Healthy eating for your growing child

Proper diet is very essential for the growth of children. They require adequate nutrition for better growth and develop a healthy body.

• Give six meals to the child
• Include Proteins, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins, fibre and minerals in diet
• Give milk and milk products
• Proper breakfast is must
• Give cereals, vegetable fruits and milk or curd
• Mid morning snack may have proteins and vegetables
• Give salads, pulse, vegetable, curd and chapati in Lunch
• Evening snacks may have milk with some amount of cereals
• Serve the dinner by 8 to 8.30 pm
• Give adequate drinking water

Children often develop a natural preference for food they enjoy eating the most. So, the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing.

• Do not let the child watch television while eating
• Limit the screen time to less than 2 hours a day
• Do not serve too much at a time
• Eat meals together as a family
• Make the child eat on a dining table
• Serve the food in a separate plate
• Adjust portion sizes appropriately for age
• Encourage your child to play sports and physical activities
• Activities like Running, swimming and cycling are helpful

• Take Multi-grain flour or wheat flour
• Knead the flour with pulp of vegetables, curd or milk
• Make stuffed roti or parantha
• Make idli with added vegetables

Cover up healthy meals under the wrap of their favourite food. Without making healthy food dull, give junk food a makeover with staples like multi-grain, wheat and ragi accompanied by nutrition of vegetables and fruits.

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