2-5 yrs old may be small but they are growing fast, and they need more energy for their size. It is crucial that energy comes from a well-balanced diet. Some pointers to ensure that: 1. Carbohydrates:- Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in any meal. Use whole grains, mixed grains, multi grains instead of rice, pasta, refined flour bread, and products. 2.Proteins:- proteins are essential for bodybuilding and growth in children, including them is easy if u follow a nonveg diet, with eggs, chicken, fish. But if u follow a pure veg diet then also u can include them with soybean, quinoa, milk and milk products, peanut and almond butter (homemade), sprouts etc. 3. Fat:- Including good fat in the diet of your children with nuts like walnuts, almonds, and using oils such as olive oil, soy oil can help your child in achieving the desired weight. 4. Vitamins and Minerals:- Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your child,s diet in form of smoothies, sandwiches, custards, Popsicle, rolls, tikkis and other interesting as well as healthy choices, instead of going for juices, processed soups and other commercial products. 5. Fluids- the body is 70 percent water, and children don,t drink enough water. Parents also ignore this fact, while it is essential for your child to have plenty of fluids. you can include them with coconut water, home made soups, smoothies etc. by- Dietitian Roomani Jain
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