic for bronchitis, cough, asthma, and liver illnesses. You can give a teaspoon of this juice to your babies. 
  5. A glass of bottle gourd juice mixed with a pinch of salt can help minimize sodium loss from the body (salt can be avoided for babies below 1 year of age).
  6. Bottle gourd juice is an alkaline mix that helps to reduce the burning feeling in the urinary tract.
  7. Benefits of lauki juice, extracted from leaves is also proven medicine for jaundice.

Steps to prepare bottle gourd/ lauki juice:

Following are the steps for making lauki juice: (Summer drinks for kids)

  • Cut off a piece of the end and taste it first, then proceed. Using a lauki that has a bitter flavour is not recommended.
  • Then, peel off the entire skin from the lauki, and cut it into little pieces. Mix them in a blender.
  • Black pepper and salt can be added to suit your tastebuds. You can also increase the flavour by adding mint leaves, ginger to your juice. ( Avoid pepper and salt for children below 1 year of age)
  • You can also add a few drops of lemon or amla to the lauki juice to enhance its flavour and antioxidant content.
  • Combining other veggies with lauki juice is not recommended because it may have a detrimental impact on your health.

Before giving your infant bottle gourd, there are several precautions to follow:

  • Baby’s age:  When a baby is about 6 months old, bottle gourd can be introduced to his or her diet. It is critical to introduce semi-solid foods during this stage for the baby’s health and development.
  • How to offer bottle gourd to your baby: Peeling the hard outer covering, cutting it into little pieces, and heating them is one of the best ways to provide bottle gourd to your baby. The vitamins in it are washed out during the boiling process, so don’t boil it. Steaming is a better option.
  • How much bottle gourd to feed: The amount of bottle gourd to use is determined by the baby’s age. When the baby is at the age of six months, only a couple of tablespoons are required. As the infant grows, you can increase the amount of bottle gourd.

More and more parents throughout the world are adopting bottle gourd into their baby’s diets as they learn about the health benefits of bottle gourd. Bottle gourd, on the other hand, should not be consumed uncooked because it might be detrimental to the stomach and intestines. (7 foods to boost immunity in kids)

In conclusion, bottle gourd is beneficial to both the physical and mental health of your children. It will make a world of difference if you incorporate it into the baby’s weekly menu.

Recipe: lauki ke kofte/bottle gourd balls with hidden herbs and nuts

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

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4 essential vitamins to prevent teeth grinding in kids

Teeth grinding in kids

Isn’t bliss to hear the sounds of smooth breathing and lovely dreams when you gaze in on your sleeping child? But, some parents get to hear the harsher noises of clenching and teeth grinding in kids, which is known as bruxism.

What is teetH grinding in kids?

Teeth grinding in kids, also known as bruxism is more common. This usually occurs in children before the age of five. It’s normally nothing to be concerned about, and most kids outgrow it by the age of six. Teething or poor tooth alignment are the most common causes of teeth grinding in kids. However, some children only grind their teeth during the day, but teeth grinding when sleeping is more common. (Impact of sleep disorders in kids brain development)

Causes of teeth grinding in kids

The cause of bruxism or teeth grinding in kids isn’t always clear to experts. However, some of the reasons include:  

  • Poor teeth alignment 
  • To ease the discomfort caused. Often, it’s a reaction to pain, such as an earache or teething, that causes them to do it. 
  • Another cause is stress, which usually manifests as nervous tension or anger. For example, a child may be concerned about a school test or a change in routine. Even arguing with parents and siblings can be stressful enough to cause jaw clenching or teeth grinding when sleeping. (Ashwagandha reduces stress and anxiety and promotes better sleep) 

Are there any signs and symptoms to identify if your child grinds teeth?

Most parents may usually hear a lot of sounds of teeth grinding in kids, especially if it happens late at night. Apart from this, general symptoms of teeth grinding in kids include:

  • Frequent complaints of headaches
  • Sore jaw
  • Injured teeth and gums (Oral health of kids : Tooth decay)
  • Tightening or clenching of the jaw muscles
  • Complaining of jaw muscle ache
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages

In some cases, even the teeth and tooth enamel may be worn away. As a result, if the problem is not addressed, children may experience future dental difficulties.

Effects of teeth grinding in kids

Many cases of teeth grinding in kids go unnoticed and have no negative consequences, while others result in headaches or earaches. Chronic tooth grinding can cause fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth in some kids. Teeth can be worn down to roots as a result of constant grinding. Bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be required when these events occur. 

Clenching and teeth grinding when sleeping can also damage teeth, chip teeth, increase temperature sensitivity and create significant facial discomfort and jaw disorders like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. It might also change the appearance of the face.

How to prevent teeth grinding in kids?

Bruxism is a common reaction among children as they grow and develop. These incidents are unavoidable. Stress-related teeth grinding can, however, be avoided in both children and adults. The first step in avoiding teeth grinding when sleeping is to establish a relaxing nighttime routine. The following are some tips to help your child sleep better at night.

  • Before going to bed, turn off the television and other electronic devices.
  • Allow them to listen to soothing music.
  • Give them a warm bath or shower.
  • Allow them to read or listen to what you’re reading.

