Know about 6 vegetables that has high nutritional value

 

Nutritious food

Food is important for healthy growth of mind and body. This helps in stopping hunger now. Elders have always been particular about their children eating vegetables. But, children prefer to avoid them, as much as they can. But, no matter what, children need a balanced diet to be healthy.

Potato, tomato, beans, pumpkin, bottle gourd, carrot, beetroot, etc., should be eaten regularly for a healthy life. Or, you end up with ailments that can affect your mental and physical well-being.

By using the different seasonal mixed vegetables like spinach, beans and such others during their respective seasons The Akshaya Patra Foundation ensures that children get a balanced diet all-year-round.

Spinach: Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain antioxidants that combat free radicals. These are absolutely necessary for one to remain healthy and help avoid ailments and physical issues in future. Like spinach, tomatoes too contain antioxidants that fight free radicals.

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Free radicals damage contributes to the development of many chronic health problems such as cardiovascular and inflammatory disease, cataract, and cancer. Antioxidants prevent free radical induced tissue damage by preventing the formation of radicals.

Beans: Beans are a great source of nutrition. They contain lysine, an essential amino acid which helps the body convert fatty acids into energy and helps to lower cholesterol. They also contain folate, a B vitamin which affects neurotransmitters that can boost your mood. It is among the important vegetable which ensures you stop Hidden Hunger.

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Brinjal: Brinjal is rich in minerals such as potassium which is good for metabolism, and magnesium which helps to relax your muscles and can aid in improving your sleep. If you lack vitamin B and K this is a good vegetable. The skin has extra nasunin, a nutrient and antioxidant which has anti-ageing properties.

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Pumpkin: Pumpkins contain essential nutrients such as folic acid, manganese, vitamin C and zinc, all known to help in strengthening the body’s natural immune system.

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Brussel Sprouts (mini cabbage): Not only are sprouts rich in vitamin C and K, which help to maintain healthy bones, they also contain carotenoids, essential for supporting good vision. Sprouts are a great source of vitamin C and also contain very low sodium and fat content, making them a great vegetable for supporting heart’s health.

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These and more are used by Akshaya Patra to Feed the Children Now. You can participate in this initiative by donating towards the Foundation and eradicating classroom hunger.

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Seasonal Nutritious Dishes Keep Children Healthy

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Nutritious and healthy food is the birthright of every child. But, not all children get to have it every day. There can be varied reasons for the same.

The school lunch provided by The Akshaya Patra Foundation to over 1.6 million schoolchildren every day ensures that the children get nutritious and healthy food containing seasonal dishes as a part of their school lunch. It also ensures they get a balanced diet and are saved from hidden hunger.

The Foundation ensures that children get fresh and different variety of dishes in their meals. It has been observed that children like different kinds of dishes in their meals every day. This, in a way, ensures that the food wastage is less. While feeding the seasonally available food, the Foundation ensures that the children get the kind of food cooked in their region. For this, every Akshaya Patra kitchen has different menu. This is necessary to feed the children nutritious meals every day.

As seasons change, the types of vegetables and fruits available differ. Hence, it won’t be possible to give children the same food and vegetables throughout the year. There are different types of pulses and varieties of beans that grow only during certain seasons. Hence, when they are available. The children from the region where these season fruits and vegetables are harvested can relish dishes made from these ingredients.

India is blessed with numerous climatic zones and climatic conditions. Therefore, the fruits and vegetables grown across the country vary. This also affects the nutritional properties of all them. Keeping this in mind, the ingredients in the menu are changed. Sometimes, new dishes are introduced in the menu to make it suitable for the season. With this Akshaya Patra has been able to stop hunger now. Donations from the organisations and philanthropists form an important part of our initiative to bring a change.

Educated Children will Build a Well-Developed India

Children are called the key of paradise. It is important to ensure that they are well-educated and healthy. The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit-organisation, which is in the forefront in ensuring the welfare of children as it aims to feed the future now.

