Some Intresting Facts About Uses of Moringa For Kids

It is the most difficult task for a parent to feed their child healthy food. This task of preparing and feeding at least three healthy meals a day is not only repetitive but also the most important one. This is all the more true during the early foundation years of the child when the bones and brain are developing. Preparing nutrient dense food covering most important vitamins and minerals for the body is an inevitable requirement. With limited food choices that the child prefers, it does certainly become a daunting task to achieve complete nutrition.

A parent makes endless efforts to balance all the nutrition required for the complete growth of a child. If only there was a miracle food which could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, this task of feeding healthy food would have become way less challenging.

Does nature have such a nutrient-dense food? Moringa is one of the best food for children’s growth. All the parts of Moringa tree- leaves, fruit (drumstick), flower and root have a health purpose.

The leaves can be cooked and consumed directly. They can also be stored for longer periods after drying. For kids it is easy to serve powdered moringa by mixing it in dough or adding to any gravy or soup or shake.

Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves. This portion of Moringa contains 100% nutrition of Vitamin E, K which is great for making bones stronger and better skin and hair. It also meets 50% of Iron requirement (Iron in Moringa is 25 times higher than Spinach) which is essential for higher energy in the body. In addition, 25% of Vitamin A nutrition for healthy eyesight is also provided. It has 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots.

  • The fruit of the Moringa tree is called the Drumstick. It can be added to any gravy or soup or lentil for consumption. Although Drumstick can be tough for the younger kids to consume directly.
  • Study indicates that moringa has shown to protect against the impact of arsenic in the body.
  • The high content of potassium (15 times more than banana) in Moringa also helps fight the adverse health effects of current lifestyle (food choices) that kids prefer.
  • The flower of the Moringa tree can be cooked and added to gravy. It gives a taste like mushroom. They can also be brewed and enjoyed like hot tea (or cool drink with added flavours of lemon or honey). Hot tea is a great way to feed kids added Vitamin C for Immunity during the period of congestion, cold or cough. Moringa leaves have 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges making it a superfood for Immunity.
  • In addition to other bones friendly nutrients, Moringa also has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones.
  • An excellent source of Vitamin B1 and Vitamin E, Moringa works wonder on Brain of the child. The high content of Iron in Moringa, enables mental alertness.

Lastly, Moringa can also improve digestion in kids. The high fibre content of the miracle food helps in fixing any gut disorder which is quite commonly diagnosed found in kids nowadays due to choice of refined food.

  • In nutshell, Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion.

3 supplements for brain for kids

Free radicals are essential to life and exists as a natural phenomena. Whenever we breathe or eat, our body breaks down the food into smaller molecules, some of which are highly reactive and unstable and need a partner to stabilise itself. In this process they snatch an electron from another molecule making that molecule deficient and unstable. This domino effect of trying to stabilise itself results in damage to other cells of the body.

Free radicals can be damaging when they outgrow in number and start impacting the cells in the body. Reducing free radicals in your body includes both reducing the chance they will form and providing your body with antioxidants. Antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals and neutralise their power without causing any further damage

Ayurvedic herbal medications are increasingly researched due to their biosafety profile and usefulness in cognitive impairment. They do not yield results over-night. Herbal supplements help only when they are taken for a prolonged period of time. Long-term consumption of purely crafted supplements do not make your body dependent on the herbal drug or supplement

Bramhi:

Our body has many free radical scavengers. Anti-oxidants protect our body against free radicle damage caused to our cells. They are found in two properties, enzymatic and non-enzymatic. Enzymatic ones act as a primary gateway of defence against free radicals while non-enzymatic ones like vitamin A, C, and E, selenium, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione (GSH) help antioxidant actions protect neuronal tissue from free radical damage.

Non-enzymatic anti-oxidants are found in food, while enzymatic ones are created by the body, during the metabolic process

Imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals is the basis for free radical damage resulting in aging and cognitive decline

Bramhi attacks the free radical scavengers and protects cells in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and DNA damage.  It reduces stress-induced hippocampal damage and hence is a great supplement for brain. Herbal supplements do not have harmful impact on the body. In older times, kids were often given Bramhi powder with ghee/honey

Ashwangandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbal supplements that work to counteract the effects of stress in the body. Stress causes very real physical changes in the body, including harming the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens have stimulant properties that help counteract those harmful effects

 The root of Ashwagandha smells like horse (“ashwa”), that is why it is called Ashwagandha (on consuming it gives the power of a horse).

Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory. It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity.

It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals

It can be safely given to children, best when given in milk, The paste formed when roots are crushed with water is applied to reduce the inflammation in the body It is also locally applied on wounds, ulcers and painful swellings.

Curcumin

A compound found in turmeric, offers therapeutic relief. It is a rich antioxidant which supports against body cell damage. It has found to delay or reverse diseases or age related decrease in body functions.

Curcumin has a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which found in the brain and spinal cord that plays a key role in keeping nerve cells healthy, as well as regulating communication between nerve cells, which is critical for learning and memory for kids

Consuming turmeric on daily basis with black pepper helps to keep the nerve cells healthy. It works best when consumed with black pepper, ginger and some honey for taste.

Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about Peanut, Almond, Organic food and Allergy below:

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.

