Nutrition Tips by Dr. Deepa Prakash

Supersize your child’s nutrition with super nutrition choices.

Q: What’s orange and faster than a speeding train?
A: Super Pumpkin.

pumpkin

Summer time outdoor fun and games mean romping around in the garden, playing with muddy toys and tremendous bursts of energy in frolic. This also means risk for infections and fevers in children. Easy way to keep your child protected from infections is to serve a daily dose of high nutrition foods. Sweet pumpkin is an all-round winner. Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, other vitamins and minerals, Sweet pumpkin has what it takes to build your child’s immunity. More than just the pumpkin, even the seeds are power packed in nutrients for your child. So how does one slip in a daily dose of sweet pumpkin into your child’s diet. It is as simple as making a puree and gently mixing it into daily foods. Want to make it more special ?  you can mix sweet pumpkin puree with fresh yoghurt and add a smattering of fresh vanilla bean with honey to make a delicious summer time dessert.

Sweet pumpkin puree also works its way into hummus to make a dip for carrot sticks. It is often the easiest to incorporate sweet pumpkin puree into dhal or a soup. Seeds from sweet pumpkin should be washed and dried before toasting in the oven or roasting on a pan for a bit. Rich in antioxidants, minerals and omega fats, these seeds are also rich in the amino acid tryptophan. Trypophan in our diet triggers a gentle restful sleep. sCooLMeal Labs suggest sweet pumpkin by day and a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds in the evenings giving your child boosted immunity and naturally deep sleep.

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