What is with Saturated fat nuts ghee

Do you know that from the moment we are born, we begin to latch (pun intended) onto Saturated fat? Breast milk is a high source of saturated fat, formed naturally and is unprocessed. Now… if saturated fat is so bad, then why does the world go ga-ga over feeding only breast milk to a new born for as long as possible?

Olive! Another high source of saturated fat, key part of traditional diet of Middle Easterners, naturally occurring and unprocessed.

Coconut, high source of saturated fat, naturally occurring and unprocessed, loved by most of the Asians since forever.

The list is not long but it is intriguing. Nuts, Avocado and Ghee are few more examples.

  • On a very high level- there are two kinds of cholesterol- LDL (bad) and HDL (good). Saturated fat from the natural food sources actually increases both LDL and HDL. However, within LDL, there are two types as well- Type A and Type B. With the consumption of saturated fat from natural food sources, studies reveal that only type A LDL increases which doesn’t impact the heart. It is type B of LDL that impacts the heart, and that’s sourced primarily from refined carbohydrates (processed/comfort foods). Hence, it is advised to eat whole grains where the ratio of fibre to carbs is higher.

Our body needs saturated fat from natural sources. They help to fix hormones that can otherwise cause the body to go haywire impacting weight, mood, acne, bloating, PCOS, thyroid, sleep and the list goes on. Our brain, that is just 2% of our body mass but consumes 25% energy of the body, needs fat to perform efficiently for life. Saturated fat also stays inside the body cells to build a defence system and attack viruses and bacterias.

If you look around to find a food which has both high level of carbohydrates and saturated fat existing together, you might not be able to. Do you know that nature has not designed any food where saturated fat and carbs are combined? Generally speaking, fruits and veggies are mostly carbs or fibre. If you pick up any grain, then they are mostly protein or carbs. Can you think of any example with both saturated fat and carbs?

The most commonly loved and preferred food, nowadays, are fries, burger, chips, doughnuts etc. They are excellent examples of processed foods where both saturated fat and carbs are combined. They don’t occur naturally around us like a fruit or vegetable or whole grains. These are processed foods and hence can be harmful for the body. Interestingly, a study revealed that this kind of a processed food combination confuses and falsely tricks the brain into valuing this meal higher in nutrition (fat and carbs), releasing higher amount of dopamine (a feeling of reward) and ultimately resulting in more craving for the same.

So you can safely go back to those nuts, avocado, coconut and other naturally occurring saturated fats which haven’t been processed and combined with carbs. And keep a distance from saturated fats which are manufactured and combined with carbs in the form of fast-foods.

Recipe for Millet Pizza with hidden Veggies and herbs

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

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

  • ½ cup Jowar (sorghum)
  • ⅓ cup wheat or tapioca flour
  • ½ cup cooked oat
  • Salt and oregano
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Water to make a soft dough

Mix all this and make a soft sticky dough. Leave to rise for an hour.

Sauce:

  • Preheat oven for 5 min. Roll pizza and apply Iyurved’s herb and nut spread and pizza sauce. Sprinkle cheese, bake for 10 min at 220C.

Kids LOVE it and never notice the hidden veggies, herbs and nuts!

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Food to manage body-ache, menstruation, irritable mood, hyperactivity and anxiety

Food choices can directly impact stress levels in the body. Consuming refined or processed carbs like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice can directly increase the blood sugar in the body and ultimately impact stress levels. On the contrary, foods which are whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, barley or other high fibre foods can control the spike in blood sugar and manage stress. Fibre rich foods are suitable to beat stress as they release a brain calming chemical called serotonin in the body.

In addition to fibre, research has found that intake of Magnesium can help manage stress and anxiety in kids. In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders.

Traditionally, if we look back centuries ago, Sendha namak or Epsom salt has been used to heal, relax and calm the body nerves. Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a mineral called Magnesium sulfate. Soaking body or feet in this mineral enables absorption of decent quantity through skin which results in relaxing nerves and muscles.

Studies indicate that roughly 50% kids don’t meet the daily Magnesium requirement. 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 Marvellous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyper activity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body.

Spinach, beans, chia seed, sunflower seed, cumin, whole wheat flour, milk, yogurt, almond, peanut, cashew, quinoa are great sources of this mineral. Just 1 wholewheat roti/ paratha can meet 15% daily requirement of this mineral. In addition, 10 almonds or cashews will give 10% and 1 cup spinach will give 20%. However, a diet high in processed food can cause excretion of Magnesium through urine.

  • Magnesium also helps to absorb Vitamin-D in our body, which in turn helps to absorb Calcium in our bones. Hence, lack of this powerful mineral will directly result in weaker bones, teeth, hair and nails. Weaker bones (lethargy) further adds to irritation and stress in kids.
  • Migraine is one of the most common neuro disorders which too has shown improvement with the consumption of Magnesium.
  • Anxiety and Depression have impacted hundreds of millions of people across the world. Dietary intake of magnesium has been offered as a possible treatment, in addition to therapy.

So Yes! Magnesium is vital for every kid. Next time when your child has some tired muscles or cramp, use the magnesium salt with water to dip their feet in and let that table salt be on the table only!

