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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How to increase breast milk: 7 foods to eat

Giving birth to a baby is altogether a new journey for a woman. A new chapter in life with a new character MOTHER. The bonding between a mother and a child is pure and pious. During early days of motherhood, the main concern of a mother is whether she is producing enough breast milk for the baby or not. Every cry of the baby makes her restless, thinking that maybe he/she is not getting enough milk. The first five to six weeks are crucial for a first time mom to understand and find a proper routine. It is the same time when the body is regulating a healthy supply of breast milk. Though there are small numbers of mothers who are not able to produce enough breast milk, still it is a common fear. There are some tips and foods which can help to increase breast milk production. Before that all we have to understand are the causes for low breast milk supply.

Reasons of low breast milk supply

Delay: Separation of mother and baby due to some medical conditions can affect milk production. If the mother is unwell after delivery or the baby needs to get admitted to a special care nursery, it delays the breast feed and hence the body stops producing enough milk.

Poor attachment: Some mothers have flat or inverted nipples which makes it difficult for the baby to suck milk properly. This may cause poor attachment to the breast. Sleepy babies due to having jaundice at birth time and lip or tongue tie are some other causes which detach babies to get required milk supply from breast feed.

Schedule: Baby needs to get fed whenever he/she demands. Scheduling or making a time table to feed the baby can result in low breast milk production.

Skipping: Some mothers prefer breast feed and formula feed for their babies.  But skipping breastfeed and depending more on formula can lead to low supply of breast milk.

Contraceptive pills: To escape from fear of getting pregnant again, some women start taking contraceptive pills that contain oestrogen. This affects breast milk production.

Smoking: Smoking can also obstruct the production of milk. It can also pass through the negative effects of nicotine to babies through feed. Further in life babies may face a range of health problems due to this bad practice.

Ways to increase breast milk production

Demand and supply: Breastfeed your baby often as the body makes milk on the law of demand and supply. The more you breastfeed, the more your body get signal to produce milk. By nursing your baby every two to three hours you can be able to naturally increase your breast milk supply.

Breast pump: Power pump is a great way to boost up your breast milk production. This empties your breast fully and Indicates body to make more milk.

Proper diet: A nursing mom should take proper care of her food intake. It is the most effective way to increase milk supply. Lactating mom must organise her drinking and eating of a proper balanced meal throughout the day as nothing can hold milk supply faster than being hungry and dehydrated. (Easy source of protein for mothers)

Breastfeed from both sides: During the early days it is advised to feed your baby 8-12 times in a day. Always try to feed the baby from both sides. If it is not working, you can use a pump on the other side. It will stimulate more milk production.

Rest and sleep: Proper rest and a good sleep time can help your body to boost milk supply. After you deliver the baby, your breast milk supply starts to build up.  Many factors such as proper nutritious diet, hydration and relaxation influence this process. Lactation cookies play an important role to increase milk production in lactating mothers. Some foods that promote milk production are used to make these cookies. These are the best things to include in a new mom’s diet to overcome low milk supply issues. (How does sleep help a child with brain development?)

Foods to increase breast milk

Fenugreek seed:  Fenugreek is a herb that is most often used to increase milk production in nursing mothers. It is reported to be the best galactagogue( food to increase breast milk ) for mothers. It affects the activation of sweat production and as mammary glands belong to the same category that has been just modified due to some hormonal stimulation, it boosts the production of breast milk. It is considered as one of the best foods that promote milk production. (Nuts and seeds that help with milk production)

Oatmeal: As oatmeal is high in iron, it is considered to be one of the great foods to increase breast milk. Iron deficiency (maternal anemia) can result in low milk supply in nursing mothers. Including oatmeal in a new mom’s diet can help to boost up milk supply. (Ways to increase a child’s appetite)

Fennel seeds: It is commonly used in lactation cookies. Fennel seeds are considered as one of the foods to increase breast milk supply from ages.  It contains estrogen-like compound that enhance milk production. It can also help to increase milk volume which can promote weight gain in babies. (Foods that help a child with digestion)

Moringa: Moringa is known as an excellent galactagogue. In a study it is found to have an effective result on breast milk production. It is full of nutritional goodness and due to this, even lactation experts recommend adding moringa in diet to induce lactation. Though it is best to consume fresh moringa leaves, soaking moringa powder in water and consuming it can also ensure the absorption of nutrients much more efficiently. It is one of the best foods to increase breast milk. (Foods that help with eyesight of kids)

