“There is no way to be a perfect mother but a million ways to be a good one.” #GrowRight
Out of all that we do as parents, ensuring good health and education are two of the most important things we can provide our children.
When we talk of good health, it doesn’t come easy. Keeping the child in good health and shape, ensuring they grow right can be quite a taxing experience for parents. As much as it sounds important to feed a balanced diet during the early years of childhood, it is quite a challenging task. I introduced PediaSure right at the age of 2 yrs. to my son as I could not have taken chances with his health. The first 5 years are the most crucial for children and a diet supplemented with PediaSure can help increase height and weight that’s essential for overall growth and development of the body.
A diet lacking essential nutrients can lead to frequent illnesses, hamper growth and development of a child, which leads to a weak immune system, further resulting in major diseases in life.
Here’s what you can do as a parent to ensure healthy eating-
◾️ Start early for them to learn to eat healthy foods. Though, it can be one of the challenging and frustrating aspects of motherhood but, if we manage to inculcate these habits early in them, it would be a boon.
◾️ Limit the use of refined sugar or foods that have added sugar. Replace them with jaggery, dates or other natural sources of sugar instead.
◾️ Avoid food that contains trans or saturated fat. Using oils like olive, canola, and soybean are good for cooking. Include healthy fat like peanut butter, flax seeds, etc. that is a great source of omega 3 and omega 6
◾️ Include fruits (at least 3 a day) and veggies during meal time and snacking. The whole fruit is always a better choice over a fruit juice.
◾️ Lastly, don’t forget to hydrate them all day long with water, which makes up 90% of our body.
◾️ For picky eaters, it’s vital that you include a health supplements like PediaSure in the child’s diet that can be consumed in addition to the home cooked meals.
PediaSure, a scientifically proven health supplement has great benefits when it comes to children age 2 years and above. Formulated with 37 vital nutrients, PediaSure provides complete, balanced nutrition for toddlers who show visible growth in 90 days. It supports proper physical and mental development and works as a supplement to your child’s fussy eating.
If you are dealing with a fussy eater at home and looking at different ways of including PediaSure in the child’s everyday diet, try adding it to their smoothies, shakes, juices and other recipes too.
PediaSure has worked like magic for us. In spite of always being a picky eater, my child was never underweight or had any issues with height. I am sure introducing PediaSure at the right age was the best choice I made as a mother in keeping him healthy.
It’s not easy being a mother especially when you have a fussy eater. The initial few years were a complete struggle with my toddler who would just refuse to eat almost everything. Force-feeding never worked for us as he would vomit it all out just after a few bites. This would lead to even more stress as whatever little he would eat, was out of his system in no time. All the suggestion from fellow mums, parents, books, would go in vain as he would just get distressed at the sight of food.
The Three Things I Swear By As a Mother:
A few recommendations from my pediatrician really helped me stay sane with all the toddler-tantrums around my house. Her words that an active child is a healthy child kind of helped me stay calm in spite of his fussy eating.
One thing that I swear by as a mother is ‘PediaSure’. Today I realise why it’s the No. 1 Toddler Health Drink in India. PediaSure is a nutritional supplement that provides vital nutrients for your child’s right growth. This specialized formula is designed to supply complete, balanced nutrition to your child’s body to Grow Right. With 37 nutrients that helps support height & weight gain, bone growth, immunity and brain development, it’s the No. 1 choice of mothers with toddlers from 2 years and above.
Well, feeding toddlers can be tricky, there are children who will just survive on a few bites for the entire day, then there are some who will just stick to the same kind of food every day and refuse to try anything new. With such toddler-tantrums, it’s always good to have a dietary supplement that can boost their immunity and help them grow right.
The second thing that works for my child is ensuring they get their daily requirement of vitamins and minerals.I try to use different voices and improvise storytelling to teach him about the importance of these nutrients in his daily diet. He definitely enjoys the voices and I am happy to do them if it helps him to eat better.
I also believe in improvising natural ways to keep them healthy and fit. Homemade Desi Ghee is the third such thing that I swear by and recommend for all kids above six months.
It has great benefits for your growing child. With omega 3 and omega 9 essential fatty acids, it is also a rich source of vitamins and is easily digestible. Antioxidants present in organic desi ghee helps build immunity in younger kids if you give it in moderation.
