Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Millets for Kids - A path to healthy upbringing!

As a mother of a 2.8 year old, I have my struggles of making my daughter get the right kind of
nutrition. If she ate the regular diet that is provided to her, I would be more
relaxed but she is a fussy eater and her plate is never fully finished. I am sure there are a lot of
mothers like me who are worried about their child’s nutrition. Recently, I started researching about
wholesome nutrition for kids and found out that Millets for kids is one of the best options.



What are Millets?

Millets have been a popular cereal across Asia and Africa. In India, we have seen the use of millets in
the form of rotis and porridges. However, this has mostly remained centred around rural areas and
urban places has hardly explored the goodness and benefits of millets. But with new researches and
studies, it is now finding its place in our regular diet.

Types of Millets:

Proso Millet

Proso millets are rich in protein and amino acids. Proteins are the main source of physical development in kids and can help in development of muscles, cartilage and skin.


Sorghum

Sorghum has multiple benefits and studies have revealed that its inclusion can be a
solution to curb obesity in kids.

Kodo Millet 

Kodo millet is rich in Vitamin B. With good content of Vitamin B3, B6 and B9, it can
strengthen the nervous system in kids.

Foxtail Millet

Apart from strengthening muscles and bones, Foxtail Millet is known as a popular
choice for diabetic controlling diet.

Barnyard Millet

Barnyard millet is a powerhouse of iron and therefore can be great for children especially given the alarmingly high rates of iron deficiency in Indian children.

Pearl Millet

Pearl millet is rich in protein, magnesium and folic acid.

Finger Millet

Rich in calcium and phosphorus, Finger millet can help maintain a healthier digestive
system.

Little Millet

Little millet has a good content of antioxidant properties and also rich in protein.


Millets for Kids

Kid’s nutrition, as discussed earlier can quite challenging for parents. It is very difficult to get them
used to a particular diet of our choice or follow a chart suggested by paediatricians or nutritionists.
In my almost 3 years of motherhood, I have realised that kids dislike monotony in anything, be it
toys, studies, games or even food. Although we may give a lot of effort to ideate and prepare various
tasty dishes that also have their fair share of nutritional value, our kids may not quite like that. But
as a mother, patience is the key and instead of giving up hope to make them eat the right kind of
nutritious food, we may get them acquainted with something new, like millets.

Having mentioned the different types of millets and their health benefits, it's obvious that
millets for kids is a great option. However, it is not so easy to either get hold of or have the time and
patience to get our hands on pure millets and cook meals accordingly. But there are other easier options available to ensure millets get included in your child's diet.

I personally really like SlurrpFarm's range of millet-based foods for kids. In addition to healthy mixes like millets dosa and pancakes, they even have millet cookies that allow me to give my child a healthier alternative when she wants sweet snack. SlurrpFarm ensures 100% wholesome goodness that can be easily prepared in the kitchen.

Millets are a powerful source of proteins and vitamins and can be either added or substituted in the
daily diet of kids. Let us explore some recipes here:



Millet dosa

I have noticed that most kids love dosa. Here is a fun recipe of dosa with millets for kids.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of Slurrp Farm Millet Dosa Supergrains & Spinach
1 & ½ tablesppons of yogurt
1 ½ tablespoons of Water

Mix them together and let it stand for 5 minutes. Warm a flat non stick pan and add ghee to it. Pour
the batter on top and spread slowly making sure to cook both the sides well. Once done serve your
kids with sweet mango chutney.


Millet Pancake


Thanks to Slurrp Farm for their super chocolaty pancake mix, my daughter has
started loving pancakes now. What you need for that:


Ingredients:
1 cup of the Slurrp Farm Millet Pancake Mix in Chocolate and Super grains
½ cup egg
½ cup cold milk

Blend everything together and let it sit for 5 minutes. Warm a flat non-stick pan and add butter to it.
Pour the batter and cook spreading from the middle. Cook on both sides well. Once cooked serve
your kids with chocolate syrup, fruits and peanut butter.

These are just 2 recipes with millets for kids. There is innumerable scope with millets in the kitchen
from making simple porridge to lavish biriyani. No matter what we make we can be assured that our
kids nutrition is sufficient and wholesome with millets.

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Disclaimer:
This post is sponsored by Slurrp Farm and is meant to educate parents about the use and importance of millets for kids nutrition

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