Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose herbal plant used as food and also for medicinal purposes. Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion. Backed by scientific research, it has gained massive respect worldwide for the health and healing benefits it possesses.
Millions of people use Moringa as a supplement in the form of powder or tablet or tea. In certain parts of Asia, this plant is consumed as a fresh vegetable, almost everyday. For parents struggling to keep up with the daily nutrition of their child, this miracle food tops the list. Moringa could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, making the task of feeding healthy food way less challenging.
Eye Health: Moringa oleifera contains beta-carotene (how to preserve vitamin A in food?), lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g.
Antioxidants: They are compounds that act against free radicals in our body (what are free radicals?). 46 kinds of antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E have been found in the leaves of Moringa that prevents or delays body damage from naturally occurring oxidative stress from lifestyle and food intake, mental stress, pollution etc.
Complete Nutrition: Almost every part of the Mooring tree is used for medicinal or nutritional purposes. Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves which contains 6 grams of protein, 70% of the daily required vitamin B6, 50% of vitamin C, 36% of iron, 33% vitamin A and 25% of magnesium and many others. All these nutrients help to keep the immunity high, alert brain, high energy, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles. (What vitamins do kids need?)
Bone Health: Consuming a healthy diet that contains adequate amount of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D, K are extremely important in preventing bones disorders. Moringa has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some study indicates that Moringa can also heal damaged bones. (How to preserve bones?)
Skin & Hair: Moringa being an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin A, C , E helps to block the oxidation (what is oxidative stress?) of healthy tissues, thus delaying the ageing process. In ancient times, Moringa leaf powder was applied on cuts and wounds for quick heal and removal of any marks. Health problems or nutritional deficiencies can hinder hair growth and cause several hair problems. Moringa powder contains all the required vitamin and minerals, essential nutrients conductive to healthy hair. It also contains the amino acid Methionine which supplies sulphur to your hair, thus preventing hair loss.
Stomach Ailments: Moringa has found to help in some stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Moringa along with its high vitamin B content helps with digestion. Moringa contains over 40 anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce bloating, gas and constipation. (Which food is the best for digestion?)
Mood: Moringa is especially beneficial in treating severe mood disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression, which is increasingly becoming common amongst kids too. It also reduces the feeling of fatigue by giving the required boost to your energy because of its high Vitamin B, iron and protein content. It is also packed with tryptophan, an essential compound that regulates appetite, sleep, mood swings and helps the body to produce relaxation hormones called serotonin. (How can kids sleep better?)
Probiotics are live bacteria (naturally occurring in food) that are good for you…your Digestion…your GUT!
Food habits, Lifestyle, Antibiotics, all together impact the Gut health of your body. When you lose “good”bacteria in your body, for example after you take antibiotics, probiotics can help replace them.
Fermented foods are the most natural source of live bacterias- Probiotics. There is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, so there is no way to know exactly what quantity is best. Therefore, add as many fermented foods to your daily diet as possible.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains, which are high in bacterias. The process of making is similar to yogurt, but the fermentation process in Kefir is for 24 hours. The result is not a sour curd rather a tasty one. You can also load it up with nuts, seeds and berries to make a shake high in antioxidant, probiotics and prebiotics.
Yogurt has much lower bacterias (less than 5) as compared to Kefir (over 50).
Kids love to eat bread everyday. Store bought bread can be a tricky choice. Most of the options are made from extra refined flours and loaded with sugar to result in a super soft loaf. It is best to purchase a bread with a fibre to carb ratio of 1:10 or less (1:15). High intake of sugar in bread can cause weaker bones and compromise on the status of Vitamin C, D and Magnesium in the body.
Bread is a staple food in many households. Healthy spreads for bread mentioned below can help in making the meal nutritious and flavourful.
Herb & Seed Spread: Adding herb to the seeds spread will enhance nutrition further. Basil has been used traditionally to treat stomach ailments. Pine nuts are a source of good fat (what is a good fat?)and can mix well with Basil to make a delectable and healthy spread.
Cottage Cheese Spread: Freshly prepared cottage cheese can be blended to prepare a spread for bread and wraps. This healthy spread is high in protein along with other nutrients like calcium, Vitamin B12 and good bacterias. Just half a bowl of this can provide 14g of protein. (How much protein do i need?)
Cucumber & Yogurt Spread: Not only does this healthy spread have high calcium and protein from yogurt, but also good bacterias for the gut (what do bacterias do?) from its fermentation process. Cucumber further adds high amounts of Vitamin K (30% of daily requirement is met in just 1 cucumber) which is required for bones and healthy menstrual blood flow. This extremely low calorie food should be best consumed with the peel to include the fibre.
