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5 Ways To Give Almonds To Your Toddlers

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5 Ways To Give Almonds To Your Toddlers

 

Nuts are healthy for any child but not all of them can eat this nutritious food because of allergic reactions. The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has recently (last year) however renovated its policy to avoid foods with nuts and plain ground nuts till such time the baby reaches 3 years. This group promotes the consumption of all types of nuts including almonds by babies who have reached 6 months unless they show allergy signs or their family history shows allergies to nuts.

You should not try to feed almonds (or other nuts) in whole or crushed in butter as they act as ‘choking hazard’ until your baby is 4 years old. Baked almonds are extra nutritious food delicacies that you can definitely offer your child.

Citing Nutritional Content:

If your child is below 2 years of age his calorie intake will be half of fat content in the diet. Majority of the nuts provide unsaturated and healthy fats to the body which will definitely boost your toddler’s physical growth.

 

almond milk recipe+homemade baby food

 

Some other types of nutrients that almonds offer include:

  • Protein
  • Omega-3 based fatty acids
  • Zinc
  • Fibre

Starting Off with Almonds:

Despite of all the healthy assurances offered by almonds you may generally be on the scary side to feed your child with almonds. The following guidelines will work to act as starters for almond –feeding in a safe way:

  • Give your toddler a little amount in the beginning
  • Make sure you feed almonds only in the morning so that you can be prepared for allergic reaction symptoms during the day
  • If he does not react, offer some more in the next few days. Within 4-5 days you will know for sure that he has no nut allergy and then onwards you can start feeding him different recipes of almonds

Simple Methods of Adding Almonds for Consumption: 

The Cereal Mix

One of the easiest ways to make your toddler eat almonds is by grinding it with butter to add into muffin or pancake batter. If he is into cereal, add 1-2 teaspoons of this almond based butter into his rice cereal or oatmeal to make it tasty and healthy.

Almond for Coating

Ground the almonds dry and add this almond-powder to your toddler’s favourite applesauce or yogurt dessert. You will try to avoid adding chopped almonds because of the ‘choking hazard’ factor. Moreover, the ground almonds can also be used for coating finger foods such as chicken nuggets and fish sticks.

 

add almond to cornflakes+baby food

 

Dipping Delight

Take equal parts of light ‘cream cheese’ and almond butter and add it to milk to prepare a dip which can be served along with fresh fruits like sliced banana.

Almond Drink

Add a quarter cup of frozen fruits, half cup of milk and ground almonds (few teaspoonfuls) to prepare a drink that is filling for any 1-year-old and above. However, ensure that the almonds are ground properly so that they do not stay at the bottom of the drink.

 

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Buttery Treat

Since any child below 5 years of age can potentially be harmed by whole almonds, it is necessary to have the almonds blended before serving. You can prepare and refrigerate almond butter as it contains no preservatives. For this however, the almonds should be ground and blended along with the butter. Serve it warm by heating it in the microwave or placing it over boiling water in a pan.

These simple ideas will help your child consume almonds and grow in a healthy way.



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