Do you feel that your child is malnourished or too thin? Do you secretly wish for your little one to have that same adorable, chubby looks that everyone just can’t help falling in love with? But, strangely, despite no matter how properly you feed your kid, he/she does not seem to gain adequate weight. Did you know that there are super healthy foods that can help your munchkin gain weight? No? Then don’t worry. We, at MomJunction, bring you a list of some healthy foods to help your kid put on weight:
1. Dairy Butter
While you may think that butter is always bad, that is not the case, especially if you go for the reputed brands. It is perhaps one of the most fat-rich sources of foods, thus, making it quite good for kids who are pretty thin. Just ensure that you keep this one in moderation. Try not to go overboard by adding heaps and heaps of butter to everything that your little one loves.
2. Nut Butter
Here, we are talking about the likes of peanut butter. Now, you have another reason to get that peanut butter jar which you secretly love too. Use it and whip up some quick sandwiches, something that your little one can’t get enough of. Nut butter such as almond butter or peanut butter can prove to be a good source of monounsaturated fats (1). Thus, it is a good option to make kids gain weight.
3. Milk And Cream
Milk is believed to be a good source of both carbohydrates and proteins, apart from the other key nutrients too. Ensure that your kiddo has at least two glasses of milk on a daily basis. You can also give it to him/her in different forms like cereals, smoothies, or milkshakes. You can also add fresh cream prepared from whole milk to your little one’s fruit salad or cereal.
As we are all aware, bananas are a good source of energy, thus, making it quite a popular choice among parents. They are also known to contain essential carbohydrates, which can help your kids put on some weight healthily. And, what makes banana even better is its versatility. It can be taken in different forms such as puddings or milkshakes. And, your children will never complain about eating too much of it!
While it is not a native Indian fruit, it has found its way into quite a few Indian homes. Also known as Makhan Phal, it has numerous other health benefits too. Additionally, avocado’s buttery texture makes it pretty appealing to the kids, thus, encouraging healthy growth and development. You can also give it in the form of purees, milkshakes, or smoothies to your little ones.
Potatoes are also something that makes for an interesting first solid food for babies. This can be because it is conveniently mashable, or maybe due to its soft consistency. Just make sure that you serve it in moderate quantities as too much of it might upset your kids’ tummies. It can be given in the form of khichdi, puree, or soup.
Eggs are not only known for being a good source of protein, but they are also nutrient dense. This essentially means that eggs contain more nutrients per calorie as compared to other foods. Eggs also contain vitamin B12, which is also important for children’s healthy development and growth (2). Yet another food that is so versatile, you can give it in different ways, be it as scrambled, boiled, or sunny side up. And, it is no secret that kids love eggs, so you can go for this to ensure a healthy weight gain.
Just incorporate a few or all of the suggestions mentioned above to provide your child with varied yet delicious meals that can help him/her gain the desired weight. But, remember that eating alone can’t do everything. If you feel that your kid is not meeting the developmental milestones, consult your doctor who can offer you a more personalized diet chart. Good luck, mommies!