Let’s Rewind

By now, if you’ve been frequenting our inspirational Kuli Kuli Foods blog, you know all about the incredible healing benefits of Moringa Oleifera. In case those details were missed, let’s rewind and provide an overview.

Moringa Oleifera is one of the most nutrient-dense green “superfoods” available. It has numerous healing properties [1], which have exponentially increased the demand for this versatile food. Moringa is safe for children and adults, with benefits including successfully treating inflammation, parasitic diseases, joint pain, digestive disorders, hypertension, diabetes, anemia and skin conditions while providing cardiovascular and immune support, protecting against numerous pathogens (E. coli, Salmonella, Candida, H. pylori and Staphylococcus) and enhancing lactation for breastfeeding mothers. [2] [4]

Moringa Around the World

In fact, Moringa Oleifera has been used throughout the world to nourish adults and children since ancient times. Wild edible plants (WEPs), including moringa, are staples in communities in Nepal, for example. Besides providing food supplementation and income for locals, WEPs help support food security. In Nepal, moringa is called Sital Chini or Saijan, and the pods are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. [5]

Moringa has been an essential nutrient in supplemental feeding programs for underweight children in Uganda, where locally-sourced soybeans, peanuts and moringa oleifera are fed to children ages 6–59 months. After 5 weeks with the supplemental feeding program, children gain an average of 2.5g/kg of weight per day. [3]

New Horizons

While moringa’s popularity is gaining momentum here in the U.S., many parents inquire about the best ways to get the slightly bitter moringa into the bellies of their little ones. I’ve coined a new term to identify this enjoyable process:

Moringafy Recipes for Tots

1. Moringafy Smoothies

Begin your day with an easy, fun Mommy and Me Smoothie favorite!

2. Moringafy Sauces, Marinaras and Soups

Options are endless when it comes to moringafying savory sauces, delicious curries and scrumptious soups. Let your imagination run wild! These recipes will jump-start your kitchen creativity.

3. Moringafy Breakfast

Bring nutrition and energy to the start of your family’s day with a granola parfait or green eggs benedict. You may enjoy adding a touch of moringa to a morning omelet as well.

4. Moringafy Pudding

Ready for pudding fun? As the end of the school year approaches, reward a job well-done with this Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter and Moringa Pudding treat.

5. Moringafy Grilled Cheese and Quesadillas

An oldie, but a goody, this Blueberry, Basil and Moringa Grilled Cheese will delight your little ones time after time.

6. Moringafy Baked/Fried Foods, Muffins and Breads

It’s easy to add moringa to baked goods without a hitch. The benefits will work their magic while your family may not even notice moringa’s presence. Try this Moringa and Mushroom Arancini for a fun alternative!

7. Moringafy Cheese Spreads, Dips and Guacamole

Need I say more? Delicious guacamole dip or moringa hummus make nutritious spreads for chips, crackers and other snack favorites.

8. Moringafy Desserts

Moringa is undetectable in many desserts. Two favorites are moringa rice krispies treats and Vegan Brownies for your Valentine or anytime. Yum!!

9. Moringafy Pancakes and Waffles

Traditional pancakes and waffles are made more nutritious by adding moringa. For those looking to enjoy pancakes as a snack, try the delightful moringa scallion pancakes.

10. Moringafy Casseroles

Adding moringa to your family dishes provides an effective way to boost nutrition and energy for the family without sacrificing taste. Enjoy the fun of eating a veggie enchilada for your next family dinner.

With recipes like these, your little ones will soak up the many nutritious benefits that come from adding moringa to the daily family fare. Many more scrumptious recipes can be found right here on the Kuli Kuli blog. As a reminder, when making single serving portions for children, only ½ teaspoon or less of Kuli Kuli’s Pure Moringa is needed. Only use larger amounts – 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon or more – when moringafying an entire dish for the family. Bon appetite!

References

  1. Chodur, G. M., Olson, M. E., Wade, K. L., Stephenson, K. K., Nouman, W., Garima, & Fahey, J. W. (2018). Wild and domesticated moringa oleifera differ in taste, glucosinolate composition, and antioxidant potential, but not myrosinase activity or protein content.Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 8, 1-10. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26059-3
  2. Fahey, J. W., Olson, M. E., Stephenson, K. K., Wade, K. L., Chodur, G. M., Odee, D., . . . Hubbard, W. C. (2018). The diversity of chemoprotective glucosinolates in moringaceae (moringa spp.).Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 8, 1-14. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26058-4
  3. Jilcott, S. B., Ickes, S. B., Ammerman, A. S., & Myhre, J. A. (2010). Iterative design, implementation and evaluation of a supplemental feeding program for underweight children ages 6-59 months in western uganda.Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(2), 299-306. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-009-0456-3
  4. Leone, A., Spada, A., Battezzati, A., Schiraldi, A., Aristil, J., & Bertoli, S. (2015). Cultivation, genetic, ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and pharmacology of moringa oleifera leaves: An overview.International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16(6), 12791-12835. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms160612791
  5. Uprety, Y., Poudel, R. C., Shrestha, K. K., Rajbhandary, S., Tiwari, N. N., Shrestha, U. B., & Asselin, H. (2012). Diversity of use and local knowledge of wild edible plant resources in nepal.Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 8, 16. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1746-4269-8-16