5 POWER FOODS ALL KIDS NEED

Between the age of 2 to 12 years children grow fast and need to be fed right from the beginning. Food plays a vital role in the overall growth and development of children. It is required not only for their growing bones and muscles, but also to boost their brain-power. Basically, they need foods not only for physical energy but for cognition, focus and memory also. Healthy foods for kids is the common concern among all the parents around the globe. What to feed them for proper growth and development is what worries the parents the most. Nutritious food for kids becomes more important when they start going to school. This is primarily because, children spend 1/3rd of their time of the day in school.

According to a research, most of the kids are deficient in important nutrients because of their food choices. This is a direct outcome of increased intake of processed and refined foods such as chips, cookies, pizza, burger, fries and carbonated drinks. These foods not only have zero nutritive value but also have an undesired impact on the health of the child.

We all converse about how kids should take a balanced diet, but what makes diet a balanced diet?

What all should a Nutritious food for Kids contain?

Protein: Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is made up of chemical “building blocks” called amino acids. Body uses amino acids to build and repair muscles and bones and to make hormones and enzymes.  It helps in growth of cells, boost metabolism and even strengthen the immune system. (Easy protein foods to feed kids)

Calcium: The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many important functions. Calcium is stored in bones and teeth in our body, where it supports their structure and hardness. The body needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every part of body. (Easy Calcium and Vitamin D foods for kids)

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are sugar molecules. Along with protein and fats, they are one of the three main nutrients found in foods and drinks. Body break down carbohydrates into glucose, which is the main source of energy for body’s cells, tissues and organs. (Weight gain foods for kids)

Fat: Fats are nutrients that provide energy to kids. Apart from supplying fuel for the body, it also helps the body to absorb some vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K, which are fat soluble and can be absorbed easily if taken with fat. (Saturated fat that is good for the body?)

Fiber: Fiber, also known as roughage, is the part of plant based foods. It passes through the body undigested and keeps the digestive system clean and healthy. (Recipe of fiber rich meal for kids lunchbox)

Iron: Iron is a mineral that body needs for many functions. It is a part of hemoglobin, a protein which carries oxygen from lungs to other parts of body. It is also essential in providing energy for daily routine. Iron is vital for brain development too. (Iron rich spreads on apply on bread or paratha for kids)

Zinc: Zinc is the second most important trace mineral after iron which is present in every cell. It is needed for the activity of over 300 enzymes that helps in digestion and metabolism. (Foods that can build immunity in kids)

Magnesium: Magnesium is a nutrient that body needs to stay healthy. It helps in regulating muscles and nerve function. It also supports immune system, bone health,  improve mood, better sleep and concentration. (Magnesium rich food recipe for kids that they will enjoy)

Potassium: It is a mineral and an electrolyte. It helps your muscles work and nervous system to function properly. It also regulates the balance of fluids in the body. (How to treat constipation in kids?)

Vitamins: Vitamin A is crucial for eye health. B Vitamins are essential for body’s various metabolic processes. It have a direct impact on your energy levels and brain function. Vitamin C helps in formation of red blood cells and boost immunity. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin E is powerful antioxidant which helps cells fight off infections. Vitamin K is important to maintain normal blood clotting, helping wounds to heal and keeps bone healthy. (Some easy foods covering all the essential vitamins)

5 Nutritious foods for kids’ Growth and Development

Dairy products: Main dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are main source of calcium for small kids. Dairy foods are essential for the good health of kids and form an important part of a complete balanced diet. It is considered as one of the healthy foods for kid’s strong bones and teeth. Dairy products also contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, riboflavin and other essential nutrients. There are many ways to include dairy foods to your kid’s diet, like in form of smoothies, cheese sandwich and fruit yogurt. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids to keep them hydrated)

Fruits: Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants), which helps kids body to stay healthy. Fruits being rich in antioxidants boost child’s immunity and gives sustainable energy. It also ensures kids healthy growth and development. High in fiber contents it aids in proper functioning of digestive system and thus prevents constipation. Fruits also provide a wide range of health- boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids. These qualities make them super nutritious foods for kids. (Best fruits for teenagers and kids acne, hormones, stress)

Vegetables: Almost all vegetables are rich source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is considered as healthy food for kids as it helps in enhancing immunity, keeps bowel movement regular, avoids constipation and promotes healthy growth and development. Vegetables improve kids gut health which promotes absorption of necessary nutrients for growth. Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale helps in brain development of kids. It also helps in maintaining the energy level of kids throughout the day. (How to keep the nutrition safe while cooking vegetables?)

