As the temperature drops and days become shorter, the energy levels may also take a huge dip along with our mood. Kids are likely to feel low on energy, sluggish and lethargic during the winter months. This season demands moms to concentrate on the health and nutrition of her children a wee bit more. The right diet packed with nutrition is sure to keep infections and diseases at bay, and rise up the energy and immunity levels of the little ones.
Even though no proper studies have been conducted yet but kids can experience seasonal affective disorders that include depression with seasonal patterns like adults. Changes in energy level, mood swings, loss of appetite and change is sleep patterns are some of the common signs.
Below are some foods which help the kids stay fit, healthy and happy during winters.
Salmon has tryptophan and other proteins which are related to regulation of mood. Salmon is power packed with Omega 3 acids that help in managing depression in kids. Some kids like salmon grilled while others like it boiled. You may add some sauce or marinade or just cut it into very small pieces to make kebabs and add some veggies as a dressing.
Clementines are full of fiber and Vitamin C. They also have magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorous which help in making the bones strong and improving the function of the muscles. Kids like seedless, and easy to be peeled foods. Thus, it is a good snack for them.
3. Winter squash
Winter Squash contains carotenoids and Vitamin A. It is beneficial for the health of the heart, for improving immunity and for improving the texture of the skin. It is a good source of Vitamin A and fibre that helps in keeping the blood sugar level stable.
Several dieticians encourage parents to make winter squash a part of their regular diet. Most of the varieties of winter squash are sweet naturally and hence kids relish the the taste. To cook a simple preparation you may roast butternut squash and toss with maple syrup and cinnamon.
4. Sweet potato
Sweet potato contains a high content of fibre, potassium as well as Vitamin A. Their sweet and mellow taste works almost in every recipe. Just slice it into thin slices and then toss with some olive oil or canola and then roast it. The sweet potatoes puree may even be added to the foods such as cheese and macaroni, brownies and oatmeal.
Cauliflower is known for its high content of phytochemicals and is quite potential for preventing inflammation as well as cancer. It is delicious in taste and it even blends very easily with all the other flavours. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It also offers some protein to the body along with magnesium, potassium and manganese. All these are quite significant for the growth and development of the body.
The above mentioned foods are good not just for making the kids happy during winters but also for providing the right amount of nutrition to them during those chilly days. So add these foods to your daily meal plan and have a safe, healthy, snug and happy winter:)