Feeding a baby is the greatest joy of motherhood and it is considered to be the most important bond between a mother and a baby. This beautiful journey is not restricted to breastfeeding only. But the major concern of every mother these days is “why my baby is not gaining weight?” Once mothers stop breastfeeding, weight gain slows down and it is one of the biggest challenges faced by new moms. This problem continues till toddlerhood and sometimes even during the schooling years.

Weight gain issues arise when the baby’s weight does not meet the mother’s expectations or sometimes it is because of the relatives and friends who continue to nudge and voice their opinions on the baby’s weight. A healthy baby doubles his birth weight by 6 months and triples the same by 12 months. If your little one has crossed this mark then there is no need to worry. But if your toddler is a fussy eater and is growing a little slower here are some lip-smacking recipes to fulfill his nutritional needs and keep him healthy throughout the early years.

1. Moong Dal and Paneer Tikkis: Power-packed with protein, these tikkis are lip-smacking and can be cooked in a jiffy.
Ingredients
● ½ cup moong dal, cooked and cooled
● ½ cup paneer
● ¼ cup ragi flour
● 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
● ¼ tsp Haldi powder
● ¼ tsp garam masala
● ½ tsp chili powder
● Salt to taste
● 1 tsp chaat masala
● 1 tbsp chopped coriander

Method
a. Take moong dal into a deep bowl. Add crumbled paneer and mix it well.
b. Now add all the other ingredients and mix gently.
c. Divide the mixture into equal portions and roll out small tikkis from them.
d. Heat a nonstick pan and grease it using a little oil. Now cook the tikkis on low flame from both sides till they turn golden brown.
e. Serve with coriander chutney.

2. Oats and Chocolate Walnut Balls: If your little one is throwing tantrums and asking for those sweet desserts post-meal, here is a healthy escape. These chocolate balls are loaded with the goodness of nuts and oats to keep your toddler healthy and full.
Ingredients
● ¾ cups roasted rolled pats
● ¼ cups chopped walnuts
● 2 tbsp chopped almonds
● 2 tbsp raisins
● ⅓ cup chopped dark chocolate
● ¼ cup chopped milk chocolate

Method
1. Combine milk chocolate and dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it on high mode for 60 seconds.
2. Now add rolled oats, nuts, and raisins into the chocolate mixture.
3. Mix it nicely and roll out small balls from the mixture.
4. Serve immediately and store the remaining balls into an airtight container at room temperature
5. It stays fresh for up to 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

The Takeaway

Toddlers can be hard when it comes to feeding them. Therefore it is important to feed them a wholesome and nutritious meal for their growth and development. These recipes are quick, healthy, and tasty at the same time. Do try these and let us know how your little champ finds them.

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