Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

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

Benefits of breakfast

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

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

Healthy breakfast ideas

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

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

Quinoa Peas Meal

Ingredients:

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

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

Paneer Paratha with hidden radish

Ingredients:

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

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

Sprouted Mung Bean (Moong Dal) Cheela/ Pancake

Ingredients:

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

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

 Millet Upma 

Ingredients:

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

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

Millet Halwa 

  • 1.5 cups Ragi (finger millet)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • ½ cup jaggery
  • Water
  • ½ tsp Cardamom powder

Roast Ragi/ millet once aromatic add Ghee and Iyurved Spread Keep Roasting till change in colour (keep low flame) Take water and jaggery and melt once mixture thickens slightly, add mixture. Keep mixing. Add more water if the paste becomes too hard to mix. Soon the mixture will be cooked well and will leave edges. Add Cardamom powder. Serve garnished with nuts and cardamom powder.

BEETROOT WRAP

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

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

(What happen when you eat beetroot daily?)

Whole Grain Pizza cups

Stuffing:

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

Dough:

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

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

APPLE AND BANANA MUFFINS

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

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

(Benefits of eating banana and apple)

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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:

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 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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A GUIDELINE TO CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH

Year 2020 (corona pandemic) has shown us many ups and downs. More or less we adjusted ourselves according to the situation and learned to survive. The worst hit emotionally and physically from this situation are the kids. From not being able to attend school to sitting at home without friends, screen came to their complete rescue. With a sharp drop in physical movement (outdoor activities), and increased screen time due to online classes and pleasure viewing, led to many health related concerns. One organ being way more stressed than others is the Eye. Just like any other part of the body, eyes also need ample rest and care. Eyes continue to grow and develop as a child ages and the eye muscles become stronger. For most of the children, as they grow, they have good eyesight and do not need to wear glasses. However, if a child has some problem and it is not diagnosed at an early age, it may lead to reduced vision in one or both eyes.

Common eye disorders in children

Amblyopia (lazy eyes): It is a kind of poor vision that happens in one eye. It develops when there is a breakdown in how the brain and eye work together. Common cause of this condition is an imbalance in the muscles. It prevents both eyes from working together. Over a period of time the brain relies on the stronger eye and vision in the weaker eye gets worse.

Strabismus (crossed eyes): It is a condition in which both eyes do not line up in the same direction. The eyes are unable to look at the same place at the same time. It causes when the brain receives different visual messages from each eye and ignores signals coming from weaker one. It is one of the most common eye disorders in children, affecting 4% of kids under the age of six year.

Chalazion (sty): Stye is a small, red lump that occurs at the base of the eyelash of your kid, usually on the lower lid. It can cause swelling around the eyelid and can be quite painful. Children can have many styles on their eyelid at one time and can happen in both eyes. This is one of the eye disorders in children caused by an infection of oil glands in the eyelid.

Conjunctivitis: It is commonly known as “pink eyes”. Conjunctivitis is an infection in the outer membrane of your eyeball. It can be caused by allergies or a bacterial or viral infection. It is extremely contagious and can spread by coming in contact with an infected person.

Dry eyes: Some factors that can cause dry eyes in kids are dry weather, smoke, or pollution. Allergies or contact lenses are also responsible for irritation and dryness in eyes. It can affect kids to perform well in school. Burning, itching, constantly blinking are some of the symptoms.

Symptoms for children’s eye diseases

  • Child is constantly rubbing his/her eyes
  • Poor focusing
  • Abnormal movement of eyes (after 6 months of age)
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Tearing of eyes
  • Tilting head and covering one eye
  • Sitting too close to television or keeping book too close while reading
  • Complaining of headaches or eye pain

Essential nutrients to prevent eye disorders in children

Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outer covering of your eye. Rhodopsin, a protein present in eyes that helps to see in low light is component of vitamin A. Orange- coloured fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes, apricot, sweet potatoes are high in bête-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes to adjust them in darkness and improves night vision. It is key to protect your kid from any children’s eye disease. (How to cook vitamin A food to retain nutrition?)

