4 August 2020
Getting your child to eat healthy, as a lifestyle, can be a challenge, especially when their craving for junk food is high and when they prefer to eat only what they like. Since children continue to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally well into their teens, providing them with nutritionally rich food options becomes essential for their proper overall growth and development.
It is important to get children to eat healthy balanced food as excessive junk food may lead to weak immunity, making the child prone to infections. So, when planning your child’s meal, consider filling their plate with foods like:
So, when planning your child’s meal, consider filling their plate with foods like:
Cereals and Pulses
Cereals are a source of energy in the diet. Include a variety of cereals like, wheat, ragi, rice, oats, bajara etc. in your child’s diet. Protein-rich foods like dals and lentils, enable children to grow as it helps build, strengthen, and repair muscles, tissues and aids in growth and development.
Fruits and Vegetables
Include a variety of fruits and vegetables such as green leafy vegetables, yellow orange fruits and vegetables . They are packed with Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and Fibre.
Milk, cheese, paneer and yoghurt are rich in protein and calcium that are essential for muscle and bone development and can aid the health and wellbeing of your child.
Vitamins and Minerals
Children and adolescents require ample vitamins and minerals in their diet for formation, functioning, and development of body tissues as well as help fight infections. Foods like Nuts, Pulses, fruits, eggs, green vegetables, and fish etc. are rich sources of vitamins and minerals.
Eating healthy and nutritious foods can do wonders in building a healthy mind and body. It’s also imperative to try and avoid excessive use of processed food that is high in sugar because they do very little to nourish your child’s system. An under-nourished system is a weak system, making children prone to illness and infection.
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