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 which is healthier of the two snacks: Popcorn or 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. And 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. It is an excellent source of many important nutrients. Moreover, it is loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and carbohydrates. It also contains antioxidants like gallic acid, chlorogenic acid and epicatechin, which reduces inflammation, helps to neutralize harmful free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. To sum up, makahan and popcorn both are healthy snacks options.

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.

Hence we can say that if we have to choose between Popcorn or Makhana as a healthier snacks for 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. In addition to this, 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. Moreover, the 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. Also the antioxidant properties in it help fight free radicals, thus they act as an anti-ageing agent. Since Makhana is high in a natural flavonoid called kaempferol, it 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?)

To conclude we can say that Makhana and popcorn both are healthy but Makhana has more nutritional benefits than popcorn.


Recipe for Makhana (Lotus seeds) Ice Cream with hidden herbs and nuts:

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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 calories are needed per day for a child? How can parents ensure healthy eating for children? 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.(Nutritious foods for weight gain) Kids of different ages need different amounts of calories in a day depending on their existing weight and activity levels. 

How much calories are needed per day for a BOY?
AgeNot ActiveSomewhat ActiveVery Active
2-3 years1,000-1,200 calories1,000-1,400 calories1,000-1,400 calories
4-8 years1,200-1,400 calories1,400-1,600 calories1,600-2,000 calories
9-13 years1,600-2,000 calories1,800-2,200 calories2,000-2,600 calories
14-18 years2,000-2,400 calories2,400-2,800 calories2,800-3,200 calories
Daily calorie requirement for boys
How much calories are needed per day for a GIRL?
AgeNot ActiveSomewhat ActiveVery Active
2-3 years1,000 calories1,000-1,200 calories1,000-1,400 calories
4-8 years1,200-1,400 calories1,400-1,600 calories1,400-1,800 calories
9-13 years1,400-1,600 calories1,600-2,000 calories1,800-2,200 calories
14-18 years1,800 calories2,000 calories2,400 calories
Daily calorie requirement for girls

Source: Parent Tips: Calories Needed Each Day (nih.gov)

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. Studies suggest 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. (Why is balanced diet important for kids?)

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 and that is why it is essential to promote healthy eating for children. (Nutrition for kids)

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.

Healthy eating for children:

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. (How can you provide nutrition to kids in their preferred food formats?) 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.

Planning the meals:

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 thereby ensuring healthy eating for children.

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. And thus support healthy weight by keeping the body full for longer due to high fiber content (What are some healthy weight gain foods?)

Proteins: 

Protein acts as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood and ensures healthy eating for children. 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. It 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. Moreover, Fat is extremely important for the brain also.

There are two types of Fats- 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. Whereas 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, keep the saturated fat as low as possible. (Which fat is good for the body?)

Vitamins and minerals: 

Also known as  protective foods, Vitamins and minerals help to remove deficiencies, build bones, heal wounds, fight diseases and support strong immune systems.

Therefore, vitamins are important for various processes and maintenance of the structure of skin, bone, nerves, eye, brain, blood. And there are water-soluble or fat-soluble vitamins. Leafy vegetables, animal products, nuts & seeds, vegetable oils, dairy foods are rich in fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K ). Whereas nuts & seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and dairy foods are high in water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, the B vitamins). (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 with hidden herbs and nuts:

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oats cake
  • 1 cup oats flour (grind oats to make flour)
  • ½ cup milk (or nut milk)
  • 2 tbsp Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs savoury spread (order here) or 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 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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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? How whey protein for children can help?(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 children

WHEY PROTEIN FOR CHILDren:

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 children 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 ChILDren:

When baby is 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 GIVE WHEY TO KIDS?

What is the best whey protein for kids? 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. Or else add whey protein in milk and give to your child.

How whey protein helps:

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 flavors too. For older kids and teens who are into athletics, taking whey protein in milk can help to increase their strength and muscle mass. 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.

Are there any side effect of whey protein?

Although there are no side effect of whey protein and it is mostly safe for children and adults, but high doses can cause some side effects. For example, side effect of whey protein may include increased bowel movements, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, loss of appetite, fatigue and headache if taken in high quantity. Very active children (who participates in sports and athletics) 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.