Stress management is important. Discuss your child’s feelings on a daily basis. They need help coping with stress. Your child’s stress can be relieved by talking to a family member, or a therapist about what’s bothering him or her. And if possible, try to eliminate your child’s sources of stress. (Anger management in kids)

Foods to AVOID FOR teeth GRINDING IN KIDS

You might probably be familiar with your child facing sore jaw muscles as a result of teeth grinding. Chewing foods that further exhaust those muscles can cause them to become even more tired and achy.

It’s best to avoid foods that promote jaw clenching and necessitate a lot of chewing. You should also avoid foods that damage the teeth as part of the bruxism diet because weakened teeth is another common symptom of bruxism.

Some of the most important foods to avoid if you have bruxism are:

  • Chewing gums
  • Chewy candies
  • Hard candy
  • Crunchy foods 
  • Popcorn
  • Chewy food like steaks
  • Hard foods like nuts

Best diet TO PREVENT teeth grinding

A diet consisting of mostly soft foods will help minimize the tension on your kid’s jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. This could involve the following:

  • Apple puree
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta

You might also improve your bruxism diet by including more anti-inflammatory foods. Because bruxism and TMJ are linked to inflammation, these foods may help alleviate symptoms. 

  • Fatty fish, salmon
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Berries like strawberries and bluberries

Vitamins that help TO PREVENT teeth grinding

It is ideal to acquire all of the vitamins and nutrients from a balanced diet. Here are a few vitamins and minerals that might help teeth grinding in kids.  Supplement your child’s regular regimen with these vitamins and minerals.

1) Magnesium

Magnesium relaxes the neurological system and can aid in the relaxation of muscles in the jaw. Clenching and teeth grinding when sleeping is reduced as a result. Stress is regarded to be one of the most common causes of bruxism, and low magnesium levels are linked to high stress levels. The foods that are rich in magnesium include: 

  • Nuts such as almonds, cashew, peanut
  • Seeds such as pumpkin , flax and chia 
  • Whole grains like wheat, oats, barley, buckwheat and quinoa
  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Vegetables like carrot, potatoes, broccoli, avocado
  • Milk
  • Fatty fish
2) Calcium

Deficiency in calcium, which causes bone deterioration, has been related to teeth grinding and teeth clenching. Make sure your child receives adequate calcium, too. Calcium-rich food sources include: 

  • Milk and milk products
  • Moringa
  • Ragi
  • Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, lady’s finger
  • Seeds such as sesame and chia 
  • Almonds 
  • Lotus seeds or makhana
  • Amaranth
3) Vitamin B and vitamin C

Dietary supplements of vitamins B and C have been linked to better sleep quality and deeper sleep. Sleep bruxism, which is categorized as a sleep-related movement problem, is significantly helped by these vitamins. (Foods with B vitamins)

Dietary sources of vitamin B include: 

  • Whole grain cereals
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beans
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Milk and milk products
  • Egg
  • Meat
  • Fruits

Dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, papaya, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower. 

Changing your child’s diet all at once may be challenging, so consider making one or two changes at a time. In this way, you will be able to determine which meals have an impact on your bruxism symptoms.

Living with teeth grinding

Clenching or teeth grinding in kids is not harmful. The majority of kids will outgrow it. However, it might induce unpleasant symptoms that can make daily life difficult. You can take efforts to alleviate and prevent discomfort. The following are some home care suggestions:

  • Use  wet heat or ice for sore jaw muscles 
  • Massage the neck, shoulders, and face muscles.
  • Avoid foods that are hard, dense, or chewy, such as nuts, bagels, or steak.
  • Avoid chewing gum 
  • Stretching activities for physical rehabilitation can be learned.
  • Relax the  facial muscles.
  • Reduce the stress levels.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.

If self-care measures don’t work after a few weeks and your child is still having problems, consult your family doctor.

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8 Common Nutritional Deficiencies in Children

nutritional deficiencies in children

Have you ever wondered why your child gets sick or has health difficulties despite having a full plate of food? Do you think that plate provides all the essential nutrients that the child requires? Nowadays, malnutrition is most prevalent and is found to be associated with common nutritional deficiencies in children.

Most parents make the mistake of believing that just because their child eats three meals a day means he or she is getting all of the nutrients needed for growth and development. But, a well-balanced meal consisting of all the important vitamins and minerals is all that the child needs. So, let’s understand what is nutritional deficiencies, symptoms, nutritional deficiencies diseases and foods that help to overcome them. 

 What are nutritional deficiencies?

The child’s body needs a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals to grow properly and be able to fight and avoid diseases. We refer to these nutrients as micronutrients.

While some are made naturally by the body, the majority come from the foods your children consume. Malnutrition, also known as nutrient deficiency, occurs when your child’s body does not get or is unable to absorb the necessary amount of nutrients. 

Signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in children

Nutritional deficiencies cause health-related problems which can be difficult to detect while your child is young but become more apparent as they develop. Immune deficiency, stunted bone development, delayed brain growth, weariness, digestive troubles, and even early dementia are few common nutritional deficiencies symptoms.

