A GUIDELINE TO CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH

Year 2020 (corona pandemic) has shown us many ups and downs. More or less we adjusted ourselves according to the situation and learned to survive. The worst hit emotionally and physically from this situation are the kids. From not being able to attend school to sitting at home without friends, screen came to their complete rescue. With a sharp drop in physical movement (outdoor activities), and increased screen time due to online classes and pleasure viewing, led to many health related concerns. One organ being way more stressed than others is the Eye. Just like any other part of the body, eyes also need ample rest and care. Eyes continue to grow and develop as a child ages and the eye muscles become stronger. For most of the children, as they grow, they have good eyesight and do not need to wear glasses. However, if a child has some problem and it is not diagnosed at an early age, it may lead to reduced vision in one or both eyes.

Common eye disorders in children

Amblyopia (lazy eyes): It is a kind of poor vision that happens in one eye. It develops when there is a breakdown in how the brain and eye work together. Common cause of this condition is an imbalance in the muscles. It prevents both eyes from working together. Over a period of time the brain relies on the stronger eye and vision in the weaker eye gets worse.

Strabismus (crossed eyes): It is a condition in which both eyes do not line up in the same direction. The eyes are unable to look at the same place at the same time. It causes when the brain receives different visual messages from each eye and ignores signals coming from weaker one. It is one of the most common eye disorders in children, affecting 4% of kids under the age of six year.

Chalazion (sty): Stye is a small, red lump that occurs at the base of the eyelash of your kid, usually on the lower lid. It can cause swelling around the eyelid and can be quite painful. Children can have many styles on their eyelid at one time and can happen in both eyes. This is one of the eye disorders in children caused by an infection of oil glands in the eyelid.

Conjunctivitis: It is commonly known as “pink eyes”. Conjunctivitis is an infection in the outer membrane of your eyeball. It can be caused by allergies or a bacterial or viral infection. It is extremely contagious and can spread by coming in contact with an infected person.

Dry eyes: Some factors that can cause dry eyes in kids are dry weather, smoke, or pollution. Allergies or contact lenses are also responsible for irritation and dryness in eyes. It can affect kids to perform well in school. Burning, itching, constantly blinking are some of the symptoms.

Symptoms for children’s eye diseases

  • Child is constantly rubbing his/her eyes
  • Poor focusing
  • Abnormal movement of eyes (after 6 months of age)
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Tearing of eyes
  • Tilting head and covering one eye
  • Sitting too close to television or keeping book too close while reading
  • Complaining of headaches or eye pain

Essential nutrients to prevent eye disorders in children

Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outer covering of your eye. Rhodopsin, a protein present in eyes that helps to see in low light is component of vitamin A. Orange- coloured fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, apricot, sweet potatoes are high in bête-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes to adjust them in darkness and improves night vision. It is key to protect your kid from any children’s eye disease. (How to cook vitamin A food to retain nutrition?)

B vitamins: A 2009 study suggests that daily supplementation of vitamins B6, B9, B12 may help to reduce risk of AMD (degenerative eye disease that affects the vision). Vitamin B6 comes in protein rich foods like beans, potatoes, spinach, and enriched cereal grains. Dark green leafy vegetables, sprouts, broccoli, fresh fruits, peanuts are some sources of vitamin B9. Milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, fish are high in vitamin B12. (More B vitamin foods)

Vitamin C: It is a powerful antioxidant that protects eyes against damaging free radicals. It produces collagen which is important for eyes. Connective tissues in eyes are maintained by collagen. It holds them together and protects them, which helps in preventing any kind of eye disorders in children. Citrus fruits like oranges, guava, lemon and vegetables like tomatoes are the major contributors of vitamin C. Broccoli, sprouts, and capsicum are some other rich natural sources of vitamin C. (Easiest food source of meeting 100% Vitamin C requirement)

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects certain parts of the eye. It has been known to lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataract, two age-related conditions. Including almonds, pistachio and walnuts in the child’s diet can preserve his/her eyesight. Studies also show that eating nuts daily is an effective home remedy to control myopia (a condition in which far objects don’t appear clear). (Some easy food sources of vitamin E)

Zinc: Eye contains high level of zinc. It is also involved in the formation of visual pigments in the retina. Zinc deficiency can result in night blindness. Chick peas, beans, nuts are some food sources of zinc. (How does zinc help in treating mouth ulcers?)

Antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin: It helps to protect eyes from harmful bright light waves like ultraviolet rays in sunlight by absorbing excess light. Studies suggest that high levels of both in eye tissue can give better vision in dim light. These work to protect eyes from free radicals (What are they?). Natural food sources of these two are green or yellow vegetables like spinach, carrot. Non vegetarian sources include egg yolks. (Which nut has these antioxidants?)

Recipe of Spinach Tofu dish- Great for Eyes

  • Spinach (wash, steamed, retain water)
  • 200gm firm tofu (cut small)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or olive oil or other
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic pieces
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Puree spinach and ginger. Heat oil. Add chopped onion and garlic. Once brownish pink, add tofu pieces. Once bit roasted, add spinach puree. Add salt, pepper seasoning (or curry masala). Cook for 2-3 minutes and take off heat. Add cumin powder (optional). Add lemon juice. Stir and serve.

Fill inside a wrap or tortilla or serve with rice or paratha. A great side dish with rolls/ bun or add on top of pizza.

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6 SCIENCE BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA

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?)

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Top fruits good for Teens and Kids

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

SHAHTOOT (MULBERRY)

  • 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 (JUJUBE)
  • 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.
  • LYCHEE
  • 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.
  • CHIKOO (SAPOTA)
  • 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
  • Pinch salt
  • 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!

Some Intresting Facts About Uses of Moringa For Kids

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.

Recipe of Cashew Sweet with dates and hidden herbs, nuts

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  • ¾ cup water 
  • 6 dates
  • 2 tbsp jaggery (add for more sweetness)
  • 2 fresh cardamom powder 
  • 6 fistful of cashews
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 herbs (order here)
  • 1/2 cup Milk 
  • 1 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter

Soak dates in hot water for 5 minutes and purée it.  Now cook dates puree and remaining water along with jaggery in a NON STICK pan. Once the syrup becomes thick and starts becoming a darker colour (in 5-7 minutes), add the powder of cashew nut to the pan. Add milk. Add ghee. Now keep stirring till the mixture starts to come together and becomes like a dough (5-7 minutes). It will start coming off the edge of the pan and become like a big ball. Switch off gas. Add cardamom powder to the mixture and mix. 

You can add or remove any nut or seed you like. Just make sure the total portion of nut is the same. Add more milk if required to cook the whole mixture. 

Take butter paper and apply some ghee to it and spread the mixture on it. Let it cool outside or refrigerate once cool. Cut in any shape. 

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Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Walnut! Consuming 2-5 walnuts for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

Brain: Walnut a high source of good fat Omega-3 which aids in brain development and maintaining good blood flow to the brain. The vitamin Bs present in the nut increase memory and cognition.

Immunity: High in Vitamin E antioxidant, walnut helps to fight of virus that attack the body and reduce free radicals.

Bones: Walnuts are rich in Magnesium and manganese which is crucial for bone development & strength and absorption of calcium in bones.

Anxiety/ Stress: Vitamin B, Omega3 and magnesium in walnut contribute towards a healthier nervous system, and keeping the stress levels and irritability low. Antioxidant Vitamin E also reduces the anxiety levels in kids.

Overall Growth: Walnut is a complete source of nutrition. The variety of vitamins and minerals present in the nut contribute to keeping high level of energy and good blood flow in the body. As a rich source of Biotin (Vit B7), walnuts are excellent for hair growth and health. Vitamin E in the nut supports healthy eyesight and supports formation of collagen resulting in younger and healthier looking skin.

Recipe for Chocolate Walnut balls

Let’s try to make every food tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts. We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.

