Your child will start pre-school by age 2, and will go to school thereafter. A healthy body and mind are essential for meeting these major milestones.
Raising a young child is a lot of responsibility, and the challenge can increase manifold when you start prepping your child for pre-school. You can ensure that your toddler grows up healthy and fit by taking care of their nutritive needs as much as their social and emotional needs. For this, you need to stay on top of the daily meal plan for your child.
Prepare your child’s meal plan for better health and growth
Your child’s growth and development depend a lot on the nutrition they get. At a time when many children are falling prey to childhood obesity owing to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, you must give your child the right start by preparing them for the challenges of school. Do this with the right meal plan:
- Habits inculcated in childhood are hard to break. A child that eats nutritious meals is hardly likely to prefer junk food all the time when they are older
- However, children are picky eaters and they place a high value on taste rather than what’s healthier. Most children will leave out the greens in their plate and go after desserts first! The trick is to prepare meals that include all the fruits and vegetables, as also lean white meat and eggs, in a way that are both tasty and nutritious. Ensure that your child avoids a diet high in added sugar – it is highly addictive and can impact taste preferences from an early age. Besides, processed sugar does not offer any health benefits, but only adds empty calories that contribute to weight gain, among other issues
- Children between the ages of 2 and 3 are able to eat most things, but after age 2, they need the right balance of nutrients to ensure that all their development parameters are adequately met. Thus, the meal plan you prepare is crucial to ensuring your child’s growth and development.
- The breakfast for a child between the ages of 2 and 5 should comprise oats, non-sugary cereal, a few pieces of fresh fruit, and a milk drink containing a host of essential nutrients like Vitamins, zinc, iron, DHA, high quality protein etc.
- Try to include whole wheat in their lunch and dinner, in the form of rotis or bread. A cup of vegetables, steamed chicken or fish, boiled eggs, and seasonal fruit are essential for daily nutrition
- Snacks can be dry fruit, unsalted crackers, sandwiches made using unsalted butter or cheese, etc.
- Your child should go to bed after having a glass of warm milk. Milk aids in a good night sleep, and keeps your child well rested since they are not likely to wake up hungry in the night. Prepare a special milk drink for them with a creamy vanilla flavour, so that they love having their nightly glass of milk without complaint!