Apart from these common symptoms, nutritional deficiencies diseases also exhibit symptoms such as :

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of attention
  • Dry skin/hair
  • Depression/ Anxiety
  • Delayed speech
  • Weight loss
  • Hyperactivity
  • Frequent cold or flu

8 Common nutritional deficiencies in children

Here is a list of some common nutritional deficiencies in children, their symptoms and dietary sources:

1.Calcium deficiency

Every cell in your body requires calcium to function properly. Calcium helps to mineralize bones and teeth, which is especially important during periods of rapid growth. Calcium is also a signalling molecule, so a deficiency can cause problems with your child’s heart, nerves, and muscles.

You should never take more calcium than you need. Calcium levels in your blood are strictly controlled, therefore any excess is stored in your bones as calcium phosphate. As a result, your bones will release calcium if you don’t get enough of it from the diet.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to calcium deficiency

In many cases, a calcium deficiency is not accompanied by symptoms. However, rickets in children and osteoporosis in the elderly are two prevalent forms of calcium deficiency that cause weaker and more fragile bones.

Dietary sources of calcium

Here are some of the calcium-rich foods that you should include in the diet: 

  • Milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt
  • Moringa
  • Ragi (8 amazing benefits of Ragi)
  • Vegetables like cabbage, mustard, broccoli, lady’s finger
  • Seeds like poppy, chia and sesame
  • Almonds
  • Makhana/ Lotus seeds
  • Amaranth
2.Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in children. However, it is even more common in picky eaters and toddlers who have weaned from breast milk. (Iron deficiency in children)

Iron is a vital mineral that is found in abundance in red blood cells. Also, iron attaches to haemoglobin and aids oxygen transport between blood cells. It also aids in the production of RBCs.

There are two types of dietary iron – Heme and Non- heme iron. Heme iron is found in animal sources such as red meat and is easily absorbed in the body. Non-heme iron can be present in plant and animal foods, but it is difficult to absorb.

Vegetarians and vegans mostly consume plant sources having non-heme iron which is less absorbed. Hence they are more likely to develop iron deficiency. 

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to iron deficiency

Anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency in children. The common symptoms of anemia include pale skin, fatigue, weakness and tiredness, poor appetite, craving for strange things like ice, dirt and paint, slower growth and development, behavioural issues, frequent infection.

Dietary sources of iron

The best sources of iron both heme and non-heme are listed below:

Heme iron sources:
  • Red meat
  • Shellfish
  • Organ meat
  • Sardines
Non-heme iron sources:
  • Beans
  • Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale
  • Seeds like pumpkin, sesame, flax and hemp
  • Dried fruits like raisins, prunes and apricot
  • Fruits like apple, pear and pomegranate 
  • Legumes
3.Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts in the body like a steroid hormone and is produced on exposure to sunlight. It aids iron, magnesium, zinc, and phosphate absorption. It also aids calcium absorption and helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth. Not just bones and teeth, vitamin D also builds immunity in the body and fights off attacking viruses and bacteria. (Vitamin D and calcium for building strong bones in kids)

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin D deficiency 

The deficiency of vitamin D prevents the absorption of calcium in the body. Calcium deficiency causes disorders, such as hypocalcemia and hypophosphatemia (rickets), as well as the weakening of bones, certain types of malignancies and lowered immunity. It may also cause growth delay, bone loss and there is an increased risk of fractures. 

Dietary sources of Vitamin D

Sunlight is the natural source of Vitamin D. However, other dietary sources of vitamin D are:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Banana 
  • Milk and milk products
  • Fortified cereals
  • Mushroom
  • Ragi
4.Vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important. It aids in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, bones, and cell membranes, as well. Also, it creates eye pigments, which are essential for vision. For Vitamin A to travel to the required parts of the body, like the retina at the back of the eye, it has to partner with another mineral- Zinc.

Dietary vitamin A comes in two forms:

  • Preformed vitamin A  (Retinol): It is derived from animal sources.
  • Pro-vitamin A (Carotenoid): It is obtained from plant sources.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin A deficiency

A lack of vitamin A or vitamin A deficiency can cause both acute and chronic eye damage, leading to blindness. Vitamin A deficiency can also weaken the immune system and increase mortality, especially in children and women who are pregnant or lactating.

Dietary sources of Vitamin A

The dietary sources of vitamin A are:

  • Organ meat
  • Fish liver oil
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrot
  • Green leafy vegetables

Orange-coloured fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, apricot, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, hence helps to protect your kid from any eye disease.

5.Vitamin B9-Folate deficiency

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is an essential component for the growth and development of the human body. Folate aids in the formation of DNA and RNA, as well as protein metabolism. Dietary folate is also necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. And it is especially important in times of fast growth, such as during pregnancy and the development of the foetus.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin B9-Folate deficiency

Folate deficiency in children and babies can cause brain and spinal cord underdevelopment, growth issues, anaemia, and congenital defects. (7 brain-boosting foods for your child) 

Dietary sources of Vitamin B9-Folate

The sources of Vitamin B9 include:

  • Green leafy veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Fortified cereals and bread
  • Seafood
  • Eggs 
  • Peanuts
6.Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin deficiency

Cobalamin is important for the production of blood cells and to sustain healthy nerve cells in the body. However, vegetarians and vegans may not obtain enough vitamin B12 in their meals and may need to take a B12 supplement. (Foods with B vitamins and their importance)

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin deficiency

A vitamin B12 deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia. The diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies of Vitamin B12 can also lead to a number of symptoms including weakness, exhaustion, constipation, a decreased appetite, and weight. Failure to meet the minimum requirements can also show negative effects on the nervous system and nutritional deficiencies symptoms such as confusion, depression and dementia. 

