Most parents are worried about their underweight babies, toddler or kids. In spite of many tips and tricks, they fail to understand How to help a kid gain weight. There are many ways that can help in weight gain of children. However, it is also essential that you look out if your child is suffering from any ailment, stress, eating disorder, allergic reaction, and their food choice. In fact, heredity is also one of the very essential factors for weight gain in kids.
Follow this Diet Chart For Your Underweight Kid
***Disclaimer: Weight gain is sometimes hereditary and thus the child may not put on weight even with the below-listed foods. Also do not expect too much weight gain of your child speedily. Discuss with your pediatric if your child has an eating disorder or allergy.
If your child isn’t gaining weight despite eating well, the reason could be he is very active or has a high metabolism. Often parents have a wrong notion about feeding sweet, sugary, fat-laden, junk food items to help their kids gain weight. In fact, these tend to lower their appetite for the healthy food. Introducing extra calories in the meal planner for your kid is a great option. Here are some Top foods for weight gain in kids.
Whole food is the best way to add some calories, healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, and carbohydrates in your kid’s diet. While making them eats all of these are definitely not an easy task. Thus a meal replacement shake can be a great way to add nutrition to your small appetite or picky eater child.
I consider using Cavin’s Milkshake tetra pack that has the balance of all nutrients. This is a quality milkshake and I make it a good protein source by adding yogurt, peanut butter, flax powder, dates or any fresh fruit chunks to it. In fact, this can also be served as a meal for kids. My baby loves the 4 flavors of Cavin’s Milkshake: Strawberry, Kaju Butterscotch, Chocolate, and Vanilla. Cavin’s Milkshake is a healthy drink that contains medium fat ice cream and comes to rescue especially when you’re travelling with kids or have picky eater child.
Check this Easy Vanilla Apple Milkshake Recipe
This is a very wholesome meal made from rice and lentils. Thus it helps in healthy weight gain of kids. Whereas you can make in many variations by adding vegetables to it.
Full-fat dairy products
Consider giving full-fat milk, buttermilk, and curd to your children. You can opt for other delicious options like flavored milk, fresh fruit yogurt, ice-cream milkshakes, smoothies, or lassi.
Add full-fat cream to your Child’s sandwiches, soups, mashed potatoes or even veggies. You can also make healthy desserts such as kheer, sheera or gajar ka halwa using full fat cream.
Always add little ghee, olive oil or butter to your child’s regular meal like dal, rotis or veggies.
Adding fruits such as banana, chikoo, and mangoes to your kid’s diet help in weight gain. In addition, they are a naturally rich source of calories.
My baby loves cheese and hence I add it to her pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. This helps in kids weight gain, especially the unprocessed cheese. Also adding paneer to your toddler’s diet is a great option for weight gain.
Eggs & Meat
Eggs are well known for weight gain among kids and even adults. Red meat is considered good for weight gain in toddlers.
Nuts & seeds
Adding nuts to your underweight child’s diet is very essential. For toddlers, Almonds, cashew nuts, Raisins, Peanut is a great snaking option or can also be added to cereals.
Adding seeds also help the underweight toddler to gain weight. Sesame seeds, melon seeds, flaxseeds, or pumpkin seeds are a rich source of healthy fats, fiber and also protein.
Some kids love the taste of peanut butter and it is quite healthy when consumed in a limited amount.
Hope the above Diet Chart will make happy mealtimes for your baby and you!