Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

Your morning sets up the success of your day. If your child starts their day with healthy and nutritious breakfast you will see a difference in their health and academic performance. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have better concentration, perform better in sports and remain energetic throughout the day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day out of all the meals as it refuels your body after a long night of sleep. A healthy breakfast is very important for your kid’s growth and weight management

Benefits of breakfast

  • Eating breakfast boosts your metabolism.
  • Improves concentration and attention
  • Keeps you feeling fuller for long and reduces the risk of starving, hence control weight.
  • Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast consume more vitamins, minerals and fiber throughout the day.
  • Keeps you energetic throughout the day.
  • If you skip your breakfast, obviously you are going to eat much in the next meal, this will increase the chances of being overweight.
  • If you don’t eat breakfast you may be in a bad mood throughout the day.
  • Doing Breakfast keeps the blood sugar level stable during the day.

A healthy breakfast should be packed with protein, fiber and carbohydrates that will give you energy to kick start your day and keep you full for a longer time. Below are some healthy and nutritious breakfast recipes that you can daily offer your child so that they can jump start their day.

Healthy breakfast ideas

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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.

Quinoa Peas Meal

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup quinoa boiled in equal water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped.
  • ½ cup peas.
  • 1 pod garlic and ginger chopped.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Lemon juice fresh
  • Green chilli chopped (optional)
  • Salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin ginger garlic and onion. Sauté for a minute. Add peas. Add salt. Add chilies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all)and Iyurved’s savoury spread. Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy, salty and sour. All flavors! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

Paneer Paratha with hidden radish

Ingredients:

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

Keep the dough very soft. Take a ball of dough Scramble Paneer or firm tofu. Add spices of choice and salt stuff mixture in the fattened ball of dough, roll the ball into a thin paratha/tortilla, cook on both sides and apply little ghee

Sprouted Mung Bean (Moong Dal) Cheela/ Pancake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mung bean/ moong dal
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 pod ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

Wash and soak for 30 min to remove impurities (Why soak?). Add fresh 2 cups of water and leave to soak further for 4-5 hours. Grind the paste with ginger pod. (Added health benefits of fermenting?) Leave the mixture covered with a lid to ferment for a few hours or make immediately. Add salt, herb and nut spread, cumin and carom seeds when ready to cook. Heat iron or non-stick pan. Grease lightly. Spread one big spoon of mixture and spread circular till thin. Cook covered with a lid. Flip to cook on the other side. Serve with any sauce or plain! (Added health benefits of using iron pan?)

 Millet Upma 

Ingredients:

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

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

Millet Halwa 

  • 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

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 thickens 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.

BEETROOT WRAP

  • 1cup Ragi flour (optional)
  • 1 cup chickpea flour or mung bean paste (soak mung bean for 4 hours, blend with water to make thick batter)
  • 1 beetroot grated/ puréed (uncooked)
  • 200mg Tofu (mashed)
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • Water (as required)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
  • 2tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)

 Mix all these ingredients together to make it better. Spread 1 serving spoon batter on a non-stick pan. Apply some oil. Flip the other side. Taste best with coconut chutney.

(What happen when you eat beetroot daily?)

Whole Grain Pizza cups

Stuffing:

  • Sprouts of any kind (pea sprout, alfaalfa etc)
  • Cheddar cheese or vegan or any
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomato
  • basil, pine nut, sesame spread (blend basil, garlic, pine nuts and sesame seeds, nut milk in a thick smooth paste form) or use Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Dough:

  • Equal part Ragi flour or amaranth flour or Rye flour or Sorghum flour (any two)
  • Add salt and oregano
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk (optional but good)
  • 1 boiled sweet potato (optional)
  • 1 tsp yeast (optional)
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • water or yogurt to knead into sticky dough
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but good)
  • Mix all this together into a sticky dough and leave to rise for 2 hours covered lightly with a cotton cloth and loose lid.

Preheat 5 minutes, Bake for 15 minutes at 200 Celsius.

APPLE AND BANANA MUFFINS

  •  Eggs or 2 tbsp chia or flax seeds powder soaked in 6 tbsp warm water till it becomes lumpy
  • 2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1.5 cup whole-wheat flour or almond flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 small apple cut in small chunks
  • Honey (optional)
  • Choco chips (optional)

Preheat the oven at 175 Celsius for 5 min.Mix eggs/ chia or flax paste, banana, and butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here) in a bowl. Add flour, baking soda, apple chunks, salt to the bowl and Mix well. Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture. Taste the mixture for sweetness or else add honey. Divide batter into muffin pan or moulds. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and the toothpick/ knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on the wire rack and eat! Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture. Add melted dark chocolate or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts Choco spread (order here) on top (optional)

(Benefits of eating banana and apple)

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How to potty train your baby?