Dietary sources of Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin

The sources of Vitamin B12 include:

  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Beef liver
  • Fortified cereals
  • Egg
7.Zinc deficiency

Zinc is an important mineral for healthy growth, digestion, sex hormone development, and immunity in children. A deficit can have an adverse effect on your child’s hair, skin, and nails, as well as his or her cognitive function and height.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to zinc deficiency 

Loss of appetite and decreased growth and development in babies and children are early signs of zinc deficiency. They may be angry and sluggish. The immune system of the body may be compromised, causing wounds to heal more slowly and incompletely.

Dietary sources of zinc

The sources of zinc include:

8.Magnesium deficiency

Magnesium is an important mineral in the human body. It’s not only important for bone and tooth structure but it’s also involved in over 300 enzyme processes.

HeALTH CONCERNS caused due to magnesium deficiency

The diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies of magnesium include type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Abnormal heart rhythm, muscular cramps, restless leg syndrome, tiredness, and headaches are the most common magnesium – nutritional deficiencies symptoms. (How magnesium can help to balance hormones in teenagers?)

Dietary sources of magnesium

The sources of magnesium include:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green leafy vegetables

Almost every vitamin can be lacking in some way. However, the aforementioned flaws are by far the most prevalent. Children, young women, the elderly, vegetarians, and vegans appear to be the most vulnerable to a variety of deficits.

Eating a well-balanced diet rich in full, nutrient-dense foods is the greatest approach to avoid deficiencies. Supplements, on the other hand, maybe essential for people who cannot get enough from their food alone.

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Saturated vs unsaturated fats

Saturated fat vs unsaturated fats

For many years, the word “fat” was associated with unhealthy eating. It is better to avoid them as much as possible. Although, many of us have made a move to low-fat meals. This choice did not, however, make us healthier because we cut out on both good and bad fats. You might be thinking, “Isn’t fat harmful to your health?”. But, fats are a crucial source of energy for the human body. Therefore, this article outlines the difference between saturated fat vs unsaturated fats, as well as how to eat healthily.

What are dietary fats?

Dietary fats are a significant energy source. It aids vitamin and mineral absorption. Moreover, fat is essential for the building of the cell membranes, cell walls and nerve sheaths. Blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation are all dependent on it. The fats stored in tissues are also essential for thermoregulation and insulation of the body. 

Some fats are superior to others in terms of long-term health. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are good fats to consume while synthetic or tailor-made trans fats are on the list of bad fats. Whereas saturated fats occupy a midway ground.

Also, knowing the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats, their sources and possible health effects can help you make better cooking and shopping decisions.

Saturated fats

These are usually solid at room temperature. Coconut oil and ghee are the two main examples of saturated fats that have various health benefits.

Ghee is a loaded source of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D and K. Ghee is a pure form of fat and contains no casein, making it perfect for dairy-intolerant people. It also contains gut-friendly enzymes which help in its easier digestion. While coconut oil has omega 6 fatty acids, but no omega 3 fatty acids and no trans fats. Both ghee and coconut oil help improve brain function, digestion and metabolic function.

Sources of saturated fats:

  • Animal meat – cuts of meat that are rich in fat
  • Poultry –  Chicken and egg yolk
  • Dairy products – cheese, butter, whole milk, cream
  • Plant oils –  Palm and Coconut oil (Benefits of coconut oil)
  • Processed meats – sausages, hot dogs
  • Pre-packaged snacks – chips, pastries, cookies, crackers

Saturated fat in your diet – Why limit it?

The sources of saturated fats are mostly unhealthy, but, contrary to popular belief, saturated fat is not a bad thing. It can be part of a heart-healthy diet when consumed in moderation.

  • Risk of heart disease

Healthy fats are essential for the body’s energy and other functions. Consuming excessive amounts of saturated fats might lead to a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels (blood vessels). High saturated fat foods increase LDL (bad) cholesterol. Cholesterol that is too high in LDL increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Add extra kilos to the body:

It is abundant in many high-fat foods, such as pizza, baked products, and fried dishes. So, eating too much of these foods might lead you to gain weight by adding extra calories to your diet. Every gramme of fat provides 9 calories. Therefore, it is more than twice as much as carbs and protein combined.

Unsaturated fats

These are considered a healthier form of fat and must be consumed for body and brain development. These fats are liquid (oil form) at normal temperature. They can also be found in solid foods.

Mono-unsaturated fats:

Sources of monounsaturated fats include:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Peanut oil
  • Most seeds and nuts

Poly-unsaturated fats:

Polyunsaturated fats are necessary for the body’s proper functioning. In addition, polyunsaturated fats aid in the movement of muscles and the coagulation of blood. These fats are not produced by the body, therefore you have to consume them in the form of food.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two forms of polyunsaturated lipids. In terms of heart health, omega-3 fatty acids are advantageous. (Why should you add omega-3 foods to your kid’s diet?)