Whole grain: Whole grains are nutritious foods for kids as they are powerhouse of energy and rich in carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, iodine, magnesium, zinc, folate, riboflavin and vitamin E. All these nutrients help in overall growth and development of kids.  Whole grains are a great way to start the day for a toddler or young child.  They are nutrient- dense, energy rich foods which make them ideal food for busy school going children. They help to maintain energy level and feeling of fullness for longer. Whole grain includes wheat, bulgur, oatmeal, quinoa, corn, barley and millet. As it contains dietary fibers, it also helps to maintain digestive health and contributes in preventing constipation. (Recipe of whole grain and millet pizza)

Nuts and seeds: When we talk about nutritious foods for kids, nuts and seeds tops the list for children of any age. Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body. They are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, healthy fats like omega 3 and 6. Considered super healthy for brain development in children, nuts also help keep their immune system strong. It also aids in losing weight as it keeps kids feel full for long time. (Easy to feed veggies, nuts and seeds spreads)

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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SUMMER DRINKS FOR KIDS

Summer is the season of vacation; kids are free from school and homework and spend a full day playing and enjoying summer activities, like swimming and camping. When kids are out in the playground and busy in games they usually forget to drink water, which results in dehydration.The World Health Organization defines dehydration as a condition that results from excessive loss of body water. The common causes of dehydration in kids are vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive sweating and not drinking enough fluids. Infants and small children are much more prone to dehydration than older kids as they lose relatively more fluid quickly and are not able to tell about their thirst. If your child has fever, diarrhea or vomiting or he/she sweating a lot watch for the signs of dehydration.

SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION IN KIDS

  • Fewer tears when cry
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Cracked lips
  • Less or no urination for certain hours
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sleepiness
  • Low energy level
  • Extreme fussiness
  • Doesn’t feel like playing

Staying hydrated is the most important factor to keep your kids healthy in summer days. Apart from giving them plenty of water to drink, you can also give them lots of other cool summer drinks that are tasty as well as nutritious. It is worth less to fill them with easily available artificially flavored sugar and carbonated drinks which have zero health benefits.

COOL SUMMER DRINKS FOR KIDS

Coconut water: Unsweetened coconut water is always the best choice for children. It is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium and natural and enzymes that makes it a super healthy summer drink for kids. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which prevent skin infection and help with clear and healthy skin. Coconut water contains a high amount of fiber which promotes proper digestion. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and electrolytes, which makes it an excellent choice for helping children rehydrate after physical activities or sickness. (How does coconut help with cough?)

Buttermilk: Buttermilk is another beverage that you can give to your child during those summer days to prevent them from heat strokes and dehydration, as over 90% of buttermilk is water. It balances the levels of electrolytes and fluids in the body with its combination of curd, salt and water. Buttermilk is rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, carbohydrates and low in fat. It has great probiotics properties that help to increase the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract, which improves kids gut health, boosts immunity and prevents acidity. All these nutritive benefits of buttermilk make it one of the super summer drinks for kids. (How to make whey protein at home?)

Sugar cane juice: It is the best choice to beat the summertime heat. Natural sucrose in sugarcane juice can help rebuild the depleting energy levels in the body. It is rich in antioxidants, acts as a diuretic and helps keep your kids liver strong. Sugarcane is rich in many nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, riboflavin and several amino acids. It has a good amount of iron which enhances the haemoglobin levels in the body and prevents anemia. It also helps in preventing urinary tract infections. Some other benefits are, it can strengthen the bones, boost the immune system and also enhances digestion. These qualities make it come in the top cool summer drinks list. (What are some most essential fruits for teenagers and kids?)

Aam Panna/ Savoury Mango drink: Aam panna is ideal to quench your kids thirst on a hot day and keep them hydrated by managing their fluid balance. It is prepared with raw mangoes which are considered as a great remedy for heat strokes, as it helps to lower body temperature. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and also a vital source of magnesium, calcium, iron and dietary fibers that detoxify the liver. Raw mangoes are also packed with powerful antioxidants, which boost up immunity level. Vitamin A in it contributes to eye health. Unripe mango is rich in pectin which regulates the digestive process and fights against diarrhea, gastroenteritis and constipation. Wash and boil raw mangoes and keep them to cool down. Separate the pulp and seed. Add this pulp to a jug of chilled water now add black salt, cumin powder, black pepper, stir well and pour in glass and serve this cool summer drink chilled. (Recipe of Mango ice cream bar with soy milk and sugar)

Mint lemonade: This yummy and healthy cool summer drink is perfect to refresh your child after a busy day in school and keep them hydrated. Lemons are high in vitamin C and fiber which aids in a healthy digestive system and weight control and also provide your kid’s body  natural electrolytes. Mint has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to soothe upset stomach or indigestion. In a glass of chilled water squeeze half a lemon add some crushed mint leaves, honey and salt to taste. This is considered as one of the favourite cool summer drinks for kids and adults as well. (How to fix stomach ache in kids?)

