We all mothers always think for the good overall growth of our kids. But kids are not supportive for this. They always deny healthy things and healthy habits. Being a mother I also tried many things. My daughter is also very specific for food, but still has a good physical and mental development. Generally I don’t refuse her to eat junk/fast food but I always remember to give her good food as well. One junk food in a day is allowed in my house. Here are some tricks which I found suitable for my 5 years old daughter. I know every child is different, and have different choices, but you can get some ideas from this article for yours one.
Healthy diet: Giving healthy diet is very important and key thing for kid’s development.
Egg for protein: My daughter is very fuzzy in drinking milk. I was worried about her protein intake. I already have tried almost everything to feed her milk but every time it was a failure. The day when she became 7 months, she gave up milk and any form of milk. Somehow I managed to feed her milk (Biscuits dipped in it) as her first meal of the day. Today she is of 5 years and still taking it as a strict rule. Beside this, I give boiled egg everyday in every season to her. Eggs are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids, folic acids and vitamin D, vitamin B12 etc, so it is good for kid’s bone health, neural health, hair health, nail health, sharp vision, brain development and helps to grow kids bigger and stronger and less chances of heart disease.
Amla (Indian gooseberry) for vitamin C and anti-oxidant: Kids are very prone to catch cold and cough. In winter season and changing season it is very common in kids. But you can avoid it by taking regular dose of vitamin C. We know that amla or Indian gooseberry is good for health. It is a good source of vitamin C and anti-oxidant. But it is not good in taste. So my whole family takes amla in candy form. Daily I give 2 amla candies to my daughter. Initially she hesitated but when she realizes that everybody is eating, she also started. You will not believe that now the ratio of getting sick is 1:5. This was a big achievement for me. Till now I suggested this to many fiends and they are also happy with the outcome.
Calcium supplements: Calcium supplements are necessary for kids especially for those who don’t enjoy drinking milk. I give daily one tablet and it is tastier too. Earlier when she was not able to chew the tablet I gave her calcium syrup in mixing milk. I also try to give her other milk products like paneer, curd and cheese. There was a time when she liked cheese a lot and I took two cheese slices everywhere even in Movie Theater too. Now days, she likes paneer and its dishes a lot.
Vitamin supplements: My pediatrician advised me to give vitamin supplements at a very young age. And from that day I give vitamin supplement in morning milk. And till now my daughter doesn’t know about it. Generally vitamin supplements are not good in taste so it is waste to try to give kids in pure form.
Walnuts: Walnuts are not only good for our heart but are also good for our brain. Initially my daughter didn’t like it, I think it was due to its shape and color, but today she is very fond of walnuts.
Almonds: Almonds helps in maintaining the strength of bones and teeth, strengthening of the immunity and responsible for the development of the brain. All these things are important for growing kids. Beside of these, almonds are good energy booster, prevent constipation and good for skin too. I daily give some soaked almonds to my daughter. Taking them empty stomach are more beneficial for health.
Raisins: Raisins are rich in iron, magnesium and potassium. It also contains several members of vitamin B complex. Raisins are good remedy of constipation in kids. Few raisins daily can be a substitute of candy too.
Fruit: Daily giving at least one bowl of any fruit makes my child healthy and full of energy. I pick any seasonal fruit and enjoy with her. Like this she feels motivated. Same thing I do for fresh vegetable salad too. Salads are quite boring for kids. And I don’t like to make salads rich and creamy. But, if we all eat together, she also enjoys eating fresh raw salad too.
Green vegetables in dough: My daughter eats roti (Indian chapati) and poori with interest, so I always knead my dough with some seasonal vegetable. It can be bottle gourd, spinach, fenugreek, beetroot etc.
Soybean flour: When vegetable is not available I knead the dough mixing with soybean flour. Soybeans are very rich in protein.