Recipe for Quinoa Peas Meal

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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 tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts.

  • 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
  • lemon juice fresh
  • green chilli chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in pan. Add cumin ginger garlic and onion. Saute for a minute. Add peas. Add salt. Add chillies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all). Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy salty and sour. All flavours! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

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6 SCIENCE BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA

Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose herbal plant used as food and also for medicinal purposes. Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion. Backed by scientific research, it has gained massive respect worldwide for the health and healing benefits it possesses.

Millions of people use Moringa as a supplement in the form of powder or tablet or tea. In certain parts of Asia, this plant is consumed as a fresh vegetable, almost everyday. For parents struggling to keep up with the daily nutrition of their child, this miracle food tops the list. Moringa could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, making the task of feeding healthy food way less challenging.

  • Eye Health: Moringa oleifera contains beta-carotene (how to preserve vitamin A in food?), lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g.
  • Antioxidants: They are compounds that act against free radicals in our body (what are free radicals?). 46 kinds of antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E have been found in the leaves of Moringa that prevents or delays body damage from naturally occurring oxidative stress from lifestyle and food intake, mental stress, pollution etc.
  • Complete Nutrition: Almost every part of the Mooring tree is used for medicinal or nutritional purposes. Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves which contains 6 grams of protein, 70% of the daily required vitamin B6, 50% of vitamin C, 36% of iron, 33% vitamin A and 25% of magnesium and many others. All these nutrients help to keep the immunity high, alert brain, high energy, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles. (What vitamins do kids need?)
  • Bone Health: Consuming a healthy diet that contains adequate amount of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D, K are extremely important in preventing bones disorders. Moringa has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some study indicates that Moringa can also heal damaged bones. (How to preserve bones?)
  • Skin & Hair: Moringa being an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin A, C , E helps to block the oxidation (what is oxidative stress?) of healthy tissues, thus delaying the ageing process. In ancient times, Moringa leaf powder was applied on cuts and wounds for quick heal and removal of any marks. Health problems or nutritional deficiencies can hinder hair growth and cause several hair problems. Moringa powder contains all the required vitamin and minerals, essential nutrients conductive to healthy hair. It also contains the amino acid Methionine which supplies sulphur to your hair, thus preventing hair loss.
  • Stomach Ailments: Moringa has found to help in some stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Moringa along with its high vitamin B content helps with digestion. Moringa contains over 40 anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce bloating, gas and constipation. (Which food is the best for digestion?)
  • Mood: Moringa is especially beneficial in treating severe mood disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression, which is increasingly becoming common amongst kids too. It also reduces the feeling of fatigue by giving the required boost to your energy because of its high Vitamin B, iron and protein content. It is also packed with tryptophan, an essential compound that regulates appetite, sleep, mood swings and helps the body to produce relaxation hormones called serotonin. (How can kids sleep better?)

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Top fruits good for Teens and Kids

Teenagers undergo major physical development during their puberty phase. These physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones which are produced by the pituitary gland—luteinizing hormone (responsible for menstrual cycle in girls) and follicle-stimulating hormone (responsible for reproductive system in both girls and boys). Surprisingly, a new born baby has high levels of these hormones which taper down in a couple of months. At adolescence, these hormones spike up again and cause major physical developments in the body of teens.

In the early puberty phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone increase, resulting in major physical changes including weight gain, outbursts of acne, height gain and behavioral change like anxiety, hyper-activity and short-temperedness.

The recent lifestyle trend of teenagers has also added to much higher consumption of food which is high in both carbohydrates and fat (why is this bad?) This not only results in excessive weight gain, but also anxiety and stress leading to further hormonal imbalance.

Some (forgotten) seasonal fruit good for child, which can help solve these concerns of the growing kids are mentioned below.

FOOD GOOD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Eating right assures an adequate amount of key nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D. Some teens need more nutrients than average intake, particularly if they extremely active in sports and do not eat variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds regularly

SHAHTOOT (MULBERRY)

