It’s that time of the year when the thermals are brought out, the air conditioners are put to rest and hot chais are in demand! Yes, you got that right, it is ‘Winter TIme.’
The misty early mornings, the cool evening breeze can be soothing to the soul, but winter does come with its own set of worriments.
Your precious little munchkin should be protected, as they can easily catch a cold as the temperatures go down. We are here to rescue you with a few foods that can be easily included in their diet!
They are a great source of fiber and are enriched with nutrients. The nutrients help prevent flu, cold and constipation.
Sweet Potatoes aid in the formation of blood cells and helps develop a strong resistance to infections, thereby improving the immune system. They also contain a high amount of antioxidants, that help to keep a good metabolic rate, prevent early ageing and develop a strong nervous system.
They can be eaten plain, boiled with a tinge of spice or made into a soup. As they say, save the best for the last, Sweet Potatoes can be also be made into chips, which we are sure your kids would love!
Chia Seeds With Milk
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improve dental health and a variety of other benefits.
The large amounts of protein, fatty acids and fiber present in it causes the seeds to be digested slowly, causing a slow release of energy, which in turn keep blood sugar levels stable. Also, high calcium levels present in them help in keeping your little one’s bones strong.
The best way to consume them would be to mix them with milk, refrigerate it for 2 hours and then serve. The resulting combination would be loaded with proteins and will be a tasteful joyride for your child.
A Dry Fruit Mix
Dry fruits like almonds, cashews, pistachios, raisins, walnuts, dates and apricots etc. are unparalleled superfoods that contain everything good your tiny tot’s growing body needs!
Almonds lower cholesterol levels, maintain normal blood pressure and blood sugar and reduce overall body weight. Walnuts strengthen hair and smoothen skin and is thus anti-ageing.
Blend a bit of everything for your kid, the best thing would be to crush them into powder, as that would give a burst of nutrition all in a single serving.
Vegetables like carrots, beetroots, turnips, radishes and onions are well suited to grow in cold temperatures and can be stored throughout the course of winter, without them losing any of their nutritious properties.
The large amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutritions, help detoxify the body, reduce blood sugar, keeps the digestive system in shape and reduces risk of other heart diseases.
To make it fun for your kids, you could try recipes like beetroot cutlets, carrot halwa, creamy carrot soup garnished with some coriander etc. and your munchkin would be strong and ready to tackle infections all throughout the winter.
Among all fish, Salmon are known to have the least amount of mercury and other chemicals and are thus recommended for children.
It is packed with nutrients, most notably fatty acids, which improves brain function and maintains cardiovascular health and is known as the ultimate ‘brain food’.
Always make sure to buy only fresh salmon and to freeze it not more than once. Ensure that the salmon is salted or smoked before serving it as a sandwich, as a patty, or as a tart.
Well, the list is endless and these are just the tip of the iceberg! So go on, make a list and go grocery shopping for your little one to stay healthy this winter.