Foods with Antioxidants your kid must start eating today

In today’s era of pandemic, antioxidants have become a vital marketing tool, as most of the food companies claim for the presence of antioxidants in their products that boost up immunity and fight infections. Before going any further we should know, what are antioxidants, foods with antioxidants and how it works? (What are some Ayurvedic herbs for immunity?)

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are naturally formed when you breathe or when your body converts food into energy. There are also some environmental sources that cause free radicals like air pollution and sunlight. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which is a process that is responsible for cell damage. In simple words, when any object oxidizes; it becomes bad, over ripe, aging, and reduces nutrients.

Fortunately eating a diet rich in antioxidants or antioxidant rich foods help to fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Some examples of antioxidants are: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Beta carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Manganese, Polyphenols. Evidence suggests that antioxidants supplements do not work as good as naturally occurring antioxidant rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. We need to consume almost 10,000 units of antioxidants in a day. It is advisable to choose your meals in a way that your ‘nutrition and antioxidant’ content is met and you can be at your healthiest. Antioxidant is measured by using ORAC units (Oxygen Radicals Absorbance capacity). Below is a list of top most antioxidant rich foods available in India. (Kids favourite antioxidant recipe)

foods with antioxidants
Walnuts:

When it comes to antioxidants, walnuts are the leader among other nuts. They have an ORAC value of about 6000 per ½ cup. Walnuts are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, compounds that communicate with free radicals and prevent them from doing cell damage and help the kid’s body to get rid of toxic substances. Walnuts are super foods for kids as they are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, folate, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and selenium, all of these promote the optimal growth of kids. So next time when your child is craving something between meals, offer a handful of walnuts. (Best foods for cognition in kids)

Raisins:

Raisins are dried grapes and have a high antioxidant level and phenol contents as compared to other dried fruits. It has an ORAC value of about 2830 per100 grams. Raisins are a food source of antioxidants called flavonol glycosides and phenolic acids which are bioavailable (the body consumes them easily). Raisins are also a good source of vitamin C, selenium and zinc, all these nutrients and antioxidants result in a healthy body and glowing skin. (Best foods for weight gain in kids?)

Apple:

Apple is one of the super foods for kids as it contains a variety of strong antioxidants like quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of them help us to fight against many chronic diseases. The ORAC value is 3000 per piece of apple with skin. Apples are also rich in vitamin C, fiber and potassium and low in fat, which reduces the risk of obesity. (Best recipe to hide fruits and feed kids?)

Orange:

It not only contain a good amount of vitamin C but also a potent source of antioxidants including flavonoids and carotenoids in addition to other beneficial phytochemicals, such as folate. Oranges are low calorie and highly nutritious fruit, only a piece of orange has 2000 ORAC units. Oranges are best for your child, to meet the daily requirement of vitamin C and is among the best antioxidant rich foods. (Foods to build immunity in kids?)

Dark chocolate:

Dark chocolate is not only kids favorite but also one of the antioxidant rich foods. It is loaded with antioxidants called flavonoid and polyphenols which help to fight and repair cell damage. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can also help to reduce roughness of your skin and protect it against sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa which is loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. It relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation. (Easy nutritious chocolate cookie for kids with hidden herbs and nuts)

Kidney bean:

It has been researched that kidney beans are rich in polyphenols which is a powerful antioxidant and can help to protect the body from diseases. These beans are an affordable source of protein, iron, fiber, folate and vitamins B1. Kidney beans contain higher amounts of omega3 fatty acids as compared to other beans, which are important for brain’s growth and function. (Best foods to increase appetite in kids?)

Beetroot:

Beetroot are one of the natural antioxidant rich foods that helps in enhancing your kid’s immune system. They are loaded with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E and minerals like iron, magnesium, which help to prevent several diseases, especially diarrhea which is most common in kids.  It also has an anti-inflammatory compound called betalain, which helps to protect the liver from oxidative damage and inflammation.

Turmeric:

Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that offers therapeutic relief. It is a very strong antioxidant which supports body against cell damage. It has been found to delay or reverse diseases or age related diseases in body functions. Half tsp of turmeric powder has 3000 ORAC units. Turmeric is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C and works as a perfect immunity booster food for kids as well as adults and considered as one of the super foods for kids. (Ayurvedic herbs that kids can eat for brain and immunity)

Oregano:

Oregano is the herb loaded with antioxidants like tryptophan, lysine, valine, vitamin C, vitamin A and E. The antioxidants thymol, carvacrol, limonene, terpinene, ocimine and carryophyllene give this herb its flavor and smell. These antioxidants contribute to boosting overall health. ½ tsp of dried oregano has 4000 ORAC units. It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, folate and fiber all of which contributes to a healthy body. So never forget to add some oregano on your kid’s pizza or pasta.