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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.

  • In a grinder take
  • 3 soft dates without seed,
  • 1 small banana,
  • 2 handful walnuts,
  • 2 tablespoon coco powder,
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder,
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here)
  • pinch of salt
  • Grind them well in a paste and add some shredded coconut or almond flour to make a soft dough mix well.
  • Apply oil on your palm and make small balls and coat them with some finely chopped nuts. Eat this healthy snack for sweet cravings.

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Pistachios: 7 reasons to feed your child everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Pistachio! Consuming 15-40 pista for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

A common snack today and used in multiple cuisines, Pistachio became popular only after WWII. It had been growing in the Middle East for several thousand years before its introduction to wider Europe and Asia. It is not a nut originally but a seed of the Pistachio tree.

  • Strong Muscles: This nut has 7g protein in just a handful. It is one of the best nuts to consume in a large quantity since its low in calories yet loaded with good fat. Protein accounts for approximately 21 percent of the total weight of the nut, making it a good source for vegetarians and vegans

Healthy Weight: Pistachios are very low in sugar which will help to keep the tab on child’s sugar consumption. Due to high fibre content it digests slowly and helps in keeping the child full for longer duration. In a study people who ate 1.87 ounces of pistachios over a 12-week period experienced twice the reduction in their body mass index as people who ate pretzels (Junk) instead of pistachios. Both groups consumed roughly the same amount of calories.

Brain: This nut is rich in vitamin E, B6 and healthy fats which are useful for cognitive development of the brain. A research conducted across multiple nuts showed that pistachio consumption produced the greatest gamma wave response which is necessary for learning, memory and cognition in the brain.

  • Immunity: Antioxidants are substances that play a critical role in health. They reduce the risk of diseases by preventing damage to the body’s cells by safeguarding against the free radicals. Pistachios are high in antioxidants compared to other nuts and seeds.
  • Eyesight: Pistachios are a rich source of both antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which support healthy vision and protect against weak eyesight in future.
  • Digestion: Pistachios are a great source of fibre which support the rise in good bacterias in the gut. This encourages healthy digestion and prevents constipation in kids

Sleep: Packed with protein, vitamin B6, and magnesium, this nut has all that contributes to better sleep. It is a natural source of melatonin which induces sleep. Just a few pistachios an hour before bedtime can do the trick for kids as well as adults.

Recipe for Banana Pista Chocolate Mousse

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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.

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Banana Pista Chocolate Mousse

  • 1 ripe banana pieces (frozen for a few hours)
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup soft tofu or less than ½ cup nut milk (almond or coconut)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp roasted pistachio powder
  • Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here)
  • Honey/ jaggery as per sweetness or other sweetener
  • vanilla essence (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder

Mix all in a blender. Keep refrigerated in a bowl for some time. Serve.

My younger one LOVES this!

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Peanut: Your kid’s source of over 30 Vitamins and Nutrients

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Peanut! Consuming 15-30 peanuts for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

Strengthening Muscles: Peanut is high in Protein which is vital for growing kids. Protein is key to building tissues required by every organ of the body, repair and maintain body cells, hormones and supply energy.

Stronger Bones: Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Protein together work on making the bones strong. Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that begins early in life and manifests in adulthood.

Improved Digestion: Handful of peanuts can meet 15% of fibre and 25% of Vitamin B3 requirement for the day, both of which help in improving digestion.

Immunity: Peanuts have saturated fat that stay inside the body cells to build a defence system and attack viruses and bacterias.

Eyesight: Being a nut high in Vitamin E, they help to protect the eyes from degeneration and keep the eye cells young and active.

Brain Development: Peanuts carry essential fats and Vitamin B9 for the brain and also memory. Brain, that is just 2% of our body mass but consumes 25% energy of the body, needs fat to perform efficiently for life and maintain cognitive ability.

High Energy: Peanuts contain high amount of Vitamin B2 and B3 which plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s energy supply.