Seeing your baby doing their things independently is such an overwhelming experience, but it takes a lot of effort to make them independent. Out of many developmental milestones, baby potty training is one of the thing which might require lots of attention and time. So get ready and don’t get frustrated, if things are not working as per your expectations, don’t put pressure on the baby by turning it into a battle.

When your baby is ready

Every child has his/her own pace to reach milestones like sitting, walking, teething and talking (what are expected Growth and development in babies). Some do things early, while some take a little more time. There is no perfect age to start baby potty training, it all depends upon many physical, emotional and environmental factors. Generally one should start baby potty training between 18 months to 24 months. But before starting baby potty training ask yourself the following questions.

  • Is my baby able to sit on a potty seat without support and get back up?
  • Do they tell, when it’s time to go?
  • Is my baby ready to follow my instructions?
  • Does he/she seem interested in using the toilet seat?
  • Is my baby ready to pull down diapers, pants or underwear without any help?
  • Do they keep the diaper dry for at least two hours?
  • Do dirty diapers bother them?

Tips for potty training

If most of the answers are yes then you can potty train your baby, usually girls learn this quickly than boys. Try baby potty training when there is no big disruption or change to your child’s or your family routine such as travelling or shifting, as it is important to stay consistent. It may be possible that some of your initial attempts go on vein, but don’t lose the hope, what all you need is patience, patience and patience and keep on trying to potty train your baby with these tips:

Introduce the concept: The first step towards baby potty training is to start mentioning the concept occasionally. Show some videos and keep some children’s books about potty training to read with your child. Also bring up the subject of potty in the conversation by saying things like: “I have to go pee or poo ”or“ need to go to the toilet to pee”. The idea is to make them aware of the potty training concept.

Choosing a potty site: Choose a seat which is apt according to your baby’s age and have built in footrest to push against during bowel movement. Go for a durable seat, as a shaky seat can put a child back into the diaper for weeks. If possible take your child with you while shopping for a potty seat, this will make him/her more connected and excited to use it.

Placing of potty seat: The most appropriate location for a potty seat is your bathroom. This will make your baby understand that the bathroom is the right place to do potty. But as you start using a potty seat for the baby, place it according to the convenience of the baby so that they can use it as and when required.

Get a routine: Following a schedule is always a good idea. Make your baby sit on the potty first thing in the morning, whether they need to go or not. Also encourage your kid to use the toilet after every meal, before nap time and after getting up from sleep . This will help your baby to understand that going potty is a routine work, just like eating and sleeping.

Make potty time fun: If your child is nervous about using a potty seat, make it fun with help of some music or rhyme. Sing a song or rhyme along with your baby during this process to divert his/her mind. This will make them comfortable.

Always praise your child: Never punish your child for wetting or soiling their pants, as they are still learning and can’t sometimes control it. Instead every time when your baby attempts to use a toilet even if nothing happens, praise them by giving a high five, a hug or by telling them that they are doing a great job that will keep them motivated.

Comfortable clothes: Avoid clothes that are hard to pull off, kids who are under potty training are required to wear comfortable clothes, so that they can easily undress themselves.

Teach hygienic habits: Teach your child every time to wash their hands when they go to the toilet even if nothing happened, also gradually teach them to flush and clean after doing potty.

For boys: Start with teaching your son to sit down for both pee and poo. Once your baby is comfortable doing sitting position, he can try standing position. Any male member in the family can teach better.

Foods for regular bowel movement

As soon as you start (baby potty training), also take care of their diet by offering foods that are easy to digest and make their bowel movement easy and regular, as constipation can lead to pain and interrupt in potty training. Following are some foods that help in regular bowel movement.(what to do if kids have constipation?)

Apple: Apples are an easy way to boost the fiber content of your diet and cure constipation. According to a study, pectin in apples can accelerate the movement of the stool through the intestine and aid in constipation. (Apple and banana muffins recipe)

Prunes:  Prunes also known as dried plums are commonly used for treating constipation because of its high fiber contents. Prunes also contain sorbitol and phenolic compounds that maintain gut health and may provide gastrointestinal benefits.

