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Is Tiger Nut Milk Good For Children?



Today, tiger nut milk has been getting a good amount of attention because of the numerous benefits it provides.

It is suggested that tiger nuts can help couples increase libido, can help improve fertility among other things.

READ: How To Make Tigernut, Dates, And Coconut Drink To Boost Libido



Tiger nuts also called aya (Hausa), ofio (Yoruba) or chufas (Spanish) are a highly nutritious plant food with a high energy content. They are rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and Vitamins C and E, they taste sweet, with a hint of coconut, and have a chewy texture. They are an excellent source of energy and supply easily digestible protein, good fats and essential iron and are great for pregnant women, nursing women, and beneficial when mixed with baby and children’s food for healthy growth.

Tiger nut milk is good for children as it is a good natural source of magnesium, which is needed by the body to help with muscle and nerve function and for the proper functioning of the immune system.

READ: Can Tiger Nuts Boost Fertility?

Tiger nut milk also contains no lactose but plenty of calcium, so it makes a great alternative to cow’s milk, for children who are lactose intolerant.

How can you make tiger nut milk for your children?

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup tiger nuts
  • 4 cups of boiled/purified water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or other preferred sweetener, optional. (NB honey should not be fed to babies younger than 1 year old)

Materials required

  • A cloth sieve
  • A high powered blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put the tiger nuts and the water in a bowl, cover with a cloth, and place at room temperature for 24 – 48 hours. The tiger nuts will soften and become more crunchy.
  • Pour the tiger nut water and the soaked tiger nuts in a blender. Blend on high speed for about a minute, until the mixture looks very creamy.
  • Strain the milk through the cloth sieve into a container. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the pulp.
  • Add the honey or sweetener, optional.
  • Chill the tiger nut milk before serving. But note that it is not always good to give children cold drinks.

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts



Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.



Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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