Sattu (Protein rich powder) Drink: Sattu is roasted gram flour which is high in nutrition quotient. Sattu is a great coolant which helps your child to remain cool in those hot summer days by keeping them hydrated. Sattu is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium which helps in healthy digestion, weight loss, prevents heat strokes and increases energy . This is not only one of the best summer drinks for kids, but also the best high energy drink to offer your kids after physical activity. Add one to two tablespoon of sattu to a glass of chilled water, add black salt, a few drops of lemon, a few mint leaves and some cumin powder. Serve it cool. (Some easy protein foods to eat everyday)

Jau (Barley) water: Ayurveda defines barley as cooling in nature which makes it the best summer drink for kids. Barley is a grain that is low in calories and high in fiber, Vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and iron. Barley water also helps in cleaning toxins from the stomach and keep the skin clear and the digestive system healthy. Wash barley grain properly and soak overnight, in the morning drain water completely and pour some fresh water, pressure cook for at least seven to eight whistles on medium flame. Once barley turns soft, strain the barley water, cool it completely and add some lemon, black salt and relish. (Recipe of mixed grain and millet pizza)

Watermelon juice: It is one of the best summer drinks for kids as watermelon is 92% water which makes it super hydrating and helps maintain fluid level of your kid’s body. Low in calories, Watermelon is high in vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. It is also rich in antioxidant lycopene which prevents oxidative damage and benefits brain and eye health. In a blender take some chopped watermelon (remove seeds) add some mint leaves, lemon juice, and black salt, blend it properly, pour it in the glass and enjoy the summer with its super cooling effects. (Home-remedies for heat rashes in kids)

Recipe of Sprouted Mung Bean (Moong Dal) Cheela/ Pancake

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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 want to eat more tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts.

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 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 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 lid. Flip to cook on other side. Serve with any sauce or plain! (Added health benefits of using iron pan?)

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IRON DEFICIENCY IN CHILDREN

Iron is an important dietary mineral which is essential for the growth and development of kids- both physical and mental growth. Iron helps form hemoglobin that is found in the blood cells of the body. It has a red color pigment which gives the blood cells its color, commonly known as red blood cells. These red blood cells have hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body. Hemoglobin is formed of iron containing part known as heme and protein part as globin. Without hemoglobin, the body stops producing healthy red blood cells and often shows weaker coloured cells.

The first step towards raising hemoglobin level in your kid’s body is to start including iron rich food in his/her diet. Lack of iron in children’s bodies can affect them badly as without enough iron, the child’s muscles, tissues and cell won’t get the oxygen they need. This condition of iron deficiency is most commonly known as anemia.

Newborns on breast feed can easily get required iron intake from mother’s milk for the first 6 months. But, after you switch infants to solid food, they might not be able to get enough iron, which can lead to iron deficiency in children. Our body doesn’t produce iron, so the only way to get iron is through food sources.  There are many causes responsible for iron deficiency in children. Premature born babies with low birth weight, children with chronic infections, overweight or obese kids are at high risk of iron deficiency. Teenage girls also suffer from this deficiency as their body loses iron during menstruation.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency or Anemia in Children

  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Poor appetite
  • Craving for strange things like ice, dirt and paint
  • Slower growth and development
  • Behavioral issues
  • Frequent infection

If you notice these symptoms in your kid, you must consult a doctor. Iron supplements can only be taken under doctor’s supervision, as excess iron accumulation can cause other complications. The best way to consume any nutrient is to take it through food. That results in lesser chances of over consumption also.

The recommended amount of iron intake depends upon the age of the kid. When a baby is born, he/ she has iron stored in their bodies after that they get iron from mother’s milk or milk supplements. Once they start eating solids, they require more iron. As per studies the recommended amount of iron in kids is:

AgeDosage
Birth to 6 months0.27 mg (adequate)
7- 12 m11mg/ day
1-3 years7 mg/ day
4-8 years10mg/ day
9-13 years8 mg/ day
14-18 years11mg/ day (boy) 15mg/ day(girl)

Source: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/

Encouraging your child for a nutritious iron rich diet is the first step to prevent the problem of iron deficiency or anemia in children. Vitamin C rich food can also help, as it helps your body to absorb more iron. Cooking your food in iron cookware is a smart hack to increase iron content in the food preparations (How much iron does iron cookware add to food?)

Food for Iron Deficiency in Children

Green vegetable: Green leafy vegetables are the best source of iron. Spinach, Kale, Fenugreek, collard greens provide approximately 2.5-5 mg of iron per cooked cup. Apart from iron, they also contain sodium and potassium in high quantities which are equally essential for the body. Some other iron rich veggies include cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, which contain 1-2 mg per cooked cup. (How to cook green veggies to not loose their nutrition?)

Dried fruits: Dried fruits are a delicious source of minerals, protein, fiber and vitamins. Dried fruits like raisin, prunes and apricot are good sources of iron. 100 gm of prune contains 0.93 mg of iron, while raisin contains 2.6 gm and apricot 6.3 mg. Raisins are also rich in potassium and magnesium, which helps in bone health, improves blood circulation and digestion. Apricots being high in antioxidants and vitamin A aids in visual health. Consuming these dry fruits daily help to combat iron deficiency. (What are other foods for healthy eyesight?)

Fruits: Fruits like apple, pear and pomegranate are rich sources of iron, vitamins, protein, carbs and fiber which help regulate blood count in the body. Apart from this, fruits rich in vitamin C such as orange, lime, blueberries and grapefruit also help the body to enhance iron absorption. By including these fruits in a kid’s diet you can also help them to build up a strong immune system. (What are the best fruits teenagers?)

