When winters set in the temperatures drop and thus it becomes even more important to ensure that kids eat an adequate and healthy diet. The hot food is not only tempting but also helps to build their immunity and keeps them away from the winter bug…
With snowfall in the hills, there has been a cold wave throughout the north. The temperatures have dropped and so have the energy levels. One just wants to stay in the warm bed with a hot cup of soup or coffee. Imagine if we adults are so lazy and inactive then what about our kids. Well, they also feel less active, lethargic and often deal with a loss of appetite.
It is believed that some adults and children can experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a type of a depression which is associated with the change in temperature. Those who suffer from SAD often show symptoms of mood swings, lethargy, depression, irritability, loss of weight and appetite.
Also, the dipping temperatures bring along the spike of cold, cough and flu with it. But there is always a way to beat the cold by eating smartly and including these foods in your child’s diet as well.
Here is a list of some foods which will help you and your child to stay healthy and happy this winter
- Cauliflower: This lovely flower shaped cruciferous vegetable is a delicacy and blends in well with any other vegetable. This provides manganese and magnesium which are important for the growth and development of a child. Also, the fiber content helps in digestion and stabilizes energy.
- Sweet Potato or Shakarkandi: This is packed with vitamin A and fiber. This can be used to make various recipes. One can boil it, roast it, mix it with chaat, sauté it or just have it plain. Try to replace the French fries with this nutritious snack.
- Turmeric: The natural, as well as the powdered haldi or turmeric, is good for you and your child. This not only gives flavour but also fifths against infection. If your kid takes a liking for the raw form of the spice then nothing like it!!!
- Yogurt: Yogurts are made with probiotics. These probiotics are healthy bacteria and help in digestion and recovery from infections. It is believed that almost 60% of the immunity comes from the gut. Thus keeping the gut healthy is very essential.
- Sesame seeds: This is high in iron and when consumed keeps the body warm. It can be had it various forms like til ka ladoo, chikki, and with gur and ghee.
- Beetroot: The deep red colour of this vegetable is due to the antioxidants betalains. This helps to fight against cancer and other diseases. Also, they are full of potassium and vitamin A, B, and C. These are also a good source of sugar … in case you are planning to cut down on sugar you might want to know this fact.
- Carrots: These are loaded with vitamin A and C along with other antioxidants. This is very good for the eyes and skin. So don’t forget to include the favourite food of Bugs Bunny in your meals.
- Pomegranates: This is one of the oldest and the most nutritious fruit. The red pearls contain antioxidants and help to keep the heart diseases at bay.
- Citrus Fruits: In winters there is a variety of citrus fruit like grapes, oranges, kinnow, limes, and grapefruit are available. These are rich in vitamin C and A and help in the growth of the children. These help in maintaining strong bones, vision and repairing of the blood cells.
- Green Leafy Vegetables: Last but not the least, with winters, comes leafy vegetables like spinach, spring onions, methi, bathua, and saag. Everyday something new can be tried with these lovely greens.
Feeding the kids can be a task thus trying out a new dish everyday with the above-mentioned food will help them stay fit and healthy this winters. While I go and try to feed my daughter you also don’t forget to try something new!!!