Yogurt: Yogurt contains living microorganisms known as probiotics (What is probiotics?) which are also called good bacteria and helps to improve gut health and soften stool. The good bacteria produce short chain fatty acids and lactic acid that may improve bowel movement. It helps to regulate a child’s digestive system and decreases bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

Nuts: Nuts are another fiber powerhouse, which help ease constipation.  Choose nuts that are dry roasted, rather than roasted in oil. Also high in healthy fats, potassium, sodium, calcium, protein and antioxidants these nuts (Excellent source of protein) contribute towards, getting a healthy body.

Sweet potatoes: The high fiber content of the sweet potatoes help in preventing constipation and promotes a well-functioning digestive tract. According to a study, dietary fiber found in sweet potatoes (Sweet potato fries in baked format) such as cellulose, lignin and pectin helps in maintaining gut health and improves digestion. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that helps in the overall health of your baby.

Whole grains: Whole grain delivers a variety of important nutrients that includes fiber, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron. Whole grain (Importance of balanced diet for kids) includes oats, brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, barley and rye. All of these are high in fiber and a great choice to prevent constipation.

Recipe for Spinach Mung Bean wrap:

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

Let’s make every dish tasty and nutritious by ‘hidden’ nutrition of veggies, herbs and nuts.

  • 1 cup whole mung bean (soak overnight) and blend/purée with spinach leaves (boiled or not) and enough water to make pancake like (not too runny) batter (Benefit of soaking?)
  • Or can use sprouted mung bean and follow the same procedure.
  • Add salt, pepper and carrom seeds (optional) and Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Spread on hot iron/ non-stick pan (add drops of oil to cook). Covering the wrap helps to cook faster and better. Flip to cook on other side.
  • Take off the pan and serve with sauce (recipes of healthy spreads)
  • Stuff and roll with cheese, lettuce or salad leaves, grated carrot, mashed avocado, sliced tomato, cabbage and/ or other veggies

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Kids

Most of us know pumpkin as the fruit used for decorating Jack-o’- lanterns for Halloween, but other than just being a decorative fruit or vegetable, pumpkin offers numerous health benefits to your kids. Pumpkins get a lot of attention for a good reason. This winter squash is not a vegetable, but rather a healthy fruit that also contains nutritious edible seeds. The origin of pumpkin is not known but there is evidence that pumpkins were grown in Mexico and North America about 5000 to 7000 BC. Apart from Mexico, pumpkins have also been found on almost all the continents except for Antarctica. Today, the biggest producers of pumpkin are the United States, Canada, India, China and Mexico. Native Americans have long been using pumpkin seeds both for dietary and medicinal purposes. There are numerous health benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids. These health benefits can range from improved brain development, help in getting sound sleep, improved liver health, possesses antimicrobial properties, improved urodynamics and supply of essential vitamins and minerals. Though there are various benefits of pumpkin seeds, yet they are not recommended for infants. The reason is that there is a risk of choking with pumpkin seeds. The risk of allergy for pumpkin seeds is less. But, if your kid has an allergy for seeds or nuts such as cashew, pistachio, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, etc, then perhaps you might have to rethink about giving pumpkin seeds. Consult your pediatrician before giving pumpkin seeds to your child.

 When can I start giving pumpkin seeds to my kids?

You can start giving pumpkin seeds to your toddler once he/she has strong enough teeth to chew regular solid food, which can usually be between 1 ½ years of age to 2 years of age. This is the age at which your baby has teeth strong enough to chew solid substances and more often the child is ready to eat adult meals, more or less. If you are still worried whether or not your child can chew the seeds, then you could simply grind the seeds and give it a kind of peanut butter consistency and start adding it to his or her diet. For this, you will need seeds in large quantities. You can prepare and store it in a jar. As your child grows older, you could make the consistency crunchier. An important thing to keep in mind is that when you start collecting these seeds from pumpkin fruit, make sure that before you serve the seeds to your child or if you’re trying to make a paste out of it, you need to remove the outer husk or layer that surrounds the seed. Although this is a time-consuming process, considering the benefits your child can get, it is worth the effort.

 Pumpkin seeds benefits for kids

Improves Brain Development: Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are highly recommended for kids because of brain development. Brain development in children is as essential as the development of the rest of the body and this is one of the most important health benefits of pumpkin seeds. (Foods for your child’s brain development?)