Legumes: Legumes are a powerhouse of nutrients. Most common types of legumes are beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, and soybeans. They are a great source of iron which helps your child to meet their daily need of iron intake and save them from iron deficiency. Chickpeas and black eyed peas are the highest source of iron and can provide up to 6 mg per cooked cup. Legumes also contain B vitamins, folate, magnesium, potassium, fiber and zinc which means they keep you energetic throughout the day. (Why should lentils or legumes be soaked?)

Seeds: Pumpkin, sesame, hemp and flax seeds are seeds richest in iron and help your child to fight iron deficiency. They contain iron around 1.2mg to 4.2 mg per two tablespoons. These seeds also contain a good amount of protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, antioxidants and are great sources of fatty acids too, which helps in overall kid’s growth. (What is the easiest source of selenium that is good for brain?)

Recipe for Noodle Meal

  • Vegetable broth
  • carrot slices
  • mushrooms
  • pring onion chopped small
  • greens (lettuce etc)
  • tofu cubes or lightly fried tofu cubes
  • sprouts
  • noodles
  • Pok Choy
  • Roasted seeds (sunflower, pumpkin or other)
  • sea weed cut in strips (optional)

Saute all the veggies (except greens and sprouts) in some oil. Add spices like coriander, cumin, red pepper etc. Add veg broth and boil for 10 minutes on low flame. Add tofu and sprouts. Add boiled noodles. Add greens on top. Serve hot.

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HEALTHY EATING FOR CHILDREN

Kid’s meal in a day

Which are the good foods for children’s health? How much food is enough for my kid? These are questions that every parent faces in day to day life. Providing all the basic nutrients to their kids in the right quantity is what every parent is thriving for. With a rising childhood obesity rate, parents are often worried that they are over feeding their kid. On the other hand, being underweight is also a major concern for parents. Kids of different ages need different amounts of calories in a day depending on their existing weight and activity levels. 

What comprises nutritious food for children?

Choosing the right amount of calories, fulfilling children’s daily nutritional requirements and planning their meals to make it tasty yet healthy is a herculean task for parents. A healthy or balanced meal is one comprising all the three food groups: proteins, carbohydrates and fats along with micro nutrients such as vitamins (vitamin A, B, C, D, E,K), minerals (calcium, zinc, iodine), fiber and water in the right quantity. It has been found that children who eat a balanced diet are healthy, lead an active lifestyle and have lower chances of developing any health issues at a later age.

Importance of Nutritious Food for Children

It is the parent’s responsibility to provide nutritious food for children according to the kid’s age, gender and activity levels. Nutrients that we obtain from food have significant effects on our kid’s physical and mental growth and development, maintenance of normal body function, physical activity and overall health. Requirements of essential nutrients vary with age, gender, physiological status and activity. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are macro-nutrients which are needed in larger quantities whereas vitamins and minerals are needed in smaller amounts. Children, in particular, need healthy meals to complement their growing bodies.

What problems the kid might face due to lack of proper nutrition in their diet?

Nutritional deficiency is a major factor contributing to various diseases like obesity, iron deficiency, weak vision, hair fall, dry skin etc. In school-children, proper nutrition becomes more important to prevent them from falling sick regularly which affects their learning capabilities. Few nutritional problems faced by school going children are obesity, eating disorders, low immunity, dental problems and anemia.

How to plan your Kid’s meal?

With all the information about the importance of a balanced and healthy diet, the next question that comes to a parent’s mind is what are the good food for children’s health, how can they provide all these nutrients to their children, how many meals should they have and what all to include in their meal so that it is appealing to kids and healthy at the same time. A child’s daily calorie intake depends on the kid’s age, current weight & activity levels. Four meals a day with a gap of three hours is advisable for kids as well as adults.

Depending on their recommended daily calorie intake, parents can plan each meal with a proper amount of nutrients and calories. For example, if a kid’s daily calorie need is fifteen hundred calories, then he/she can have four meals, each meal approximately comprising three hundred calories. Some important points to remember while preparing your kid’s meal are: choose a variety of foods depending on their age, gender, physiological status and physical activities combining whole grains, beans/ lentils and greens in appropriate amounts, prefer fresh & locally available fruits and vegetables and encourage mindful eating for kids, which means that they understand what they are eating and for which purpose. This understanding in kids at a young age goes a long way in making better food choices for themselves.

What are the food sources for various food groups?

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are also known as energy giving foods. It means, they are one of the three main ways from which the body obtains energy or calories. Foods rich in carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. It provides glucose, which is converted to energy and further used in body functioning and physical activities. Carbohydrates are found as both simple and complex carbs. Food sources such as fruits, milk and milk products are quick sources of energy called simple carbs. This can also include refined or processed sugar or syrups or soft drinks or other processed and packed foods. Vegetables, whole grains are types of complex carbs which take longer to digest and breakdown into energy. They keep the body full for longer and are often loaded with fiber, also supporting a healthy weight. (What are some healthy weight gain foods?)

