Here are five tasty and healthy winter recipes for kids& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
New Delhi: Winter can be special for the kids as they usually enjoy the weather. But the cold weather can be dangerous for children who are more likely to catch colds during fall and winter. Cold weather can also weaken your child’s immune system, leaving him or her more vulnerable to sickness. Ensuring that children eat nutritious foods will help improve their immunity and fight off infections. So, apart from dressing up your kids warmly, consider including healthful foods in the diet to help them stay healthy and happy during winters.
As the body temperature drops in winters, we are hungrier, which leads to an increase in appetite. Perhaps, all of us look for comforting tasty foods to feel warm and cozy at the peak of winter. It goes the same for the tiny tots too. But, many packaged foods for kids are ver unhealthy as they’re often loaded with refined flour, added sugars, and artificial ingredients. So, fill your child’s tummy with nutrient-dense foods that will provide energy and nutrition instead of highly processed foods.
Healthy winter recipes for children
Here are some healthy and delicious recipe ideas suggested by Abhilasha V, chief clinical nutritionist & HOD, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bengaluru, that you can make for your energetic child at home:
- Healthy pasta and parathas: The combination of carb, sauce, cheese and an assortment of veggies makes this a dreamy meal option for kids. Make pastas at home from multigrain/millet-based grains. Add pureed sauces of tomato and carrot for that extra nutrition and top it up with an assortment of interesting colourful veggies to make it nourishing. Cream or cheese added on top can provide them the necessary fats for energy and warmth at the same time adding a bit of calcium too. The same tips go for making parathas too – experiment with an array of variants like paneer paratha, cheesy palak paratha, beetroot pink paratha, methi or gobhi or mooli paratha, etc. Add some interesting raitha for a dip and it helps for the gut immunity too in winters.
- Soups and soupy noodles: Kids love colours and slurpy options without getting their hands messy. To drink from a bowl with a spoon is going to keep them warm and at the same time supply some nutrients for growth too. Some of the bright tasty soup ideas are -bright yellow pumpkin soup, bright orange carrot soup, green and grinning spinach cream soup, red hot tomato soup, pink beet soup, etc. To make it interesting, you can add alphabet shaped noodles/ pasta into it to ensure they gulp down all the letters and do some learning too.
- Halwas: Besan ka sheera, carrot halwa, pumpkin halwa – all make for wonderful winter warmth and nourishment in a katori. Add some dry fruits and nuts for your kid’s energy levels and add jaggery for the iron punch. The little ones will definitely come back asking for more!
- Laddoos: Being in India and staying indoors in the cold winters without laddoos are unimaginable. There are a multitude of variants you can make – like besan ki laddoo, dry fruit laddoo, sesame laddoos, peanut chickki ladoos, coconut laddoos, etc. These energy round bombs are an easy snack and you can see them coming back for more for sure! Store them for weeks safely in a jar.
- Take a break from the boring plain milk: Kids and milk have been either friends or foes. For the latter, it’s time to think of some interesting ways to have their calcium needs met. Make the regular milk time more interesting by making hot cocoa with nut butter milk or carrot apple milkshake or haldi doodh with generous dry fruits mixed into it or some kheers beautifully made for winters with sabudana, sooji, semiya, millets, etc. For the lactose intolerant little ones, convert that milk into chena, paneer and wonderful raithas with seasonal veggies and fruits! Kids need their calcium from milk, but it doesn’t have to be rigid and boring always.
Stay healthy, stay indoors, and stay nourished this winter!
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.