Healthy Food for Kids to Gain Weight

“Chubby cheeks, dimpled chin”, everybody must have heard this rhyme, and it’s essence is that chubby babies are everyone’s favorite. Healthy weight gain in children is one of the biggest challenges for every mother. However, during the ongoing pandemic around the globe parents are worried about obesity due to lack of physical activities in kids. But still there are many parents looking for tips on weight gain for their kids or baby food for weight gain. Gaining weight or gaining healthy weight are two different aspects. In today’s era  kids are more prone to processed and refined foods which are easily available. But they don’t have any nutritional purpose other than just adding unhealthy empty calories to their body. If your baby is thriving properly, is active, happy and doesn’t fall sick frequently, there should not be a cause of concern. However, it is also important to keep a check on your baby’s weight at regular intervals, as he/she may suffer from development delays because of being underweight for a long period of time. In that case it becomes imperative to work on their weight with a diet that is nutritionally rich and well balanced. If your baby is not gaining weight according to their age, look for the reasons for that.

Reasons for not gaining weight:

  • Not consuming enough calories
  • Poor appetite
  • Food intolerance and food allergies
  • Poor eating habits and eating disorder
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Genetic issues
  • Recurring infection
  • Premature birth. Kids who are born premature tend to have poor weight gain
  • Health issues like chronic diarrhea, liver diseases, gastroesophageal reflux, can affect weight gain in kids
  • Sometimes few medications also lead to loss of appetite resulting in poor weight gain

Tips for healthy weight gain:

Physical activity: Encourage your child for physical activities. Indulge them in some sports like swimming, cycling and running which can help to increase their appetite.

Balanced diet: Focus on a healthy, well balanced, nutritious diet instead of just thinking about weight gain. Weight gain foods for kids should be nutrients-rich, energy-dense with adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates. It should include foods from all food groups. Some fruits and vegetables have more calories than you might have thought of. 

Small meals: Try to give 4 to 5 small meals, despite feeding 3 bigger meals. Also add 2 to 3 healthy snacks which may include fruits, nuts and seeds. They are the best baby food for weight gain. These in-between healthy snacks can help your kid to take in more calories than by eating three bigger meals.

Not skipping meals: Don’t allow kids to skip meals, or at least encourage them to eat something instead of skipping a meal. 

Avoid processed food: Processed and packaged foods often contain added sugar, Salt, unhealthy fats and lose their original nutrients during the food manufacturing process. Discourage your kids for these easily available foods. They won’t favour a child’s health in any positive manner. (How does fast-food impact bones?)

Limited drinks: Hydration is important for kids. But drinking liquid just before or during meals can affect your kid’s appetite and make them eat less. Studies have shown that drinking water prior to meals can reduce calories intake. (Impact of sugar on the body?)

Proper sleep: Proper sleep is utmost important for kids in their overall development. A decent night sleep can make a positive impact on your child’s entire day and on their appetite also. (Link between sleep and brain)

Weight gain foods for kids:

Is the food you are feeding to your baby providing the right amount of nutrition or helping in healthy weight gain? Apart from giving a balanced diet it is also important to ensure that your little one is getting a sufficient dose of calories for healthy weight gain. Here is the list of foods that can help kids to gain healthy weight.

Ghee: Ghee is a form of clarified butter that originated in accident India. It’s rich in antioxidants,vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acid, which helps in healthy weight gain among kids, aids in brain development, great for metabolism and keeps the tummy troubles like gas and constipation away. Lactose intolerance babies can also safely consume ghee as the clarification process removes milk solids and decreases the lactose content of ghee. You can start giving a spoonful of ghee to babies as soon as they start weaning off breast milk. Ghee is considered as the best baby food for weight gain. (How to make medicinal ghee at home?)

Paneer(cottage cheese): It is a form of Indian cottage cheese, high in protein, phosphorus, calcium and selenium. The fat present in paneer provides the essential nourishment that is required for a kid’s healthy development. It also has a good amount of vitamin A which aids in night vision and provides healthy skin. 20 gram of paneer has 90 calories hence it helps underweight kids to gain weight. It is one of the best weight gain foods for kids. (How to make whey protein at home?)

