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6 Healthy Winter Foods For Your Toddler

For 2-4 year old kids
5 minutes read

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.

Tips to remember:

  • Incorporate high-protein foods in your toddler’s diet.
  • Ensure a daily dose of vitamin C, which supports their immunity.
  • It is necessary to include an adequate amount of vitamin D in their diet.
  • Include weather- appropriate food in your toddler’s diet. For e.g. include warmth-generating food in winters and coolers in summers.
healthy winter foods your toddler

Food items to be included in their diet:

  • 1

    Berries

    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.

  • 2

    Sweet Potatoes

    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.

  • 3

    Green Leafy Vegetables

    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.

  • 4

    Carrot

    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.

  • 5

    Eggs

    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.

  • 6

    Sesame (til) Seeds:

    These seeds are traditionally consumed during winter mostly due to its heat-generating properties. Besides, these seeds are a source of calcium and iron. Sesame seeds also contain omega-3 fats and vitamin E, which help in supporting the body’s immunity during winters.

    How to incorporate: Sesame seeds have a nutty flavor and a wonderful aroma. You can roast as well as grind them and sprinkle them over porridge and soup. You can also offer Tahini sauce (sesame sauce) on chapattis and bread or use it as a dip for finger fries. Another option you can offer your toddler are laddoos using sesame seeds.

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