Recipe of Millet Pizza that is Gluten free with herbs and nuts:

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


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food for kids to gain weight: 7 super nutritious foods

As commonly as we hear about obesity in children. it will be surprising to know that many have to look for tips on weight gain for kids or food for kids to gain weight. Children who are underweight usually don’t have very good appetite or they fill themselves with snacks or fast-foods. So, the requirement of essential nutrients for a body is never fulfilled. Many parents associate lack of weight gain to lack of eating also. While this can be true, however, there can be many reasons for not gaining weight among kids.

The most common reason to not gain healthy weight is lack of consumption of healthy and nutritious food for children to meet body requirements. By making some small changes in children’s eating habits throughout the day, you can help them to increase (quality) calories they get. If the child is a good eater, then there is less to worry about lack of weight gain. It will eventually happen with age and for as long as it doesn’t, its not detrimental to health.

If the child is a fussy eater, then the challenge is to feed nutrient dense high calorie food. It is important for kids to consume calories which come packed with necessary fats, carbs, proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Reducing drinks at mealtimes is also a quick tip to enable higher consumption of nutritious food for children. As water or drink can fill up the tummy sooner than it is ought to. Other tips include introducing four or five tiny meals instead of offering three big meals and encouraging a few healthy snacks over the day. These are some of the efforts that can really help your child not only gain weight but also get a healthy and active body.

Foods for kids to gain weight

Some nutritious food for kids to gain weight that can be included in your kid’s diet which can help him/her gain healthy weight are mentioned below.

Banana:

Bananas are one of the best foods to increase weight, as they are high on potassium, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin B9. The fruit is also rich in carbohydrates and is a source of instant energy. Bananas are fairly high in natural sugar, which enables a quicker energy supply than other foods. It is also a high calorie food compared to many other fruits. A cup of apple slices has about 55-60 calories, while a cup of banana slices has around 130 calories, however both are nutritious. (Recipe for Banana muffin)

Potato

Each potato packs about 4 grams of fibre and 4 grams of protein, which keeps kids feeling full. Being a simple carb which is easy to digest, Potatoes can also raise instant energy levels. To pack more nutrition to this food, it is preferred to consume them with their skin, which adds fibre and other nutrients to the diet and makes one of the favourite and best foods for kids to gain weight. Consuming sweet potato is also a more nutritious alternative with similar calorie intake. (Recipe for fries)

Eggs:

It is are packed with high quality proteins and healthy fats. Eggs are nutritious food for children to eat when they are trying to gain weight. The egg yolk is imperative to meet the demands of the body for healthy fats. It provides a significant amount of protein as well as Vitamin B2, phosphorus and vitamin D. Adding two eggs to the diet provides 120 calories along with 12g of protein and so much more nutrition for the body.

Milk:

Milk and other dairy products contain protein and calcium, essential for weight gain and muscle building. If the goal is weight gain, whole milk can be the best option since it has a good amount of protein along with some saturated fat. Researchers believe that whey protein can be a dependable source of consuming protein to support muscle repair and development (how to make whey at home?). Additional studies have found that milk or whey and casein combined, can lead to greater mass gain than other protein sources. (Recipe for whey protein buns). Cheese and cottage cheese are other nutritive sources of high calories.

Nuts and Seeds:

These are among the best foods to increase weightNuts and nut butters are absolutely the right choice if you are looking for some foods for your kids to gain weight. Just one small handful of raw almond contains 170 calories, 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 15 grams of healthy fats. Pistachios, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia and flax seeds too are high in fat and calories and can help to gain weight and provide the essential fat for the brain. (Recipe for nut cookies or cake) or (Recipe for nut chocolate)

Soy:

Soy foods are said to be high in calories, which means they are the most nutritious food for children and can help them to gain weight. 1/2 cup of soy nuggets/ granules will give about 100 calories. Soy protein is a great product to include in the diet to help with weight gain. 

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Recipe for Quinoa Poha (Quinoa rice flakes meal)- 6 veggies, 2 grains, 1 sprout and nut

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


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7 Healthy Spread for Bread

healthy spread for bread

Kids love to eat bread everyday and bread is a staple food in many households. Store bought bread can be a tricky choice as it contains refined flours and sugar to make the loaf super soft. It is best to purchase a bread with a fiber to carb ratio of 1:10 or less (1:15) as high intake of sugar in bread can cause weaker bones and compromise on the status of Vitamin C, D and Magnesium in the body. Healthy spread for bread mentioned below can help in making the meal nutritious and flavorful.