Full fat yogurt: Yogurt being high in calcium and protein aids in building strong bones, which leads to weight gain. It also helps in digestion as it has good bacteria (probiotics). Adding curd rice to your kid’s diet which has 179 calories in just ½ cup, can help them to gain healthy weight. (Easy and tasty probiotic recipe)

Sweet potato: Sweet potato is not only the perfect first food for babies but also best baby food for weight gain. Sweet potato provides a good dose of calories as per 100gm it contains 86 calories. It is also loaded with calcium and iron, both of which are vital for an overall kid’s growth. Sweet potatoes are low in saturated fats and high in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, B6 and C. It has antioxidants like catalase, zinc superoxide, which prevent inflammation and help to increase weight. All these nutrients make it one among the best weight gain foods for kids.

Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a rich source of unsaturated fats, protein, B vitamins, iron, folic acid and fiber. It is an excellent food for weight gain as it has 62 calories per tablespoon.  Add peanut butter to kids meal either by spreading on bread or on wraps. Many kids like peanut butter with apples too. (30 reasons why peanut help kids?)

Ragi (Finger millet): Ragi is loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and is the best baby food for weight gain. With around 130 calories per ½ cup, it also strengthens the bones, teeth and aids digestion. Ragi can be given as ragi porridge, kheer or in the form of flat bread. (How does whole grains manage menstruation pain?)

Pulses: All pulses are high in calories and considered as baby food for weight gain. They are rich in protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium which plays an important role in the overall development of kids. Moong dal (mung bean) and urad dal (black gram) are the best options, if you are looking for weight gain foods for kids. Urad dal contains fatty acids that help in brain development too. According to ayurveda, urad dal can help to gain weight because of its Guru (heavy) and Balya nature. (Ayurvedic herbs for kids body, brain, bones and immunity)

Almonds: Almonds are powerhouse of nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin E, protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and fatty acids. High fiber content of almonds aids in digestion. Almonds have 170 calories in one ounce (30 gram), which makes it one of the best healthy weight gain foods for kids. Almonds can be consumed in many ways by Kids. Roasting almonds and dipping them in chocolate makes a great snack for kids to eat any time during the day. Almonds can also be made into a butter for spreading on bread or grind into a flour to be used to make cookies or added to cake batter. Roasted almond powder can also be added to porridge. Roasting Almonds does not impact the nutritional value of the nut. (6 reasons why kids should eat almonds everyday)

Recipe of Ragi (finger millet) Laddoo/ Sweet balls

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Roast 2 cups Ragi (finger millet)in 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
Roast nuts (pine nuts, almond, cashew
Add any nut spread or 4 tbsp Iyurved Daily Nutrition 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here) and cardamom powder to roasted flour
Heat ½ cup Jaggery with ½ cup water
Melt (add more jaggery if required)
Add to mixture along with crushed nuts
Once cool make balls and EAT!

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5 Brilliant tips to increase your child’s appetite

Does your child have a very limited appetite and is always making excuses to skip his/her meals? Are you always worried about how you can make your child eat nutritious food in adequate quantities? If these questions have been bothering you, you will find all your answers here. 

What is appetite & Why do some kids have a poor appetite?

Appetite is the natural urge, wish or desire to satisfy some craving, mostly for food items or drink. Loss of appetite is a common problem in kids. Usually kids are picky eaters and they only prefer to eat selective food items. But kids with less or poor appetite don’t feel hungry or don’t want to eat food at all. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, the kid doesn’t want to eat or barely eats anything. This behaviour of selective eating not only affects a child’s health but is very upsetting for the parents too. (What are the powder foods for kids?)

Reasons for poor appetite

Sensitivity to textures: In some cases, kids might be sensitive to the texture of food or have trouble chewing food making it painful for him/her to eat. This might result in reducing the appetite.

Snacking the whole day: Another reason for low appetite might be that the child has access to snacks throughout the day and that is why at meal times, he/she does not feel hungry. (Easy and nutritious snacks for kids)

Allergies or Digestive issues: Acid reflux, food allergies and digestive problems might sometimes cause the children to not feel hungry. When you are not feeling well, your brain doesn’t send hunger signals, this is the body’s way of protecting itself. (Ways and foods to overcome allergies in kids)

Not able to sense: The stomach sends the signal to the brain when it wants food.Sometimes children might not sense this hunger and that’s why they don’t feel hungry. This sense is considered as 8th sense by the therapists and is called interoception. Interoception controls all our automatic responses like when we want to eat, when we are full, when we have to use the washroom etc. If a child is not able to sense these signals, it means somewhere that communication within the body is not happening properly.

