The biggest issue a mom faces is to give a balanced diet to fussy eaters. As a mom and as a nutritionist, I know how difficult it is to make kids eat healthy food. Kids often run away from healthy food and that’s why it’s a big concern for moms. I believe that it’s important to maintain a balance rather than worrying about feeding your child healthy food all the time.
What is a balanced diet?
A balanced diet has all the nutrients in equal amounts from all food groups.
My daughter gave me a hard time initially, as she only liked eating white foods such as paneer, plain rice, curd while avoiding vegetables, gravies, eggs, and all non-vegetarian items. In fact, looking at her fondness for paneer, I did try different recipes with paneer as a base such as a paneer parantha, paneer sandwiches and much more so as to satiate her.
While I thought this was helpful, my daughter’s paediatrician was not happy. She wanted my daughter to have other food groups as well. According to her, having only one type of food was not enough. It was important to have a balanced diet with all nutrients in equal amounts for the right growth. According to her, having one type of food would affect her growth as she was not getting enough proteins. So, here are the things which I followed to provide her with a high protein diet for good growth.
Proteins are the building blocks of the body and it’s important for kids for healthy growth. Healthy growth means growth according to a child’s age.
Here are a few things that you can include in your child’s diet giving a balanced diet to fussy eaters and combat fussy eating:
- Nuts and seeds- I give a handful of nuts in the school snack box. You can lightly roast them and sprinkle some salt and chaat masala if your child prefers them that way. Peanut butter is a good source of protein too. I give peanut butter sandwiches as well in her school meal boxes sometimes.
- Eggs, chicken and other non-veg items – If your child is fine, you can include one egg every day.
- Cereals – Quinoa and oats are a good source of proteins. I make oats in many different ways like oats dosa, poha, chivda, etc as kids generally don’t like normal oats.
- Milk and milk products – This is another very common concern which moms face. Kids running away from milk. Of course, you can try other milk products like curd, paneer, tofu, etc. if kids do not want to drink milk but sometimes it’s not enough especially when a child is a picky eater.
I tried many health drinks for my daughter but didn’t see any major difference until my paediatrician recommended PediaSure. To my relief, my daughter loved the chocolate flavour. My main concern about health drinks was related to growth but it’s a relief knowing that PediaSure leads to healthy weight gain. The reason is that it has 37 vital nutrients that help in healthy height and appropriate weight gain. Not only this, it supports immunity and brain development in kids. Growth takes place when there is good bone growth and there is visible growth in 90 days.
The best part is that it has high-quality protein. It is an effective way for kids to grow right and become strong too.
July 20, 2019 at 8:47 am
These are some vital tips Deepa and coming from a mommy I know they are tried and tested. I sure will try to adopt them and yeah I too advocate Pediasure
July 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm
A well balanced diet makes a huge impact in child’s growth plan. Very insightful post and great ideas to work on.
July 29, 2019 at 7:12 pm
I am giving pedisure to my kids . even I try new new recipe just to give him proper nutrient in some or other way
July 29, 2019 at 10:42 pm
Oh ask me how much efforts it takes to feed my fussy eater. I am always worried he is not getting enough nutrients. But I make sure to give him Pediasure every day.
July 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm
This is indeed a universal topic that most mothers can identify with. We had a challenge in feeding milk and milk products to our kid. Getting the right nutrients for kids is so essential to help them grow.
July 30, 2019 at 5:33 pm
The kids diet has baffled my aunt for a really long time. I am sure all these tips will be very helpful to her after i share this! 🙂
July 30, 2019 at 6:22 pm
Taste and health always look like opposite side of coin to my kid . looks like it’s time to try Pedia sure 🙂
July 30, 2019 at 7:06 pm
My baby is 3 but she doesn’t look her age and now it is worrying me. I am fed up of her fussy eating. I will.just give this a try.
July 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm
My baby is 3 and she doesn’t look her age. She will either eat rice or she will eat only chapati. Never does she eat whole meal which is worrying me. I will try this.
July 30, 2019 at 7:17 pm
Indeed a balanced diet is what is required for healthy growth. Overdose of any one thing wont work. I really liked the post especially for fussy eaters.
July 30, 2019 at 7:27 pm
Interesting article Deepa. It is always a struggle to ensure our children get the right amount of natural and healthy ingredients they need for overall growth.
July 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm
My niece is a fussy eater and these are some really cool ideas to get her to stick to a balanced diet. I really enjoyed reading this article, very helpful!
July 30, 2019 at 8:34 pm
I left eating non vegetarian food when I was in class 3-4, out of my own choice… Milk, I couldn’t digest in pure form… There are many options for a balance diet, but either the ingredients are expensive or we are not able to eat enough… Pediasure definitely looks like the best thing for kids…
July 30, 2019 at 8:35 pm
Thats really a very informative post with helpful tips. It is really important to give balanced food diet to the kids.
July 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm
I have been a Pediasure Mom and can vouch for it. My son was as picky eater and I used to very worried for him but now I am not.
July 31, 2019 at 3:42 am
it totally got me in to the flashback…i was a picky eater and but the good thing was I always had a thing for cereals and green vegetables…now the trend follows at home
July 31, 2019 at 10:31 am
My nephew is a fussy eater. It is a difficult task for his mom to make him have a balanced diet. This is an informative post regarding kids balanced diet.