Proteins: Protein acts as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. It is made up of a chemical called amino acids. Amino acids are necessary to make protein in the body. Consuming a variety of food results in higher chances of eating all 20 amino acids required to build proteins. If there is a shortage of amino acids required, the body stops making protein. The bulk of food consumed is then stored as fat in the body causing weight gain. Proteins are necessary to build and repair muscles and bones and to make hormones and enzymes. Protein group includes all meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, eggs, soy products, nuts and seeds. (What are some easy protein sources?)

Fats: Fats are a concentrated source of energy and are made of fatty acids in different proportions. Fats also promote the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E, K. Nuts & seeds, vegetable and nut oils, ghee, butter are sources of fats. Liver helps to breakdown fat in the body. Excess fat intake can put extra pressure on the liver resulting in likely damage. Also, any additional fat not used in the body is stored in the cells for later use at specific fat reserves (hips, thighs, upper arms, and tummy) in the body. Body needs fat for energy, producing hormones, keeping the body warm and protecting it against infection. Fat is extremely important for the brain also. Fats can be saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and found mostly in dairy products, animal products and processed/ packaged foods in high quantities. Unsaturated fat is the good fat found in plant sources (except also in fish) like avocado, olive, nuts & seeds, fish (sardines, salmon). This fat is mostly liquid at room temp. While choosing a food, it is advised to keep the saturated fat as low as possible. (Which fat is good for the body?)

Vitamins and minerals: Vitamins and minerals are called protective foods as they help to remove deficiencies, build bones, heal wounds, fight diseases and build strong immune systems.

Vitamins are important for various processes and maintenance of the structure of skin, bone, nerves, eye, brain, blood. Vitamins are water-soluble or fat-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K ) are found in leafy vegetables, animal products, nuts & seeds, vegetable oils, dairy foods. Water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, the B vitamins) are commonly found in nuts & seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and dairy foods. (What foods have which vitamins?)

Minerals include calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, chloride and sulphur are found in nuts, seeds, shellfish, chicken, eggs, beans, cocoa, avocados, berries, yogurt and cheese. (What are some vitamins and minerals for bones?)

Recipe: Oats Cake

  • 1 cup oats flour (grind oats to make flour)
  • ½ cup milk (or nut milk)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 eggs beaten or flax-egg (2 tbsp flax seed powder mixed with 12 tbsp warm water. Leave for 5 minutes to make lumpy paste)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup jaggery or coconut sugar (as per taste)
  • ½ tsp vanila essence (optional)
  • ¼ tsp salt (epsom salt preferred)

Mix all with hand and pour in a lined pan. Preheat at 200 celsius for 5 min. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool outside. Serve.

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What happens when you cook food in cast-iron pans/skillets

The correct cookware helps to not only add nutrients to the food, but also preserve the nutrients. For example, clay-pots have been used for thousands of years for cooking. A study reveals that compared to modern utensils (pressure cooker), clay-pots retained 100% nutrients when cooking Dal vs. under 15% when cooked in a pressure cooker (Shocking!)

The longer food is cooked or stored in Aluminium, the greater it gets into food. Leafy vegetables, tomatoes and citrus products absorb the most aluminium (more than what we need!). Aluminium is most often considered unsafe for cooking on account of the metal reacting with food and getting absorbed in large amounts. The presence of aluminium deposits in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients has made people wary of using them

Traditional cookware- copper, iron, brass etc add the required mineral to the body and also aid in healing the body.

Cooking in copper and brass is not advisable when it comes to salty and acidic food since they react with the metal but eating in these is useful .

Iron cookware is great since it releases the required mineral which is critical for our body functioning (for high energy!). Many people suffer from iron deficiency, and cooking with cast iron pans can help increase your iron content by as much as 20 times!

Food cooked for longer duration and with higher moisture content absorbed most iron (almost 5 times more iron after cooking compared to raw)

Cast iron vessels are naturally non-stick and are easy to cook. On the other hand, modern non-stick cookware releases per-fluorinated compounds into the food during cooking, especially if the food is scrapped from the bottom causing several health issues.

Cast-iron skillets are very versatile. They can be used for sautéing, pan-frying, searing, baking, braising, broiling, roasting, and even more cooking techniques. The more seasoned your cast-iron skillet is, the better flavour it’s going to give to whatever you are cooking

Cast-iron vessels need lesser oil for cooking and also keep the food warm for longer time.