Tricks and Tips to Increase Appetite: 

Stick to a schedule: Make a schedule for all meal and snack times and feed your kid only at that time. Meals should be spaced at a gap of two and a half to three hours to stimulate their appetite. For example, if your child eats breakfast between 8-8:30 am, then the next meal should be at 10:30-11:00 am. This is how you should space the meals throughout the day to increase child appetite. (Tips to feed toddlers)

Physical activity: Engaging in some kind of physical activity like running, jumping, swimming can help to increase child’s appetite. Sedentary activities like sitting, watching TV or screen don’t burn much calories and will not make your child as hungry.

Mindfulness: Sometimes kids don’t realise whether they are hungry or not. Keep asking them questions like is their tummy full or empty or half full? Tell them that since they have not eaten for a while, the tummy might be empty and hence they need to eat something. Mindful eating helps the child to pay attention to his/her hunger and also to stop eating when he/she feels full, thereby preventing overeating.

Don’t skip breakfast: Encourage your kids to eat a healthy breakfast as eating breakfast sets the tone for the day, kick-starts their metabolism and is believed to increase child’s appetite.

Check iron levels: It has been found that low iron levels might reduce appetite. Get your child’s iron levels checked to rule out this possibility. Studies suggest that at least one in eight toddlers tend to become anemic before the age of 2 years. Kids less than the age of 9 years need about 7 to 10 milligrams of iron a day and those above the age of 9 years need about 8 milligrams of iron daily. In case your child’s iron levels are low, include iron rich foods in his/her diet to increase child appetite. (Iron foods for kids)

Foods that can increase child appetite

Iron: Iron rich foods like spinach, eggs and lentils should be included in your child’s diet to increase a child’s appetite. Always pair iron rich foods with vitamin C to increase its absorption and use by the body.

Zinc: Zinc is a very important mineral and is required for many physiological functions such as boosting immunity, regulating the functions of antioxidants and growth and development. A mild deficiency of zinc can cause loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea and increases vulnerability to infections. Add zinc rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, nuts, spinach, beans and mushrooms in your child’s diet to increase child’s appetite.

Peanuts: Peanuts are one of the best foods that increase appetite in children. It holds protein building and appetite boosting properties. Ensure to give peanuts to your child either in the form of peanut butter or by simply frying them to make it a crispy snack. Roasted peanuts are a good option when your child demands a crispy snack. (Easy chocolate peanut snack for kids)

Water to be taken 30 minutes before meals: Give your child a glass of water first thing in the morning. In fact, they should drink water even before they drink milk. Also, make them have water at least 30 minutes before the meals rather than having meals as drinking water with meals might reduce their appetite. Water tends to activate the digestive juices and enzymes which helps to increase a child’s appetite and also boosts their digestion. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids)

Recipe of Falafel (with nuts and herbs)

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

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

  • Wash and soak kidney beans, chickpeas, black-eyed bean or any other beans (rajma, chola, lobia) overnight in little water as required.
  • Pressure cook them till soft in least water (retain water).
  • Mash them in grinder using their own water (as little as possible) with 1 pod of ginger and garlic
  • Add chopped onion, coriander leaves, cumin powder, salt, or any other seasoning you desire.
Add any nut spread or Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here)
Add handful of oats till the mixture comes together like a dough
Scoop round balls and place on baking sheet
Preheat oven 200 C for 5 minutes. Grill for 20 minutes or till golden brown and crispy.

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Is fast food ok for kids?

Over the last two decades, so many fast food restaurant chains have emerged and are on a constant rise. Whether we are travelling, have guests, short on time, hanging around with friends or simply want to relax, pizza, burger and fries are an instant choice, both affordable and comfortable for parents and children. In reality, food with high sugar/ saturated fat/ salt (what does sugar do to kids?) and low nutrient value in terms of protein, fibre, vitamin and mineral is termed as Fast Food. Food that can be served ready-to-eat and fast. Many of our children are fond of such ready-made food. But these foods have a negative impact on kid’s health in the long run and some of the concerning outcomes are obesity, stress, hormonal imbalance in kids. A single fast food meal could add 300-500 calories instantly without much added nutrition, terming it as empty calories (Why should kids eat a balanced diet?).

Kids love to enjoy meals with high sugar content. Sugar can be consumed in many forms like Bread which is extremely high in added sugar and one of the most staple foods in every household for kids. Other common sources of sugar are white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cookies, candy, donut, cake, canned drinks, packed juices, bottled shakes and smoothies, granola bars, sauces, jams and many others. Such intake on a regular basis can deplete four of the best bone-friendly nutrients from your child’s body.

