4 Milk Substitutes For Your Toddler
Milk is not loved by most kids. It becomes quite a task for mothers to give milk to their toddlers as they grow up. Most kids are simply not into milk and refuse to take even a sip. And here we are not talking about lactose intolerance.
But milk cannot be done away with easily as it is so rich in many essential nutrients. But we are suggesting some options that you can give to your anti-milk toddler-
Cheese is a good option for kids who do not like milk. Cheese contains nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Cheese has a good amount of protein which provides the body with essential building blocks for strong muscles. Cheese can be given to kids as it is or can be mixed with some other recipes.
Ragi or Finger millet contains essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine, methionine and phenyl alanine. It has very high amount of calcium and potassium. Ragi is a great source of iron and helps in maintaining hemoglobin levels. It is a very good source of protein too. Ragi is also quite high in fibre content. You can find a few ragi recipes here.
Sesame seeds are very high in calcium. 100 g sesame seeds contain 60 mg calcium. Besides they are a good source of energy and have 573 calories in every 100 g. Sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants and protect body against damage by free radicals and also speed up the healing of wounds. Unsaturated fats are good for the health of growing kids and sesame seeds have them in plenty. These tiny seeds keep liver healthy and protect it from hepatitis and jaundice. Sesame seeds laddoos are good option for kids.
Oats are a great source of dietary fibre and aid digestion. The carbohydrates in oats keep kids full for long time as they burn slowly. Oats are also rich in protein, vitamin B1, manganese and magnesium.
Making oats milk is quite easy-
Rolled oats- 12 tbsp.
Water- 1.5 litre
Salt- a pinch
Soak oats in water for at least 20 minutes. If you have time, soak them for longer. Drain the water and rinse oats well. Take the oats in a blender and blend well. Strain the oats mixture. You can use a strainer but it is better to use a nut-milk bag as it makes the procedure easy. Squeeze out all the liquid and you have your oat milk in your hands. Give to your toddler either immediately or after cooling. Shake well before serving.
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