A healthy child surely makes a mom the happiest! Isn’t that true? For best results, moms need to give healthy and immunity-boosting food to their children.
As a mother of a 4-year-old, my aim is to make my child’s immune system strong to fight common infections. Most of you mommies must be aware of the various types of food that boost immunity and act as a shield against various infections.
Here are a few lesser-known DIY recipes that can reduce your child’s chance of falling sick.
Nutritional benefits: As children we’ve always had milk, mixed with this power powder (as we amusingly called it)! All the ingredients are a source of calcium, protein, magnesium and fibre. Two teaspoons of this powder mixed in a cup of hot milk will give your child their daily dose of nutrients.
Makhana [fox nuts] (1/2 cup)
Raisins (2 tbsp)
White Til [white sesame seeds] (1/4 cup)
Cardamom pods (4)
Ghee (1 tsp)
Put some ghee in a pan and roast makhanas, almonds and white til, one by one. Put them in a grinder (preferably grind almonds, raisins and cardamom together). Grind to make a powder.
You can also add sugar to make it slightly sweeter. Store it in an airtight container.
Serve it with hot or cold milk. Strain the milk before serving it to little children. Sprinkle the powder over fruits, salad or curd. It can be added to any dessert (ice-creams as well!).
Nutritional benefits: Hot pumpkin soup is a delicacy packed with vitamins and minerals. It is healthy for adults too! Pumpkin is a source of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A specifically builds a strong immune system and helps in fighting infections.
Yellow pumpkin (100 gms)
Garlic pods (1-2)
Wheat flour (1 tsp)
Ghee (1/2 tsp)
Pressure cook pumpkin, cloves, garlic and onion.
Grind and strain the puree. Heat ghee in a pan and roast the wheat flour.
Add the strained pumpkin puree to the wheat flour. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the consistency of soup by adding a little bit of milk. Serve hot.
Nutritional benefits: It goes without saying that fruits and vegetables are the best way to keep your child strong. Fruits are a source of various vitamins and minerals. Curd, a rich source of probiotics, keeps the digestive system healthy. This everyday fruit bowl is a great way to boost your child’s immunity.
Apple, Banana, Grapes, Orange and Pomegranate (Seasonal Fruits)
Curd (1/2 cup)
Salt or sugar as per taste
Power Powder (1 tsp) [see recipe no. 1]
Whisk curd in a bowl with sugar or salt, or both.
Add diced fruits (peeled preferably) and mix. If your child has developed a taste for the “Power Powder” mentioned above, sprinkle a teaspoon of the powder on the fruit curd and serve.
There are other important factors apart from nutrition, that add to your child’s overall development. On-time meals, sufficient rest, play and exercise, and healthy hygiene habits together develop a strong immune system. Teaching our children healthy eating habits is our responsibility. A healthy eating habit adopted by a family is quickly taken up by a child and stays with them for life. So, we have to bring about a change in our lifestyles if we want healthy and happy generations!