Live Chat - Nutrition For Your Active SchoolerARCHIVED
Mar 01, 2019 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM
A child’s overall growth and development depends largely on their food intake. It’s important for parents to ensure their child gets a diet that provides all the necessary nutrients that are required to match the activity levels of the child.
What’s a nutrient-dense diet you may ask?
Here is help - nutrients are broadly divided into macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins and fats and are required in larger quantities. Cereals, pulses, tubers, etc. are rich in macronutrients. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals which are required in smaller quantities. Milk, fruits, vegetables, green leafy vegetables, dry fruits, non-vegetarian foods, etc. are good sources of micronutrients that are needed for your child’s healthy bones, skin, eyes, and brain development.
What are the nutrient gaps in your child's diet?
Pre-school children grow rapidly and have higher activity levels and nutrient requirements. However, due to their small tummy capacity, they cannot eat enough to obtain all the necessary nutrients from their regular meals. Traditional food prepared at home usually consists of cereals, roots, and starchy fruits, which provide energy but may not fulfil the protein requirements. Secondly, only vegetarian or plant-based complementary foods may not sufficiently fill the nutrient gaps in your child’s diet. Therefore, it is important that you introduce nutrient-dense foods at this stage to ensure that your child gets all the macro and micronutrients that will help bridge the nutrient gap.
How Can a nutriet-dense diet help?
Choosing nutrition dense food allows these small portions also to provide a good amount of nutrients. Examples of protein packed foods include seafood, lean meat, eggs, beans and soy products. Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh fruits rather than fruit juice. Boost your child’s nutrition by blending fruits like berries, mango, banana or apple with yoghurt and/or milk. Serve as a snack between meals. You can also blend diced vegetables like carrots, spinach, beetroot etc into dishes like porridge, khichdi or soup.
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