Well, there are many factors that decide the well-being of the child besides eating healthy. Breastfeeding, sound sleep for adequate no. of hours and physical activity are equally important for your growing children to be able to stay healthy and infection free.
Over the years I have learned the tips and tricks that have helped me grow as a mother. Today when I look at my healthy child, I feel so proud of the choices I have made over the years and I continue to do so.
Grab your backpack and get going! Well, that’s how summers should be- camping, adventure, games, unfettered time, music and of course lots of fun. And, my last summer was exactly this when I went for lakeside mom and me camp adventure to Kamshet with Kshitij.
Some experiences change your perspective on life and leave you wanting for more. This was definitely one of those trips for me with my little bundle of joy who had the time of his life at this well-thought out and planned trip.
To begin with, it was my first time, and I had my own apprehensions going for a 3-day trip to an unknown place with equally unknown people. But, the whole idea of staying in tents and exploring a new place with my child was too exciting to let it go.
Almost 100km away from Mumbai, it was a few hours of drive before we reached our destination. Surrounded by lush green lawns, landscapes and riverside, it was our peaceful, mesmerising campsite away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
While I was captivated by the beautiful scenery, my kid was getting restless about the different kinds of games, adventurous activities that I had described to him in the countdown to the camp. Thanks to the facilitators and the other team members, all the kids soon started interacting with others and were on their own in no time. Watching my kid mingle with everyone within no time was indeed very heartening.
The tents at the campsite were top-notch and honestly much better than I expected. Tent allotment was followed by an orientation session- very much needed for first-timers like me. Though the session was about dos and don’ts, honestly it never sounded restrictive.
And finally, the activities began. From rock Climbing to zip line to tyre walking, my little one tried his hands at everything. While he was scared to try zip-line earlier on, a few words of encouragement from the facilitator did the trick.
Interestingly, in my case those words of encouragement came from my son- ‘C’mon mumma, you can do it…. Just go for it..’ and to say the least, it was heart-warming.
After a light, and thoughtfully prepared breakfast, we embarked on our first trekking experience together. The way team kshitij helped us with map reading and designing was amazing.
My geographical sensibilities have never been great but now I know I can take a map and embark on unknown territories. Just like the first day, we had a bonfire at night with tons of fun, dance and music.
The best and the most exciting day for me personally. Water sports and activities are always fun. While I had done kayaking before, I was little sceptical about my son trying it. However, seeing Kshitij’s safety equipment, staff, and other measures, I knew it couldn’t get easier and safer than this.
What touched me the most in these three days was the fact that I wasn’t comparing my child to any one else because there was no outside pressure of competition.
While kids were encouraged and motivated to try everything, they were free to make choices which were also respected. No one was judging or assessing them and they were allowed to be themselves.
With summer holidays just around the corner, my son wants to go solo this time. And honestly, I have no fears or apprehensions. Team Kshitij is not just professional but also very caring. With so many exciting camp options, he is really finding it hard to decide on one. Maybe he can go on two camps (I am not telling him this now).
Delhi brings you the most exciting and a mega event this weekend at India’s largest mall in the capital city, DLF Mall of India. A perfect family destination brings you endless fun and excitement along with the BLACK FRIDAY SALE for all the shopping lovers with over 100 brands offering up to 50% off only on 23rd November.
Mark your calendars, as this is the day you cannot afford to miss with your favourite and the biggest brands including Sephora, AMPM, Anita Dongre, Miniso, Le Creuset, Charles & Keith, Bath & Bodyworks, Aldo, Da Milano and many more available under one roof at steal deal. If you thought that wasn’t enough, Buy one get one deals at foot court (BOGO offers) will leave you craving for more. Chains like Tikka town, Wow, momos, Vaango, Imlyare some of the names amongst the rest that will set your taste buds drooling over delicious food.
If you aren’t much of a Shopaholic, don’t lose your heart, there is so much more in store for you. You can dance to the tunes of Bollywood sensation Akhil Sachdev, who will keep you grooving with his live performance along with his Sufi rock band ‘Nasha‘. The voice behind super hit Bollywood song ‘Humsafar‘ is definitely going to make this evening an affair to remember. So be sure to be there on 23rd Nov as it begins at 7 pm.
