In many homes normally makhana is used in gravy vegetables or as a dessert ingredient in kheer and laddoos. But Makhana is also a portion of highly nutritious food for babies and kids. Today, it can be found in almost every health-conscious home.
Makhana can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing rice or some basic cereals. When you introduce Makhana to your baby, you can make a powder of makhana in a grinder and make porridge and mix powder of makhana in it. Start with this 1 tbsp of makhana porridge and check whether the baby shows an allergic reaction. Check it for three days, and if the baby is not allergic to it, you can increase the amount gradually. After that you can give roasted makhana as finger food, once the baby started to chew well. For older kids, makhana can be given in the roasted or fried form.
Nutrients present in Makhana
In a 100-gram reference amount
|Thiamin||43 Daily value(DV)|
|Manganese||116 Daily value(DV)|
|Phosphorus||63 Daily value(DV)|
Health benefits of makhana for babies
1. Good for bones and teeth
Makhana is rich in calcium and thus great for the development of your growing baby’s bones and teeth.
2. Gluten free food
Makhana is gluten-free and this makes it one of the safest foods for babies as gluten-free food is less likely to cause allergies in babies.
3. Rich in protein
Makhana is a rich source of protein so, these seeds are ideal food supplements for babies as it helps in strengthening baby’s muscles and bones.
4. Antioxidant properties
Makhana is loaded with antioxidant properties, which are great for maintaining good health for babies, and it also protects them from severe health conditions.
5. Helps in digestion
Makhana contains ample amounts of fiber and thus helps in keeping your baby’s digestive system in place.
6. Weight watcher
The taste and flavor of makhana are so much like regular munchies that you feel like you are doing a cheat meal even when you aren’t.