Winter months, due to its harsh nature, expose your child to various disease-causing microbes. Although, your child’s appetite may increase in winters, their sleep pattern and energy level get affected. When it comes to feeding your toddler during this season, it is important to ensure their diet provides them adequate nutrition, energy, and supports their immunity.
Colorful berries contain nutrients to help your baby get through a cold winter. Berries are a source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which help boost your toddler's immune system.
How to incorporate: ¼ cup of mixed berries can be added to your child’s diet by mixing them in a salad, cereal or yogurt. You can also add them to pancakes, cakes and muffins.
Sweet Potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. It is also a great source of fibre. This makes them the perfect winter fuel for your toddler. Let your toddler help with peeling the potatoes so that they can give you company while cooking.
How to incorporate: You can use sweet potatoes in soups. You can also boil and simply sauté them using a small amount of oil and offer it as finger food (thereby promote self-feeding). Sweet potato puree can also be used while making macaroni and cheese, and oatmeal.
Green leafy vegetables are an excellent food choice for a growing child. They are a source of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
How to incorporate: Include green leafy vegetables in soups, smoothies, and pancakes, palak paneer, mint chutneys, mint and palak sandwiches, palak rice and methi chapati are some yummy dishes you can serve your toddler.
Winter-harvest carrots are orange in color and amazingly sweet in taste. Carrot is a source of vitamin A and helps fight winter infections and allergies.
How to incorporate: Carrot can be converted into a variety of yummy dishes like soup, halwa, finger fries, kheer and carrot rice.
Eggs are known as superfood for toddlers. As a source of key nutrients like iron, biotin and protein, including egg in your toddler's diet will boost their growth.
How to incorporate: Chances are, your little one will not say no to a fluffy egg muffin. Plain boiled egg topped with pepper and salt, egg bhurji, scrambled egg and poached eggs are also other easy-to-make and delicious options.