Read more about Storing food properly for securing vitamins, Digestion friendly food, Whole-meals for bones:

TEFF BREAD

Teff flour has 6 times more fibre than wheat

NO OIL, NO EGG, NO DAIRY, NO WHITE FLOUR, NO GUILT

Recipe / Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)Calories (kcal)
(RDI 2000 kcal)
Fat (g)
(RDI 70g)
Protein (g)
(RDI 50g)
Sugar (g)
(RDI 25g)
Fibre (g)
(RDI 25g)

Magnesium (mg)
(RDI 250mg
)
Iron (mg)
(RDI 10 mg)
Calcium (mg)
(RDI 1000mg)
Vitamin B6 (mcg)
(RDI 1.3 mg)
Guilt Free Food Recipe (Loaf)9901429174715075000.7
Store Bread Recipe (Loaf)11001536201062810000.2
GFF recipe offers much higher fibre, Vit B-6 and Magnesium. Extra fibre in diet reduces weight, lowers cholesterol. Vit B-6 is needed for proper brain development in kids and function of it. Magnesium boosts body performance by keeping muscles and bones strong.
After Rise (part 1)

MIX (Wet)

  • 1.5 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp Molasses or jaggery or coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cups warm water (or little more)

MIX (Dry)

  • 1 cup Teff flour
  • 1/2 cup Ragi flour
  • 1/2 cup Potato starch
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds (grind into powder)
  • 1/4 cup Psyllium husk (Isabgol)

MAKE DOUGH

  • Keep aside 1/3 cup dry ingredients
  • Combine Wet and Dry
  • Make wet, sticky, shaggy dough (hush drinks water)

RISE (part -1)

  • Cover and rise for 1 hour in dry dark area

RISE (part-2)

  • Blend remaining dry ingredients into dough
  • Pat dough to make rectangle/square
  • Roll back to make log
  • Brush with any dry flour
  • Fit into greased bread pan (tuck edges inwards)
  • Cover and Rise for 45 minutes

BAKE

  • Preheat at 200 celsius for 5 minutes
  • Slit dough top in any design with sharp knife (optional)
  • Bake at 200 celsius for 60-70 minutes

Walnut: 5 reasons why kids should consume everyday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about Peanut, Almond, Organic food and Allergy below:

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.

Read more about Storing food properly for securing vitamins, Digestion friendly food, Whole-meals for bones:

This can takeaway your Digestion worry Forever

Digestion is amongst the most common concerns in kids today. This is primarily due to the food choices. Most of the meals nowadays comprises easy-to-consume options e.g. plain roti, yellow dal, potato, bread, white rice, pasta, cake, soup, noodles, cookies. While these food choices don’t lack nutrition entirely (if made at home), they do miss out on an essential macro-nutrient- Fibre.

Fibre is the non-digestible carbohydrate. It is responsible in keeping our digestion healthy and regular. Constipation is a nutrient-deficient disease which is caused by lack of fibre. The usual cycle of digestion is between 1 to 1.5 days. However, with the current food choices, this time has become 4 days. So even though your child may be regular, he might still be 4 days late (constipated).

Fibre travels to the large intestine without being digested and also helps to flush out toxins like excess cholesterol, lead, mercury etc that get released from food. In the absence of Fibre, these waste products get reabsorbed by the body. In addition, fibre is also the food for the good bacterias living in the large intestine (gut).

In older times, humans had the capacity to consume 100g fibre since plants were more accessible than hunting animals for survival. This has reduced to 1/10th now. Just with the addition of Banana Stem, a child can meet the daily fibre requirement considerably. Banana stem is 60% fibre, which is a god-sent solution to improper digestion.

  • Banana stem is extremely high in Vitamin B6, which keeps haemoglobin high, gives ample energy and helps kids fight weakness, fatigue and crankiness. Lower haemoglobin results in lower cognition in kids and this can carry on till later in life. 
  • Learn to make an easy dish using Banana stem

Read more on Brain snacks, Bread for kids, Sleep food and wholesome meals below:

Super Easy Pre-Biotic For Kids

GUT <> PRE-BIOTIC <> GOOD BACTERIA >> BAD BACTERIA

Prebiotic is a food which is not fully digested in the body and reaches the large intestine (commonly known as GUT). The good bacteria in the large intestine eats this food and flourishes. Good bacterias multiply and win over the bad bacterias (disease forming)

Moong Daal (Mung Bean) is an outstanding prebiotic. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicine for digestion.

Other than being a food for the bacterias in the Gut, it is the most powerful antioxidant amongst all lentils, and is also loaded with many micro-nutrients. Mung bean is also extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic and Fit.

Read more on Micronutrients http://turmerich.com/2020/09/16/is-your-child-taking-any-micro-nutrient-at-all/

Due to these powerful results, billion dollar companies in the west are moving to Moong Daal (Mung bean) to prepare plant-based non-veg. protein which is more nutritious than original.

Read more on Protein http://turmerich.com/2020/09/06/how-to-add-9g-protein-to-your-diet-easily/

Without removing the shell of the bean, it can be prepared as Khichdi (porridge), Daal, Wrap, Cheela (pancake), Dosa or a paste to add in bread dough for all age-groups.

Recipe:

  • 1cup whole mung bean (soak overnight) and blend/purée with enough water to make pancake like (not too runny) batter
  • Add salt, pepper and carrom seeds (optional)
  • Spread on hot non-stick pan (add drops of oil to cook)
  • Flip to cooks on other side
  • Take off the pan and apply any dressing or sauce like peanut butter or guacamole or tomato cause. Stuff with cheese, lettuce or salad leaves, grated carrot, mashed avocado, sliced tomato, cabbage and/ or other veggies.
  • Roll and serve.