An interesting study on peanut revealed that between two groups of kids under age five, peanut allergy developed in 1.9% of children who ate peanut butter early in their lives, compared with 13.7% of those who didn’t eat peanuts at an early age. One explanation for this difference is that the children who ate peanuts early developed what is called immune tolerance to them. Their young immune systems adapted to the proteins in peanuts so that they did not react to them.

Recipe for Chocolate Peanut Balls

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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 herbs and nuts.

  • Recipe video on the left
  • Ingredients: Peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here), honey, coconut flour or almond flour/ meal, pinch salt, melted dark chocolate, sea salt (optional)

Taste the sweetness of the mixture before making balls and dipping them in chocolate.

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How to Store your food right to get the Vitamin B2?

Vitamin B2 is responsible to keep high levels of energy in the child by producing more red blood cells. It also supports healthy eyes and better digestion.

Dairy products, Green leafy vegetables, Soy products, Mushroom, Almond and Whole-grains are some great sources of Vitamin B2 commonly found around us.

Food Items% Daily Requirement for kids (~1mg)
Milk 1 glass45%
Almonds 1035%
Yogurt 1 cup35%
Mushroom 4 pieces35%
Spinach ½ cooked25%
Just a combination of these food items can help meet 100% daily requirement of Vitamin B2
  • Food items high in Vitamin B2 must be stored in a dark place, preferably in opaque containers.
  • Vitamin B2 depletes due to exposure to lightwonder why the milkman use to deliver milk in those huge opaque containers unlike glass bottles now.
  • Unlike other Vitamins, this Vitamin can be cooked at higher temperatures without much loss.
  • Being a water soluble Vitamin, it is best to not boil or soak food items high in this Vitamin as it may evaporate or drain out.
  • This Vitamin should be consumed everyday, since it cannot be stored in the body and any additional intake gets flushed from the body
  • Body needs Vitamin B2 to activate other vitamins (Vitamin B6, B9) and minerals (Iron), which are responsible for brain development and immunity.

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If you are not doing this, you are not absorbing Vitamin-A from food

Vitamin A can be derived from animal source (retinol) or plant source (carotenoid). It is stored mainly in the liver, which is why consuming fish liver oil has been in practice since ages and ancients observed that consuming this animal source of Vitamin A (retinol) helped their retina. When a plant source of Vitamin A (carotenoid) is consumed, it is first converted into Retinol during digestion process before the body can use it.

To enhance the absorption of Vitamin A, it is important to consume it with fat (oil). For example, Palak (Spinach) is a great source of Vitamin A (carotenold). However, it has to be lightly cooked in some fat/oil for maximum absorption of Vitamin A. When you gently heat the food, the carotenoid gets released in the fat/oil, helping in better absorption of the Vitamin A. Even when you are taking any Vitamin A supplement, it has to be taken with a fat containing meal. It is important that all sources of vitamin A are not overcooked, as this can reduce the vitamin A content. Study reveals that when any Vitamin-A food is cooked without oil, the absorption of Vitamin A is 60% lesser.

  • In other cultures too, salad leaves and carrots have always been consumed raw along with olive oil (Fat) dressing. This enables much better absorption of the Vitamin A.

For the Vitamin A to travel to the required parts of the body, like Retina at the back of the eye, it has to partner with another mineral- Zinc. Zinc is absolutely necessary for transporting Vitamin A stored in liver to different parts of the body. Any deficiency in Zinc will hinder with this process and will impact Eyesight.

Vitamin A also maintains the health of our body cells and is the first defense agent against infection. Respiratory issues and skin dryness are common signs of Vitamin A deficiency in children. Kids need a diet that is rich in vitamin A (carrot, dark green leafy vegetables, orange sweet potato) plus a little bit of fat to aid absorption. They are always at a higher chance of fighting an infection and hence end up using more of this Vitamin A. While its always good to consume a moderate amount of Vitamin A food source everyday, the upside of this Vitamin is that it is fat-soluble and hence stocked-up in the body for much longer.

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