Hummus Spread: One of the most accommodating spreads, this chickpea blend is a great source of good fat and dietary fibre. When mixed with beetroot, it can offer additional nutrition of Vitamin B9 for brain and exceptionally high amounts of antioxidants too. Avocado chickpea spread offers loads of good fats and Omega-3 for brain and Vitamin K for stronger bones (what food can damage bones?)and healthy menstrual blood flow.
Fruit Spread: Berries or citrus fruits like orange, mandarin, dragonfruit can be cooked along with chia seed, honey and vinegar for a tasty tangy healthy spread. This formula is super nutritious. Loaded with antioxidants, fibre and extremely good for balancing hormones (what other food can help with hormones?).
Recipe for Cucumber Peanut Butter Roll
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Daily Nutrition for: Immunity, Brain development, Bones and Overall growth
Teenagers undergo major physical development during their puberty phase. These physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones which are produced by the pituitary gland—luteinizing hormone (responsible for menstrual cycle in girls) and follicle-stimulating hormone (responsible for reproductive system in both girls and boys). Surprisingly, a new born baby has high levels of these hormones which taper down in a couple of months. At adolescence, these hormones spike up again and cause major physical developments in the body of teens.
In the early puberty phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone increase, resulting in major physical changes including weight gain, outbursts of acne, height gain and behavioral change like anxiety, hyper-activity and short-temperedness.
The recent lifestyle trend of teenagers has also added to much higher consumption of food which is high in both carbohydrates and fat (why is this bad?) This not only results in excessive weight gain, but also anxiety and stress leading to further hormonal imbalance.
Some (forgotten) seasonal fruit good for child, which can help solve these concerns of the growing kids are mentioned below.
FOOD GOOD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH
Eating right assures an adequate amount of key nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D. Some teens need more nutrients than average intake, particularly if they extremely active in sports and do not eat variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds regularly
They have unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit. They are rich in dietary fiber which helps in fixing digestion issues like bloating, constipation.
A single serving of mulberries can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C, keeping the immunity high and lower stress, anxiety.
Mulberry is also high in vitamin A which strengthens the eyesight and reduces the strain on eyes.
It is rich in antioxidants which reduces early greying of hair and keeps the skin acne free and hence one of the best fruits for children’s health
Ber is a fruit good for child. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus that helps in developing and maintaining stronger bones and more height.
It also has a calming effect on the body and releases stress and anxiety.
This fruit helps in inducing sleep. In certain traditions, it has been used to treat insomnia.
Loaded with fibre, this fruit also helps to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.
Lastly, this fruit is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C which do wonders for keeping the skin acne-free and is one of the cheapest fruits for children’s development.
JAMUN (INDIAN BLACKBERRY)
Just a bowl of this sweetish berry can serve half the daily requirement of vitamin C and Manganese, keeping the immunity of the body high. It is also high in antioxidants which keep the skin healthy and it is one of the best seasonal fruits for children’s health.
These blackberries are loaded with fiber which is essential for easy digestion and solving bloating and stomach pain. It can give half the daily fiber in just a single bowl serving.
Over 35% of daily required Vitamin K in a single serving of this berry can keep the bones strong and control menstrual blood flow.
This fruit is exceptionally high in Vitamin C which keeps the immunity of the body high and the skin healthy. A compound present in this food tends to have anti-viral properties also, which make it fruit good for child.
The high fiber content in the fruit helps to regulate bowel movement thereby solving constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and other tummy troubles.
Along with the high fiber content, this fruit also has a lot of water content which aids in maintaining healthy weight.
It is also loaded with calcium absorbing minerals resulting in stronger bones.
High levels of copper and Vitamin Bs in the fruit help with reducing stress.
This fruit is good for immunity because of its high Vitamin C content. It also keeps the skin healthy and helps treat acne.
The high dietary fiber in the food helps to solve the irritable bowel syndrome and works as a laxative to solve constipation.
It is also high in calcium and phosphorus which work together to keep the bones strong. Consuming this fruit early in life will take care of bone troubles in future and is considered as one of the fruits for children’s health.
Many other berries and fruits like Phalse (Wild Blueberry), Amla (Gooseberry), Karonda (Conkerberry), Lasoda (Glueberry), Nargundi
(Chasteberry) are loaded with goodness of health for growing kids. They are seasonally available and help to meet the daily Vitamin and Mineral requirements and are fruits for children’s health.
Some of these are sour in taste and best can be consumed in the form of pickle or sweetened drink. Some are bitter like chaste berries but offer tremendous health benefits in balancing hormones and reducing stress levels. They are available as powder supplements.
