When it comes to our little ones, what they eat now will define two very important outcomes for decades to come. The first outcome is obvious, their physical and mental growth. The second is a lot more subtle, it will define their ability to use their physical and mental faculties to fulfil their potential in any field. Given the importance of nutrition, especially for two to six-year-olds, we should be helping them develop simple but effective habits that will stay with them during the challenging years.
The single most effective habit
The first big step to eating right is starting your day right. A balanced, nutritious breakfast that takes
only a few minutes to cook makes a world of difference to starting the day. Compare this to starting
on a sugar high from ready to eat foods, that are essentially a form of an unhealthy dessert and full
of preservatives. So how do we serve our children a healthy home-cooked breakfast without slaving
over the stove for an hour or more, in the middle of the morning rush ?
A quick and nutritious solution
We have a simple option that takes 3 minutes to make and provides 14 natural ingredients that gives
your child all the protein, good fats and carbohydrates he or she needs to take them all the way to
lunch. This magic food is called Sathumaavu – literally strength flour in Tamil. Sathumaavu is local to South Indian and
is a homemade porridge which is rich in protein, dietary fibre and complex carbohydrates.
Since it’s made with grains, nuts and millets it makes a very healthy and filling meal.
If you don’t have time to make this flour at home, Manna Health Mix is a completely natural version
that has been enjoyed by adults and children alike for generations. The best part, all age groups can
eat and enjoy this breakfast together, which just makes the mornings simpler.
Manna are the millets and multi-grain people. Their mission is to make healthy, 100% natural and
nutritious food that fulfils the daily health requirements of every member of your family.
What goes into Sathumaavu?
Sathumaavu is bursting with nutrition and flavour including:
1. Cereals 88% – Ragi, Millet, Maize, Jowar, Red Rice, Wheat, Barley – these slow burning
carbohydrates provide energy right through till lunchtime and give your child all the energy they
need to enjoy their morning, whether at home or school.
2. Pulses – Fried Gram, Green Gram, Soya Bean – filled with muscle building proteins, these pulses
will quietly work on helping your child’s body do all that vital growing and muscle building it needs
3. Peanuts, Cashew Nut, Almonds, Nuts, Sago, Cardamom – this combination of nuts and spices is
rich in fibre, protein, healthy fats and oils, all of which contribute to the health of your little one’s
digestive system, eye and heart health.
With absolutely no added sugar, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial colours or hydrogenated
oils, you can give your child the comfort of a complete home-cooked meal in a simple bowl of
How to cook Sathumaavu in 5 minutes
1. Mix 30g (3 tbsp) of Manna Health Mix with 300ml (1 1/4 cups) of water or pure hormone free desi cow milk
2. Stir till there are no lumps.
3. Place on the stove and bring to boil, stir continuously (to avoid lumps) for 3 minutes.
4. Add raw honey, fruits or organic jaggery to taste.
5. Serve warm.
6. Variation: Cook with water and serve with thick organic A2 cow buttermilk and salt.
We suggest setting put a variety of toppings – fruits such as chopped bananas or berries ( if local and seasonal) , jaggery, raw honey, unsweetened cacao powder – so that each person in the family can add the flavour they like to their Sathumaavu. You can find Manna Health Mix on Amazon and start serving your family a fresh, home-cooked,
nutritious breakfast from today.
Please note : The product contains wheat and soyabean ( although chemical free). Its best to avoid consumption if you are gluten intolerant or have a weak digestive system.
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