It is important for parents to see if their child as per age and gender is showing growth or not? He/she may be eating well but not gaining weight.
Some children do have a high metabolic rate and they burn calories extra faster. Therefore, it is important to recommend a diet with food rich in vitamins and minerals which will help to sustain the active lifestyle. Undernourished children suffer from irritability, slow development, and fatigue. So, a dietician should make a growth chart and get nutrients from all kinds of food.
As the toddlers become independent in their ways, they become picky eaters. And also, they want variety in their diet. So, food has to be such which is nutritious and also, adds to the active lifestyle, below is the list:
- Breastmilk: Breastmilk is the best food for the child up to 6 months until they turn 1. To have the best nutrition and to gain weight, breastmilk is required. A mother should eat food rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins to properly feed her baby. It’s a healthy recipe to gain baby weight.
- Boiled vegetables/cereals/chapatis: Go-ahead with the breakfast cereals like cornflakes soaked in milk. Other than that, you can serve chapati or parantha with little pieces of ghee.
- Fruits: Banana, mango, custard apple, and cheeku can be served to add to a nutrient-rich lifestyle. You can also make milkshakes or smoothies.
- Vegetables: Spinach, pumpkin, peas, fenugreek leaves, carrots, beans are a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Add a lot of green leafy vegetables in the diet of the toddlers.
- Eggs: They are a rich source of protein and are a great way of adding calories. Custards, pancakes or fillings for chapatti rolls can be made boiled, fried or in the form of an omelet. Omelette is a healthy recipe to gain baby weight. It completes the need for calories. French toast is another thing for the intake of carbohydrates and calories.
- Fish/poultry: Fish is a great source of omega3 which helps in the strong development of the brain and hormones. Fish is rich in proteins and vitamins. Chicken too is rich in vitamin B6, cholesterol, niacin, phosphorus, and magnesium. Fish can be used in curries and sandwiches.
- Paneer: You can also make cottage cheese at home. Chop into bite-size pieces and give/serve it as finger food to your child. An ideal snack to eat at any time during the day or at night. It can also be added to parathas or added in curries with rice. It is a very healthy recipe to gain baby weight. Cheese is a kind of food that is rich in calcium and let kids put on some healthy fat. Cheese can be added to sandwiches, chapatis or pasta. It can be devoured as a wonderful combination of taste and nutrition.
- Dried fruits and nuts: Walnuts, peanuts, black currants, almonds, raisins, dates, cashew nuts, and dried apricots are great options to include in the diet chart for breakfast. It offers nutrition as well as taste and can be a counter food for sugar and candies.
- Avocados: One of the best high-calorie foods for weight gain. Avocado tastes great in soups, sauces, sauces, smoothies, and spreads. It has a soft and pulpy texture.
- Ragi: Indian food for weight gain in toddlers is Ragi and porridge is served to them at the age of 3 months. A ragi porridge when boiled in water with jaggery and ghee could help toddlers in gaining weight… Ragi is filling and keep the tummy full for a long time.
- Full fat curd: Curd can be made at home with whole milk. Curd can be added to the diet when 7 months of age. The curd is easily digestible and milk can be given after 12 months of age. Use full-fat dairy products to be used by children.
- Full fat milk: Serve/give full-fat milk and cream to your under-weight child. Do make it a point to add full cream milk to your child’s porridges, halwa for extra calories along with giving us a drink. It is very nutritious and a healthy recipe to gain baby weight.
- Pear: A great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and iron, a pear can be eaten in the form of puree. Give a delicious flavor by making a puree of apple and pear for your 3 months old. Do make a point to top it with some cinnamon powder for an additional flavor.
- Whole Wheat: You can have whole wheat and make pancakes, porridge, and chapatis for your toddler. considerably, broken wheat or dahlia can also be used to make porridge with some milk to have some nutrition with some taste.
- Peanut butter: Peanut butter has that kind of natural oil and fat content which makes it rich in calories. You could spread peanut butter on toast, biscuits, sandwiches, and fruits.
- Olive oil: Cook the food in olive oil to see some amazing results as it is good in dense fats.
Though it is good to include fat-rich food in limited quantity in your child’s diet. There is no need to be fat-phobic but remember if a child is over-weight in childhood then there are chances of being obese in adulthood on the contrary. So, the above-mentioned foods do up for weight deficiency and keep the toddlers’ weight in check. For the proper development of the body and brain, these foods are very much helpful for growth.