Garlic:  Garlic has been used as herbal treatment to increase breast milk production. It has sulphur compounds, vitamins and minerals and amino acids and has been used as medicine in Indian culture. Its odor gets transmitted through breast milk and found to make babies suck milk better. (Home remedy for cough)

Nuts: Nuts provide energy to a breastfeeding mother to stay active throughout the day. It is the best snack to include in a breastfeeding mother’s diet. It is believed that almonds, walnuts and cashews help to boost up milk production in lactating mothers. A new study suggested that consumption of nuts while breastfeeding can help to protect babies from developing allergies.

  • Sesame seeds: Sesame seed is one of the best foods that promote milk production in nursing mothers. It is a rich source of calcium which is the most important nutrient for breastfeeding mothers.

Recipe of Quinoa Corn and Peas Poha (beaten rice)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, washed, soaked 1 hour
  • Ghee or oil
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 pod garlic shopped
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  • Heat oil in pan
  • Add curry leave, and seeds, let splutter
  • Add onion, garlic, saute
  • Add peas, corn, sauté’
  • Add quinoa
  • Add1/4 cup water
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Cover and cook or pressure cook till 1 whistle
  • Serve!

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Healthy Food for Kids to Gain Weight

“Chubby cheeks, dimpled chin”, everybody must have heard this rhyme, and it’s essence is that chubby babies are everyone’s favorite. Healthy weight gain in children is one of the biggest challenges for every mother. However, during the ongoing pandemic around the globe parents are worried about obesity due to lack of physical activities in kids. But still there are many parents looking for tips on weight gain for their kids or baby food for weight gain. Gaining weight or gaining healthy weight are two different aspects. In today’s era  kids are more prone to processed and refined foods which are easily available. But they don’t have any nutritional purpose other than just adding unhealthy empty calories to their body. If your baby is thriving properly, is active, happy and doesn’t fall sick frequently, there should not be a cause of concern. However, it is also important to keep a check on your baby’s weight at regular intervals, as he/she may suffer from development delays because of being underweight for a long period of time. In that case it becomes imperative to work on their weight with a diet that is nutritionally rich and well balanced. If your baby is not gaining weight according to their age, look for the reasons for that.

Reasons for not gaining weight:

  • Not consuming enough calories
  • Poor appetite
  • Food intolerance and food allergies
  • Poor eating habits and eating disorder
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Genetic issues
  • Recurring infection
  • Premature birth. Kids who are born premature tend to have poor weight gain
  • Health issues like chronic diarrhea, liver diseases, gastroesophageal reflux, can affect weight gain in kids
  • Sometimes few medications also lead to loss of appetite resulting in poor weight gain

Tips for healthy weight gain:

Physical activity: Encourage your child for physical activities. Indulge them in some sports like swimming, cycling and running which can help to increase their appetite.

Balanced diet: Focus on a healthy, well balanced, nutritious diet instead of just thinking about weight gain. Weight gain foods for kids should be nutrients-rich, energy-dense with adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates. It should include foods from all food groups. Some fruits and vegetables have more calories than you might have thought of. 

Small meals: Try to give 4 to 5 small meals, despite feeding 3 bigger meals. Also add 2 to 3 healthy snacks which may include fruits, nuts and seeds. They are the best baby food for weight gain. These in-between healthy snacks can help your kid to take in more calories than by eating three bigger meals.

Not skipping meals: Don’t allow kids to skip meals, or at least encourage them to eat something instead of skipping a meal. 

Avoid processed food: Processed and packaged foods often contain added sugar, Salt, unhealthy fats and lose their original nutrients during the food manufacturing process. Discourage your kids for these easily available foods. They won’t favour a child’s health in any positive manner. (How does fast-food impact bones?)

Limited drinks: Hydration is important for kids. But drinking liquid just before or during meals can affect your kid’s appetite and make them eat less. Studies have shown that drinking water prior to meals can reduce calories intake. (Impact of sugar on the body?)

Proper sleep: Proper sleep is utmost important for kids in their overall development. A decent night sleep can make a positive impact on your child’s entire day and on their appetite also. (Link between sleep and brain)

Weight gain foods for kids:

Is the food you are feeding to your baby providing the right amount of nutrition or helping in healthy weight gain? Apart from giving a balanced diet it is also important to ensure that your little one is getting a sufficient dose of calories for healthy weight gain. Here is the list of foods that can help kids to gain healthy weight.