During the early years, the bones of kids develop and grow while also being depleted at the same time. If the consumption of calcium, Vitamin D and other required minerals are sufficient, the health of bones will be positive. If the consumption of required vitamins and minerals are less, the depletion of bones will soon take over resulting in much weaker bones and easy fractures. When sugar is consumed, there is acid that’s released in the body. In order to balance this acid, calcium is extracted from the bones resulting in Calcium deficient weaker bones. Vitamin D assists in absorption of Calcium by the bones. Consumption of sugar increases an enzyme that degrades vitamin D and thereby also results in reduced absorption of calcium by the bones. Double whammy!

Vitamin C helps to make collagen and also delays the decaying process of bones. Sugar intake restricts the absorption of this vitamin into our body cells resulting in weaker bones.

Magnesium works on keeping the bones strong. Sugar strips the body of magnesium too by releasing it out through urine.

BEST SNACKS FOR CHILDREN:

Many packaged snacks for kids are extremely unhealthy. They are often full of refined flour, added sugars, and artificial ingredients like colours and flavours. Snacks can act as a great opportunity to sneak some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Instead of highly processed fast foods, fill your child’s tummy with healthy whole food snacks that will provide energy and complete nutrition.

  • You may consider popcorn as junk food, but it’s really a nutritious whole grain healthy fast food for kids. As long as you don’t drown it in unhealthy fat like margarine, popcorn can be a snack for kids. It is also loved by them. Popcorn actually has 4 grams of fibre per 3-cup serving, which makes it a filling snack and good for digestion.

Amongst many minerals and vitamins that contribute towards Brain Health– Development and Function, a few are Manganese, Vitamin B6 and B9. 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 Vitamin Bs. Not just Brain, Makhana also supports strong bone development of a growing child.

  • You can make them healthy fast food for kids, when you use the right ingredients. Healthy cookies contain whole grain flour, which provide protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. It can be a favourite treat for kids and adults as well. Adding ground seeds like flax, chia or sunflower seeds to the cookie mix make them more nutritious. By swapping out the added sugar and using other alternatives like puree of dates or raisins or dried berries can make the cookie a healthier choice. (Recipe of cookies)
  • Bread is a staple food in many households. Healthy spreads for bread can be a good way to feed essential nutrition to children. It can not only calm down a kid’s hunger pangs but also give a dose of good fat, protein and vitamins. Peanut butter mixed with cocoa and dates or honey is a bread spread which is loved by adults and kids alike. It is enough to provide with essential nutrients as well as antioxidants. (see Iyurved’s 5 Herbs and 7 Nuts spread)
  • Mixed nut balls or laddoo are the best snacks for children to settle their sweet cravings. Peanut butter (or any other nut butter) mixed with almond flour, dipped in melted dark chocolate is just the perfect snack for anytime during the day. Consuming Nuts and seeds is among the best food with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body and also among the best foods for children in their developing years. (Recipe of nut balls)
Laddoo/ Sweet ball using Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread
  • Smoothies are a great way to pack fibre and vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, calcium, protein and good fats into a drinkable meal or snack. They are really easy and fast to make at home, and you can create lots of flavour combinations using what you have. An addition of kefir instead of yogurt adds the necessary bacterias to the drink. (Recipe of kefir shake)
  • Cake or cupcake is undoubtedly a favourite and healthy fast food for kids. Using whole wheat flour and mixing with seeds of Sunflower, Pumpkin and Melon together offer a great source of nourishment to the body. 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.(Recipe of cupcakes)
  • Recipe of Chocolate chip Oat Cookie with seeds:

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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.

Enjoying Tasty Nutrition!
  • 1/3 cup each semolina, wheat flour, oats and melon seeds
  • Handful Chocolate drops (or more)
  • Honey (as per sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee or Iyurved’s 5 Herbs & 7 Nuts chocolate spread (order here)
  • Little Milk to make firm dough
  • Take a big ball of dough
  • Roll in between two baking/parchment papers.
  • Preheat oven for 5 min.
  • Place rolled cookie with baking sheet on the middle rack. Bake as a single piece at 200 for 15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out.
  • Cool on rack. Once completely cool, break the cookie as you like or just eat rightaway.  

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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

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.

