Wellness - Nutrition | 0-5 yrs

Nutritious Body Coolers For Babies

Shyamala Sathiyaseelan, Expert, Child Culinary Expert Shyamala Sathiyaseelan

Summer is the time when exams get over and kids get to enjoy vacations. It is the time when they engage in a lot of strenuous physical activity, which leaves them tired and hungry. Even pre-schoolers or toddlers who are busy running around and exploring the world tend to sweat and feel tired. As playing under the sun can drain your child’s energy and make him feel tired, it is essential to plan a different kind of diet for him during summer.

Your child’s summer diet should include meals that are easy to digest and fresh, as cooked food tends to get spoilt easily during summer. A lot of hydrating or cooling foods like watermelon, tender coconut water, lemonade, cucumber, and butter milk should be added to her diet to make sure the water content of the body is not depleted. The right kind of food will allow her body to regain the lost strength and also maintain an optimal temperature.

According to an article in the Times of India, an international study conducted last year that tracked 5,380 children through kindergarten and first grade found that the body mass index (BMI) accelerated at a faster rate during the summer break than the school year. So, inculcating healthy eating habits in your child becomes even more important during the summer time.

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Pumpkin Puree

Nutritious and delicious pumpkin makes the best first food for babies. The dietary fibre in it prevents constipation when introduced as the first solids to babies. It's packed with vitamins and minerals, so pumpkin puree makes an ideal baby meal.

Pearl Millet Buttermilk

Kambu, a healthy summer coolant when mixed with curd/buttermilk, cools the body and boosts immunity.

Green Peas Carrot Puree

Children are more sensitive to certain tastes than adults. Bland purees and porridge are good choices for baby meals.

Hadjod/Pirandai Chutney

Pirandai/Hadjod/Veldt Grape capsules are prescribed to increase bone strength and to accelerate fracture healing. Include calcium and phosphorus rich pirandai in your weekly diet and say bye to Osteoporosis/weak bones.

Little Millet Fryums

Saamai ilai Vadagam or Little Millet Fryums are crispy fryums that toddlers would love. This hot crispy treat has a lot of nutritional values and will also help the baby's body cool down.

Spinach Pulses Mash

Packed with Vitamins & Minerals, Spinach provides strength not only to Popeye, the sailor but also to your pint-sized crawler !

Raw Ash Gourd Raita

Ash-gourd is a natural sedative that calms down nerves and brain, thereby, it relieves stress and induces sound sleep. It's an alkaline base which helps in curing acidity, ulcers and kidney stones.

Sago Urad Porridge

Starchy Sago Tapioca pearls are manufactured from Tapioca root. This instant energiser cools the body and does magic to muscles, bones and blood. The cooling effect of sago helps bringing down the temperature when the baby has fever. It is easy to...

Nongu – Ice Apple

Ice Apple/Nongu is a readily available Summer Coolant.. This water-filled Jelly keeps you hydrated and provides more energy with less calories. Tender ice-apple soothes your stomach and improves digestion.

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