Parenting Food and Nutrition

Homemade Complimentary Food For Your Fussy Eater

Nandini Muralidharan
1 to 3 years

Created by Nandini Muralidharan
Updated on May 15, 2018

Homemade Complimentary Food For Your Fussy Eater

Meal times. I still shudder when I think of my earlier meal-time routines with my 1-year-old daughter. They were not pleasant at all! Screaming, tantrums and tears were the most common sights at home when it came to having lunch or dinner. In fact, there was a time when all my child would eat for dinner was plain rice or a banana. I’d be screaming internally but trying to keep my calm lest she didn’t eat even that. A chat with another mum who happens to be a pediatrician helped me understand a toddler’s eating habits and preferences. I understood that it was more of a power struggle than anything else. And her tips with fortified foods helped me ensure my daughter was getting all the nutrition she needed.

Importance Of Fortified Food For Your Toddler

Did you know, your child’s maximum brain development happens in the first few years? So, I had to make sure my daughter had a proper diet backed with all the necessary nutrition so that proper development of her brain takes place. Since she wasn’t eating too much variety, foods fortified with iron, calcium or vitamin D were a great option to ensure she was getting all the necessary nutrients. Here are some essential nutrients your child needs during his/her growing stage:

1. Iron:

Iron is vital to your toddler’s growth and development. This nutrient helps transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and also helps muscles store and use oxygen. If your little one’s diet does not have sufficient iron, s/he might develop iron deficiency, which in turn may invite anemia.

2. Vitamin D:

Your child needs vitamin D for bone growth and development. This vitamin will help your baby absorb calcium. In fact, Vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains, and fractures in your little one.

Fortified foods gave me the assurance of nutrition, especially with my picky eater.

Food Tips: Give Your Child All The Nutrients S/he Needs

When I was distressed about what to give my daughter to meet all her nutritional needs, I got some useful tips that were timely. Pot meals became my bowl of assurance – assurance that my child’s health wasn’t compromised. Here are some foods that helped:

1. Ragi halwa: This one is my mum’s favorite. Now, it is one of my daughter’s, too.

What it contains: Equal measures of ragi, boiled rice, moong dal, almonds, roasted gram, and a small quantity of cardamom.

Nutrition: Contains the benefits of ragi – calcium, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber, as well as that of rice, dal and almonds. Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients for children, containing Vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium potassium, protein and fiber. Also, when prepared with a little jaggery to sweeten instead of white sugar, your child gets the immense health benefits of jaggery too.

2. Spinach khichdi: Everyone knows khichdi, right? It’s the go-to comfort food for someone who’s ill, or just the perfect accompaniment for a rainy evening when you don’t want to cook a grand meal. But, it is also a superb nutritional bowl of goodness! Add spinach while cooking the rice and dal to amp up the iron quotient.

What it contains: Rice, moong dal and spinach.

Nutrition: iron (from spinach), potassium, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, carbohydrates and dietary fiber.

3. Fruit salad with avocado: Now when I make a salad for my child, I make sure it has the powerful avocado!

What it contains: Mixed fruit such as mango, kiwi and whatever is seasonal and of course, some avocados.

Nutrition: Avocado is full of healthy fats, vitamins E, B, C, K, and antioxidants.

4. Dried fruit milkshake: The goodness of almonds, pistachios, and cashews, along with a little saffron can really boost your child’s immunity.

What it contains: Dried fruits and nuts, and saffron.

Nutrition: Vitamins, minerals, phosphorus and antioxidant properties.

5. Mixed vegetable soup with wholegrain bread: Early on, when I was still coaxing and cajoling my daughter to eat veggies, I made sure I prepared soup every evening, just so that she would get some veggie goodness.

What it contains: Tomato, carrot, beetroot and red pumpkin. Nutrition: Vitamin C, K, A, B6, E, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, iron, and proteins.

The above simple yet delicious recipes and fortified food – the bowl of assurance, helped me overcome the challenge of fussy eating. So, mommies, was this blog useful to you? Do you have more tips for feeding a fussy eater? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: SHSH programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Consult a doctor for queries about your or your child's health.

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz say

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz say

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz say

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz say

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz

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| Jul 18, 2018

apple ki pure kab se de sakte hai ese kaese tayar karte hai plz

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| Jul 15, 2018

Plz share d ragi halwa recipe

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| Jul 07, 2018

Hi poonam.. u can add green leafy veggies to it babies diet.. give him/her moong ka soup almost every day for certain period of tyme... it will help ...

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| Jul 07, 2018

Hiii.. My daughter is 1 yr n 5 mnth old.. She had a problem of constipation after she completed 1 yr. I had taken many medical treatment but nothing works. What should i do plz suggest..

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| Jun 22, 2018

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| Jun 21, 2018

As my daughter is 2yrs old now and we are going to shave her head plz tell what shud i hv to apply on her head in regular basis so that her new hairs may come up with gud growth,shine nd softness.

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| Jun 19, 2018

How to make vegetable soup?

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| May 31, 2018

Meri beti 1yr 7 month ki h pr kuch bhi nhi khaati

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| May 27, 2018

hi renu Renu Sandeep Singh ! u might find the recipe of ragi halwa in this blog. https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/ragi-a-wonder-grain-for-your-toddler/2631?ptref=sa0l0000ika0213

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| May 25, 2018

On ....

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| May 25, 2018

Very helpful

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| May 25, 2018

recipe of ragi halwa

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| May 25, 2018

recipe of ragi halwa

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| May 25, 2018

recipe of ragi halwa

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| May 20, 2018

Hi, My daughter is 1. 4 yrs old and very very fussy eater. She does not want to eat khidchi nor Dalia and the quantity of food intake is also very low. In lunch I usually give her rice eaither with daal or curd or kadi or even plain rice. In dinner time usually chapatis but she has very less veggies. Pls suggest me how to give her nutritive food so that she likes eating it.

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| May 20, 2018

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| May 20, 2018

recipe of ragi halwa

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| May 19, 2018

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| May 18, 2018

hi Smita Dey ! please post ur query in talks so that we r able to help u better.

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| May 18, 2018

my baby doesn't like ragi at all.... please give me the recipe of ragi halwa... how to make this?

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| May 17, 2018

My baby doesn't like fruits. how to make him eat fruits?

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| May 17, 2018

My baby loves ragi halwa. These are very easy to make ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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| May 17, 2018

Great ideas! :)

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| May 17, 2018

amazing tips to deal with fussy eaters and fulfill their nutritional requirements. thanks for sharing!

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| May 16, 2018

What else can be given apart from these ideas?

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| May 16, 2018

Which liquids/shakes or juices can fulfill the nutritional requirements of my baby?

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| May 16, 2018

Even my doctor has always emphasized on Iron and Vitamin D. Very true info. thanks for sharing.

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| May 16, 2018

Spinach khichdi is something new. Will try it.

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| May 16, 2018

Can normal bread be used instead of wholegrain bread?

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| May 16, 2018

Very helpful ideas, and easy recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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| May 16, 2018

Can I give dalia? If yes, please suggest some recipe.

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| May 16, 2018

Thanks for giving such gud information regarding the foods

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