Best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids:
Best sources of omega-6 fatty acids:
  • Canola oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Corn oil

According to a recent study, there is some indication that polyunsaturated fats may lessen the risk of heart disease. Therefore, it is ideal to choose them in place of saturated fats. Also, there has to be a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for maximum benefit to health.

Trans fats:

Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that have been turned from a liquid state to a more solid state by food processing. They are mostly used is all processed foods- cheese spreads, donuts, chips, dips, cakes, cookies etc since they are solid in state and can help hold the shape of food item.

Meat and dairy from ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep, contain natural trans fats, often known as ruminant trans fats. When bacteria in the stomachs of these animals eat grass, they produce trans fats. Several studies have shown that moderate intake of these trans fats from animal sources is not detrimental.

Health risks associated with trans fats:

Heart disease risk may increase with artificial trans fats. Also, they seem to increase the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol without increasing the HDL (good) cholesterol levels. In addition, people consuming more trans fat have a higher risk of insulin sensitivity and developing diabetes.

Sources in diet:

Most trans fats in your diet come from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Because they are inexpensive to produce and have a long shelf life. There is a range of processed foods that include trans fats. The partly hydrogenated oil should not be added to the processed goods as a result of the FDA’s 2018 ban. They are no longer GRAS. Although this restriction has been partially implemented, many processed foods still contain trans fats.

Saturated fat vs unsaturated fats

Here are few differences between saturated fat and unsaturated fats:

saturated fat vs unsaturated fats
Saturated fat vs Unsaturated fats
Recommended levels of fat intake:

According to the World health organization (WHO), total fat intake should not exceed 30% of total energy intake. Also, 

  • lower saturated fat consumption to less than 10% of total energy intake
  • lower trans-fat intake to less than 1% of total energy intake
  • Replace the saturated fat food list with unsaturated, particularly polyunsaturated fats.
Tips for a fat-friendly diet:

The following are some simple strategies for people to regulate their fat consumption in their diet:

  • Choosing low-fat dairy over full-fat dairy, or lean meat over fatty pieces of meat.
  • Avoiding foods that claim to be fat-free . To replace the fats, many of these items contain added sugars and refined carbs. However,it’s possible that these additives can raise caloric consumption without adding any additional dietary value.
  • Know about saturated fat content by reading nutritional labels such as the reference intake (RI) on the front of packages.
  • Foods high in trans fats and sodium (processed foods) should be avoided
  • When cooking, use steaming or boiling rather than frying.
  • Changing to fats that are good for you. Unsaturated fats are abundant in foods like sardines, avocado, and walnuts. These may help with brain development, immune system strength, and heart health. (Foods to boost immunity in kids)
How to replace saturated fat sources with healthier ones?

Fats are important for your body. Hence, eliminating them from the diet will not be a great option. You can introduce healthy fats to your diet with a few simple modifications.

Replace bad fats with good ones
saturated fat vs unsaturated fats
saturated fat sources
Saturated fat vs unsaturated fats: Replace bad fats with good ones

You do not have to eliminate fat from your diet. However, you should be cautious about the amount and type of fat you consume. Also, keep in mind that fat contains a lot of calories. Choose unsaturated fat-rich foods instead of saturated fat-rich foods, not in addition to them.


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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Ragi: A super food

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You must have heard about the health benefits of Ragi from elders. Ragi, an ultimate superfood is also known as finger millet or nachni. In many parts of South India, ragi is a common staple food item.

Since ancient times, Ragi has been overshadowed by other cereal crops such as rice and wheat in India’s food and nutrition landscape despite being a highly prized healthy grain in ancient agricultural systems dating back over 2000 years. Fortunately, Ragi has made a huge comeback in the last three to four decades because of the extensive research and the UN FAO’s push to include millets in the daily diet to combat malnutrition and a variety of other prevalent diseases. 

Since Ragi is high in protein, calcium, iron and amino acids, it is a “Super food”. It is the most commonly used millet for making porridges for babies and infants. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of Ragi.

Health benefits of Ragi:

The benefits of Ragi for health are highlighted below:

Great source of protein and fiber: 

100 grams of Whole Ragi Flour gives 7.29 grams of protein and 16.56 grams of fiber. That is why, it serves as an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. Due to its high fiber content, it prevents overeating and keeps you full for a longer time, which aids in weight loss. The insoluble fiber present in Ragi helps in easy movement of foods in the stomach and adds water into the stool, hence aiding easy digestion and relieving constipation. (Foods for constipation in kids)

Calcium rich – promotes healthy bones and teeth:

When compared to other grains, ragi flour is one of the greatest non-dairy calcium sources. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth, as well as for the prevention of a bone-weakening condition called osteoporosis. The sprouting process can increase the calcium content in Ragi by 20 percent. In addition, sprouting reduces the anti-nutritional factors and helps in better absorption of calcium. Hence, nothing beats Ragi when it comes to promoting bone growth in children and adults. (Benefits of calcium in kids)

Improves Red blood cells production – PreventS Anemia:

Naturally rich in iron, ragi benefits those with low hemoglobin levels. Also,the vitamin B1 in it helps in the synthesis of red blood cells and generates ATP, which is used by our bodies for energy. Ragi, when sprouted, has significant levels of vitamin C, which improves iron absorption. (Foods rich in iron)

Adds great benefit for diabetes:

It is the major benefit of ragi for health. Its higher fibre content lessens the cravings for food. When compared to wheat flour, ragi flour produces a far lower spike in sugar levels. Moreover, ragi is high in magnesium, which helps to improve insulin sensitivity by reducing insulin resistance. When our magnesium levels are too low, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep our blood sugar under control.

gluten-free:

Ragi is a must-have for anyone on a gluten-free diet or suffering from celiac disease. For chapatis, dosas and some sweets, ragi can readily replace wheat because it is gluten-free. (A guide to a Gluten free diet for kids)

Rich in Antioxidants:

Other health benefits of ragi include its antioxidant property. Ragi is rich in antioxidants which prevents oxidation and fights against infections. Also, being a  rich source of amino acids, it aids the body’s natural ability to relax.You can efficiently combat depression, headaches and insomnia, as well as anxiety and stress, by consuming ragi. (Why do we need antioxidants)

great pick for the little ones and new moms:

The health benefits of ragi makes it a great choice for infants and new moms. As well as aiding with their digestion, it also strengthens their bones and promotes their overall growth. Ragi is great for stimulating milk production and balancing hormonal processes in pregnant women and young moms due to its high iron and calcium content.

Promotes healthy skin:

Ragi is a miracle worker when it comes to keeping youthful skin. As a result of the essential amino acids Methionine and Lysine and vitamins such as Vitamin B3, the skin tissues are less susceptible to wrinkles and aging.

Nutritional information for 100 grams of Ragi flour:

100 grams of Ragi flour gives 385 calories. Below is the nutritional information for 100 grams of ragi flour. 

Health Benefits Of Ragi
Health Benefits Of Ragi

Can ragi be given to your babies?

Because of the benefits of ragi for health, it is the best weaning food for babies after the age of six months. To be clear, it should not be your baby’s first food. Steamed and mashed veggies such as potatoes, apples, etc. should be the first thing on your menu to get started. You can make Ragi malt at home and it is ideal for your child.

How to get the benefits of ragi malt for your baby at home?

The benefits of ragi malt has created interest for a lot of parents in learning how to make ragi malt at home. You can prepare ragi malt for babies in one of two ways. 

  • Traditionally, ragi grains are milked and dried before being ground into a thin powder. This method is time-consuming and tedious.
  • The alternative option is to powder the whole ragi. It is always a good idea to sprout the ragi and prepare a malt. Iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals are all more abundant in sprouted ragi malt. Soaking and sprouting the ragi grains breaks down the complex proteins into simpler amino acids and lowers the fat level. It’s easier for babies to digest this way. (Soaking and Sprouting- Health benefits)

How much is too much for your baby?

Always start your kid on a smaller bit of new food and increase the amount over three days. It’s safe to feed your infant ragi, as long as the baby hasn’t experienced any adverse reactions, such as loose stools or gastrointestinal discomfort. Do not compel the infant to eat the entire bowl; let him make his own decisions.

Ragi Recipes: Best way to get the benefits of ragi flour 

Here are some of the tasty and healthy recipes for your baby:

RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE: 

ragi porridge recipe
health benefits of Ragi

RAGI BANANA PANCAKE RECIPE:

Ragi Banana Pancake Recipe

RECIPE OF CAKE WITH RAGI FLOUR:

cake with Ragi flour
cake with Ragi flour

There are several health benefits of ragi flour, and it can be consumed by people of any age. Because it has all of the key elements including fibers, proteins, iron and calcium and is gluten-free. It is suitable for those who have specific cereal or gluten allergies to consume.

As with any other food, ragi should be consumed in moderation to avoid any negative effects on the body.

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8 foods with B vitamins and why you need them?

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Today’s lifestyle revolves around nutrition. When we say nutrition, it means eating a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition helps in overall health, as well as the prevention and treatment of a variety of illnesses. This is not possible without getting adequate levels of vitamins in your diet, especially B vitamins which work together for many bodily functions. Foods with B vitamins can help to keep you healthy naturally. 

Benefits of B vitamins

B vitamins are essential for overall health and well being. When it comes to energy, cognitive function, and cell metabolism, B vitamins play a major role. 

  • Breaks down the food: B vitamins aids the enzymes in breaking down food. They help them to convert higher molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats into simpler ones by releasing energy. Also, it plays an important role in moving oxygen and energy across your body. 
  • Production of RBC cells: Your cells grow and multiply with the support of B vitamins. Some B vitamins also help the body make hemoglobin, which is essential for red blood cell synthesis. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives blood its red color and aids in oxygen transport throughout the body.
  • Promotes immune function: Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a B vitamin that helps various metabolic functions of the immune system. Studies suggest that supplementing with this B vitamin improves immunological responses in critically ill persons.(Foods for strengthening kid’s immunity)
  • Supports brain health: Some B vitamins types help in brain development and function by reducing the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. (Foods to increase intellect in kids)
  • Prevents diseases: They also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. 