B vitamins: A 2009 study suggests that daily supplementation of vitamins B6, B9, B12 may help to reduce risk of AMD (degenerative eye disease that affects the vision). Vitamin B6 comes in protein rich foods like beans, potatoes, spinach, and enriched cereal grains. Dark green leafy vegetables, sprouts, broccoli, fresh fruits, peanuts are some sources of vitamin B9. Milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, fish are high in vitamin B12. (More B vitamin foods)

Vitamin C: It is a powerful antioxidant that protects eyes against damaging free radicals. It produces collagen which is important for eyes. Connective tissues in eyes are maintained by collagen. It holds them together and protects them, which helps in preventing any kind of eye disorders in children. Citrus fruits like oranges, guava, lemon and vegetables like tomatoes are the major contributors of vitamin C. Broccoli, sprouts, and capsicum are some other rich natural sources of vitamin C. (Easiest food source of meeting 100% Vitamin C requirement)

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects certain parts of the eye. It has been known to lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataract, two age-related conditions. Including almonds, pistachio and walnuts in the child’s diet can preserve his/her eyesight. Studies also show that eating nuts daily is an effective home remedy to control myopia (a condition in which far objects don’t appear clear). (Some easy food sources of vitamin E)

Zinc: Eye contains high level of zinc. It is also involved in the formation of visual pigments in the retina. Zinc deficiency can result in night blindness. Chick peas, beans, nuts are some food sources of zinc. (How does zinc help in treating mouth ulcers?)

Antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin: It helps to protect eyes from harmful bright light waves like ultraviolet rays in sunlight by absorbing excess light. Studies suggest that high levels of both in eye tissue can give better vision in dim light. These work to protect eyes from free radicals (What are they?). Natural food sources of these two are green or yellow vegetables like spinach, carrot. Non vegetarian sources include egg yolks. (Which nut has these antioxidants?)

Recipe of Spinach Tofu dish- Great for Eyes

  • Spinach (wash, steamed, retain water)
  • 200gm firm tofu (cut small)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or olive oil or other
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 garlic pieces
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Puree spinach and ginger. Heat oil. Add chopped onion and garlic. Once brownish pink, add tofu pieces. Once bit roasted, add spinach puree. Add salt, pepper seasoning (or curry masala). Cook for 2-3 minutes and take off heat. Add cumin powder (optional). Add lemon juice. Stir and serve.

Fill inside a wrap or tortilla or serve with rice or paratha. A great side dish with rolls/ bun or add on top of pizza.

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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.

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.

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

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

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Top fruits good for Teens and Kids

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

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

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

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

FOOD GOOD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH

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

SHAHTOOT (MULBERRY)

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

Recipe for Wheat Berry cookie

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

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

How to revive the Medicinal property of GHEE?

Ghee has always received special attention. From being considered a medicine to now being under the lenses (for being a saturated fat). The previous generations still consider Ghee to hold healing and digestion/ gut fixing ability.

Over the course of decades, the process of making Ghee has evolved. The modern method requires cream from milk to be heated until all the milk solid has settled and fat has been separated.

  • Traditionally, ghee was made with yogurt. Yogurt was set in clay pots to preserve and enhance the nutrients (calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sulphur etc). It is then hand-churned to extract butter from it, leaving the whey (lactose) behind. This butter is simmered over a gentle heat to release the fat which is Ghee. This Bilona method of making ghee requires more quantity of cow’s milk compared to that of modern methods.

As you age, your body naturally starts to product less lactase (enzyme required to tolerate lactose from dairy). As a result of this, bloating, indigestion etc can happen with the consumption of dairy products, even if you were always a dairy lover. Traditional Ghee is lactose free and also a carrier of gut friendly bacterias (probiotic) because of being fermented (made of yogurt). These bacterias produce an advanced nutrient called K2 which aids in stronger bones.

In addition, this Ghee is also high in Vitamin A (good for Eyes and Immunity) and Omega 3 and 6 (good for Brain). It also portrays an excellent ratio of Omega3: Omega6 (1:4) making it a safer/ nutritious choice. No other commonly used oils have this ratio resulting in health damages.

A ghee made from desi cow’s milk yogurt using Bilona method is ideal for consumption.

Recipe for Nutty balls

Great for Immunity, Brain Development, Muscle strength and Digestion

  • 50g shredded coconut (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 dates
  • 4-5 fig
  • 3 cardamom powdered
  • 100g Fresh paneer/ cottage cheese or cashew nut butter (mashed)
  • Honey or jaggery powder (more sweetness, if necessary)
  • 3 tbsp ghee (if not using cashew nut butter)
  • Fresh 200ml milk or nut milk (if necessary to bind)
  • Roasted nuts and granulated once cool
    • 10 cashew
    • 2 pecan
    • 10 almonds
    • 5 walnuts

No need to powder the nuts unless you or your child can’t eat otherwise. Mix all ingredients together with hand and then add milk as much as required to make round balls.

