When your child is a small eater you keep worrying about whether your child is getting enough nutrition or not. Kids generally eat better at restaurants and parties just because the food looks and tastes different. So we can put in little bit of effort and try and make the food a little interesting.
There are days when my son does not want to eat anything other than cakes, so I try and make the cakes as nutritious as possible by adding nuts, sometimes grated carrots, chopped apples, bananas, orange juice or milk and I always try and make my cake out of atta.
If your child is fond of eating only rice and dal then make your dal as nutritious as possible by putting chopped and pureed vegetables and garnishing it with lots of coriander leaves. You can add a little yogurt to the dal rice and cubed paneer so that your child gets enough nutrition. Don’t make soups with just one vegetable, try and combine it with a lot of vegetables, add a table spoon of dal or some cubes of chicken in it.
Combine the dish properly so that it can add a little value to the dish. Kids generally cannot eat too many items at one go. So make stuffed parathas by stuffing it with panner and little vegetables. Then the child gets grains and proteins along with vitamins which is a complete meal. Every time you make some rice add peas and chopped carrots and cauliflowers to it. You need not serve your child fried rice every day, but as the rice is boiling you can add the vegetables so that your child gets to eat a nutritious food. Before serving you can add a little butter or ghee to it with a dash of salt.
When you making pakodas or idllies add a little chopped spinach to the batter to make it healthy. Make koftas out of bottle gourd cabbage and potatoes and add it in the gravy. A little bit of variation makes a lot of difference. Make some interesting drinks. Give fresh juices to your child than canned juices. You can also use seasonal fruits or fruit syrups. You can make smoothies with mango and yogurt or strawberries and yogurt. By switching over to healthy options will make a hell lot of difference in your child’s health.