Promotes sound sleep: Another benefit of pumpkin seeds is that they promote proper sleep in kids and adults. A study published in 2005 in Nutritional neuroscience suggested that consuming tryptophan alongside a carbohydrates source is one of the best ways to treat sleep deprivation. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which helps in producing serotonin and this in turn gets converted into melatonin which is a hormone that helps in getting better sleep. If your kid has trouble sleeping, having a few pumpkin seeds before bed with small amounts of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, may be beneficial in providing the body with tryptophan needed for melatonin production, which can lead to better sleep. For younger kids, powdered pumpkin seeds can be an option. (Why is sleep so important for your child’s brain development?)

Possesses Antimicrobial Properties: Pumpkin seeds also possess antimicrobial properties. Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds are effective in controlling bacteria such as S. aureus, E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

Improves Urodynamics: Traditionally, pumpkin seeds have been used for regulating passage of urine. Recent studies have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil can reduce bladder pressure, increase bladder compliance and reduce urethral pressure.

Rich in 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. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants. (What are antioxidants?)

High in magnesium: Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow and keeping stress low. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. For kids who deal with Asthma, which is on a rise due to hazardous air quality levels, magnesium can help. This marvelous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyperactivity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, with 150 mg in a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. (Why is magnesium important for your child?)

Strengthens the liver:  The unsaturated fats present in pumpkin seeds are good for strengthening the liver. Studies suggest that a mixture of pumpkin and flax seeds can reduce liver damage. (How to prevent liver disease in kids?)

Loaded with zinc: Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for numerous processes in the body like gene expression, growth and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing to name a few. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Rich in phosphorus: The health benefits of Phosphorus include supporting bone growth, aiding healthy digestion, eliminating toxins from the body, combating fatigue and weakness, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis and ensuring a healthy brain function.Phosphorus is found in high amounts in pumpkin seeds. 

High in Potassium: Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals. The human body needs potassium to support the heart, the muscles, and the transmission of messages through the nervous system. Pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium. Potassium basically acts as an electrolyte and it is less harmful than sodium which is also an electrolyte. In most of our diets and also in our children’s diets, the presence of potassium is becoming very less and the presence of sodium is increasing rapidly which needs to be corrected. (How can potassium rich food help the bones?)

 Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Facts:

In addition to this, other benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids are that they contain various other nutrients required by the body. They are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. Here’s a better look at the overall nutrition provided by one ounce (28 grams) of dried, roasted seed kernels. 

According to The National Nutrient Database, the nutritional profile of Pumpkin Seeds includes:

NutritionValue per 100 gNutritionValue per 100 g
Protein30.23 gCarbohydrates10.71 g
Fat49.0 gDietary Fiber6.0 g
Calories559 kcalWater5.623 g
Calcium46 mgCopper1.3 mg
Iron8.82 mgMagnesium592 mg
Manganese4.54 mgPhosphorus1233 mg
Potassium809 mgSodium7 mg
Zinc7.81 mgNiacin4.98 mg
Vitamin B60.143 mgCholine63 mg
Folate58 mcgVitamin C1.9 mg
Vitamin A16 IUVitamin E2.18 mg
Vitamin K7.3 mcgThiamine0.273 mg
Riboflavin0.153 mgPantothenic Acid0.75 mg
Nutrition of Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe: Pumpkin hummus/ spread/sauce with hidden herbs and nuts

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (yes! you can puree raw or after roasting )
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Coriander chopped for garnish

Procedure:

  • Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Garnish.
  • Serve with roti, wrap, bread, crackers, pasta or pizza sauce or raw vegetables.

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Eat Beets (And you should too)!

Beetroot belongs to the same family as spinach which means that both the leaves and root of beetroot may be eaten. The leaves have a bitter taste whereas the root is sweet. There are many health benefits of beetroot for children as well as adults and that is why it should be in your must buy list every time you go shopping for vegetables. It should be among your children’s favorite vegetables and for good ‎reasons! Beetroots are highly nutritious and extremely delicious. 

What are the health benefits of beetroot for children?

The following is the nutritional profile for one cup of cooked, sliced beetroot:

NutrientAmount% Daily Value
Protein2.8 grams (g)6%
Carbohydrate17 g8%
Fat0.3 g0
Fiber3.4 g12%
Calories744%
Folate136 micrograms (mcg)34%
Manganese0.55 milligrams (mg)24%
Copper0.13 mg14%
Potassium518 mg11%
Magnesium39 mg9%
Phosphorus64 mg9%
Vitamin C6 mg8%
Iron1.34 mg7%
Vitamin B60.11 mg6%

These are just some of the vitamins and minerals you will find in beetroot. There are many more health benefits of beetroot for children including valuable phytonutrients (substances found in plants which are good for health & helps prevent diseases).