The #funtasticfestival at DLF has a surprise in store for book lovers too. HarperCollins brings you a mega book sale and an added flat discount on all books after 9 PM. Sounds like an amazing opportunity to grab your favourite books at slashed prices along with fun engaging activities. Meeting your favourite authors and taking home their signed copies will surely make your day.
Disney is celebrating 90 years of Mickey with a grand event at DLF Mall of India for all you kids and parents. So gear up and don’t forget to be there for on the spot registrations. Have a great start to the weekend and give your friends & family a time of their life. The mall will remain open from 11am until 11 pm. With a free entry it promises to be a gala event of the year. Hope you make the most of this fantastic event and have a thrilling experience !
In today’s times where everything we consume, apply or use in our day to day life is impure, inorganic and chemically formulated. It feels like a blessing to have come across a brand that’s striving to provide us the real, the unadulterated and naturally derived products that are away from harmful effects.
Here I am to introduce you to a brand called Azafran, that’s making its mark with its organic products in various verticals. From skin care products to cooking oils to wellness and house care products, it offers a great range to its consumers in India and abroad.
Why choose Azafran?
Azafran is an organic, Eco-friendly and a completely harmless brand that ensures purity and safety in all their products. The ingredients used are extracted from natural resources, not just that, their products are processed at their own facilities using the organic ingredients that are harvested at their own farms. Their herbs are free from chemical and pesticides making them safe even for babies. Azafran ensures the use of natural ingredients in its purest forms, their products are neither tested on animals nor made by the animal by-products. All Azafran products are all ECOCERT & USDA certified.
it’s incredible to have a brand that promises safety and purity through its various products and is environmentally friendly. Being a mom, I always look out for natural and organic products for my baby and my family. Their well being and care is my utmost priority, however, due to lack of availability and awareness of such brands, we end up spending on the products that aren’t safe and healthy for our everyday utility.
I am glad to have introduced to a brand that offers purity and safety for me and my family. Here’s a list of products that I have used from Azafran and felt totally satisfied with the product quality. Do read my review as below –
Baby Gentle Body Wash & Shampoo
The body wash and shampoo is formulated keeping in mind the gentleness of a baby’s skin. It cleanses the skin and hair gently leaving them hydrated after every wash. The goodness of coconut, mineral-rich water and glycerin in its organic form ensures the babies skin is soft and supple after bathing. Most importantly the product is paraben and sulfate free making it safe for everyday use.
Azafran’s Eco-friendly and non-toxic crayons are made of organic waxes of palm and soya. These square shaped crayons are formulated to improve motor skills in children and it’s absolute fun for the child to stack these into building blocks. The crayons are non-sticky, non-greasy and are waterproof. My little one had fun coloring with these crayons that made with soy butter and food grade colors.
Tropical Breeze Liquid Laundry Detergent
6-in-1 eco-friendly liquid detergent is a great choice if you are looking at removing tough stains and unpleasant odour from dirty clothes. Made with ingredients derived from plants, it’s gentle on all kinds of fabric, cloth diapers and even on hands if you choose to hand wash instead in the washing machine.
D’fend SPF 30+ Creme
A daily creme that serves as a moisturizer as well as the sunscreen provides sun protection to our skin from UVA and UVB rays. This non-greasy and lightweight formula is sweat and water resistant with spf30. Ideal for two years plus, it gets absorbed quickly and keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated underneath.
We have been using these products for a while now and I am highly convinced with its effectiveness. I hope my review of the above products would help you choose the best and chemical free for yourself and your loved ones.
You can check out their entire range of Personal Care, Baby Care, Cold pressed Cooking Oils & Olive Oils infused with organic ingredients, Organic crayons, Homecare & Wellbeing magazine at their website – azafran.in
We are mostly in a rush during the mornings and breakfast often takes a back seat as it feels like an unnecessary, time-consuming affair. It gets even more challenging when you have a toddler to handle as well.