Common signs of B vitamins deficiency:

When it comes to the B vitamins, one thing you should know is that they are water-soluble, which implies that they dissolve in water and does not store in the body. Foods with B vitamins must be consumed daily, either through diet or supplements, in order to maintain a stable level. ( Vitamin B’s required for hair growth in kids)

Here are some signs and symptoms that occur in the body when they are deficient in the B vitamins types. They are:

  • Anemia
  • Dementia
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Having trouble in speech
  • Loss of body balance

B Vitamins Types:

Let’s first understand about the B vitamins types. B vitamin also known as B complex is comprised of eight important B vitamins:

  • Thiamine-Vitamin B1
  • Riboflavin-Vitamin B2
  • Niacin- Vitamin B3
  • Pantothenic acid-Vitamin B5
  • Pyridoxine-Vitamin B6
  • Biotin- Vitamin B7
  • Folic acid-Vitamin B9
  • Cobalamin-Vitamin B12

Each of these vital vitamins helps your body function properly, in kids as well as adults.(Vitamins for kids). Hence it is important to include foods with B vitamins.

THIAMINEVitamin B1 :

Vitamin B1 plays a crucial function in the process of turning food into energy. Deficiency of vitamin B1 causes Beri-Beri, an illness of the heart, digestive system, and nervous system. Beriberi is common in malnourished people and those who consume large amounts of alcohol. Beriberi causes difficulty walking, loss of sensation in the hands and feet, and paralysis of the lower legs, and it can even cause congestive heart failure. Furthermore, consuming any of the B vitamins types for an extended length of time can cause an imbalance of other vital B vitamins.

Sources of Vitamin B1: Whole grain cereals, nuts, beans, yeast and meat.(Best nuts and seeds for kids) 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B1 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B1
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B1

RIBOFLAVINVitamin B2 :

Riboflavin is a type of  B vitamin that aids in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins in the diet, as well as the conversion of food to energy. This B vitamin also helps to maintain the health of your skin, intestinal lining, and blood cells. Riboflavin can also raise your energy and immunity levels. Riboflavin also helps with acne, muscle cramps, and carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the National Institute of Health, it’s possible that consuming an adequate amount of riboflavin can help avoid migraine headaches and cataracts.

Sources of Vitamin B2: Green leafy vegetables, nuts, meat and dairy products.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B2 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B2
Recommended Daily Intake for vitamin B2

NIACINVitamin B3:

Every day, we require vitamin B3, also known as nicotinic acid or niacin, in our meals in order to convert the food we eat into usable energy. Inadequate amount of niacin in your diet may cause a condition known as Pellagra. Dementia, diarrhea, mental disorder, inflamed mucous membranes are some of the symptoms of pellagra. Niacin’s health benefits include its usage as a therapy for excessive cholesterol levels in the blood.

Sources of Vitamin B3: Green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B3 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B3
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B3

PANTOTHENIC ACIDVitamin B5 :

This form of B vitamins types is required for numerous metabolic activities that occur in our cells on a daily basis, including the energy-producing breakdown of carbs and fats. For our bodies to manufacture hormones, as well as for growth, we require pantothenic acid. A small amount of pantothenic acid might produce in the intestines by bacteria, but not enough to meet the daily needs. 

Sources of Vitamin B5: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, avocado, mushrooms, whole grain cereals, potatoes, dairy products and organ meat (liver). 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B5 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B5
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B5

PYRIDOXINEVitamin B6:

Vitamin B6 is essential because it participates in over 100 enzymatic processes in the body’s cells, assisting us in digesting amino acids from food and forming new RBCs. It also helps in the production of serotonin which is a “feel good” neurotransmitter. With doctor supervision, it may help pregnant women manage morning sickness. 

Sources of Vitamin B6: Beans, Banana, brown rice, carrots, cheese, milk, lentils, fortified cereals, spinach, sunflower seeds, whole grain flour, chicken, liver.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B6
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B6

FOLIC ACID-Vitamin B9:

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is an essential component for the growth and development of the human body. Folate aids in the formation of DNA and RNA, as well as protein metabolism. Dietary folate is also necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. And it is especially important in times of fast growth, such as during pregnancy and development of foetus. 

Sources of Vitamin B9: Green leafy veggies, sprouts, fresh fruits, nuts, beans, peas, asparagus, fortified cereals and bread, seafood, eggs, peanuts.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B9 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B9

COBOLAMIN-Vitamin B12:

Cobalamin is important for the production of blood cells and to sustain healthy nerve cells in the body. Vegetarians and vegans may not obtain enough vitamin B12 in their meals and may need to take a B12 supplement. A vitamin B12 shortage can lead to a number of symptoms including weakness, exhaustion, constipation, a decreased appetite, and weight. Failure to meet the minimum requirements can also have negative effects on the nervous system and can lead to mental illness such as confusion, depression and dementia. 

Sources of Vitamin B12: Dairy products, fish, meat, beef liver, fortified cereals. 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B12
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B12

A diversified, balanced diet naturally rich in foods with B vitamins such as leafy greens, almonds, beans and legumes, whole grains, lean protein, mushrooms, and eggs can help most people stay healthy and overcome B vitamins deficiency. Take a vitamin B supplement if you aren’t receiving it from the sources for B vitamins.

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What is the right time to introduce Water for the baby?

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Your baby’s diet is entirely made up of breast milk or formula throughout the first few months of life. Is this enough to quench his/her thirst, or should you give water for the baby? How much water should you give your kid and why shouldn’t you offer water for the baby till he/she has begun eating solids? Here’s everything a parent should know about when to start water for baby. (What are the first foods for baby?)