Beetroots are superfoods:  A superfood is a food which is rich in nutrients and very beneficial for the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Superfood contains essential vitamins, antioxidants, micro & macro nutrients and fiber and for this reason, beetroots can definitely be called a superfood as it contains all these nutrients. Beetroots are rich in B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and also contain betalains (a class of antioxidants), that helps in reducing free radicals and inflammation in the body. (What are free radicals?)

Improves digestion: One of the health benefits of beetroot for children is that it is high in fiber and thus helps to improve digestion. If your child suffers from constipation, you should include beets in his/ her diet. One cup of beets contains 4 grams of fiber, most of which is insoluble fiber which aids in regular bowel movements. (Check home remedies for constipation here)

Loaded with iron: Iron is required in the body to make new blood cells which help to carry oxygen to different parts of the body. There are two types of iron: heme-iron which is found in animal products and non-heme iron which is found in beets, grains & legumes. Thus, another important health benefit of beetroot for children is that it can prevent anemia in children by increasing their iron levels. Anemia is a condition in which one lacks enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. Having anemia can make your child feel tired and weak. Studies suggest that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can reduce the risk of anemia in kids.(Which other foods can help to increase iron levels?)

Boosts Immunity: Beetroots are a natural antioxidant storehouse and they are essential to enhance ‎your kids’ immune system. Beetroots can help to enhance the immunity of babies & young kids whose immune system is still developing. (Foods to boost immunity?)

Helps in cleansing the body: Combining cucumber, carrot juice & beetroot juice can help to cleanse the body, especially the gallbladder and the kidneys. If your child enjoys lots of junk food like chips, pizza, burger etc., including this juice in his/her diet will help to cleanse the system. (Why is cleansing or detox important?)

Increases stamina and energy levels: There are many health benefits of beetroot for children who are engaged in any types of sports or athletic games. Studies suggest that when athletes add beetroot juice to their regime, it may support exercise endurance and improve performance. It also aids recovery because when muscles are in a resting state, the nitrates present in beetroot helps to bring more oxygen to the muscle cells helping muscles to recover more efficiently. In general, including beetroot in your child’s diet can give the energy boost his/her body needs. 

Improves blood circulation: Betanin is responsible for the red color of beetroots. When you think beetroot, you think red, Blood red! This is the reason why this vegetable can do wonders for your blood circulation. The presence of iron and magnesium helps in blood production, thus helping to prevent anemia. Research suggests that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day significantly lowers blood pressure and it was found that blood pressure was reduced in healthy volunteers within an hour of drinking the juice.

Is beetroot safe for babies? 

Like most vegetables, beetroot is safe for babies and can be introduced when he/she has turned 6 months old and started consuming solid foods. Beetroots are loaded with nutrients which support development in infants and can be easy on their palette as well. Start with small quantities and give the beets in a form that your baby will easily be able to digest. (food ideas for 6 months old babies)

For older kids, you can either give them beets in juice form or raw as slices or puree them and mix in their food. There are many beetroot recipes for kids to choose from. (Beetroot wrap recipe)

Recipe of Beetroot Buns with hidden 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.

MIX (Wet)

  • 1.5 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp Molasses or jaggery or coconut sugar
  • 5 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 cup beetroot puree (or little more for sticky dough)

MIX (Dry)

  • 1.5 cups Jowar (sorghum) flour
  • 1/2 cup Rye flour or wheat flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Psyllium husk (Isabgol)
Ready to serve!

MAKE DOUGH

  • Combine Wet and Dry
  • Make wet, sticky, shaggy dough (husk drinks water)

RISE (part -1)

  • Cover with cotton cloth and loose lid and rise for 2 hours in dry dark area

RISE (part-2)

  • Make small balls of dough and line in a baking tray (use baking sheet)
  • Cover and Rise for 45 minutes more

BAKE

  • Garnish with black/ white sesame seeds
  • Preheat at 200 celsius for 5 minutes
  • Bake at 200 celsius for 15-20 minutes
  • Serve with any spread (see healthy spread recipes)

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Dals: Amazing benefits of different kinds of Lentils

Lentils (known in India as Dals) are small lens shaped seeds and belong to the legume family. It is a yearly crop and major producers of different types of lentils are India and Canada. Different types of lentils are available worldwide which come in a variety of colors and shapes and each one of them has its own nutritional value. 