TYPES OF Spread for Bread:

Chocolate NUT AND SEEDS SPREAD:
Ayurvedic Chocolate Spread
chocolate spread for bread
Healthy chocolate spread by Iyurved
PLAIN NUT BUTTER spread:
healthy spread for bread
herbs and seed spread:
healthy spread for bread
  • Adding herb to the seeds spread will enhance nutrition further. Basil has the power to treat stomach ailments. Pine nuts are a source of good fat (what is a good fat?)and can mix well with Basil to make a delectable and healthy spread.
cottage cheese spread:
types of spread for bread
  • You can prepare a spread for bread or wrap by blending freshly prepared cottage cheese. This healthy spread is high in protein along with other nutrients like calcium, Vitamin B12 and good bacteria. Just half a bowl of this can provide 14g of protein. (How much protein do i need?)
cucumber and yogurt spread:
healthy spread for bread
  • This is also one of the best spread for bread which not only has high calcium and protein from yogurt, but also good bacteria for the gut (Why is gut health important?) from its fermentation process. Cucumber further adds high amounts of Vitamin K (30% of daily requirement is met in just 1 cucumber) which supports bones and healthy menstrual blood flow. This extremely low calorie food should be best consumed with the peel to include the fiber.
hummus spread:
  • Hummus is also one of the best spread for bread that kids love to eat. This chickpea blend is a great source of good fat and dietary fiber. And if you mix it with beetroot, it offers additional nutrition of Vitamin B9 for brain and exceptionally high amounts of antioxidants too. Avocado chickpea spread offers loads of good fats and Omega-3 for brain and Vitamin K for stronger bones and healthy menstrual blood flow. (Recipe for pumpkin hummus: healthy spread for bread)
FRUIT SPREAD:
  • Cooking berries or citrus fruits like orange, mandarin, dragonfruit along with chia seed, honey and vinegar gives a tasty tangy healthy spread. This formula is super nutritious. It contains antioxidants, fibre and is extremely good for balancing hormones (what other food can help with hormones?).

Recipe for MILLET CREPE/PANCAKE:

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Recipe for millet crepe/pancake by Iyurved

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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 Ayurvedic chocolate spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.


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Best Nuts and Seeds for Protein

The Protein Consumption in the Diet of Adult Indians Survey, a pan India survey stated that 9 out of 10 Indians consumed less than adequate proteins daily. 91% of the vegetarians and 85% of the non-vegetarians were consuming less food with protein. A typical-Indian meal served in homes of north or south or central India are most often protein deficient. Let’s see which foods are good source of protein and which are the best nuts and seeds for protein?

What is protein?

Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. The suggested intake of protein is decided at 0.8 gm per kg of body weight. For athletes or kids in active sports, few studies state that it is best to eat protein within 30 minutes of exercise. This is the period when most muscle formation or muscle repair happens, and timely protein consumption of foods with protein for kids enables that.(Easy ways to add protein to kid’s diet )

Signs of low protein in the body:

One of the most common signs of low protein is swelling. This usually happens in legs, feet, hands or abdomen. Proteins circulate in blood and keep fluid from building up in tissues. In the absence of enough protein, fluid begins to collect together thereby resulting in swelling. More generally, kids who are protein deficient develop weaker bones and muscles, damaged skin, hair, nails, lower immunity and also compromised or delayed physical growth. So it’s become important to feed foods with protein for kids.( how to increase immunity in kids? )

Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein for kids to meet the daily requirement of the body and also a rich source of protein for children’s growth. In addition, they are a good choice of protein rich food for vegetarians.

which are the best nuts and seeds for protein?

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Peanut:

Technically a legume, this nut is widely and easily available and affordable too. It is one of the most rich source of protein for kids. Just a handful of peanuts can give 9 g of protein to the body. In addition, it is a wonder full of over 30 nutrients and hence one of the best foods for children’s growth. Read more.

Almond:

The second best contender in the category with 8g of protein in just a handful of nuts is also one of the best foods with protein for children’s growth. An expensive yet easily available source of high nutrition carries highest fibre in this nut category. Read more.

