Celebrities like Kareena Kapoor have experts who give them tips on nutrition and weight loss after delivery. The probably have chefs who serve them the right food right to the milligram!
But for most of us mums, we have to cook for the Baby and feed the baby and later cook for ourselves – by which time we are too tired to eat anything other than a bag of chips!
That’s how we are putting on the pounds.
Here’s a list of 5 foods that you and your baby can share by just changing some toppings!
1. Purées of vegetables and fruits
This is the meal you should start your baby on when you think of weaning your baby. These meals are super rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber and are perfect for their budding bodies. Try vegetables such as carrots (gajar), pumpkin (kaddu), potato (aloo), sweet potato (shakarkandi), sponge gourd (tori), ash gourd (petha kaddu).
You can also try purées of fruits, such as ripe cooked apple (apple), pear (nashpati), or mashed banana (kela).
How to jazz it up: When you cook your baby’s veggies, set some aside for you. Take some garlic cloves and paprika and sauté the veggies with Salt and pepper. Replace one meal with this and watch your fat melt away!
Careful: Your baby's kidneys cannot process salt yet. So don't blend salt when you mash your little one’s meals.
Still wondering how to wean your baby? Here’s a ready guide that gives step by step instructions.
Slurp these wonderful soups with your baby and watch as he/she jumps with glee tto know that you’re having the exact same thing they are!
You can try a soup that is made of moong/toor dal and split peas (matar). Try mixed vegetables with rice. Experiment with green vegetables, such as cabbage, spinach or broccoli.
For your soup: Add croutons/cheese with salt, pepper and paprika! This is a guaranteed way to lose weight while not compromising on taste.
Careful: Your baby shouldn't have cow's milk until she's a year old. So avoid blending any soup with a dash of milk.
Wondering how soups will make you lose weight? You’ll love this list of Indian recipes!
3. Simple breakfast items
Once your baby is 8 months old they may be ready for khichdi , suji upma, suji kheer, sabudaana kheer, dalia, bread etc. Give two to three servings a day of starchy foods.
For your upma: Add the zinga flavour of garlic and chillies and add a dollop of ghee. Remember what celebrity dietician Rujuta Diwekar says about the benefits of ghee. Reduce portion size and split it into two cups eaten two hours apart and you’ll soon notice the fat melt away!
Careful: Don’t introduce sugar just yet. If you think that your baby likes sweet, just mash a bit of ripe banana with the upma.
Fresh fruit juices will do wonders for your baby’s nutrition. Citrus fruits such as oranges (santara), kinnow (keenu) and sweetlime (mosambi) are best for your kids. Agreed that they do tend to be tart, but children often like it!
For your juice: Add a dash of rock salt and you’ll start sweating your way to health!
Careful: Resist the temptation to introduce honey in your baby’s juices. Even if they have a cough its better to wait until the baby is one before adding honey.
It’s best to add a portion of protein for your baby. Gently cooked egg yolk (can be a little runny), cooked in butter and served chopped or mixed with other food can be served.
For your eggs: Make a crepe with the whites and add the same chopped veggies to make your own Frankie roll minus grains! This is what celebrities eat in place of carbohydrate
Careful: Do not include any nuts in the baby’s diet because nuts are a choking hazard.
We hope this list helps you lose weight as you gently wean your baby and lose your weight too!
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