If you are a vegan, then use nut milk, nut butter instead of milk, ghee and cottage cheese (paneer).

Serve! Store in refrigerator.

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Pistachios: 7 reasons to feed your child everyday

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Some of the concerns, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Pistachio! Consuming 15-40 pista for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

A common snack today and used in multiple cuisines, Pistachio became popular only after WWII. It had been growing in the Middle East for several thousand years before its introduction to wider Europe and Asia. It is not a nut originally but a seed of the Pistachio tree.

  • Strong Muscles: This nut has 7g protein in just a handful. It is one of the best nuts to consume in a large quantity since its low in calories yet loaded with good fat. Protein accounts for approximately 21 percent of the total weight of the nut, making it a good source for vegetarians and vegans

Healthy Weight: Pistachios are very low in sugar which will help to keep the tab on child’s sugar consumption. Due to high fibre content it digests slowly and helps in keeping the child full for longer duration. In a study people who ate 1.87 ounces of pistachios over a 12-week period experienced twice the reduction in their body mass index as people who ate pretzels (Junk) instead of pistachios. Both groups consumed roughly the same amount of calories.

Brain: This nut is rich in vitamin E, B6 and healthy fats which are useful for cognitive development of the brain. A research conducted across multiple nuts showed that pistachio consumption produced the greatest gamma wave response which is necessary for learning, memory and cognition in the brain.

  • Immunity: Antioxidants are substances that play a critical role in health. They reduce the risk of diseases by preventing damage to the body’s cells by safeguarding against the free radicals. Pistachios are high in antioxidants compared to other nuts and seeds.
  • Eyesight: Pistachios are a rich source of both antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which support healthy vision and protect against weak eyesight in future.
  • Digestion: Pistachios are a great source of fibre which support the rise in good bacterias in the gut. This encourages healthy digestion and prevents constipation in kids

Sleep: Packed with protein, vitamin B6, and magnesium, this nut has all that contributes to better sleep. It is a natural source of melatonin which induces sleep. Just a few pistachios an hour before bedtime can do the trick for kids as well as adults.

Recipe for Banana Pista Chocolate Mousse

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Banana Pista Chocolate Mousse

  • 1 ripe banana pieces (frozen for a few hours)
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup soft tofu or less than ½ cup nut milk (almond or coconut)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp roasted pistachio powder
  • Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here)
  • Honey/ jaggery as per sweetness or other sweetener
  • vanilla essence (optional)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder

Mix all in a blender. Keep refrigerated in a bowl for some time. Serve.

My younger one LOVES this!

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Enjoy the TRADITIONAL winter foods and forget about Vitamin C & A deficiency

Fresh vegetable produce is abundant during this time of the year. Consumption of these traditionally common combinations will solve for nearly 80% of Vitamin C and Vitamin A daily requirement. Vitamin C helps build immunity and Vitamin A is required for healthy eyesight.

Sarson saag (mustard leaves), Potato-spinach, Potato- Methi (fenugreek leaves), Potato-brinjal, Potato-cauliflower, Potato-capsicum, Potato-carrots, Potato-beans, Potato-peas, Cabbage-peas

Vitmain A is fat soluble, which means that for the body to absorb this vitamin from food, it has to be consumed with fat (oil). Hence, cooking carrots, spinach, mustard leaf, fenugreek leaf, peas, beans, capsicum in oil helps to absorb Vitamin A.

Vitamin C food items (Brinjal, Potato, Cauliflower, Cabbage) should be cooked as fast as possible with less heat and water. This Vitamin is heat sensitive. It should ideally be consumed raw or steamed (for least loss of nutrient <10%). Boiling, microwaving results in much higher losses in the range of 30-50%.

Salad is the best way of consuming both these vitamins without damaging it. Tossing carrot, tomato, green leafy veggies, red and green capsicum with a drizzle of oil dressing will retain all the nutritional content.

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An all-rounder Laddoo that strengthens your kid’s bones, keeps high energy levels, maintains immunity, aids in digestion and keeps healthy eyesight.

  • This laddoo is an all-rounder! It is loaded with minerals and vitamins required for your child for Stronger Bones (Vitamin K, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium), Higher Energy levels (Copper,Vit B6, B9), Immunity (Vit C, Vit A), healthy Eyesight (Vit A), and Digestion (Fibre, Good bacterias).

This recipe will make roughly 8 laddoos (I made tiny ones!)

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