Pista:

A seed of a pistachio tree, this perceived nut offers 7g protein in just a handful and best to use as foods with protein for kids. This nut has the highest amount of potassium which is useful for kids to balance the negative impact of eating processed or junk food, which causes high sodium levels in the body. Potassium helps by balancing sodium levels which can otherwise impact bones, brain, digestion, muscles, and kidney.

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Cashew:

It is also among the best foods for children’s growth. A favourite of many, this nut has 6g of protein in just a handful. It is a quick source of high quality carbohydrates for kids with a variety of health benefits. Read more.

Walnut:

Despite being a little less in protein at 5g per handful, this wonder nut is loaded with good fats which are vital for the brain. Read more.

Hazelnut:

Similar to walnut in its nutrition profile, this nut also has 5g of protein per handful. Preferred by kids in chocolates and spreads, this nut is a nutritious snack with lots of essential fat.

Seeds:

Sunflower, Pumpkin and Melon together offer a great source of nourishment to the body and are best foods for children’s growth. 1 tablespoon of this seed mix provides 5g of protein. A spread of this can easily blend with any dish and won’t even get noticed by kids. Read more.

Soaking and consuming Almond, Peanut, Walnut enables release of phytic acid, resulting in more absorption of nutrients by the body. (What are the benefits of soaking and sprouting?)

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Cashews: 6 reasons to feed your child everyday

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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- Cashew! What are the benefits of cashew nut? Consuming just 4-8 cashews for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition. Cashew nuts benefits for health include improved bones, eyesight, skin, hair, digestion and energy levels.

Cashews are increasingly becoming common as cooking medium in households. They are just perfect replacement to dairy-based cheese or milk. Worldwide, families are preferring plant-based cashew for their vegan diet. Not only is the nut nutritious, but it is also extremely creamy and slightly sweetish in flavour which works perfect for various desserts and gravy.

Cashew NUTS BENEFITS FOR HEALTH:

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Overall health:

Cashew is a great source of antioxidants that keep body healthy and disease free by neutralising free radicals and reducing inflammation. Study presents that roasted cashews appear to have an increased antioxidant level compared with raw cashews.

Bones:

Benefits of cashew nuts include stronger bones. Being high in Copper, Calcium, Manganese and Magnesium, this nut supports stronger bones. Deficiency of these minerals have shown to cause osteoporosis later in life.

Eyesight:

Due to excessive pollution and screen time, kids often suffer from eye infection and weak vision. Cashews contains a powerful antioxidant called Zea Xanthin which is absorbed by retina and helps in maintaining eye health.

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Digestion:

Cashews are good source of fibre which aids in better digestion. Some research suggests that consuming whole, raw cashews benefits in weight loss too since only 70% fat of the nut is absorbed by the body and the rest is excreted with fibre. However excessive consumption may cause bloating.

High Energy:

Cashews are one of the most ideal source of quick energy for atheletes since they are high in protein. It is also a rich source of copper which is necessary to absorb iron in the body to keep energy levels high (haemoglobin high)

Hair and Skin:

Another benefits of cashew nuts are improved hair & skin. Copper in cashew helps in building skin and hair pigment which also gives the color and shine. It also supports production of collagen and elastin resulting in healthy skin.

Cashews should be consumed raw, not salted. This is primarily because cashew and salt together decrease the nutrition of the body. Cashew is a great source of calcium for bones. Salt has sodium. When calcium combines with sodium, it results in lack of absorption of calcium by the body which causes weaker bones and teeth. You can read more about this here.

There is some research on how the nutrition property changes when the nuts are consumed raw vs. roasted. For cashews, roasting the nut increases the lineolic acid (good for our brain, heart) significantly. Roast and enjoy!

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The Benefit Of Cinnamon

Spices from the Indian kitchens have always been integral of our diet. Most common spices that we use are haldi (turmeric) powder, lal mirch (cayenne pepper), Jeera (cumin seeds) powder. All the spices are great immunity boosters and contains essential oils, antioxidants and rich aromas. Like other spices, benefit of cinnamon are many. (Which foods are good for boosting immunity?)