Ghee: Ghee is a form of clarified butter that originated in accident India. It’s rich in antioxidants,vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acid, which helps in healthy weight gain among kids, aids in brain development, great for metabolism and keeps the tummy troubles like gas and constipation away. Lactose intolerance babies can also safely consume ghee as the clarification process removes milk solids and decreases the lactose content of ghee. You can start giving a spoonful of ghee to babies as soon as they start weaning off breast milk. Ghee is considered as the best baby food for weight gain. (How to make medicinal ghee at home?)

Paneer(cottage cheese): It is a form of Indian cottage cheese, high in protein, phosphorus, calcium and selenium. The fat present in paneer provides the essential nourishment that is required for a kid’s healthy development. It also has a good amount of vitamin A which aids in night vision and provides healthy skin. 20 gram of paneer has 90 calories hence it helps underweight kids to gain weight. It is one of the best weight gain foods for kids. (How to make whey protein at home?)

Full fat yogurt: Yogurt being high in calcium and protein aids in building strong bones, which leads to weight gain. It also helps in digestion as it has good bacteria (probiotics). Adding curd rice to your kid’s diet which has 179 calories in just ½ cup, can help them to gain healthy weight. (Easy and tasty probiotic recipe)

Sweet potato: Sweet potato is not only the perfect first food for babies but also best baby food for weight gain. Sweet potato provides a good dose of calories as per 100gm it contains 86 calories. It is also loaded with calcium and iron, both of which are vital for an overall kid’s growth. Sweet potatoes are low in saturated fats and high in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, B6 and C. It has antioxidants like catalase, zinc superoxide, which prevent inflammation and help to increase weight. All these nutrients make it one among the best weight gain foods for kids.

Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a rich source of unsaturated fats, protein, B vitamins, iron, folic acid and fiber. It is an excellent food for weight gain as it has 62 calories per tablespoon.  Add peanut butter to kids meal either by spreading on bread or on wraps. Many kids like peanut butter with apples too. (30 reasons why peanut help kids?)

Ragi (Finger millet): Ragi is loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and is the best baby food for weight gain. 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?)

Pulses: All pulses are high in calories and considered as baby food for weight gain. They are rich in protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium which plays an important role in the overall development of kids. Moong dal (mung bean) and urad dal (black gram) are the best options, if you are looking for weight gain foods for kids. Urad dal contains fatty acids that help in brain development too. According to ayurveda, urad dal can help to gain weight because of its Guru (heavy) and Balya nature. (Ayurvedic herbs for kids body, brain, bones and immunity)

Almonds: Almonds are powerhouse of nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin E, protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and fatty acids. High fiber content of almonds aids in digestion. Almonds have 170 calories in one ounce (30 gram), which makes it one of the best healthy weight gain foods for kids. Almonds can be consumed in many ways by Kids. Roasting almonds and dipping them in chocolate makes a great snack for kids to eat any time during the day. Almonds can also be made into a butter for spreading on bread or grind into a flour to be used to make cookies or added to cake batter. Roasted almond powder can also be added to porridge. Roasting Almonds does not impact the nutritional value of the nut. (6 reasons why kids should eat almonds everyday)

Recipe of Ragi (finger millet) Laddoo/ Sweet balls

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Roast 2 cups Ragi (finger millet)in 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
Roast nuts (pine nuts, almond, cashew
Add any nut spread or 4 tbsp Iyurved Daily Nutrition 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here) and cardamom powder to roasted flour
Heat ½ cup Jaggery with ½ cup water
Melt (add more jaggery if required)
Add to mixture along with crushed nuts
Once cool make balls and EAT!

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5 Brilliant tips to increase your child’s appetite

Does your child have a very limited appetite and is always making excuses to skip his/her meals? Are you always worried about how you can make your child eat nutritious food in adequate quantities? If these questions have been bothering you, you will find all your answers here. 

What is appetite & Why do some kids have a poor appetite?

Appetite is the natural urge, wish or desire to satisfy some craving, mostly for food items or drink. Loss of appetite is a common problem in kids. Usually kids are picky eaters and they only prefer to eat selective food items. But kids with less or poor appetite don’t feel hungry or don’t want to eat food at all. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the kid doesn’t want to eat or barely eats anything. This behaviour of selective eating not only affects a child’s health but is very upsetting for the parents too. (What are the powder foods for kids?)

