Child health is always a priority. Therefore, most parents try to strengthen their baby’s immune system, and preference is often given not to vitamins in tablets, but to healthy nutrition. Among products rich in vitamins, microelements and at the same time nourishing, amaranth products are in the lead. This situation is observed in many countries.
What gives amaranth to the children’s body
It is necessary to clarify right away how old amaranth products can be included in the diet. In Ukraine and a number of other countries, it is widely believed that amaranth in baby food is possible only from the age of two. In Germany and the USA, there are practically no restrictions in this regard, and amaranth can be seen in many baby food products. This culture is appreciated due to the presence of a large number of vitamins, minerals, squalene, protein (it is as close to ideal as possible). It is also important that amaranth does not contain gluten, and bread, pastries, sweets based on this plant can be consumed and enjoyed by healthy and tasty food for people suffering from celiac disease or intolerance to gluten.
It should be noted that many doctors recommend amaranth to nursing mothers. It is proved that products based on it cannot provoke an allergic reaction in infants after his mother eats amaranth porridge or adds amaranth bread to her diet. In addition, this culture has long been used as an excellent antitumor and anti-inflammatory agent. It improves digestion and has a beneficial effect on the genitourinary system. But for pregnant women, amaranth oil is recommended: it is rich in squalene, which saturates the whole body with oxygen, which is very important during pregnancy.
Amaranth is able to give the children’s body a large supply of nutrients. In particular, this culture among the cultures is considered the leader in magnesium content. So, in one hundred grams of rice contains fifty milligrams of magnesium, in one hundred grams of wheat – one hundred forty milligrams of this trace element, and in the same amount of amaranth – two hundred forty milligrams. In addition, amaranth is called a real repository of the vitamin complex.
Most of all in the amaranth leaves are vitamins of group C and E. In addition to them:
- PP (NE) (PP);
- AT 9 ;
- AT 6;
- AT 5;
- IN 2;
- IN 1;
Amaranth also contains a large amount of minerals. It:
Each of the vitamins and minerals, as you know, performs its role in the body, and the lack of any of them leads to certain symptoms. In particular, vitamin C deficiency is indicated by bleeding gums, loosening of teeth, and frequent colds. This vitamin several times increases the body’s resistance to various viruses and bacteria, and it is best for appetite. Pallor of the skin, general weakness can develop with a lack of vitamin B12. Vitamins of group B help to overcome stressful situations (the beginning of schooling, a change of residence). Vitamin A or beta-carotene is a strong antioxidant, D plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, helps the absorption of calcium, normal development of the skeleton and prevents the development of rickets. Trace elements such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium are especially needed during the period of active growth of the child.
Amaranth in medical practice
Practice has proved the benefits of amaranth in the treatment of many diseases. Use this plant is useful for violations of the respiratory system. So, 1 teaspoon of amaranth juice and a small amount of natural honey is considered an excellent remedy for bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis.
Amaranth is proven to help get rid of anemia, and it is even recommended by the Indian Education System as an essential nutritional supplement. In Africa, doctors recommend that anyone with a red blood cell deficiency include the leaves and seeds of amaranth in their diet.
It is also noted that amaranth contributes to the more active development of the child. To do this, add 1 drop of natural honey to 1 teaspoon of fresh amaranth juice and drink it, and do it every day.
In addition, the World Health Organization strongly recommends including amaranth dishes in children’s diets. The reason for this is the high need of the child’s body for protein, which in leaves and seeds of amaranth is 30% more protein than in oats, rice and wheat.
In most cases, children like the taste of amaranth products. In addition, the plant does not contain gluten (gluten) and can be included in the children’s menu along with buckwheat and rice. For a variety of menus, various healthy dried fruits and other delicious ingredients are added to such dishes.
What can be included in the children’s diet
Healthy porridge for breakfast
To prepare this dish, you need to take amaranth seeds and water in a ratio of 1/3 (it is better to soak the seeds in water beforehand). Such porridge is cooked for 40 minutes over medium heat. In the finished porridge, you can add slices of fruits, berries, dried fruits, honey, blueberries or strawberries.
Instead of amaranth seeds, you can take cereals.
Cutlets with amaranth and cheese
To prepare a healthy and tasty dish you will need:
- 1 onion;
- 1 clove of garlic;
- lemon zest;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
- salt, pepper, spices to taste;
- 1 egg
- 50 gr of cheese;
- a glass of amaranth seeds.
Separately, for 5 minutes, simmer the onion and garlic in a pan. Then add olive oil, a teaspoon of lemon peel, spices to taste.
Separately, cook amaranth seeds until tender.
In a bowl, mix amaranth, egg, stewed onion, cheese. We make small patties, roll them in breadcrumbs, put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven. Bake the patties in the oven for 15-20 minutes. If necessary, they can be turned over after 10 minutes.
Carrot cutlets with amaranth
- 1 large carrot;
- 2 potatoes;
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp fresh or boiled peas;
- salt, pepper, spices to taste.
Three carrots and pre-boiled potatoes on a fine grater. Grind the peas with a blender. After that, we mix all the ingredients, form patties, bread them and fry on both sides.