How To Sneak In Superfoods For Your Picky Eaters

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Are you having trouble feeding your kiddo their vegetables? Have you exerted all efforts in cutting them in different shapes to make them more appealing? Maybe you’ve even chopped them into tiny pieces in hopes your child’s scrutinizing eyes wouldn’t notice (good luck with that!).

Every parent I’ve spoken to seems to have these issues, so just know that you are definitely not alone.

What if I told you that there was a way for you to sneak in superfoods without a trace, providing your child with amazing nutrients in the process? Well, that’s exactly what I am saying, my friend.

moringa-vitae-monterreyMoringa Oleifera, or Malunggay, is a popular backyard plant in the Philippines and has penetrated the different markets worldwide. Once known as a “poor man’s vegetable”, is now making a name for itself. Studies in the Philippines show that Moringa contains seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, four times more calcium than milk, four times more Vitamin A than carrots and three times more potassium than bananas! This powerful plant also contains zinc, manganese, iron and 90 more nutrients not listed here. This little powerhouse can be cooked in soups, mixed in pastas, sipped as a tea, or juiced, but there is a current trend that makes it easy to eat for kids: powder form!

DIY Moringa Powder

  1. Harvest the leaves, or you can buy them bundled in the market.
  2. Strip leaves from the stem, checking for any discolored or damaged leaves to remove.
  3. Dry them well. In drying, be sure to protect them from the sunlight and dust, which you can do by covering them with a mosquito net while laid on a tray. You can also hang them (like drying fresh herbs). This process may take 2-3 days.
  4. Once they obtain a “crispy” texture, sautee them for 2 minutes in a frying pan without oil.
  5. Pound the leaves until powdered and sift.
  6. Store in an airtight container. This can be used for 6 months.

Currently, this Moringa Powder is being used to treat malnourishment in the Philippines by incorporating it in breads and soups fed to kids. Three tablespoons daily is the typical dose.

For lactating mothers, six tablespoons is the recommended dosage. Healthy individuals need no more than 1 tablespoon daily to reap the benefits.

There you have it! Next time you face a picky eater, try mixing this superfood powder in their favorite meal and smile as they enjoy their food, while unknowingly nourishing their bodies as well.

Sources:

1. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/07/22/10/many-benefits-malunggay

2. http://www.clarkisit.com/malunggay-moringa-worlds-superfood/

3, http://www.edlagman.com/moringa/moringa-health-benefits.htm

4. https://food-nutrition.knoji.com/5-health-benefits-of-malunggay-juice-extracts-from-leaves/

5. http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/malunggay.htm

6. http://moringaling.net

7. http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/malunggay.htm

8. http://supermalunggay.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-make-moringa-leaves-powder.html

 

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Nicarose Mela

Nicarose Mela

Licensed Nurse at Nica Can Write
Nicarose Mela U. Gerona is originally from Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.She spent her growing years in Qassim and Ar-Ar, Saudi Arabia with her family, then returned to her home country permanently for her schooling. She studied and graduated as Class Salutatorian in Bethany Baptist Academy Makati during high school, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (University of Pasig City) as a Dean’s Lister and Best in Health Education Awardee in her fourth year.

In June 2013, she passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination. She is member of the Philippine Nurses Association, a licensed IVT specialist (Intravenous Therapy), and a BLS-ACLS provider following the American Heart Association standards. Currently, she works in a non-hospital environment, which gives her the time to write, read books and paint.
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