Reasons for poor appetite

Sensitivity to textures: In some cases, kids might be sensitive to the texture of food or have trouble chewing food making it painful for him/her to eat. This might result in reducing the appetite.

Snacking the whole day: Another reason for low appetite might be that the child has access to snacks throughout the day and that is why at meal times, he/she does not feel hungry. (Easy and nutritious snacks for kids)

Allergies or Digestive issues: Acid reflux, food allergies and digestive problems might sometimes cause the children to not feel hungry. When you are not feeling well, your brain doesn’t send hunger signals, this is the body’s way of protecting itself. (Ways and foods to overcome allergies in kids)

Not able to sense: The stomach sends the signal to the brain when it wants food.Sometimes children might not sense this hunger and that’s why they don’t feel hungry. This sense is considered as 8th sense by the therapists and is called interoception. Interoception controls all our automatic responses like when we want to eat, when we are full, when we have to use the washroom etc. If a child is not able to sense these signals, it means somewhere that communication within the body is not happening properly.

Tricks and Tips to Increase Appetite: 

Stick to a schedule: Make a schedule for all meal and snack times and feed your kid only at that time. Meals should be spaced at a gap of two and a half to three hours to stimulate their appetite. For example, if your child eats breakfast between 8-8:30 am, then the next meal should be at 10:30-11:00 am. This is how you should space the meals throughout the day to increase child appetite. (Tips to feed toddlers)

Physical activity: Engaging in some kind of physical activity like running, jumping, swimming can help to increase child’s appetite. Sedentary activities like sitting, watching TV or screen don’t burn much calories and will not make your child as hungry.

Mindfulness: Sometimes kids don’t realise whether they are hungry or not. Keep asking them questions like is their tummy full or empty or half full? Tell them that since they have not eaten for a while, the tummy might be empty and hence they need to eat something. Mindful eating helps the child to pay attention to his/her hunger and also to stop eating when he/she feels full, thereby preventing overeating.

Don’t skip breakfast: Encourage your kids to eat a healthy breakfast as eating breakfast sets the tone for the day, kick-starts their metabolism and is believed to increase child’s appetite.

Check iron levels: It has been found that low iron levels might reduce appetite. Get your child’s iron levels checked to rule out this possibility. Studies suggest that at least one in eight toddlers tend to become anemic before the age of 2 years. Kids less than the age of 9 years need about 7 to 10 milligrams of iron a day and those above the age of 9 years need about 8 milligrams of iron daily. In case your child’s iron levels are low, include iron rich foods in his/her diet to increase child appetite. (Iron foods for kids)

Foods that can increase child appetite

Iron: Iron rich foods like spinach, eggs and lentils should be included in your child’s diet to increase a child’s appetite. Always pair iron rich foods with vitamin C to increase its absorption and use by the body.

Zinc: Zinc is a very important mineral and is required for many physiological functions such as boosting immunity, regulating the functions of antioxidants and growth and development. A mild deficiency of zinc can cause loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea and increases vulnerability to infections. Add zinc rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, nuts, spinach, beans and mushrooms in your child’s diet to increase child’s appetite.

Peanuts: Peanuts are one of the best foods that increase appetite in children. It holds protein building and appetite boosting properties. Ensure to give peanuts to your child either in the form of peanut butter or by simply frying them to make it a crispy snack. Roasted peanuts are a good option when your child demands a crispy snack. (Easy chocolate peanut snack for kids)

Water to be taken 30 minutes before meals: Give your child a glass of water first thing in the morning. In fact, they should drink water even before they drink milk. Also, make them have water at least 30 minutes before the meals rather than having meals as drinking water with meals might reduce their appetite. Water tends to activate the digestive juices and enzymes which helps to increase a child’s appetite and also boosts their digestion. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids)

Recipe of Falafel (with nuts 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 make every dish tasty and nutritious by ‘hidden’ nutrition of veggies, herbs and nuts.

  • Wash and soak kidney beans, chickpeas, black-eyed bean or any other beans (rajma, chola, lobia) overnight in little water as required.
  • Pressure cook them till soft in least water (retain water).
  • Mash them in grinder using their own water (as little as possible) with 1 pod of ginger and garlic
  • Add chopped onion, coriander leaves, cumin powder, salt, or any other seasoning you desire.
Add any nut spread or Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here)
Add handful of oats till the mixture comes together like a dough
Scoop round balls and place on baking sheet
Preheat oven 200 C for 5 minutes. Grill for 20 minutes or till golden brown and crispy.

