Before few days I met 5-year-old Anshu who was coming back from the dentist clinic with his mommy. All of sudden his one tooth broke and he started crying with pain. After consulting the dentist, Anshu got medicines for paining tooth but also the dentist suggested the reason for a broken tooth as “Calcium deficiency”. Calcium supplements were prescribed by the dentist for his calcium deficiency. But his mommy was quite worried as she told me that she does not like milk so he hardly takes it, also he does not like many of the dairy products so this might be the reason of calcium deficiency. Many kids face calcium deficiency in young age. If more calcium-rich food included in diet then this problem can be avoided.
Milk is very important for a child’s overall development. Its rich source of protein, calcium, and calories it is fortified with vitamin D. With a balanced diet these essential nutrients in milk are necessary for growing kids.
But many kids don’t like milk and they refuse to drink it. When kids are doing so try to find out exact reason if it is the taste of milk, a smell of milk, the color of milk and then work on that exact dislike because of which he/she was not taking milk. If its taste of milk then alter it by adding other ingredients like cardamom gives nice aroma so add a pinch of cardamom powder in milk. If the reason is taste then change it by adding other ingredients like chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, any flavor health drink powder or just dry fruits (Almonds/cashews) powder. It the reason is the color of milk then change it again with the above ingredients or just add 2 strands of saffron. Include more milk while cooking meals in some or other way. So mommy doesn’t be worried just try some fun recipes with milk as an option to milk and enjoy them with kids.
Following are some ways to include more milk in your child’s diet
Deserts have an inseparable place in every house. Occasions might be festivals, celebrations, guests, holidays, weekends or without occasion as well deserts are made. While making deserts at home intentionally prefer desserts with milk (like semolina Halawa, carrots Halawa, Bottlegourd sweet lauki Halawa ).
Try making all simple and easy to make desserts like different types of kheer / Porridge ( like rice kheer, sewai kheer, almond kheer, dry fruit kheer, Basundi, Rabadi or any other choice of kheer / Porridge ).
Initially, kids may hesitate but slowly they will start enjoying milk deserts. Use saffron strands, gulkand for changing /hiding the color of milk deserts like kheer.
2. Milk in roti /bread
Why not to try Dashami (Type of roti) or milk roti instead of plain roti. Dashami is the type of roti made using milk and wheat flour. For making milk roti just add milk while kneading dough for rotis. Try using milk instead of water or milk and water mixture while baking bread. Milk bread will be softer and tastier too.
Make shankarpale /shakkarpare using milk along with all-purpose flour, Bake cupcakes, cakes, milk biscuits, cookies using milk. These snacks are loved by kids so a good way to give milk to them.
4. Ice creams
Kids love ice creams so whenever possible give ice cream. Instead of giving ready-made ice creams from the market prefer giving homemade ice creams. Any fresh fruit ice cream or dry fruits ice cream are quick recipes. Make ice creams in large quantity and store it in the freezer.
you child doesn’t like plain milk start making the variety of milkshakes using available fruits. To encourage kids, elders in the family should drink milkshakes appreciating its taste. Kids follow elders so may start drinking milkshakes. Also try the variety of glasses (plastic colorful glasses, Different shape glasses) for offering these milkshakes. Try fruits like banana, strawberry,chicoo mango to make milkshakes Almond flavored, saffron milk is also handy options for plain milk.
6. Other dairy products
cream in smoothies or deserts. Make cheese recipes like homemade pasta, pizza, cheese sandwiches for including more cheese. For using more curd, flavored yogurts or lassi (Sweet buttermilk with more butter) or masala buttermilk are options.Paneer dishes are also
Great source of protein and moreover tasty too. Use paneer (Cottage cheese) for making paneer recipes like paratha/sandwiches / rice/biryani / deserts, patties.
Change your way of cooking using these tips and see the change in your child’s eating patterns.