It is important to educate them and ensure that they become a responsible citizen of the country. Children are the future of the country. Their actions will determine the future of the nation. To ensure that they receive proper nutrition and education, the Government of India has come up with numerous initiatives. Mid-Day Meal Scheme being one of them.

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It is important that every citizen of the country understands the importance of doing their bit to ensure that children are consuming nutritious food. This is important for proper development of their mind and body.

Children should be free of fear, hunger, preventable diseases etc., to ensure they lead a happy life. The situations in some parts of the world makes it unsuitable for children to live. Take the case of man-made preventable wars and conflicts as in Syria today that has seen children being the worst affected due to the conflicts and have been left to the forces of many a deviant ideology.

In the month of November, when we also celebrate Children’s Day is a time for all adults to affirm that children would never have to suffer for the follies of some adults. Nor will they be allowed to suffer from hunger. This is where Akshaya Patra plays a major role. It ensures that children of school-going age need not miss school for want of food.

It is such efforts that ensures child empowerment in India. The act of empowering children helps guide them to feel and believe that they are powerful now as well as creating optimum conditions for them to live happily.

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Feed a Child to Feed The Future Now

For developing an individual, no matter what, starting young is the best way to do it. The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes in supporting the child’s development from a very young age.

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In the process of developing as a well-rounded individual, it will do a world of good, if a child is taught the need and the importance of social service. Of course, it will ensure the person develops humility, but will also ensure that the child grows up to be a selfless individual. The child realises at a very early age the importance of feeding the future now. This can ensure that the country will not have to see future generations that suffered malnutrition when they were young. This is a message that has to be imbibed by the present generation.

India has been ranked very low in the Global Hunger Index and it is something that needs our immediate attention. The current generations should give lessons in social service to their children so that the future generations grow up to the responsible individuals.

This will ensure that the country will have mentally and physically healthy individuals. At the same time, it would have dealt with the issues arising from hidden hunger which is more common in developing countries. Children may be able to get a stomach full of food. But, the quality of food a child gets is what’s important. That’s where Akshaya Patra ensures a balanced mid-day meal for over 1.6 million school children everyday across the country. Anyone who have imbibed the quality of selflessness will definitely want to extend any help to any individual or an NGO that helps those in need.

One can feed a child today to ensure healthier future generations. But, the desire to help must be developed at a very young age for which parents can play a role.

Feeding the future now, we can ensure we live in a healthy nation

For a person to live a healthy life, a proper diet is a must. It is more so in case of children who are in their growing years. A balanced diet can ensure that the immunity of a person is well maintained.

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Some of the NGOs in India play a major role in ensuring that school-going children are able to get a full meal. Malnourished children experience developmental delays, weight-loss and illness as a result of inadequate intake of protein, calories and other nutrients. Anaemia, osteomalacia/rickets are among the diseases that could affect children who do not get a balanced diet.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meals supplied to thousands of schools ensures healthy and balanced diet for children. As a part of the Feed The Future Now campaign, the NGO is trying to reach 5 million children by 2020.

Chronic undernutrition is said to plague more than 925 million people worldwide. Prolonged deficiency leads to malnutrition. Human body can easily fall prey to diseases if the body is not well-nourished. When children face malnutrition they tend to fall ill more often than those children who have a well-balanced and nutritious food. Hidden hunger is also considered to be a major reason for malnourished children.

Well, this situation can be banished or relegated to history if you make charity donations. Akshaya Patra also ensures that every rupee you donate reaches the children. They get to eat a healthy mid-day meal from the nutritious value the food contains. The food is cooked in state-of-the-art kitchen which ensures that there is a minimal wastage of the resources.

Perhaps it’s only a matter of time when India will be free of malnourishment among children with the numerous efforts being made. Be a part of the change, feed a child today to ensure that they remain healthy and attend school regularly.

How Educated Children Can Lead The Country Towards Social Change

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With approximately 28.1 per cent of India’s population in the age group of 0-14 years, children have a crucial role to play in the field of education and social change in India. Did you know that our country has more than 1.5 million schools with over 260 million students enrolled?