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Easy ways to get kids Protein with a balanced diet

Adding high-quality protein food for kids can be challenging especially when the child does not eat meat. Kids aside, adults also face deficiency of protein in their daily diets. According to the Protein Consumption in the Diet of Adult Indians Survey, 9 out of 10 Indians consumed less than adequate proteins daily. 91% of the vegetarians and 85% of the non-vegetarians were protein-deficient.

Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. The suggested intake of protein is decided at 0.8 gm per kg of body weight. For athletes or kids in active sports, few studies state that it is best to eat protein within 30 minutes of exercise. This is the period when most muscle formation or muscle repair happens, and timely protein consumption enables that.

One of the most common signs of not getting enough high-quality protein food for kids is swelling in any body part. This usually happens in legs, feet, hands or abdomen. Proteins circulate in blood and keep fluid from building up in tissues. In the absence of enough protein, fluid begins to collect thereby resulting in swelling. More generally, kids who are protein deficient develop weaker bones and muscles, damaged skin, hair nails, lower immunity and also compromised or delayed physical growth.

The suggested intake of protein is decided at 0.8 gm per kg of body weight. It can be helpful to include a high-quality protein food for kids in most meals and snacks to help children achieve the daily recommended intake of protein. It is even better to give protein in kids preferred food formats like chocolate covered nuts (recipe), lentil wraps (recipe), pizza (recipe), nut butters and others. Here is a quick list of some easy high- quality protein food for kids:

  • Nuts & Seeds:
  • Consuming protein though nuts can be the easiest form of consumption. Peanuts, Almond and Pista (what are their benefits?) are higher in protein than other nuts. 20g of these nuts or 1 tablespoon of nut butter spread can be enough for 7g of protein.
  • Pumpkin seed is the highest source of protein with 7g protein in just a spoon of seed powder.
  • Mixing this in the batter or dough is an easy way to feed nutrition to kids in their favourite formats. (Easy to feed nuts and seeds spread for kids)
  • Lentils & Beans:
  • All types of dried beans, lentils, split beans are great sources of protein. They can be cooked to consume directly, or sprouted (why sprout?) or made into a batter for wraps (recipe for lentil wrap or lentil soup). These can also be boiled and added to the dough (along with the water).
  • It is necessary to soak these before cooking. Soaking (why soak?)breaks down the phytic acid which makes it easy for the body to absorb all the nutrients and also digest the food better.
  • A cup of cooked lentil can give roughly 18g of protein which is around 50-60% of the child’s daily requirement.
  • Dairy: Dairy and its products are a great source of protein and hence a good option to be added in the list of natural, high-quality protein food for kids. Dairy can be consumed directly, or mixed with nut powder or, flavoured with fruits. Dairy products like cheese (which cheese is better?) can be consumed raw or with pizza and wraps. Together the meal will be rich in protein. In addition to protein, milk and milk products provide other essential vitamins and minerals for child growth, including calcium and vitamin D. Milk helps to balance the nutrition in your kids’ meals. When you pair your kids’ meals with an 8-ounce glass of milk, you can help them reach their daily recommended value for protein, calcium and vitamin D. 

For those who are off dairy, soy or nut milk, tofu is a great alternative for added protein (tofu wrap recipe). It is although less preferable to consume nuts or soy or oats in milk form after filtering out all the fibre.

If your child is not a fussy eater then other sources of high quality protein can be spinach, cauliflower, broccoli etc which can be grated or pureed and added to whole-wheat or multi-grain dough to make bread/ roti/ pizza or batter for wraps/ pancake/ cheela/ dosa (Recipe).

Recipe for Cauliflower Pizza

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  • Both handful of cauliflower, pureed with little water
  • 2 cups Wholewheat flour or half mixed with Rye flour
  • Salt and Oregano seasoning
  • Add any nut spread or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Mix all together into a sticky soft dough. Leave covered with cotton cloth and dry lid in a dark space for 2-3 hours. Once done, take a small ball of dough and roll into pizza base. Top this with sauce, veggies, greens, cheese, tomato as per your wish. Preheat for 5 minutes and Bake for 12-15 minutes at 250 celsius. Serve!

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