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Seeds are the simplest form of life; pure and untouched! Everything begins here, even the health!

In this fast-paced life, we have forgotten simplicity. In the era of club sodas, chips, Kurkure, and ready-to-eat snacks, we have lost all the concept of simple foods.

So now, it is necessary for the parents to bring back that ease into their kid’s life and guide them towards healthy eating habits.

Why?

Here’s something crazy for you:

As per an alarming study, India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. Nearly 14.4 million kids in the country have excess weight and numbers are doubling every 100 years. Your kid may or may not be overweight, but is at a risk of obesity.

And obesity is the root cause of every other metabolic disorder.

Fortunately, you have some healthy seeds to add to your kid’s daily diet and nip this problem in the bud itself.

Cool, isn’t it?

Make your child eat these healthy seeds right now and nip the problem of child obesity in the bud itself. #MomandMe #childcare

 

So, let’s dive in:

Pumpkin seeds

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The pumpkin fruit itself is nutritious, let alone the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and zinc. That’s why they are highly recommended for your kid’s brain development and reduction of bad cholesterol in the body.

The pumpkin seeds also possess anti-microbial properties for fighting common infections. As a rich source of potassium and phosphorus, they affect bone development and electrolyte balance.

To give your child his daily dose of nutrition, choose small or medium-sized pumpkin seeds. Roast the seeds and toss them in your vegetables, sandwiches, cereals, and desserts or mix them with nuts.

Sunflower seeds

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You may wonder…

How to give all the essential vitamins and minerals to your child?

Here’s the deal:

Sunflower seeds are the most potent combination of vitamins and minerals. You can’t even imagine the nutrition in them. Just two tablespoons will give your child over 30 percent of the daily value of six vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, phosphorous, selenium, manganese, and iron.

The seeds relax the brain, soothe the nerves, prevent infections like asthma and tonsillitis, and reduce anaemia. They also contain all the essential amino acids useful for muscle growth and metabolism.

Add a crunch to your cooked vegetables or morning cereals with sunflower seeds or add them to your burger patties at home. For moms who love baking, add them with the nuts in the cake mix.

Papaya seeds

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Does your child frequently suffer from intestinal worms?

Then, papaya seeds are what you need!

The seeds of papaya fruit are rich in the enzyme papain which helps the body get rid of the intestinal worms. When mixed with honey, these healthy seeds strengthen the gut, help fight intestinal infections, and promote healthy digestion.

Crushed papaya seeds can be used to season your meat before cooking or used in salad dressings.

Flaxseeds

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They are the new superfood for kids. A rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseeds stimulate healthy development of the brain and eye tissues and promote the production of good cholesterol in the body.

They further reduce the production of inflammatory compounds in the body and aid in a healthy immune system, thereby reducing the risk of a migraine and asthma. Flaxseeds are also a rich source of protein and fibre necessary for healthy digestion and muscle formation.

However, flaxseeds must be ground before they can be digested. Sprinkle the ground flaxseeds in sandwiches, cereals, pancakes, etc. Mask its taste by using condiments, jam and butter in your meals.

Even ¼ of a teaspoon will give 400 mg of omega-3 fatty acids to the child.

Chia seeds

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Chia seeds are also a rich source of essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, and antioxidants. You can find 16g of protein and 34g of dietary fibre per 100g of chia seeds. The carbohydrates present in the seeds are digested slowly. Thus, they keep your child full and energetic for long hours.

Soak chia seeds overnight before consumption. Soaking turns them into a gel. Add this gel to your cereals, cookies, smoothies and various other dishes. Chia seeds can also be consumed after grinding.

Introduction of healthy seeds in the diet should be done carefully as a snack so that the child develops a taste for them. Various sweet and savoury recipes use these healthy seeds as a garnishing to make them more attractive. However, don’t give these seeds directly to your infants or a toddler; they can’t chew and can choke.

So, grind your way into these healthy seeds!

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Dr Vinita Vashist

Hi, I am Dr Vinita, a homoeopathic medical professional and a post-graduate in Dietetics and Nutrition. Intrigued by the role of diet in one’s health, I share my ideas and knowledge on this blog to help parents understand the important nutrients required for their child’s health, which they cannot substitute later in life. It will help you and I understand the basic problem of today’s generation regarding nutrition and how can you inculcate healthy eating habits in your child.

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