Ginger: 

Ginger is loaded with antioxidants which helps the body to fight off chronic diseases and promotes healthy living. As per numerous studies, ginger has been credited to fight infection and inflammation. Ginger root contains powerful compounds, including gingerols and shogaols that help to inhibit inflammation and protect against cellular damage. They also tend to protect the liver against toxins. Known for its amazing medicinal properties, ginger has been used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Loaded with Vitamin B6 and magnesium, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property, which helps in fighting infections.

Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)Beetroot and Moringa with Herbs and Nuts

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

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

Kids LOVE the colours!!

  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.


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OMG! See What Happened To This Apple After Applying Antioxidant To It

Antioxidants are substances which save living organisms from oxidising or reaction with oxygen or aging. In simple words, when any object oxidises, it is becoming bad, over ripe, aging, reducing in nutrients. Take for example apple which when cut turns brown. It is oxidising! ( Some antioxidant in food)

Read more about Antioxidants http://turmerich.com/2020/09/14/why-do-we-need-antioxidants/

Below is a quick experiment to show how an antioxidant can save a living organism from oxidising…aging. One sample of Apple has an Antioxidant spray (lemon juice is a naturally occurring antioxidant food) and the other does not. More than the loss of nutrients, Kids wont like the look of a Fruit turned brown.

With Antioxidant spray
Without antioxidant spray

So, next time you pack apple, just rub some lemon on them and keep away from turning brown.


Product

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.

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what does antioxidant mean and why Do We Need Antioxidants?

What does antioxidant mean? Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. (what are free radicals?)

CONTROL FREE RADICALS <> BUILD IMMUNITY <> SAVE FROM DISEASE <> DELAY BODY DAMAGE/ AGING

Antioxidants are substances which save living organisms from oxidising or reaction with oxygen or aging. In simple words, when any object oxidises, it is becoming bad, over ripe, aging, reducing in nutrients. Take for example apple which when cut turns brown. However, when we apply lemon juice (antioxidant) on the cut fruit, its stops becoming brown or oxidising. When we consume food, along with energy, some free radicals (villains!) are released in the body. Antioxidants help to kill these villains or neutralise their power in order to keep our body healthy and disease free.
Foods with antioxidants

Even by eating 7-8 portions of colourful vegetables and fruits in a day, you might still be lacking in antioxidants. We need to consume almost 10000 units of antioxidants in a day. It is advisable to choose your meals in a way that your ‘nutrition and antioxidant’ content is met and you are at your healthiest.

Antioxidant is measured by using ORAC units (Oxygen Radicals Absorbance capacity). Below is a list of top most antioxidant foods available in India.

Nuts/ Fruits commonly available in India:

  • Walnuts 6000 (¼ cup)
  • Hazelnuts 5000 (¼ cup)
  • Pistachio 4000 (¼ cup)
  • Almonds 2200 (¼ cup)
  • Figs 1500 (¼ cup)
  • Amla 1000 (1 piece)
  • Peanuts 1500 (¼ cup)
  • Chia seeds 500 (1 tbsp)
  • Apple with skin 3000 (1 piece)
  • Blueberry 6500 (½ cup)
  • Orange 2000 (1 piece)

Lentils/Legumes/Veggies commonly available in India:

  • Rajma uncooked 16000 (1 cup)
  • Lentils uncooked 15000 (1 cup)
  • Peppermint, fresh 7000 (50gm)
  • Ginger raw 1500 (10gm)

Spices commonly available in India:

  • Cloves powder 6000 (½ tsp)
  • Cinnamon powder 5000 (½ tsp)
  • Oregano dried 4000 (½ tsp)
  • Turmeric powder 3000 (½ tsp)
  • Cumin seed 1500 (½ tsp)
  • Ginger powder 600 (½ tsp)
  • Red chilli powder 500 (½ tsp)
  • Cocoa powder unsweetened 20000 (2 dark chocolates)
  • Triphala Powder 3500 (1 tsp)
Recipe for Colourful Paratha (Tortillas)Beetroot and Moringa with Herbs and Nuts

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

For Pink: Puree beetroot with least or no water. Add 1 cup flour or as little required to make dough. For Green: Take moringa powder. Add flour as little required to make dough.
To each flour, divide rest of the ingredients and add- spread, yeast, husk, seeds, salt. Make firm doughs. Take small balls of dough, roll thin and make paratha/ tortillas.

Kids LOVE the colours!!

  • 1 small beetroot (for pink)
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (for green)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or jowar (sorghum flour)
  • 3 tbsp Psyllium husk
  • Salt
  • Carrom seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)

If you don’t have moringa powder, take any leaf- spinach or kale, steam it lightly without water and puree well. Don’t add extra water. Add flour to this puree to make green dough, along with other ingredients.


Product

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.

Kids & Teens Immunity Booster Chocolate Spread| 0% preservatives | 0% refined sugar | 0% Palm oil | Fortified with AMLA, GILOY, TULSI | ORDER

Daily Nutrition for: Immunity, Brain development, Bones and Overall growth

(shipping in India only)


Join 12000+ KIDS NUTRITION Community for Parents of small Kids & Teens.

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