What are the health benefits of Lentils

Due to numerous health benefits of lentils, an Indian thali (plate) is never complete without Dal and it is extremely popular in north as well as south India. Variety of dishes are prepared with different kinds of lentils and all are amazingly delicious. 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). There are several health benefits of lentils that make them a must-have in your child’s daily diet.

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA (United States deptt. of agriculture):

For 1 cup (198g) of cooked lentils with no added salt: 

NutrientAmount
Calories230 kcal
Fat0.8g
Sodium4mg
Carbohydrates40g
Fiber15.6g
Sugar3.6g
Protein18g

Rich in proteins: Amongst various health benefits of lentils, the most important benefit is that it is rich in protein. Protein helps in building muscles & supports generation and regeneration of cells in the body. For kids, protein is a vital nutrient and should be included in their each and every meal. Each 1 cup serving of lentils provides a healthy 18 grams of protein, so it is a boon for vegetarian families and they can depend on lentils for their 90% of daily recommended intake of protein. (Why proteins are important for your kids?)

Aids digestion: Lentils are especially rich in prebiotic fiber which promotes digestive function and fuels the beneficial gut bacteria which are so important for our health. A diet rich in fiber is associated with a number of health benefits. (What is the role of prebiotics for good health?)

Reduces chronic diseases: Lentils have the highest total phenolic content in comparison to other common legumes which helps in reducing chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. (How to control the weight of the child?)

Supports heart health: Lentils are rich in fiber, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol. They are also high in iron and vitamin B1 which helps maintain a steady heartbeat.

What are the different types of lentils?

Lentils come in different colours and slightly different shapes.

Green Moong:  Whether you eat them whole, with the skin on, without the skin or split, they are extremely beneficial in providing your body with proteins. Green moong sprouts are a wonderful source of protein. It is high in dietary fiber and also a good source of manganese, potassium, folate, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamin B.

Yellow moong dal: In addition to proteins, yellow moong dal is rich in iron and potassium and very easy to digest. It can be easily given to babies as their first solid meal in the form of khichadi combined with rice. (What foods can be given to babies who are starting solids?)

Arhar or toor dal: Arhar dal is packed with all the healthy nutrients and is widely used in North as well as south Indian cuisines. It contains nutrients like iron, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B and potassium making it vital for your child’s proper growth and development. (Nutrition tips for toddlers?)

Urad dal: Urad dal is usually called black dal when whole and white when it is skinned and split. It is great in taste and in nutritional content. Urad dal is one of the best options to improve your digestion. It is a great source of protein and also helps lower your cholesterol levels. Your kids will love urad dal because it has a nice gooey feel and is extremely tasty. Mouth-watering dishes like daal makhni, sambar vada, dahi vada and many more dishes are prepared with it.

Masoor dal: Masoor dal is available in black and orange color. Both are really delicious and rich. This dal is very versatile and can be cooked in different ways. Besides protein, It is one of the best sources of fiber, iron, amino acids, potassium and vitamin B1 for your little one. For adults, masoor dal can be very useful in reducing your cholesterol levels and ensuring that your sugar stays in check. (How can iron deficiency hamper your child’s growth and development?)

Lobia or Black-eyed pea: Lobia is known to have originated from West Africa, but it is widely cultivated in Asia and the US. Lobia is loaded with fiber which helps in keeping your child feeling fuller and also improves digestion considerably. In addition to this, it has high protein content making it an essential part of your child’s diet.

Matar Dal: Matar dal is also one of the most versatile and easy to cook dals available in India. You can use the yellow variety or the green. It can be cooked as an evening snack by simply roasting and seasoning it. Matar dal provides protein and fiber and hence you should definitely include it in your child’s diet. It is also rich in several minerals like manganese, folates, copper and potassium and contains essential vitamins such as vitamin B1 and B5. (Why vitamins are important for kids?)

Chick pea/ Bengal gram/ Chana dal: This dal comes in two forms: a smaller one with a dark skin, which is called kala chana and the larger white one which is known as kabuli chana. It is cooked in different ways and can be sprouted to add to a salad. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, is high on folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, fiber, protein, iron and zinc. You can give Kabuli chana to your kids in the form of hummus or a more popular form in India is to cook it as a gravy (chhole) and serve with poori. (Pumpkin hummus recipe)

Horse Gram: Horse Gram is one of the best sources of calcium in comparison to other lentils and hence it is good to develop more strength in your lower body. It is also high in protein, low in fat, and in lipid and sodium content, and is good for those who have diabetes or suffer from obesity. In addition to this, it is high in carbohydrates making it very beneficial for kids. (Why is balanced diet important for kids?)

