Who doesn’t crave to eat warm food in winters? Even your babies who just start eating solid foods enjoy new and different foods. During winters ensure that your child’s diet is included of food that enhances their immunity.
Healthy Winter Food Recipes for Preschoolers
1. Dry Fruit Powder with Milk
Dry fruits are winter superfoods. They are enriched with nutrients, vitamins and also offer heat thus forming a good source of energy in winters.
The aromatic flavor of dry fruit powder works well to satisfy your child’s sweet craving.
This recipe is quick to make and the powder can be stored in an airtight container.
• Dry fruit powder: 2 Tsp
• Milk: 1cup
Dry roast almond, pista, and cashews. Put them all in a mixer and make it into a fine powder. Add the powder to milk and reheat. Serve warm.
2. Badam Halwa
It is a delicious, healthy dessert which is sure to tempt your little one.
Almonds keep the body warm in winters and protect our body against coughs in winters. Almonds are very good in strengthening the bones.
• Almonds: 1cup
• Milk: ¾ cup
• Sugar: ¾
• Pure ghee: ¼ cup
Soak almonds for about 3-4 hours and then peel their skin. Grind almonds, sugar, and milk to make a coarse paste. Melt 2 tbsp. of ghee in a pan and add the paste to it followed by continuous stirring. When the halwa thickens, it is ready to serve.
3. Gajar Halwa
A traditional dessert in India which is loaded with goodness. This dish is a must-have in winters to keep the body insulated.
• Carrots: 3 medium (grated)
• Milk: 1 cup
• Sugar: ¾ cup
• Pure ghee: 3 tbsp
• Cashews: 10
Wash, peel, and then grate the carrots. Saute the grated carrot in ghee until the raw flavour goes. Add milk and cook on a medium heat. Once the milk is absorbed, add sugar. When the halwa thickens, add fried cashews and turn off the flame.
4. Cream of Tomato Soup
Tomatoes contain vitamin C and boosts natural immunity. This soup is very nutritious, tasty and energizing. Add cream to make this tangy soup delectable for children.
• Tomatoes: 3 to 4
• Onions: 1 tbsp finely chopped
• Garlic: 4 small cloves, finely chopped
• Bread Cubes: optional
• Butter/ghee: 1tsp.
• Pepper powder: ½ tsp.
• Fresh Cream: 1 Tsp
Make a fine puree of peeled tomatoes. Golden the onion in some butter and sauté them with garlic. Add pureed tomatoes to it. Then add little water and let it boil on medium flame. Add salt, pepper powder, fresh cream and mix well. Serve warm with toasted bread cubes.
5. Vegetables Soup
Vegetables make a good source of proteins and vitamins. If your child is a nitpicker and this soup is your right pick. This soup will form a wholesome meal which is creamy and flavoured.
• Cumin seeds: ¼ tsp.
• Carrot, beans, peas, potato: small quantity.
• Garlic: 1 or 2
• Butter/ ghee: ¼ tsp.
• Pepper powder: A pinch
Pressure cook chopped veggies. Once cooled, blend them to make a smooth paste. Reheat the blended paste in butter or ghee. And finally, add salt and pepper powder to it. Serve warm.
The goodness of the ingredients will give you a power-packed meal aiding to step up your immunity.