Dear Aysha, It was a pleasure to receive your inquiry, Dried fruits and nuts are called the powerhouse of nutrition, as they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, antioxidants and dietary fiber. Children can be given whole dried fruits and nuts after the age of five years. It also helps in overall growth and development of children and boosts their immunity. However, it is still advisable to keep an eye on them to make sure they chew them well. Eat in small quantities (4-7 pieces) daily to get a whole entourage of health benefits. Different ways to add dried fruits and nuts to your child’s diet:
• Sprinkle crushed almonds or pecans over a cup of low-fat yoghurt
• Add chopped walnuts to homemade banana bread
• Add dried fruits to porridges or puddings
• Stir a tablespoon of nut butter (almond or cashew butter) into pancakes or muffin batter
It would be my pleasure to know how more we can assist you.