These 260 million students would grow up to shape the society and be responsible for social change in India. Educated children have ambitions of pursuing career in fields that are vital for the growth of the society. It’s because of educated children that we are able to dream about the presence of more responsible citizens in future.

For education to reach every child, it’s important that the children attend schools regularly. Many of these children, belonging to economically weaker sections, need a better motivation to attend schools. Therefore, Feed The Future Now – a nationwide campaign – is on a mission to feed the children with nutritious meals in schools. When schools feed the children in the premises, the children are motivated to attend and study regularly.

A large section of children aged between 0-14 years face stunted growth due to lack of nutrition. The campaign run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds the children in school premises, thus motivating them towards education.

Educated children are better aware of issues such as poverty, illiteracy, health, hygiene, human rights and environment. Through education, they are made aware of the essential elements of survival. They learn about the dignity of social life and are able to imbibe vital lessons about social growth.

Education widens the mental horizons of children for social change. Educated children develop the ability to reason, question and challenge the status quo.

If you agree that educated children can bring a positive social change in India, then join hands with us in fighting hidden hunger. Support us as we observe the Hunger Action Month and strive to feed the children. Donate today.

Volunteer Now to Feed the Future

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Feed The Future Now is a nation-wide campaign that is aimed at ensuring that every child in India gets a nutritious mid-day meal once in a day. An initiative by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, it is looking for volunteers to take up opportunities to serve wholesome meals to children in schools. The core belief behind the campaign is that when we feed the children with nutritious meals, we are ensuring that our future generation is healthy enough to lead our country towards positive progress. This can only happen when people from all walks of life come together and donate for children.

The volunteers can participate in activities which are regularly conducted at various Government and semi-Government schools and the kitchens.

Help In Serving Meals

The food prepared in Akshaya Patra kitchen is served to 1.6 million children every day. The volunteers can help the NGO in serving meals to the children for a day. You can also help the staff unload the meals from the food trucks at the schools. This can be an extremely fulfilling experience as you get to witness the beaming faces of children as the meals are served to them. You can also arrange activities for them post lunch. This will make the children a break from their regular classes.

Support us online

Our hectic schedules keep us away from doing participating in various social cause. Though we feel guilty about it, we convince ourselves saying that we would have done it if we had time. But lack of time should not be a barrier. You can sign in as our cyber advocate and talk about our initiatives on your social media accounts. That could include pages and groups on social media where you can promote our initiatives.

Fundraising

Akshaya Patra feeds over 1.6 million children every day across 12 states. Register yourself as an online fundraising volunteer. It can be done online or by conducting activities in your vicinity. The money collected will be used to provide mid-day meals to the school children. 

Help the staff in cooking

If you are someone who loves cooking, you can opt for volunteering opportunities in any of our kitchens. Our kitchens are located in across 32 locations in 12 states in India. You may can help the staff in cutting vegetables and preparing other ingredients for cooking. It can prove to be a learning experience for you since the organisation ensures that the food prepared in hygienic conditions. Their state-of-the-art kitchen are funded by millions of givers who believe in feeding the future by donating for children.

Feed The Future Now, a campaign that aims at ensuring we live in a healthy country, also invites for donations through which can be used to serve nutritious meals to people. There’s nothing more fulfilling than getting an opportunity to feed the children either by donating or volunteering for the cause. You may choose to donate for children or pick up any volunteer opportunity as per your convenience, today.

How ambitious classmates motivate others to think of a bright future for themselves?

Children are hungry for knowledge and we need to feed them with the right kind of information. This is why the schools have a set curriculum. Through this they ensure that the students are exposed to the kind of information they can comprehend. But how do children get the motivation to have aspirations or dreams for future?

Here’s where the term ‘peer pressure’ comes to play. Children have a tendency to imitate what others are doing around them. So when they see their classmates doing well in studies, they feel motivated to pursue the same. However, this healthy and competitive environment can be marred by the existence of one factor – hidden hunger. This makes it important to stop hidden hunger now.

