Getting my son, a picky eater, to eat food that is good for him has always been a challenge. How I overcame this challenge is something that I have covered in some of my previous blogs too.
I recently tried feeding him gud and til, because the famous nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar calls them wonder foods, but alas, he spat it out. So I grilled my brains on how to feed him food that gives him the benefit that is necessary for his age without stepping into a war zone with him, and here’s what I tried:
- Mixing sesame seeds (til) and jaggery (gud) with pancakes or cake batters.
- Making purees out of veggies like spinach, beetroot and making colourful dosas out of them. These can be used for making cheelas too.
- Grating veggies like bottle gourd, carrot, chopping fenugreek leaves and adding them to the dough to make paranthas and roti.
- Fortunately, I have a home garden that has herbs like basil, bhrami, celery, parsley, mint, etc. I make use of a variety of herbs to make dal, pasta sauces, etc.
- I even made jam at home to cut down on my child’s sugar intake.
- You can make sooji ka halwa or other halwa with jaggery instead of sugar.
- My son is not a rice eater but you can always use veggie purees or chop them to make fried rice or pulao.
- I even make laddoos for him using dates, dry fruit powder, sesame seeds and chocolate.
- You can roast makhanas in ghee and sprinkle some chaat masala or salt on them.
- Cheese will always come to your rescue to camouflage food.
Make it a habit to get your children to taste everything that is on the table. Insist on taking just one bite so that they understand the taste of different types of dishes. Hope these tips help make your meal times easier and fun. Kids don’t need exquisite food; a little playing around with food will help you win your little battle. Happy eating and feeding mommies.
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