BEAUTY PRO-TIP :

IF YOU USE HERBAL HENNA FOR COLORING YOUR HAIR, SOAK IT OVER-NIGHT IN AN IRON BOWL

Adding henna paste in an iron bowl get more darker colour. It forms a blackish pigment with iron and helps in covering the grey more effectively

HOW WHEY PROTEIN HELPS IN A CHILD’S GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Being a parent it’s important to understand the needs of your child’s body for proper growth and development. The series of growth stages as an infant to a toddler followed by adolescence (puberty phase), they have to go through not only physical changes but also emotional ups and downs. What do these growth stages exactly mean? (5 Power foods for kids growth)

The term growth includes physical growth (height/ weight), while development is growth in function and capability of various organs which can help your child to learn, understand and perform their routine work efficiently. Between 2 to 10 years, a child grows at a steady pace. The main growing phase begins at the start of puberty, between ages 10 – 16. A child’s body needs some special nutrients with these changes in growth rates. (What is a balanced meal for a child?)

Let’s look at one nutrient closely.

  • WHEY PROTEIN FOR KIDS: Whey is considered to be complete protein because it contains 9 essential amino acids and has low lactose content which makes it easily digestible. Leucine present in whey helps with building muscles too. These are the main reasons, why whey protein for kids is essential during growing age. Although protein is the main building block for your kid’s body, but getting it from supplements may lead to health concerns. So acquiring it from natural sources like hand full of nuts and seeds or some dairy products is much beneficial. (3 supplements a body needs)

SOURCE OF WHEY PROTEIN FOR KIDS: When baby born, mother’s breast milk contains 90% whey protein and about 10 % casein. That is why it is recommended to breastfeed babies for six months since whey is easier and quicker to digest. Breast milk acts as best immunity booster for new born. Other than that, whey is derived from cow’s milk which is made up of 80% casein and 20% of whey. Casein takes longer to digest and hence is recommended for older kids. A general practice to take milk just before bedtime is preferred since milk digests slowly due to higher casein proportion.

HOW TO MAKE AT HOME: Whey protein for children can be made at home with the left-over fluid when yogurt is curdled (what is the process of making whey at home?) during the process of cheese production.

WHEY PROTEIN FOR KIDS: Whey not only promotes growth and development of muscles in kids, but also boosts their natural defence power against infection and support a healthy immune system. The suggested intake of protein is about 0.8 per kg of body weight. For example, if your kid is 12-13 kgs, then the amount of daily protein intake would need to be roughly around 10 gm. Apart from healthy eating habits, it’s important to understand the role of whey protein in your kid’s growth. (Tasty options to fast-food)

WHEN WHEY PROTEIN FOR CHILDREN IS NEEDED: Toddler years are time of growth and development and protein plays an important role during this phase. Whey is also a rich source of protein for fussy eaters. Nowadays, it is sold as the most popular type of protein powder as it is easy to source and comes in various flavours too. However, excess intake of protein through protein powders can be unnecessary if you are getting more than enough protein through your daily diet. (Easy protein food sources)

It is an interesting fact that body has no space to save that extra protein you eat. It all gets converted to fat or carbs which is not what you would prefer. Protein is made of 20 amino acids and the body needs all of these in certain ratio to make protein. The moment one of the amino acids required to make protein gets finished, protein making process stops. Hence, there is no point in bulking on protein from a single source. Keep variety in food and that will help achieve the goal of consuming all the amino acids to make all the required amount of protein in the body.

Excess protein intake can have health consequences. Very active children (who participates in sports activities) may need little more protein than other kids. Home-made whey protein for kids like shakes or dishes (whey protein buns recipe) are a wonderful way to pack in some protein along with a bunch of other healthy vitamins and minerals.

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Recipe for mixed grain/ millet pizza:

  • 2 cups of flours (mix of any- whole wheat, ragi, sorghum, rye, amaranth, teff)
  • Add oregano seasoning and salt as per choice
  • Add 2 tbsp psyllium husk
  • Add whey protein liquid or whey protein powder + water (to make sticky dough)
  • Leave dough to rest and rise for 2-3 hours covered with dry cloth and loose lid
  • Once done, take a small ball of dough and roll using dry flour
  • Add tomato puree (or pizza sauce) and alfalfa sprouts, veggies/ greens and cheddar cheese on top
  • Preheat for 5 min at 220 celsius. Bake for 15 min and serve!

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12 fun and healthy snacks that kids can make with you

Out of many ideas to make kids eat healthy food, one is to indulge them in cooking. It is always seen that when kids make something by themselves their interest for eating that food is always higher than usual. Kids are fussy eaters. They may like something one day but dislike it the next day. Involving them in making healthy food in a fun and interesting way, including their favourite or approved ingredients, has shown positive results.

So help your kids get out of their comfort zones and boost them to make and innovate some healthy snacks with these easy kids friendly recipes.

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges/ Fries

Pre heat oven for 5 min at 200 celsius, peel the sweet potato 🍠 cut them into wedges or fries shape. Toss the wedges in drops of ghee or oil, salt (we recommend rock salt ). Place the wedges on a baking dish, bake for 25-30 minutes. Healthy snack for kids is ready to serve.

High source of fibre makes it great for digestion and GUT

Rich in vitamins and minerals which boost brain development and Immunity

  • Dates Energy Bars

Clean the dates and remove seeds. Add walnuts, almonds and coconut to a food processor. Pulse till dry fruits are broken into pieces. Now add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here) or some seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, melon), add dates and further grind for twenty seconds. Repeat till dates are crushed and mixed with dry-fruits.