  • 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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CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND WEIGHT PROBLEMS

As a parent, you might find your full-cheeked baby cute, but later on, this baby fat might become a health concern for your child. Almost 25% of kids and teenagers in developed countries are overweight or obese and hence childhood obesity is becoming a rising concern for parents.

 What is childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity is a medical condition affecting children and adolescents and it means abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body. Overweight and obesity indicates a weight that is greater than what is healthy. Childhood obesity is determined by measuring the Body Mass Index (BMI) of a child. A person’s weight and height is used to calculate his or her BMI. For children, BMI is calculated as a percentile, which plots the child’s BMI as compared to other children of the same age and sex. If your child’s BMI falls between 5th percentile to 84th percentile, then he/she comes under the healthy weight category. BMI between 85th to 94th percentile comes in overweight category and beyond 95th percentile is considered as obese category. Your child’s doctor will usually calculate his or her BMI at each routine appointment in order to track his or her growth. Though BMI is a good indicator of obesity, it may be misleading in a few cases when children are experiencing periods of rapid growth. Keeping a close check over this problem is a must. The risks associated with childhood obesity may affect your child later in life, which includes, diabetes, asthma and heart diseases. In some cases, it may also take an emotional toll on the child leading to poor self-esteem and depression.

 What are the causes of childhood obesity?

Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the basic steps towards a longer and healthier life. You can maintain your current body weight, if you burn the same amount of calories (by physical activities) that you have consumed (through food) in a day. If you burn more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight and if you burn less calories than what you consume, then you tend to gain weight. This is the basic principle behind weight science.  

 Mentioned below is the science behind the causes of obesity in children:

Poor eating habits: Regularly consuming high calorie processed foods like fast foods, baked foods, candy, desserts, sugary drinks and vending machine snacks are some of the major causes of obesity in children.

Lack of physical activity/exercise: Children who don’t exercise much and are physically less active are more likely to gain weight, as they don’t burn as many calories as they are consuming and this leads to excessive weight gain.

Family reasons: If your child belongs to a family of overweight people, he or she is more likely to put on weight as poor food habits and less active lifestyle will be passed on to your child as well.

Psychological Reasons: Personal, parental and social stress puts a child at a greater risk of obesity because to cope with the stress or anxiety, the child tends to overeat and this causes weight gain or obesity. 

Socioeconomic factors: In some communities, people may have limited resources and limited access to supermarkets. Consequently, they might buy convenience foods that don’t spoil quickly, such as frozen meals, crackers and cookies. Also, people who live in lower income neighborhoods might not have access to a safe place to exercise or workout on a daily basis, which may lead to the cause of obesity.

Genetic reasons: In some cases, child obesity might be linked to genetic factors as well. About 200-300 genes have been identified as risk factors for weight gain. Most of them drive our urges to eat more and crave high-energy foods while others cause low or imbalanced metabolism. 

Medications: Many commonly used medications may cause weight gain. The amount of weight gain may vary depending on the patient and type of medication. Weight gain because of medication can be through some mechanism like stimulation of appetite, stimulation of fat storage, slowed metabolism, fluid retention or impaired exercise tolerance.

Hormonal Issues: Hormonal changes or imbalance is also one of the causes for obesity in children especially in teens as their body is undergoing a lot of changes. Other Hormonal abnormalities that lead to increased weight gain in children typically are associated with short stature or poor height growth. Examples of such conditions include hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, or growth hormone deficiency. (Foods to help in fixing hormonal imbalance)

 Complications or Risks of Childhood obesity later in life:

Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes affects the way your child’s body uses sugar (glucose). Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

High Cholesterol and High blood pressure: Obesity and poor eating habits can cause your child to develop one or both of these conditions leading to heart attack or stroke later in life. (Which fat is beneficial for the body?)

Joint pain: Extra weight causes extra stress on hips and knees. Childhood obesity can cause pain and sometimes injuries in the hips, knees and back. (Foods that help with bones)

Breathing problems: Asthma is more common in children who are overweight and asthma patients are also more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which a child’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): This disorder, which usually causes no symptoms, causes fatty deposits to build up in the liver. NAFLD can lead to scarring and liver damage. (How to control fatty liver disease?)

 How to prevent childhood obesity

Physical activity: Engaging your kids in regular physical activities like running, cycling, swimming or any outdoor sports can help them to maintain a healthy weight.

