In one of my posts from last week, I wrote about how almonds are very high in Omega 3 and should be included in your child’s diet in you want to raise smarter children. I have been giving almonds to my 2 year old from the time she was 9 months old. I would soak the almonds overnight in water and you will be amazed to see how they double or even triple in size overnight. I would peel the skin and scrape the almond and let her eat the almond paste or you can pound it if you want (this is how almond milk is made). There are ways in which almonds should be consumed in order to enhance their nutritional benefits. Soaking almonds improves their digestibility and the amount of vitamins that can be absorbed by your body. For more details on soaking and sprouting read this article.
Here’s a picture of almonds prior to overnight soaking and after being soaked.
Disclaimer: I understand that many people have serious nuts allergies so please take this advice with a grain of salt. Most pediatricians say that children should be given nuts only after 1 year. The only reason I started my 9 month old on nuts is that during my pregnancy I consumed a lot of nuts and we have no family history of allergies.