Winters and foods, the best ideas for your little ones.
Winter food guide for your little ones
Winter is here and so your plans to cook the perfect winter food for your little ones need to be upgraded. As temperatures dip, childrens’ moods and general level of activity might take a hit. The focus, then, is to ensure they are healthy and that their nutrition isn’t compromised. So, you need to keep them warm and entertained while ensuring they eat their nutrients.
Besides bundling them up with warm clothes, you need to make sure they’re feeling warm inside out. Certain foods help with that. You might wonder how it is possible to get your kids to eat healthy and enjoy it at the same time. The key is to have fun with the ingredients and cooking process and to come up with innovative ideas while cooking.
Here’s a quick winter food guide for your little ones:
- Use spices in your cooking.
One of the most abundantly available items in our cooking are the spices - they make Indian cuisine famous the world over. Use these spices in your meals to add extra flavour and aid in improving appetite and blood circulation, protecting your little one from winter chills. The best part is that there is no end to the meals whose flavours you can enhance by adding spices.
- Make good use of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Carrots, oranges and apples are only some examples of the kinds of winter fruits and vegetables you can buy for your kids. You can make fruit juices, shakes, smoothies and other tasty food items out of these abundant options. This is a must-have on your winter food staples!
- Dry fruit and nut shakes are your best friends.
We all love munching on nuts as snacks because who can resist their richness? The best part about dry fruits and nuts is that you can consume them in multiple creative ways; roasted, crushed, chopped and powdered are only some of the ways you can eat your favourite dry fruits and nuts. They keep your kids warm during the cold months and are packed with nutrients like protein and essential fats.
Replace the snack and candy bowls in your house with unsalted dry fruits and nuts like cashews, almonds and walnuts to get your kids to practice healthy snacking. If your child doesn't like the constant munching, you can always mix nuts with dates and fresh fruits to make tasty shakes and smoothies they will enjoy.
- ‘Tis the season for hot chocolate and other hot beverages your little one will love!
Any food guide will be incomplete without chocolate and hot beverages, especially a winter food guide for your little ones. This also ensures your kids are not missing out on any essential nutrients, like calcium and protein, from dairy products.
If your little ones are allergic to dairy, you can replace the dairy component with almond or soy milk to make irresistible hot chocolate or badam milk they will absolutely love.
- Soups for the soul
Vegetable or chicken soups are super healthy, wholesome and fun foods for your kids that are packed with the goodness of vitamins. You can make all kinds of soups with your choice of vegetables and spices. They make for tasty evening snacks or power-packed breakfasts that perfectly complement fresh toast or dry fruits and nuts.
Creating a winter food routine for your little one shouldn’t be a difficult or expensive process. All you need is a clear idea about your child’s likes and dislikes and a plan to include locally sourced produce to make everything fresh and healthy. Ultimately, your little ones and you should have a fun time making and eating tasty and healthy food that will keep you warm.
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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed/shared in the blog above are personal thoughts of the writer. Berrytree recommends you consult with your doctor/pediatrician/family before instinctively following any suggested steps.