Good sleep: Some studies suggest that too little sleep might increase the risk of obesity as sleep deprivation causes hormonal imbalance which can lead to increased appetite. Ideally, kids need 9 to 11 hours of sleep and teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Early and good sleep is essential for proper growth and metabolism that helps maintain their body weight. Ensure that your child gets enough and sound sleep. (Foods that help to sleep better)

Family time: Spend more of family time together by involving in some games and physical activities like hiking, swimming etc. This will help them to be physically active and also gives an opportunity for both the parent and the kid to bond well. During teen years, it becomes very important to talk to kids and understand them to see if the child is facing any emotional/psychological challenges or problems.

Screen time: Limit the screen time of your kids. Kids who spend several hours a day watching television, playing computer games, or using their smartphones or other devices are more likely to be overweight. According to studies reported by the Harvard School of Public Health, the reason for this may be twofold. Firstly, screen time eats into time that could be spent doing physical activities instead. Secondly, more time in front of the TV means more time for snacking and more exposure to ads for the high-sugar, high-fat foods that make up most food marketing. (Foods that are good for eyesight)

Healthy eating habits: Healthy eating habits need to start with you as most kids eat what their parents buy and eat. Parental influence shapes a child’s eating patterns. Help your children stay healthier for longer by preparing nutritious foods for them and encouraging them to get plenty of exercise. You should pick healthier foods over processed foods and readily available packaged foods. Choose foods having more nutritional value than just empty calories. For example, instead of giving juices and soft drinks to your child, you can give water, buttermilk or low fat milk. (Summer drinks for kids which are nutritious too)

If you’re worried that your child is putting on too much weight, talk to his or her doctor. The doctor will consider your child’s history of growth and development, your family’s weight-for-height history, and where your child lands on the growth charts. This can help to determine if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy range or not. In case your child is advised to lose weight, it should be done with utmost care and caution. Parents must create a safe and sensitive weight loss plan in consultation with their pediatrician or dietitian or nutritionist. This is because a random weight loss plan can hamper the kid’s nutrition, growth and stress levels. 

 Food sources that can help to reduce obesity in children:

Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and fat and are very satiating.  Having eggs in breakfast can suppress your child’s appetite later in the day and hence help to lose weight.  

Leafy greens: Leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards are low in calories and carbohydrates but loaded with fiber which makes them perfect for weight loss.

Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and extremely fulfilling. Adding them in your child’s diet not only helps to lose weight but also improves their overall health.

Lean meat: Lean meats like chicken are high in protein and hence it is a weight-loss friendly food. Protein is the most filling nutrient, and eating a high-protein diet can make your child burn up to 80–100 more calories per day.

Tuna and Salmon fish: Tuna is an excellent, lean source of high-quality protein and replacing other macronutrients, such as carbs or fat, with protein is an effective weight loss strategy on a calorie-restricted diet. Salmon is loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, iodine, omega 3 fatty acids and other important nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation which plays a major role in obesity. Mackerel, trout, sardines and other types of fatty fish are also good for weight loss.

Beans and legumes: Beans and legumes are a good addition to the weight loss diet as both are high in protein and fiber, contributing to the feeling of fullness and a lower calorie intake. (High fiber and protein recipe to make wrap with sprouted beans)

Soups:  Soups are high in water and nutrients which makes them an effective part of weight loss diet.

Avocados: Avocados are high in monounsaturated oleic acid and contain a lot of fiber and water, making it a good choice to be added in your child’s weight loss diet.

Nuts: Nuts are loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats and studies suggest that eating nuts improves metabolic health thereby promoting weight loss. Introduce your kids to nuts from an early age so that they develop the habit of eating nuts on a daily basis.

Whole grains: Whole grains such as oats, brown rice & quinoa are high in fiber and contain good amounts of proteins as well. Oats are loaded with beta-glucans, soluble fibers that have been found to increase satiety and improve metabolic health. (Multi grain and millet pizza recipe)

Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Fruits contain natural sugar, have a low energy density and take a while to chew. In addition, fiber in the fruits helps to block sugar from being released too quickly in the bloodstream. Encourage your child to eat fruits for snacks in place of chips/crackers and other packed foods. Vegetables are high in fiber, which help to fill you up. Since fiber takes a while to digest, it prevents child from overeating. Stir fry vegetables and salads are good options to be included in your child’s meal.

Grapefruit: Studies show that eating half a grapefruit before meals can lead to weight loss of 3.5 pounds (1.6kg) as it makes you feel satiated and you will consume fewer calories. Grapefruit also has reduced insulin resistance, a metabolic abnormality that is implicated in various chronic diseases.