When can we start giving lentils to kids?

Giving different types of lentils to babies and growing children is very important to promote proper growth and development in kids. Lentils can be safely given to a baby when he/she is 6 or 8 months old or when he/she starts taking foods other than milk. At that time, lentils should be given in a very watery/liquid form. Sometimes lentils are gaseous, so you have to watch. To minimize the gas problem, some veggies may be added and a puree can be made. The fiber in lentil helps the child in smooth and regular bowel movements. Gradually, the lentil intake is increased in kids, as a growing child needs a lot more protein and other minerals and fibers. As a child grows, he/she should be introduced with various dishes of lentils to benefit with the healthy nutrients in them.

Recipe of Chana Dal Hummus with hidden herbs

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Coriander chopped for garnish

Procedure:

  • Pressure cook chana dal until it is soft.
  • Once it cools down, add garlic, salt, lemon juice, pepper and Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread. (order here)
  • Blend everything to a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Transfer in a bowl & garnish with olive oil & coriander leaves.

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Tips to Increase Your Child’s Height

Every parent wants their kids to be taller than them. Children grow at their own pace and the rate of their growth is also different, some kids gain height in early years while others in their late teenage years. But generally both girls and boys are likely to gain 2 inches in height every year. The height of the kids depends upon many factors as listed below:

Genetics: Genetics play an important role in determining a kid’s height. They got their physical characteristics from their parents, all aspects of their personality such as , height, weight, body structure, skin , hair and eye color, all influenced by their parents genes. Usually taller parents have taller kids and vice versa.

Nutrition: After genetics nutrients is the main factor on which the height of the kids depends, as everything the body needs comes from the food we eat. Malnutrition can lead to many deficiency diseases that can adversely affect the child’s growth and development. (How to keep track of daily kids nutrition?)

Exercise and outdoor activities: Outdoor activities and regular exercise helps kids to grow well and reach their developmental milestones on time. If they regularly play outdoors or do some exercise daily, it will help keep them healthy by strengthening their immune system. (How to control the weight of the child?)

Hormones: Growth hormones play an important role in a child’s physical growth. These are made in pituitary gland and are crucial hormones for growth. If the production is low due to any health condition it will adversely affect the children’s height. (Foods that are good to balance the hormones?)

Sex: boys and girls grow in different rates. Males tend to be taller than females. Even males continue growing for longer than females.

Tips to increases kid’s height

Balanced diet: You are what you eat, your personality is the mirror of your diet. The foods that kids consume have to be healthy so that they grow up to be tall. A balanced diet is one which includes protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals in correct proportions. Minerals like calcium and potassium are key for bone development which is required to be taller. Also keep a check on the consumption of processed foods as it adversely affects the kid’s growth. (Nutrition tips for toddlers?)

Exercise and yoga: Outdoor play and exercise must be part of a kid’s lifestyle. There are some exercises which help in gaining height like stretching, as it helps elongate the spine and also improves the posture of the child at all times. Hanging from the bar also helps the spine elongate, which is important to be taller. The next exercise for gaining height is skipping, in which the body stretches entirely and promotes the overall growth in the kids. Swimming is another sport or exercise which keeps your child active and energetic, it’s a full body exercise which involves lots of stretching which helps kids to grow taller. Apart from these exercises you can also motivate your child to do some yoga poses, which is an age-old practice and helps children to make them taller. Some of the asanas are surya namaskar and chakrasana, which are proven to have positive effects on a kid’s height. (What kind of supplements should healthy kids eat?)

Good sleep: Sleep is the golden chain that ties your health and body together. Proper sleep is one of the most important factors in your kids overall development and an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping releases a growth hormone called HGH, which plays an important role in increasing height. The effects of sleep deprivation (insufficient sleep) can lead to many developmental issues. (How is sleep linked to brain development and what foods help in better sleep?)

Sunlight: Sunlight is the great source of vitamin D, which helps in muscle and bone growth and development that is crucial for a kid’s height. Vitamin D also helps your body to absorb calcium from the foods and aids in strengthening the bones. So always encourage our child for outdoor activities, so that they get a daily dose of vitamin D through the sun. (What foods are a good source of calcium and vitamin-D?)