Recipe for Wheat Berry cookie
½ cup wheat flour
½ cup semolina
Handful of cranberries
Honey (as per desired sweetness)
Milk (just little to puree cranberries)
2 tbsp Ghee/ Butter unsalted
Pinch baking soda
Pinch cumin seeds (optional) or choco chips
Puree cranberries with milk. Mix all ingredients (except cumin seeds) into a soft sticky dough. Make balls and press lightly. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top and press. Place on baking sheet. Preheat 5 min at 180 celsius. Bake for 15-20 min. Once done, cool outside on rack. Enjoy!
It is the most difficult task for a parent to feed their child healthy food. This task of preparing and feeding at least three healthy meals a day is not only repetitive but also the most important one. This is all the more true during the early foundation years of the child when the bones and brain are developing. Preparing nutrient dense food covering most important vitamins and minerals for the body is an inevitable requirement. With limited food choices that the child prefers, it does certainly become a daunting task to achieve complete nutrition.
A parent makes endless efforts to balance all the nutrition required for the complete growth of a child. If only there was a miracle food which could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, this task of feeding healthy food would have become way less challenging.
Does nature have such a nutrient-dense food? Moringa is one of the best food for children’s growth. All the parts of Moringa tree- leaves, fruit (drumstick), flower and root have a health purpose.
The leaves can be cooked and consumed directly. They can also be stored for longer periods after drying. For kids it is easy to serve powdered moringa by mixing it in dough or adding to any gravy or soup or shake.
Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves. This portion of Moringa contains 100% nutrition of Vitamin E, K which is great for making bones stronger and better skin and hair. It also meets 50% of Iron requirement (Iron in Moringa is 25 times higher than Spinach) which is essential for higher energy in the body. In addition, 25% of Vitamin A nutrition for healthy eyesight is also provided. It has 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots.
The fruit of the Moringa tree is called the Drumstick. It can be added to any gravy or soup or lentil for consumption. Although Drumstick can be tough for the younger kids to consume directly.
Study indicates that moringa has shown to protect against the impact of arsenic in the body.
The high content of potassium (15 times more than banana) in Moringa also helps fight the adverse health effects of current lifestyle (food choices) that kids prefer.
The flower of the Moringa tree can be cooked and added to gravy. It gives a taste like mushroom. They can also be brewed and enjoyed like hot tea (or cool drink with added flavours of lemon or honey). Hot tea is a great way to feed kids added Vitamin C for Immunity during the period of congestion, cold or cough. Moringa leaves have 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges making it a superfood for Immunity.
In addition to other bones friendly nutrients, Moringa also has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones.
An excellent source of Vitamin B1 and Vitamin E, Moringa works wonder on Brain of the child. The high content of Iron in Moringa, enables mental alertness.
Lastly, Moringa can also improve digestion in kids. The high fibre content of the miracle food helps in fixing any gut disorder which is quite commonly diagnosed found in kids nowadays due to choice of refined food.
In nutshell, Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion.
Ghee has always received special attention. From being considered a medicine to now being under the lenses (for being a saturated fat). The previous generations still consider Ghee to hold healing and digestion/ gut fixing ability.
Over the course of decades, the process of making Ghee has evolved. The modern method requires cream from milk to be heated until all the milk solid has settled and fat has been separated.
Traditionally, ghee was made with yogurt. Yogurt was set in clay pots to preserve and enhance the nutrients (calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sulphur etc). It is then hand-churned to extract butter from it, leaving the whey (lactose) behind. This butter is simmered over a gentle heat to release the fat which is Ghee. This Bilonamethod of making ghee requires more quantity of cow’s milk compared to that of modern methods.
As you age, your body naturally starts to product less lactase (enzyme required to tolerate lactose from dairy). As a result of this, bloating, indigestion etc can happen with the consumption of dairy products, even if you were always a dairy lover. Traditional Ghee is lactose free and also a carrier of gut friendly bacterias (probiotic) because of being fermented (made of yogurt). These bacterias produce an advanced nutrient called K2 which aids in stronger bones.
In addition, this Ghee is also high in Vitamin A (good for Eyes and Immunity) and Omega 3 and 6 (good for Brain). It also portrays an excellent ratio of Omega3: Omega6 (1:4) making it a safer/ nutritious choice. No other commonly used oils have this ratio resulting in health damages.
A ghee made from desi cow’s milk yogurt using Bilona method is ideal for consumption.
Recipe for Nutty balls
Great for Immunity, Brain Development, Muscle strength and Digestion
50g shredded coconut (frozen or fresh)
3 cardamom powdered
100g Fresh paneer/ cottage cheese or cashew nut butter (mashed)
Honey or jaggery powder (more sweetness, if necessary)
3 tbsp ghee (if not using cashew nut butter)
Fresh 200ml milk or nut milk (if necessary to bind)
Roasted nuts and granulated once cool
No need to powder the nuts unless you or your child can’t eat otherwise. Mix all ingredients together with hand and then add milk as much as required to make round balls.