Cinnamon or cinnamon powder is a spice that is made from the bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. This spice is extracted from the inner bark of the tree. The oily stalk is loaded with a compound called cinnamaldehyde. Hindi meaning of cinnamon is Dalchini and it is very common in Indian kitchen.

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What are benefit of cinnamon?

  1. Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. One benefit of cinnamon is that it has powerful antioxidant called polyphenols which helps your body-cells stay young and healthy.
  2. Helps to curb insulin resistance: Another benefit of cinnamon is that it helps to manage insulin levels. Insulin is the most important hormone for body’s metabolism and energy levels. It is essentially a nutrient carrier of our blood-stream. Due to modern unhealthy eating patterns, many people fall prey to insulin resistance, which means, the insulin in your body is unable to carry the daily required nutrients to different parts of your body, causing you to feel lethargic and unenergetic. But the better news is, consuming cinnamon helps insulin do its job correctly. It reduces blood-sugar levels and helps your entire body experience the optimal states of energy.(Foods to fix hormonal imbalance in kids?)
  3. Last and an important benefit of cinnamon is that it has anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe the gut and all the integral organs and fight against foreign infections and bacteria. (How to improve gut health?)

how shouldyou consume Cinnamon powder on a daily basis?

Consuming cinnamon with water is very effective for weight loss. But cinnamon is non-soluble in water, so if you add a pinch of cinnamon to a glass of water, it is most likely going to deposit on the sides of the glass. The ideal way to consume cinnamon with water is by making a cinnamon concoction. This can be easily done by boiling cinnamon with water.

Tip: If you are a busy mother, who can barely find time to touch her nose, you can make cinnamon lollies once a week. All you have to do is freeze the cinnamon concoction just like the ice-cubes in our refrigerators and add 2-3 cinnamon lollies to a glass of water everyday. It’s best to consume cinnamon 25-20 minutes before meals.

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How to add 9g protein to your diet easily to rebuild your Body cells?

Why is Protein rich diet important?

Proteins are the primary structural components of cells and perform a few different duties. It is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. The primary function of the protein consumed in the diet is to build and repair cells, including the muscle cells damaged when exercising to the point of momentary fatigue. Protein is also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. The suggested intake of protein is decided at 0.8 gm per kg of body weight. For athletes or kids in active sports, few studies state that it is best to eat protein within 30 minutes of exercise. This is the period when most muscle formation or muscle repair happens, and timely protein consumption of foods with protein for kids enables that. (Easy ways to add protein to kid’s diet )

Protein rich diet helps in:

  • Higher energy
  • Weight loss
  • Building muscles
  • Sharper brain and focus

Daily recommended intake of protein is 50g on an average.

Protein intake can be calculated individually by multiplying 0.8 * body weight in kg

How to get 9g of instant Protein?

Just grab a handful of roasted or soaked nuts to get 9g of instant protein.

Peanuts: Technically a legume, this nut is widely and easily available and affordable too. It is one of the most dense foods with protein for kids. Just a handful of peanuts can give 9 g of protein to the body. In addition, it is full of over 30 nutrients and hence one of the best foods for children’s growth. (What are the other benefits of peanuts?)

Almonds: The second best contender in the category with 8g of protein in just a handful of nuts is also one of the best foods for children’s growth. An expensive yet easily available source of high nutrition carries highest fiber in this nut category. (What are the other benefits of almonds?)

Pistachios: A seed of a pistachio tree, this perceived nut offers 7g protein in just a handful and best to use as foods with protein for kids. Protein accounts for approximately 21 percent of the total weight of the nut, making it a good source for vegetarians and vegans. It is one of the best nuts to consume in a large quantity since its low in calories yet loaded with good fat. (What are the other benefits of pistachios?)

Cashew: It is also among the best foods for children’s growth. A favorite of many, this nut has 6g of protein in just a handful. It is a quick source of high quality carbohydrates for kids with a variety of health benefits. (What are the other benefits of cashews?)

Walnut: Despite being a little less in protein at 5g per handful, this wonder nut is loaded with good fats which are vital for the brain. (What are the other benefits of walnuts?)

Hazelnut: Similar to walnut in its nutrition profile, this nut also has 5g of protein per handful. Preferred by kids in chocolates and spreads, this nut is a nutritious snack with lots of essential fat.

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