We often tend to give this important meal a miss, especially us mothers, as the added responsibility of kids and family leaves us with no time for ourselves. For me, meal times used to be very stressful as my child mostly refused to eat just about anything and everything. I had to patiently sit with him, sometimes for hours, to make sure he finished his meals. For moms with school going kids, it gets even tougher as you have to dedicate time to getting them ready on time, preparing their lunchboxes, etc.
When my child started school, I didn’t have a choice of sitting down and dedicating a couple of hours to feeding him anymore. Most mornings would begin with just a few bites of biscuits along with a few sips of milk. Anything over and above would not only take a lot of convincing but mostly just end up in tantrums – one thing you would want to avoid in the mornings at any cost. Hence, I would give up and feed him nicely only once he would get back home.
Gradually I realized that he wouldn’t eat during mornings not because he didn’t feel hungry but out of habit. Even on the days when he would stay home, he would just grab a few bites of biscuits and wouldn’t eat anything at all until noon. Often, he would get cranky for no specific reason. That’s when it hit me that he is missing out on energy from the most important meal of the day along with a bunch of essential nutrients.
Why is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
The first meal of the day that breaks the overnight fast can give you the fuel to kick start your daily activities. When we skip breakfast, we try to run on an empty stomach which is almost like trying to drive a car which has run out of gas.
Studies have proven that those who eat breakfast regularly have enhanced cognitive performance. Kids have improved attention, memory and better academic achievement with regular breakfast consumption.
Breakfast eaters tend to have healthier body weights. Breakfast skippers have greater body weights, higher BMI and waist circumference. Breakfast intake improves several parameters associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Overall breakfast consumption promotes physical and mental well-being.
What Constitutes a Balanced Breakfast?
Nutritionists believe that a balanced breakfast is the one that includes foods from three essential food groups e.g. one serving of whole grain group, one serving of dairy (milk/curds) or lean protein group (egg, chicken) and one serve of fruit or vegetable group. Cereal, milk and fruit is an example of a balanced breakfast.
Other examples include a bowl of vegetable poha with peanuts, a glass of toned milk and cubed papaya; vegetable parathas made with whole wheat flour with a bowl of curds and a fruit; idli sambhar with a bowl of curds and a fruit; oats porridge with fruits and dry fruits.
Nutrients missed at breakfast are not compensated for through the consumption of a mid-morning meal or through other meals in the day. Children, as well as adults, often prefer eating dry cereal for breakfast while on the go. However, adding milk or yogurt to your bowl of cereal, along with a handful of seasonal fruits and nuts makes it balanced and fuels your body and brain with the combination of carbs and proteins as well as helps provide calcium to meet your RDA.
Choosing Kellogg’s for Breakfast when it comes to choosing a breakfast cereal, the first name that comes to my mind is the range of breakfast cereals from Kellogg’s. It’s been taking care of our breakfast needs over years now.
But why Kellogg’s?
Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereals are simply processed and fortified with key essential vitamins and minerals. They provide fibre and protein too besides energy. Different varieties of Kellogg’s ready-to-eat cereals use different grains namely corn, Wheat, oats, ragi, barley and rice. The wide variety helps the customer to choose his/her own favourite breakfast cereal. To name a few:
Kellogg’s Original and the best – Made with real corn, it provides nourishment to the whole family with many essential nutrients and minerals like Iron, B group vitamins, etc.
Muesli Nuts Delight – Provides the goodness of multigrain (Wheat, Rice, Corn, Oats, and Barley) along with dry fruits and nuts.
Kellogg’s Oats – Made with 100% Oats and is an good source of protein with high fibre and low sodium.
Kellogg’s Chocos – Especially made for kids to ensure that they get their daily
nourishment from whole wheat, key essential vitamins, and minerals.
Kellogg’s Special K Protein and Fibre – It contains only 2% fat and is fortified with key essential vitamins and iron. It is high in protein and fibre
Kellogg’s All Bran Wheat Flakes – Rich in fibre and fibre helps to cleanse the
Breakfast is indeed an essential meal to kick start the day, just taking out few minutes to have a convenient and nourishing breakfast, such as a bowl of Kellogg’s cereal with milk/ curd and a fruit can help us start our action packed day. Therefore this national nutrition month, pledge to #BreakTheHabit of skipping breakfast and & Say ‘Good Morning to Your Body and Eat Breakfast’.
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