“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.
That moment is still fresh in my mind when my heart skipped a beat, I jumped with joy and wanted to shout out loud and tell the world and most importantly my partner in crime. I looked twice, thrice just to ensure I wasn’t dreaming and rushed out, calling my husband to believe what I saw was right.
Yeah this was the day when those pink lines brought me immense joy and happiness and I started counting days. The feeling can’t be expressed in words. It’s the most wonderful memory of my life and even beautiful is the journey that began and went on for the next 9 months when my bundle of joy arrived.
Becoming a #FirstTimeMom can be an emotionally intense experience. No matter how much you prepare for motherhood, it comes with its own set of surprises and horrors.
I still remember from the day we broke the news to close family members and friends, there were innumerable advices that came our way and left us confused.
We already had a huge list ready and we shopped for almost everything that we dreamed of. Having a first child is overwhelming and just like any other first time parent we too got caught up in the world of advertising and bought everything possibly we could, to prepare for our first baby. But the doubt of ‘am I doing it right ?’ kept popping in my mind from time to time.
Motherhood comes with its own set of challenges. While I was still trying to get through one at a time, a few weeks down the line and I had to get my little bundle of joy treated for his rashes. Those few days were highly stressing to see my lil child go through pain.
I realised in the midst of doing everything right, I went wrong with the choice of wipes I used then. As a new mum, I was clueless that something as tiny a wipe can have a big impact on my baby’s sensitive skin.
So sometime back when I heard of first-time water wipes by mothersparsh, I just wished if they were born a few years back my first time experience with first-time water wipes would have made my motherhood journey more wonderful.
Newborns are needed to be wiped almost every hour. In order to keep their skin clean and germfree, we often rely on wet wipes as it’s comparative hassle free. Wipes with any kind of chemicals can disrupt the sensitive skin of a baby and cause skin irritation leading to rashes, dryness, redness and more.
Thanks to Mothersparsh for innovating India’s first water wipes that are made of 100% plant fabric and contains 98% water. These wipes are free of alcohol, paraben or polyester that are the main culprits of skin irritation. Clinically proven, these 100% biodegradable wipes feels soft like cotton on your baby’s skin keeping them smooth and silky.
Now you can never go wrong with the choice of bottom wipes for your Lil babies and give them the experience they desire at this tender age.
*The blogpost is sponsored by Mothersparsh, India’s first water wipes brand.
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’.