Now grease the butter paper in a pan and pour mixture and set it plain and refrigerate till harden. Now cut into pieces. Healthy snack for kids is ready to serve.

Dates are a natural substitute for sugar and fulfil kids’ sweet tooth without harming their health. They are loaded with iron, fiber calcium which are great for digestion, energy. Dates are healthy food for kids

These nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals like copper, zinc, vitamin A, C and E which are necessary for immunity and eyesight.

  • Cucumber Sandwich

Cut the cucumber into thick slices. Layer the cheese slice and peanut butter or mashed avocado or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here) between the cucumber slices. Bind together with a toothpick or keep it open . Healthy snacks for kids late afternoon craving is ready. Try this with red capsicum also.

Cucumber is a nutrient and water rich veggie that prevents dehydration and ensures healthy eyesight and high energy in kids.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate balls

Take 1 cup coconut or almond flour in a bowl, add some honey, pinch of salt and ¼ cup peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread (order here). Mix it well and make small balls. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to harden. Dip the ball in melted dark chocolate and refrigerate further for 30 min till it hardens. Let your kids enjoy the goodness of peanuts.

Peanut is a healthy food for kids. High in protein which is vital for growing kids. It has calcium, magnesium, phosphorus which is essential for bone strength. It boosts immunity, eyesight and brain development.

Peanuts also contain a high amount of vitamin Bs which maintains the body’s energy supplies.

Apple Cookies

Slice an apple and spread a layer of peanut butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here) on each slice, topped with nuts, chocolate chips and some shredded coconut or nothing at all. Apple cookies, healthy snack for kids, are ready to serve.

  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away” this not just a saying but actually apple is loaded with lots of health benefits as it is rich in fiber,vitamin c, antioxidants and potassium,it helps in reducing the risk of obesity.
  • Mint Lassi

Take a grinder and add few mint leaves, ½ cup yogurt, epsom salt and black salt as per taste and ½ cup water. Pour the mixture in a glass and garnish it with mint leaves and cumin powder. Ready to serve.

This salted mint lassi not only fulfills your thirst but also saves from adverse effects of dehydrating in summer heat. Mint is suitable for digestion and also instantly cools down the body temperature.

Yogurt is one of the healthy food for kids as it promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and reduces the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut, keeping digestion and immunity in check.

Epsom salt has magnesium which is great to keep the anxiety in kids under control.

  • Mixed Sprout Chaat

Take mixed sprouts (mung bean, moth beans, black chana etc). Add some finely chopped veggies of your choice (cucumber, onion, coriander, tomato, red capsicum etc), lemon juice, salt to taste and some chaat masala. This tangy and super healthy snack is ready to rock!

The sprouting process increases the level of nutrients- protein, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and vitamin B, C, K compared to unsprouted plants which makes it healthy food for kids

Sprouts also contain lower levels of antinutrients, making it easier for the body to absorb all the nutrients, so it is a super healthy food for your little ones.

Sprouting also creates enzymes, making it easy for digestion and gut health.

Yogurt Honey Fruit cups

Cut fresh fruits of your kids choice in a bowl (banana, apple, pear, grapes etc). Add some yogurt (naturally flavoured with orange, vanilla or lime). Add Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here) or some honey on top. Garnish with choco chips or roasted nuts. Enjoy!

Your kids are definitely going to love this color full combination of fresh fruits and flavored yogurt. Fruits are healthy food for kids as they are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals. They are high in fiber, boost your kids immunity and help in brain development.

Strawberry Slush

In a grinder add some frozen strawberries (or any other fruit), lime juice, and a few spoons of honey. Pour this in a glass, garnish it with some Choco chips and one of the healthy snacks for kids is ready to Serve.

Packed with vitamins, fiber and high level of antioxidants, strawberries are a sodium free, fat free, cholesterol free, low calorie food.

  • Roasted Makhana (Fox nuts)
  • Take an iron cookware. Add a few drops of ghee. Add Makhanas and continue to stir and roast till they become slightly brown. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. This crunchy healthy snack for kids is ready to serve.
  • Makhana are a great healthy food for kids as it supports brain development. They are also loaded with bone strengthening minerals.
  • Sweet Corn Salad
  • In a bowl mix sweet corn (steamed), spring onion or any other veggies of your choice, add crushed cashew and/ or almond, grated coconut and salt/ epsom salt to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve this healthy snack for kids.
  • Corn is rich in zinc, magnesium, copper, iron and manganese which makes it good for the energy, bones and immunity of kids. It also has a high fiber content which aids in digestion. Corn is a good source of antioxidants (carotenoids, lutein and Zeaxanthin) which promote healthy eyesight.
  • Chocolate Banana Bites
  • In a grinder take some dates, banana, walnuts, coco powder, cinnamon powder, 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. Mix well. Apply oil on your kids palm and ask them to make small balls and coat them with some finely chopped nuts. Eat this healthy snack for kids for sweet cravings.
  • Banana are one of the best fruit sources of vitamins B6 and C. Loaded with Manganese, Potassium banana can aid digestion and help beat gastric issues.