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When we don’t feed the children with nutritious food, we leave them hungry partially. This is why we need to stop hidden hunger now as it directly relates to the growth of the children.  When we feed the children with wholesome meals, they don’t’ feel hungry and are motivated to compete. But with hidden hunger, children don’t feel healthy and strong and can’t focus on their studies.

A nation-wide campaign Feed The Future Now is an endeavour to stop hunger now by feeding the hungry children. The campaign targets hidden hunger by taking nutritious meals to schools. When children get these wholesome meals, they feel motivated to dream big, which is otherwise not possible if the child suffers from hidden hunger. They compare their ambitions with those of their peers and develop competence.

Several times, two close friends start off chasing a common dream as they inspire each other. The top ranking students in class create a sense of standard within a classroom. Nothing motivates children than seeing their friends succeed. This makes it important to feed the hungry children.

As the campaign observes Hunger Action month, let’s pledge to encourage our children to have goals. Let’s help in creating an environment of healthy competition where ambitious children study together and motivate each other.

You can be part of this campaign by contributing your services or your money. Donate today to feed the hungry children.

What is Right to Education?

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The year 2009 marked a major turning point in the history of education in India when the Right To Education Act, popularly known as the RTE, was enacted. This Act mandated free and compulsory education for children between six and 14 in India. This means that education is the fundamental right of every child in India.

Education is vital for the future of the society since children are the future. The Act is significant in that it make education accessible in various ways. For instance, the Act provides that “no child shall be held back, expelled or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education.”

India also suffers from the challenge of school drop-outs – a problem which is also addressed by the Right To Education Act. School drop-outs are given special training in order to bring them up to par with the students of the same age.

A nation-wide campaign Feed The Future Now an initiative of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, addresses the problem of school drop-outs by serving wholesome meals in schools. This encourages several children to come back to school and regularly study. The campaign is taking the future of India – the children – closer to the right to education.

In the year 2011, the right to education was extended till Class X (16 years) into the preschool age range. This means now most of growing-up years of the children in India can be invested in education. The Feed the Future Now campaign, thus calls people to donate more for child education.

Children are the future and right to education is a step towards this future. Donating for child education is an investment in our own future. If you choose to donate for child education today, you are contributing towards right to education for children. Join Feed The Future Now campaign. Donate today.

Be a Part of our Fight Against Hidden Hunger

While preparing a meal for a child, the choice of ingredients is based on what can make it nutritious and presentable at the same time. This will have an impact on the child’s health in future. A healthy meal is an integral part of the growth years of children. When combined with physical activity, a healthy meal helps them develop their mind and body. In addition, a balanced diet also improves their immunity and reduces the ill effects of hidden hunger.

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Feed The Future Now is a campaign, launched by The Akshaya Patra Foundation and aims at fighting hidden hunger among children in India and promoting healthy meals. The campaign calls everyone to feed a child by donating or contributing towards the cause. As part of reducing hidden hunger, the organisation is observing September as Hunger Action month. Akshaya Patra always aims to inspire individuals and organisations to implement the serving of healthy meals to children.

Unhealthy eating habits often cause obesity while poor diet is directly linked with illness. That’s the reason the kitchens run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation always serve millions of children with nutritious food, paying special attention to pulses.

The Foundation’s kitchens across India serve pulses such as green gram whole, Urad and Toor dal, fortified soya dal, sprouts, soy products, Bengal gram whole, channa dal etc. They contain high component of fibre, low fat, the glycemic index of these is also low. The high protein and nutrient value adds on to its benefits.

With this, the children don’t fall a victim to hidden hunger. When we feed the children around us well today, we are indirectly feeding the future now because these children are the future of our country.

We urge you to take action and become part of the Hunger Action month. Contribute to Feed The Future Now. Let us fight hidden hunger together by feeding a child.