When to start water for THE baby?

As a parent, your thoughts will continually be preoccupied with the topic, when to start water for baby? Until the age of six months, a baby should only drink breast milk or formula. It provides them with all of the hydration and nourishment they require in the early months. (Which milk to give to babies?)

After six months of age, you can start offering them purees or table food, although breast milk and formula are still more necessary than water for infants. You can, however, begin to introduce water for baby to drink.

Children under six months of age who drink water run the danger of electrolyte imbalance, as well as calorie, protein, and key vitamin deficiencies.

How much water SHOULD THE baby consume?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can offer 8 ounces (227 ml) of water for the baby per day, starting at 6 months of age. However, we believe that water should be limited to less than 2-4 ounces (59-118 ml) each day in order to avoid depleting breast milk or formula of vital nutrients.

Birth – 6 months

Breast milk is regarded as a superfood that covers all of an infant’s dietary and hydration needs, therefore breastfed newborns do not require any more water. This is because breast milk supplies your kid with the necessary amount of fluids to keep hydrated. In summary, as long as you nurse on demand, you shouldn’t have to worry about providing extra water for baby to drink. (What are the causes of hair fall in new moms?)

Also, a formula-fed baby does not require a lot of extra water. Most infant formulae come with instructions on how much water to add in order to dilute the formula properly. As long as you adhere to these recommendations and alter your baby’s formula consistency in accordance with his age, he’ll be well-hydrated at every feeding. (How to plan your 6 months old baby’s meals?)

6 – 9 months

Is it safe for babies to sip water during these months? In this case, there is no hard and fast rule. Solid foods are normally introduced from ages of 6 months. At this point, you can offer water for baby to drink  in a sippy cup a few times a day. If you are still nursing or formula-feeding your infant in addition to delivering solids, this shouldn’t be too frequent. It is advised to provide water for the baby less than 4 ounces a day. (How to wean off baby?)

9 – 12 months

Breastfeeding can be continued until the child is about a year old. At mealtimes, you can offer them water or diluted juice. However, do not give fizzy drinks or drinks with artificial sweeteners. (Feeding schedule for 9-12 months babies.)

New mothers may be confused about their baby’s water requirements. Here are some tips to help you out.

  • Babies usually communicate with numerous signals or sounds, such as pointing to the water cup or using sign language to express their desire for water.
  • If they refuse to eat or swallow food during feeding, it means they need water.
  • When given water for the baby, he/ she consumes as much as necessary. They may cry or stretch forward to reach the cup if the water cup is taken away, indicating that they require more water.
  • The baby also grumbles (a persistent soft cry), if the stomach hurts or if he or she has trouble passing motions, usually owing to insufficient water intake.

During 9 to 12 months of age, it is advised to provide less than 8 ounces of water for the baby per day.

Make sure DRINKING water is safe:

Consider testing your tap water before giving water for the baby, first time or when using it in infant formula . Tap water may include fluoride, which can help protect teeth, but could also contain dangerous levels of lead for babies.

Install a filtration system or use distilled water if you’re concerned about lead exposure and chemical residues in your water. You may either buy distilled water or make your own by boiling it for 10 minutes and then filtering it out.

Tips to follow while mixing formula with water :

  • Always use boiled and cooled down water to mix with the formula. 
  • Refrigerate boiled water within an hour. If you don’t use it within 24 hours, toss it away.
  • Follow the instructions on the container for mixing the formula with water when you purchase it. Each brand has its own set of instructions. This will guarantee that your kid receives the proper amount of nutrients and hydration during his or her growth period.
  • Constipation or dehydration might occur if too much formula is added. Likewise, malnutrition or water intoxication can result from using too little formula.

What are the Risks of Giving water to the baby?

Taking in too much water might lead to electrolyte imbalance and even convulsions.

Overhydration and water intoxication symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea 
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drowsiness and confusion
  • Frequent urination ( wet diapers more than 8 to 10 per day)

Emergency medical intervention is required for water intoxication, which may require intravenous electrolytes or medicines. As soon as you observe any of the symptoms indicated above, take your baby to the pediatrician.

Water to drink as he/ she grows:

Your kid will require 4 cups of drink each day between the ages of 1 and 3. This is a period of transition during which both water and breastmilk or formula should be consumed. As your child grows older, they will require more water. You can help your older child drink more water in a variety of ways.

Fruit juice can be used to flavor water: Fresh fruit can be used to flavor water. Because many children’s juices are high in sugar, water is a better choice than juice. If your youngster likes the taste of juice, flavor their water with fresh fruit. Lemon, berries, mint, and cucumber are all excellent choices.

Add more fruits and veggies to your baby’s diet: Feed more fruits and vegetables with high water content. As a result, babies can keep them hydrated without having to consume more water than they would like to.Strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, and grapefruit are some of the fruits that keeps your child hydrated. Cucumber, tomato, and celery are among the veggies that are high in water.

Encourage healthy water drinking habits using colour charts: You can encourage children to drink a glass of water and fill the glass with colors in the chart. 

Offer water for baby to drink with their favorite cups: It’s best to use an attractive cup that features your baby’s favorite colors or characters. It is more probable that your youngster will enjoy drinking water if you can find ways to make it enjoyable.

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