  • They have unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit. They are rich in dietary fiber which helps in fixing digestion issues like bloating, constipation.
  • A single serving of mulberries can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C, keeping the immunity high and lower stress, anxiety.
  • Mulberry is also high in vitamin A which strengthens the eyesight and reduces the strain on eyes.
  • It is rich in antioxidants which reduces early greying of hair and keeps the skin acne free and hence one of the best fruits for children’s health
  • BER (JUJUBE)
  • Ber is a fruit good for child. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus that helps in developing and maintaining stronger bones and more height.
  • It also has a calming effect on the body and releases stress and anxiety.
  • This fruit helps in inducing sleep. In certain traditions, it has been used to treat insomnia.
  • Loaded with fibre, this fruit also helps to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Lastly, this fruit is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C which do wonders for keeping the skin acne-free and is one of the cheapest fruits for children’s development.
  • JAMUN (INDIAN BLACKBERRY)
  • Just a bowl of this sweetish berry can serve half the daily requirement of vitamin C and Manganese, keeping the immunity of the body high. It is also high in antioxidants which keep the skin healthy and it is one of the best seasonal fruits for children’s health.
  • These blackberries are loaded with fiber which is essential for easy digestion and solving bloating and stomach pain. It can give half the daily fiber in just a single bowl serving.
  • Over 35% of daily required Vitamin K in a single serving of this berry can keep the bones strong and control menstrual blood flow.
  • LYCHEE
  • This fruit is exceptionally high in Vitamin C which keeps the immunity of the body high and the skin healthy. A compound present in this food tends to have anti-viral properties also, which make it fruit good for child.
  • The high fiber content in the fruit helps to regulate bowel movement thereby solving constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and other tummy troubles.
  • Along with the high fiber content, this fruit also has a lot of water content which aids in maintaining healthy weight.
  • It is also loaded with calcium absorbing minerals resulting in stronger bones.
  • High levels of copper and Vitamin Bs in the fruit help with reducing stress.
  • CHIKOO (SAPOTA)
  • This fruit is good for immunity because of its high Vitamin C content. It also keeps the skin healthy and helps treat acne.
  • The high dietary fiber in the food helps to solve the irritable bowel syndrome and works as a laxative to solve constipation.
  • It is also high in calcium and phosphorus which work together to keep the bones strong. Consuming this fruit early in life will take care of bone troubles in future and is considered as one of the fruits for children’s health.
  • Many other berries and fruits like Phalse (Wild Blueberry), Amla (Gooseberry), Karonda (Conkerberry), Lasoda (Glueberry), Nargundi
  • (Chasteberry) are loaded with goodness of health for growing kids. They are seasonally available and help to meet the daily Vitamin and Mineral requirements and are fruits for children’s health.
  • Some of these are sour in taste and best can be consumed in the form of pickle or sweetened drink. Some are bitter like chaste berries but offer tremendous health benefits in balancing hormones and reducing stress levels. They are available as powder supplements.

Recipe for Wheat Berry cookie

  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup semolina
  • Handful of cranberries
  • Pinch salt
  • Honey (as per desired sweetness)
  • Milk (just little to puree cranberries)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/ Butter unsalted
  • Pinch baking soda
  • Pinch cumin seeds (optional) or choco chips

Puree cranberries with milk. Mix all ingredients (except cumin seeds) into a soft sticky dough. Make balls and press lightly. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top and press. Place on baking sheet. Preheat 5 min at 180 celsius. Bake for 15-20 min. Once done, cool outside on rack. Enjoy!

Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe for Chocolate Walnut balls

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

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

Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

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

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What Is The Need To Soak Dal/ Rice Before Cooking

In traditional diets of our ancestors, soaking was key to preparing food. Dal, rice, beans, nuts, seeds and other whole grains contain phytic acid. Soaking for a few hours before you cook helps to break down the phytic acid which makes it easy for the body to absorb all the nutrients and also digest the food better. Study shows that our grains contain arsenic, a compound found in earth‘s crust. By soaking the grain prior to cooking, the arsenic level can come down by 25-30%. Soaking grains also release compounds called lower order inositols – specifically myo- and d-chiro-inositol. And these compounds help support blood sugar regulation, metabolic and hormonal health (PCOS).

Soaking of rice and dal can be done up till 4 hours. For oats and most nuts, soaking overnight is good.

Traditionally In India, rice and lentils are fermented for at least two days before they are prepared as idli and dosas, or flour is fermented to make Bhatura; Africans soak corn overnight before adding it to soups and ferment corn for days to prepare a traditional dish; Welsh prepared similar dish by soaking oats overnight. Latin Americans ferment rice for long before cooking; Ethiopians make their distinctive bread by fermenting a grain called teff for several days; Mexican corn cakes are fermented for two weeks in banana leaves; Americans and Europeans used fermented starter to Bake bread, cookies and cake. The Chinese were the first people to carry moong dal (mung bean) and sprout for consumption as they sailed on voyages overseas.

KID’S WILL LOVE THIS PROTEIN

What does protein do?

BUILDS IMMUNITY <> SOURCE OF ENERGY <> BUILDS MUSCLES <> SUPPORTS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT <> BALANCES HORMONES

10g protein snack: Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax and Chia seeds CHEELA

Sunflower seed, Flax seed, Chia seed are the highest source of protein amongst all seeds and nuts. Add this to any dough or batter and make Paratha or Cheela. This is the go-to breakfast for my boys during school days. Protein rich meal in the early morning keeps them full for longer hours and also helps to sustain throughout the day (by digesting slowly).

Protein should be a major part of all the meals along with fat and carbs (which are equally important). The reason is that our body takes 15% energy from protein and remaining from fat and carbs.

Always powder Flax and Chia seeds before consuming directly or adding to any dough or batter, else it doesn’t get digested completely and nutrients are not entirely absorbed by the body.

Read my earlier post on sunflower seeds ‘Want clear and glowing skin?’

How can I get Selenium?

Selenium is a great antioxidant for fighting thyroid, solving heart problems, building immunity, and improving mental health.

People deficient in this mineral face hair loss, severe fatigue and muscle weakness.

A great source of selenium is Brazil nuts, especially for vegetarians. Just 2 Brazil nuts a day can cover the daily requirement of the mineral for the body.