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NUTRITION FOR KIDS

Life is too fast today. Children and families have busy schedules and it’s really hard to prepare or sit down to homemade meals everyday for all working parents. So, in this scenario, any kid’s diet involves a lot of packaged and takeout food. More often than not, these foods will be laden with unnecessary ingredients like preservatives, unhealthy saturated fats, trans-fat and refined flours. When consumed regularly, they can have a negative effect on your child’s health, and some problem can continue into adulthood too. So, it is important to feed them a nutritious diet from the early years itself. This not only keeps the present active but also ensures a dependable and disease-free future. Nutritious diet has many benefits for children: improves mental health, stabilises energy, builds immunity and prepare body against diseases. You can easily develop healthy eating habits in your children from their childhood. This can be a best gift you can give them for their better tomorrow.

  • CHOOSE GOOD CARBS: Fibre, starches and sugar are essential food nutrients that body turns into glucose to give energy to function. Carbs that take time to digest and have fibre in them are complex carbs which are found in naturally existing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. They keep you full for much longer. The other is the simple carb which digests quickly are found in milk, milk products, fruits, refined sugar (like cakes, cookies, candies, canned fruit juice and soda). These refined sugars lack the important vitamins, minerals and fibre and impact the body in adverse ways when consumed in large quantities. (Foods good for allergies in kids?)
  • SPECIAL ATTENTION ON PROTEIN PACKAGE: Protein package includes fats, carbohydrates, vitamin, minerals and other nutrients that come along with protein. Protein makes up building blocks of organs, muscles, skin and hormones. Our body needs protein to maintain and repair tissues. Meanwhile, children need it for proper growth in their early years too. Fish, poultry, nuts, beans, are best choices. A balanced protein rich breakfast is always great for children to start their day. It helps them stay full for longer ideas. (Foods good for eyesight?)
  • CONSUME GOOD FATS: Limit foods high in saturated fat and avoid trans fat. Nuts, avocado, seeds and fish are the healthiest sources of unsaturated fat. It is good for eye, bones and mental health of child. It helps to boost brain and nervous system development, and strengthen the immune system. Encourage your child to eat all these good fats that come packed with other beneficial nutrients. (Foods and remedies for cough?)
  • ADD VITAMINS AND MINERALS IN DIET: Vitamins and minerals help us to grow, to form bones, muscles, for eyesight, for skin and organs and most importantly help us to fight against infections by building immunity. Deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to severe issues related to health. The best way to ensure that your child is getting enough vitamins and minerals for proper growth and development is to provide them with five food groups (fruit and vegetable, complex carbs, dairy, protein and fat).
  • CALCIUM IS IMPORTANT: It is really important to get strong bones and teeth and we get chance to build them only once – throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who get enough amount of calcium in childhood start their adult lives with the strongest bones possible. Bones which are made only till mid 20s have to last us a lifetime. Mostly calcium is stored in bones and teeth where it supports their structure and hardness, but the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. Calcium is predominately found in milk and milk based products like cheese. It is also found in dark greens and in smaller quantities in some nuts and seeds. (Should kids take whey protein?)
  • SUPPORT HEALTHY EATING PATTERNS FOR ALL: Eat a mix of foods within each food group. For example, make a chart and try eating several types of colour vegetables (red, orange, green) legumes and others each week. Eating a variety of foods, keeps kid’s meals interesting colourful and full of nutrition. It’s also the key to a healthy and balanced diet because, each food has a unique mix of nutrients. While eating out or consuming packaged food items, it is important to be aware of what’s in your food. Eating healthy is fundamental to good health and well-being especially in the growing years. (Check 5 Ayurvedic herb and 7 nuts spread that takes care of daily nutrition of omega-3, protein, vitamins and minerals)
  • WATER WATER WATER: Drink plenty of water. Water helps flush our system of waste products and toxins. Also, water helps in supplying the body with essential nutrients and keeping the body energised. Water can also be missed with some herbs for added benefits. (Summer drinks for kids?)

Recipe for Millet Pizza with Sprouts, nuts and herbs

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.

Make dough using equal parts of different millet flours. Add 3 tbsp psyllium husk or 1 boiled potato or 1 sweet potato. Add 1 tsp yeast (optional). Add 1 tbsp nutritional yeast. Salt as per taste. Season wtih Oregano flakes. Enough water to make sticky soft dough. Keep dough covered with dry cloth and loose lid inside a dark space. Leave to rise for 2-3 hours.

Roll pizza base. Apply sauce (made of Pine nut + basil + 1 garlic + sesame seeds + Add 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here) + little nut milk/ milk to blend all in a blender). Add chopped onions, sprouts (pea sprouts or alfalfa or other greens) and top it with cheddar cheese or other. Sprinkle some salt. Preheat oven for 5 min. Bake at 220 celsius for 15 minutes.

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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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