13 Powerful Winter Foods to Keep Child's Body Warm - Child’s Ideal Winter Diet
Created by Radhika Thombre Updated on Oct 29, 2020
Thinking Which Winter Foods to Give Child to Eat! When cold weather strikes a chilling blow, it makes sense to consume healthy, warming concentrated foods. And nature has planned it in the same way. Most foods available in the winter are meant to keep your body warm and help control cold and cough. Here we bring to you a quick guide on what foods to eat to keep yourself and your children warm.
Best Winter Food Items for 3 Year+ Aged Child
So, here is our curated best food/food items list for winter, which you must include in the child's diet to keep him/her warm during the winter season. Read on
- Dark orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots are storehouses of beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant, excellent for immunity.
- Root vegetables such as onions, beetroot, and turnips also warm the body and ease it into the winters.
- Greens Mustard greens, spinach, mint, and dill (sowa). Dill is a speciality of winter and has a great aroma. It can be used with soups and even in marinades for fish and chicken. If you like simple food, try making a vegetable of aloo and dill.
- Nuts and their extracts make excellent warming and insulating snacks. Boil a few almonds and pistachios in the milk in the morning for a tasty, healthy alternative to coffee or just munch on a handful of walnuts. Even seeds such as til are known to work wonders in winter.
- Black coloured foods such as black sesame seeds, uncured black olives, and chia seeds make wonderful warming winter condiments.
- Black pepper or kali mirch. It has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Sprinkle over soups, curries, and gravies.
- Cardamom elaichi, specially badi or moti elaichi is an expectorant, thus helping to open the respiratory passages. Add to tea or boil in water and sip for a quick relief from cough.
- Cinnamon or dal chini: It warms people that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. Cinnamon is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic. Ground cinnamon sticks and keep handy. Cinnamon spices up cakes and desserts to. It is said to be effective for diabetics also. Try sprinkling some on your coffee for a great aroma.
- Aloe Vera: This is a great multi-use herb and grows very easily. The gel works like magic on skin burns, specially for children who play outdoors in the sun. Just peel the leaves, take the gel, and blend it. Strain the liquid and store in a glass bottle. Use on children’s skin, before and after, exposure to sun. If you get the gel, look for one with no added chemicals or preservatives.
- Mulethi: A lesser known herb, this is the perfect first-aid for a cough attack. It comes in the form of small sticks. Just chew on one, when you have a sore throat and see the magic. For children, boil in water and give them to sip it.
- Honey: A tried and tested formula for winter, honey is known to have anti-oxidant and warming properties. It can be had as such, or mix with grated ginger juice, for a quick relief from cough and throat ailments. Just be careful about what you buy—buy safe, good quality honey, preferably, organic to rule out any allergans.
- Jaggery: Gur too makes it presence felt in the winter as this is also known to have warming properties. Gur chana, chikki, gajak, rewari are some popular items available in the market. At home, make laddoos using atta and gur, or add to saag, or jut have it as a dessert post meal. Gur is also known to boost haemoglobin.
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