When your child is a fussy eater, they may have to go through a slow growth. Your child eats selective things and may not receive the required amount of calories for their healthy growth and development. Well, feeding my little eater nutritious food that impresses her taste buds is an everyday task for me. And top it with ensuring proper calorie intake! It definitely sounds like a challenge, doesn't it? But let me share how I managed to do so.
While a proper intake of calories is essential for your child to stay energetic, it is also important that your toddler is physically active to burn them too. Not burning enough calories may lead to weight gain, which can be unhealthy for them.
Here are a few ways by which I ensure my child intakes healthy calories. You can try them as well!
Use good/healthy fats like homemade cream, cheese, homemade butter and ghee. You can add ghee or butter in your child’s dals and vegetables or on parathas
Replace sugar with jaggery. It’s a healthier option. You can even sprinkle powdered jaggery over fruits, and use it in desserts. Jaggery supports healthy immune system and it helped solve my toddler’s constipation issues.
Include butter in soups or spread some on sandwiches.
Serve whole-grain or high-fibre breads and cereals rather than refined grain products.
Limit your child’s juice intake. Instead, you can serve them a variety of whole fruits and vegetables.
Why overfeed your child? While as a mom you might feel as though your child hasn’t eaten enough, but overfeeding results in unhealthy weight gain.