Quinoa for Kids

Kids are fussy when it comes to food. If you're looking for a variety without compromising on nutrition, Quinoa is the perfect fit. It can be transformed into any dish they like, ranging from soups, burgers all the way to yummy cake and at the same time pack a power punch of nutrition.

Have you ever thought whether natural milk or special milk powder is better for kids? As parents, we are always worried about our children’s health and whether all nutrients are present in their daily diet.

It is natural to be sceptical about new food options, thinking of them as extravagant and just a new fad. However, this scepticism is at times a byproduct of incomplete knowledge.

Here, we talk a look at why quinoa is actually great for your kids:

* Children need about 6 to 7 servings of grains daily. Out of the 6, at least 3 should be whole grains because of the complex carbohydrate composition – they have more nutrients and keep kids full for a longer time. This avoids the inclusion of more food, or to be precise, junk food. Quinoa has the same fibre and complex carbs as grains.

* As a complete protein, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids – including the elusive lysine and isoleucine acids, which most other grains lack.

* Quinoa is a good source of vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, panthothetic acid, Vitamin B-6, folate and Vitamin E. These are some of the essential vitamins needed for kids development in different areas.

* Quinoa is rich in essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, zinc, etc. These minerals are required for overall growth and development.
Quinoa For Babies
A baby is introduced to solid food at 6 to 8 months of age. Babies can be introduced to quinoa in a similar fashion as other cereals.
Quinoa is hypoallergenic; the chances of it causing allergies are very low, yet it is advisable to try it first by not cooking it with other food. Another think to keep in mind is that though quinoa is mostly available dehulled, one still needs to be careful while feeding it to babies because quinoa hull contains a high saponin content. Even after the husk has been milled, the bitterness due to saponins may be be present. A thorough rinse in running water and rubbing the seeds afterwards can help remove any leftover saponins.

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