Nutrition for 2 - 5 year oldsAre you a parent of a pre-schooler, who is concerned about your little one's nutritional needs? Join our discussion to clear your doubts, share your journey, know from our experts and explore more about nutrition for your child.
Team ParentCircleSep 01, 2020
@Anonymous Dear Parent, It must be upsetting when your child is not eating the food cooked at home with love and care and prefers packaged food! Here are some tips that you can try to get your child to eat healthy home-cooked food. 1. Make meals interesting - Children love colours! Add a variety of vegetables in his meal. Use a cookie cutter to cut veggies into different shapes. You could try this with fruits as well. This will get his attention. 2. Add variety - Try new foods and change the menu! This is one of the key components of healthy eating. If you give the same food every single day, the child is likely to lose interest. 3. Follow mealtime schedule - Having a consistent mealtime schedule is important to develop healthy eating habits in children. Try to keep meals and snacks scheduled around the same time each day. Following a mealtime schedule can help prevent hunger-related tantrums. 4. Involve him in cooking - The best way to involve children in cooking is to just let them watch you cook. Set a safe place for your child in the kitchen and give him wooden spoons and whisks to play with. You can even involve him while selecting fruits and vegetables and while setting the table. 5. Give options - Give your child options when it comes to eating. If he doesn't like rice, try replacing rice with millets (finger millet, foxtail, samai etc). You could also try different foods made using wheat and legumes. 6. Always have an alternative - If your child is asking you for sweets or cakes or cookies, instead of saying no, offer him homemade treats. If your child likes cookies, bake cookies with him. It will definitely be healthy and hygienic compared to a store-bought pack of cookies. Please do follow these tips and let us know how it worked out for you.Reply
Roopa MSep 09, 2019
@Kavita Mahesh Hello Kavitha, I have had bournvita and horlicks when I was a child and have given my kids too when they were little. I never liked plain hot milk and for me milk tasted better with horlicks or bournvita. Milk is considered a healthy drink, so all moms would want their children to benefit from it. Since toddlers and children beyond that age need more solid food and eat a variety of dairy products like cheese, yogurt, butter etc., even if they miss drinking a glass of milk here and there, don’t worry. I think they should enjoy their glass of milk with their favourite flavour. Even turmeric and cardamom change the taste of plain milk and some children enjoy milk in the form of hot or cold chocolate milk. I have also given pediasure for a few weeks to one of my kids because she liked pediasure- strawberry flavour a lot. Hope this helps:)Reply
Team ParentCircleSep 11, 2019
@Kavita Mahesh Dear Parent, Commercially available health drinks may not be advisable because they are high in sugar. Children refusing to drink milk is one of the first problems every parent tends to face. However, milk should be a part of the child's diet to meet his/her nutritional needs, especially calcium. There are ways that can help your child to get used to drinking milk. The best way to get your child drink milk is to add some healthy flavoring. Add a few dates to the milk for added taste. Another option is to puree strawberries or other fruits into the milk. You can also make your own health drink mix at home. You can use ragi, jowar, nuts and other millets to make the health mix. This mix can be cooked with milk.Reply