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are full of many nutrients. It contains 12 grams of carbohydrates per ounce (28 grams), which is very high, but 11 of these grams are fiber. This makes chia seeds a low-carb food and also one of the best sources of fiber in the world. Being so high in fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 11-12 times their weight in water, turning gel-like and expanding in your stomach and thereby reducing your appetite. The best way to include chia seeds in your child’s diet is in the form of lemonade drink. Mix one teaspoon chia seeds in a glass of water. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Add lemon juice and honey/sugar and mix well. Serve it cold or at room temperature.

Coconut oil: All fats aren’t harmful. Totally eliminating fats from your child’s meal can affect their immune system, nervous system and overall health. Healthy fats are required by the body to create cell membranes. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).These MCTs have been found to boost satiety better than other fats and also increases the number of calories burned. Replace your cooking oil fats with healthier cooking oils like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.

Boiled potatoes: Potatoes are rich in potassium and vitamin C. They are great sources of fiber and healthy carbs. Potatoes are even very high on the Satiety Index, which means that after eating white, boiled potatoes, your kid will feel full and eat less of other foods. Sweet potatoes, turnip and other root vegetables are also good options.

Yogurt:  Yogurt is an excellent dairy food that contains probiotic bacteria which is very good for your gut health. Healthy gut helps to protect against inflammation and leptin resistance, which is one of the major hormonal causes of obesity.

Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is high in protein and low in carbs and fat. It is a very good option for vegetarians to increase their protein intake and makes you feel full with less number of calories. It also contains calcium which may help in burning fat. (Which cheese is the best for kids?)

Recipe for Chocolate Cream Biscuit

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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.

  • ⅓ cup semolina, wheat/ rice flour, oat flour, ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp ghee (heaped spoon) or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here)
  • Honey (as per sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder (optional)
  • Cinnamon powder (¼ tsp)
  • Milk/ nut milk, little to make firm dough
  • Roll in between two baking sheets. Cut in shape. Sprinkle sugar and press lightly on top of each cookie.
  • Preheat oven for 5 min. Place cookie on baking sheet in the middle rack. Bake at 200 for 12-15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out. Cool completely on rack.
  • Melt dark chocolate and add 1 tsp of coconut oil. Mix well.
  • Apply melted chocolate spread in between two cookies and join. Let cool and chocolate harden a bit. Eat right-away!

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HOW TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM LIVER DISEASE?

Human body depends upon major internal body organs to survive and reproduce. These body parts are responsible for performing vital functions. The brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs are the main five organs essential for survival. Every organ has its own functions and they work together to make you feel fit and fine, so that you can perform your daily activities without any hassle. Liver is one of the most important body organs which performs hundreds of chemical actions that a body needs to survive. Liver’s main task is to process the nutrients broken down from food in the small intestine and pass them as necessary to the rest of the body where they are required. Liver is instrumental (the only organ) in breaking down fat into energy and sending remaining to the body fat reserves to be stored for later use. It also produces bile, a fluid essential for digestion of fats and nutrients that are part of the food. An unhealthy liver can directly impact digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body and restrict breakdown of fats.

 Factors responsible for liver problems in kids:

There are many childhood liver conditions and problems. The most common cause of liver disease in children between 2- 19 years is fatty liver. 40% of obese children have fatty liver. According to American Liver Foundation, the number of children affected by fatty liver disease is on the rise, having more than doubled in the last 20 years. It is caused when too much fat builds up in a kid’s liver and can develop in children of 10 years and even younger. There are two main factors responsible for fatty liver in kids. First is an unhealthy food choice. Drinks full of sugary content with processed and packaged foods which are high in saturated and trans fat, badly affects a child’s liver. The second factor is the lack of physical activities in kids. Regular exercise is key to having a healthy liver. It decreases stress on the liver by storing excess food as fat in the fat reserves. 

A viral infection (causes hepatitis, an inflammatory condition of the liver), genetic disorders, cholestasis (a condition in which the flow of bile from the liver stops or slows) are some of the other reasons that can affect your child’s liver. Jaundice is the most common liver disease among kids. It often affects newborn babies and goes away on its own. It happens because babies’ liver aren’t fully developed enough to break down and excrete bilirubin (yellowish substance in blood which forms after red blood cells breakdown). 

It is extremely important to keep the liver healthy and free of fatty layers for the body organs to function and be active. Liver performance can directly impact the growth and health of the child.

