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Nutritional Requirements

Eating different types of food helps to ensure that your child is getting all the essential nutrients needed for normal growth and development.
We consider this when creating our recipes to be not only not only be yummy, but also packed with these building blocks. Some of the nutrients required for a growing child are:

CALCIUM: Essential for the growth of healthy bones and teeth. Calcium is better absorbed along with Vitamin D (available by skin exposure to sunlight for at least 10 minutes a day).Some food sources are - lentils, beans, green leafy vegetables, dry fruits (nuts and seeds), milk (whole milk or low fat milk), eggs, lamb.

IRON: The requirements for iron increase drastically after 6 months of age. Common sources are: chickpeas, lentils, cow-pea, quinoa, soy beans, garden cress leaves, fresh mint, watermelon, Niger seeds, beef, lamb, and liver.

VITAMIN A: A vitamin important for vision (twilight vision). Present in all Dark Green leafy vegetables, yellow-orange fruits and vegetables (avocados, apricots, mangoes, pumpkins, lentils, carrots, figs, and papaya), butter, whole milk, eggs, lamb liver etc.

FATS: No child should be put on a low fat diet, as fats play an important role in building nerve connections (for the brain); forming hormones and cell wall; aid in absorption of important nutrients’ which would otherwise be excreted by the body unused; and in providing healthy fats which can’t be synthesized by our body, also known as essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The fats essential for a child’s development (EFA’s) are: linoleic acid, arachadonic acid and docosahexaenoic acids. Sources for the same are: vegetable oils and fish oils/oily fish and shell fish.