My child does not drink plain milk. What do I do? (Diet query of the day)

My child does not drink plain milk. What do I do? (Diet query of the day)

By Neha Ranglani  on: 12 December 2014
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My kid does not like drinking plain milk. How can I make him drink it? What can I add which is good for health. I am not sure if flavoured syrups are good. Is there any other option apart from the health drinks available in the market? Answered by Nutritionist Neha Chandna.

Making kids drink milk is indeed a task when they do not like the taste of it. But the good thing is milk can be consumed in various other forms like other dairy products. In order to ensure your kid gets adequate nutrition, you can give him milk in the form of kheer or seviyyan. You can also make oats porridge or add muesli to milk which will give it a different taste. (Read: Milk in the benefits of doodh)

If you want to stay from health drinks, you can buy ready-made badam-pista masala or kesar and dry fruits in the powdered form which can be added to milk to change its taste.

Another option is to make milkshakes which are not only tasty but healthy too. Make them using seasonal fruits or even dates which will give your kid nutrition of the fruits as well as the milk.

Instead of giving him milk twice or thrice in the day, alternate between yoghurt and milk. Add cut fruits on top or honey to add a sweet flavour to the curd. Don’t force your kid to eat something they don’t like. Instead, think of innovative and healthy ways you can make the food more appealing for them to eat. 



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