Sign or symptoms of liver disease:

  • Skin and eyes appear yellow
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dark urine colour and pale stool
  • Swelling in legs and ankle

Liver healthy foods source:

Grapefruit: It contains antioxidants (naringenin and naringin) that protect the liver from injuries by reducing inflammation and protecting the liver cells. The compound also reduces fat build up in the liver by increasing enzymes that burn fat. It is a good food for the liver. (What are some good fats to eat for the body?)

Beetroot: Beetroot is one of the liver healthy foods as it helps protect the liver from oxidative damage and inflammation. It Increases liver’s natural detoxification enzymes. It works effectively to prevent deposition of fat in the liver. Betaine in beetroot breaks down fatty acids in the liver and helps to treat fatty liver disease. (Easy beetroot recipe)

Avocados: Avocados help to protect liver as they are high in healthy fats. Research suggests that it is good food for the liver as it contains chemicals that helps to slow down liver damage. They are also rich in fiber which attaches to bile and helps in digestion and excretion of waste, leading to a healthy weight. (How does avocado help with dryness in skin?)

Sugarcane: Sugarcane juice is a perfect tonic for people with liver disease.  It is considered as one of the best liver healthy foods as it helps in strengthening the liver function. As it is alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps in maintaining acid levels in the stomach. (What are some natural sugar to use during cooking?)

Radish: Radish is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals like calcium and potassium. Radishes act as real panacea for liver and stomach health. They are exceptionally useful for jaundice treatment because they remove the bilirubin and maintain its production. It is also a good source of natural nitrates that improves blood flow. If the blood flow is not proper, toxins and waste in the blood can keep floating in the body, causing harm. Liver helps to remove these toxins and cleanse the blood before sending off the nutrients to the body cells where required. These qualities made radish good food for liver health (What are some other foods rich in calcium and good for bones?)

Papaya: Papaya is rich in antioxidants, including carotenoids (Vitamin A).  It can balance free radicals (what are they?). Taking one teaspoon of papaya seeds regularly can protect your liver from disease. It can help to detox liver from unhealthy substances. It is one of the best choices of liver healthy foods.

Yogurt: Yogurt is one of the best natural resources of probiotics (good bacterias) which helps in maintaining lower fat levels in the liver.  Micro organisms (good bacterias) in our intestinal tract are crucial for liver cells functioning. Yogurt helps to maintain a healthy gut and hence, contributes to liver health and becomes good food for liver. (How do probiotics help with sneezing and allergy?)

Recipe: Twix bars (no sugar)

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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.

Base:

½ cup Almond flour
½ cup Coconut flour Or oat flour
⅓ cup Coconut oil (melted)
4-5 dates (soaked in water and grinded to make soft paste)
Mix all together. Set the first layer on baking sheet in the baking tray. Bake on 175 Celsius for 10-12 min till light golden brown.

Second layer:

½ cup peanut butter (or any seed or nut butter)
Pinch of salt
1.5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence (optional)
¼ cup honey or maple syrup (depending on your sweetness levels)
Mix all in a pan. It is optional to add some roasted peanut chunks to this mixture too. Spread on the crust evenly and freeze for 1-2 hours.

Top layer:

Take Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here)or melt dark chocolate in a microwave and add 1 spoon coconut oil. Mix well. Take out the baking pan from the refrigerator and spread chocolate spread on the bar. Keep in refrigerator again for 10-20 minutes till it hardens.

Cut the bar. Eat. Keep refrigerated for future use.

The same bar can be made with any nut butter in place of peanut.

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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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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.

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7 SUPER NUTRITIOUS WEIGHT GAIN FOODS FOR KIDS

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. 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 requirments. 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.

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

Banana: Bananas are one of the best foods for kids to gain 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: Eggs 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: Nuts and seeds are the best foods for kids to gain weight. Nuts 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 fibre 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. 

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

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 herbs and nuts.

  • Heat oil for sautéing veggies
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds, chopped onion, garlic, potato to the oil
  • Once onion and potato become light brown, add peas, chopped carrot, chopped cauliflower
  • Add salt as per taste
  • Cover and cook till edible soft (don’t add water)
  • Add chopped mung bean sprouts and coriander
  • Add cooked quinoa and soaked rice flakes (poha)
  • Mix and cook till all is mixed well on low flame (5 min)
  • Sprinkle lots of lemon juice for tangy flavour
  • Top with roasted peanuts
  • Serve hot!

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