If you are a vegan, then use nut milk, nut butter instead of milk, ghee and cottage cheese (paneer).
NO OIL, NO EGG, NO DAIRY, NO WHITE FLOUR, NO GUILT
Recipe / Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)
Calories (kcal) (RDI 2000 kcal)
Fat (g) (RDI 70g)
Protein (g) (RDI 50g)
Sugar (g) (RDI 25g)
Fibre (g) (RDI 25g)
Magnesium(mg) (RDI 250mg )
Iron (mg) (RDI 10 mg)
Calcium (mg) (RDI 1000mg)
Vitamin B6 (mcg) (RDI 1.3 mg)
Guilt Free Food Recipe (Loaf)
Store Bread Recipe (Loaf)
GFF recipe offers much higherfibre, Vit B-6 and Magnesium. Extra fibre in diet reduces weight, lowers cholesterol. Vit B-6 is needed for proper brain development in kids and function of it. Magnesium boosts body performance by keeping muscles and bones strong.
1.5 tsp yeast
2 tsp Molasses or jaggery or coconut sugar
1 ½ cups warm water (or little more)
1 cup Teff flour
1/2 cup Ragi flour
1/2 cup Potato starch
1 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Chia seeds (grind into powder)
1/4 cup Psyllium husk (Isabgol)
Keep aside 1/3 cup dry ingredients
Combine Wet and Dry
Make wet, sticky, shaggy dough (hush drinks water)
RISE (part -1)
Cover and rise for 1 hour in dry dark area
Blend remaining dry ingredients into dough
Pat dough to make rectangle/square
Roll back to make log
Brush with any dry flour
Fit into greased bread pan (tuck edges inwards)
Cover and Rise for 45 minutes
Preheat at 200 celsius for 5 minutes
Slit dough top in any design with sharp knife (optional)
Digestion is amongst the most common concerns in kids today. This is primarily due to the food choices. Most of the meals nowadays comprises easy-to-consumeoptions e.g. plain roti, yellow dal, potato, bread, white rice, pasta, cake, soup, noodles, cookies. While these food choices don’t lack nutrition entirely (if made at home), they do miss out on an essential macro-nutrient- Fibre.
Fibre is the non-digestible carbohydrate. It is responsible in keeping our digestion healthy and regular. Constipation is a nutrient-deficient disease which is caused by lack of fibre. The usual cycle of digestion is between 1 to 1.5 days. However, with the current food choices, this time has become 4 days. So even though your child may be regular, he might still be 4 days late (constipated).
Fibre travels to the large intestine without being digested and also helps to flush out toxins like excess cholesterol, lead, mercury etc that get released from food. In the absence of Fibre, these waste products get reabsorbed by the body. In addition, fibre is also the food for the good bacterias living in the large intestine (gut).
In older times, humans had the capacity to consume 100g fibre since plants were more accessible than hunting animals for survival. This has reduced to 1/10th now. Just with the addition of Banana Stem, a child can meet the daily fibre requirement considerably. Banana stem is 60% fibre, which is a god-sent solution to improper digestion.
Banana stem is extremely high in Vitamin B6, which keeps haemoglobin high, gives ample energy and helps kids fight weakness, fatigue and crankiness. Lower haemoglobin results in lower cognition in kids and this can carry on till later in life.
Moong Daal (Mung Bean) is an outstanding prebiotic. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicine for digestion.
Other than being a food for the bacterias in the Gut, it is the most powerful antioxidant amongst all lentils, and is also loaded with many micro-nutrients. Mung bean is also extremelyhigh in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kidsenergetic and Fit.
Due to these powerful results, billion dollar companies in the west are moving to Moong Daal (Mung bean) to prepare plant-based non-veg. protein which is more nutritious than original. (What are other easy protein sources for kids?)
Soaked Mung bean can be cooked for a longer while with extra water into a soup or blended into a paste of Dal for small kids. Its so rich in good bacterias and fibre that it helps in easy digestion and manages gas, colic, bloating in kids.
Without removing the cover of the mung bean, it can be prepared as Khichdi (porridge), Wrap, Cheela (pancake), Dosa or a paste to add in bread dough for all age-groups. (How to feed nutrition to toddlers?)
Stuff and roll with cheese, lettuce or salad leaves, grated carrot, mashed avocado, sliced tomato, cabbage and/ or other veggies or
Just serve plain.
Recipe for Mung Bean Soup
1 cup mung beans of any variety (wash and soak in double water for 8 hours or overnight)
4 cups water for cooking
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon ghee (optional)
Salt as per taste (no salt for babies under 12 months)
Add soaked mung bean to 4 cups water along with turmeric, cumin and put to boil in a pressure cooker or covered container. Once it whistles twice or is completely cooked and cooled, take it in a mixer to grind it to a paste. Add some ghee on top. Serve warm.