Posture: Posture of your child has a great impact on their height, as slumping can put unnecessary pressure on the spine. A good posture not only elevates stress and pain in neck and back but it can change your physical height also. Always interrupt your child to sit and walk straight when you see them slouching.

Kids are growing fast and gaining height so their Calcium needs are also high. One of the most important minerals in our body is CALCIUM. Bones are 70% calcium and it is only calcium which gives bones their hardness for protection and support. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and works with it to build strong bones and increase height. It moves calcium from the intestine to the bloodstream and into the bones. From age 9 – 18 children need more calcium to meet the daily recommended intake. Interestingly, it is only till mid-20s that kids can improve their bones and increase height, which will last them a lifetime

Foods to increase height :

Cow’s milk and its products: It is the most commonly consumed type of milk and naturally a good source of many nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin B2. In several countries, it is fortified with vitamin D because milk doesn’t naturally contain vitamin D, but is one of the most widely used calcium rich foods for kids. These two work together to keep the bones strong. There are some dairy products made of cow’s milk like cheese, yogurt which are a good source of vitamin D. All of these play a role in increasing the height of kids.

Egg yolk: Eggs are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D. Just one whole large egg provides 50% of vitamin D required for the day. It helps to maintain strong bones and teeth. Those who can may opt for fish (salmon, sardines) also as a source of vitamin D. Egg is the food if you are looking for height gainer foods.

Moringa: Moringa is a superfood. It has 3 times more calcium than milk which makes it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones and also one of the best non-dairy sources of calcium. Some studies also indicate that moringa can heal damaged bones thus making it a must have calcium rich foods for bones. Dried moringa leaf powder has 17 times more vitamin D than fortified milk. In addition to this, it’s a fix for digestion troubles, immunity and iron.

Ragi: Ragi is also one of the foods high in calcium and vitamin D.  It is said that no other plant source provides calcium the way ragi can, making it one of a popular non-dairy sources of calcium. It also has vitamin D and along with calcium, it can help in improving bone strength. It is a whole grain that is gluten free also and can be used in baking cakes and cookies.

Potassium rich food: If the child eats lots of comfort-food, then consuming Potassium rich foods (banana, spinach, cucumber, peas, and sweet potato) will save Calcium from being robbed from the bones.

Almonds: Amongst all the nuts, almonds are the highest in calcium. One ounce of almonds or about 22 almonds, provides 8% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. (Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Chocolate and Savoury spread made of Almond and 6 other nuts and seeds)

Seeds: Many seeds are good sources of calcium. For instance, 1 tablespoon (9 grams) of poppy seeds has 13% of the recommended daily intake, while the same serving of sesame seeds packs 9% of the recommended daily intake. In addition to calcium, chia seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

Vegetables: Cabbage, mustard (sarson leaves), broccoli & ladyfinger are a good source of calcium.

Lotus seeds/ Makhana: 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. Just a bowl of makhana is a great snack for kids. (Recipe to make Makhana ice cream)

Recipe of Nut and Seed Sweet with dates and hidden herbs

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  • ¾ cup water 
  • 6 dates or fig or mix
  • 2 tbsp jaggery (add more for sweetness)
  • 2 fresh cardamom powder 
  • 1 handful cashews
  • 1 handful almonds
  • 1 handful hazelnut
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1 handful sunflower seeds
  • 1 handful pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1/2 cup Milk 
  • 2 tbsp ghee

Roast nuts and seeds slightly. Let them cool before making powder in grinder. Soak dates in hot water for 5 minutes and purée it.  Now cook dates puree and remaining water along with jaggery in NON STICK pan. Once the syrup becomes thick and starts becoming a darker colour (in 5-7 minutes), add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here) and the powder of all the nuts and seeds 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 any nut or seed you like. 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 sightly cool. Cut in any shape. Serve!

Sorry for the quick, partly eaten photo. My elder one couldn’t wait 🙂

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Weaning from Breastfeeding: How to do it?

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

What is weaning?

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

What is the right time to start weaning?

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

Signs that your baby is ready for solids:

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

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

How to wean off Baby?

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

How to introduce weaning from breastfeeding at different ages?

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

Tips for weaning from breastfeeding under 6 months of age

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

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

Tips for weaning from breastfeeding after 6 months:

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

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

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

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

Nutrition for babies:

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

How long does weaning take?

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

Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)

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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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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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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!

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

If your child is a picky eater or does not take enough nutrition for the day, you can give ‘5 Ayurvedic herbs and 7 Nuts’ chocolate or savoury spreads to meet daily Nutrition ORDER | 0% preservative

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