Proper meals do not mean proper nutrition for your kid

By Nmami Agarwal     20-Feb 2017

Proper meals do not mean proper nutrition for your kid

“Beta, one more!” this is what we keep saying. As parents, we strive to give our children the best of everything, especially when it comes to food and essential nutrition. For our fussy eaters, parents concoct endless innovative ideas to trick them into having a balanced diet. And even after such efforts, many parents are shocked to learn that their child is undernourished.

“Over 60% of children in India weigh right but are undernourished.”

The problem, we may feel, is due to picky eating. But, that’s not true. There are times when the kid is eating properly, has all kinds of health drinks, and fruits and nuts, and is still tested undernourished. Because nutrition and full meals do not mean the same thing. The issue is sometimes medical.

  • Your child detests a certain food item: Have you considered that it may be because he feels bloated or lethargic after having it? He could be mildly allergic to that food and not really making an excuse.
  • Your child has fragile bones: You make him drink two glasses of milk everyday along with calcium tablets, and still he fractured his bones from a mild hit. It could be the case of calcium absorption impairment.
  • Your child is cranky and moody: Did you know, anaemia can cause severe mood swings and crankiness in kids? Your child’s fussy nature could be an outcome of iron deficiency!
  • Your child is overweight: Most parents are happy to call this situation as having a healthy child. However, undernourishment can cause obesity too. Most food items sold at grocery stores today are calorie-dense but nutrient-poor.

These are just four things that you could easily miss because there is a lack of awareness. Even our elders and pediatricians are oblivious to such advanced information. And there is no way of knowing this about your child’s health unless there is a professional intervention and a full physical and medical checkup is involved.


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Beets have a lovely colour, taste and texture. But beets aren’t supposed to be smoked like eggplant. You need to boil them up before smoking, else they’re going to take forever in preparation. Here is our quick and easy guide for best smoked beets recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Beetroot provides you with fibre, iron, potassium, folate and Vitamin C which is good for skin and further act as an antioxidant. It can improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure and serve as a low calorie food. It can also improve digestion and help in weight management. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and has been traditionally used to cure diarrhoea, stomach ache and sore throat.


2 small beets

Few sprigs of thyme

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack


Cut beets into thin slices

Put them in a saucepan, with some water. Boil until tender

Next, light your charcoal or barbecue fire

Take a large piece of foil and lay the beets in them. Brush a little olive oil and top with thyme and lemon zest.

Fold the foil and twist the ends together. Punch small holes in the foil with the help of a knife or fork.

Leave it to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Once cooked, allow it to cool and then discard the charred skin.

Toss with salt and pepper, and serve.

Over to you

Beetroot is a wonder vegetable with goodness of many nutrients. Smokey beets give the dish a distinctive taste along with the flavourful thyme herb. Do try it out!
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