Today I prepared omelet for by daughter who is around 19 months old. She enjoyed the omelet very much and she started clapping. Clapping her hands is the way of her expressing happiness.
So all may wonder what is in this omelet and what makes special. I didn’t add much spiciness as my baby has not yet introduced to much spicy food yet. But the taste of the omelet and the colourful omelet made her to eat her part fully.
You can feed your toddlers with a egg on alternate days. My daughter won’t eat the yolk when boiled so I chose to prepare omelette for her to get the full nutrition.
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Health benefits of Eggs for your kids
Here are some of the health benefits of eggs for your kids.
Good amount of protein: Eggs have a high amount of protein, of about 12 g of protein per 100g. This amount is not very high when compared to other foods, but is considered to be high because, the protein found in egg is more or less complete in terms of all the essential amino acids.
Good source of iron: Eggs are also high in iron. Iron is an important nutrient in food which when not taken adequately can lead to anemia or less blood. Good iron content prevents anemia in children.
High in cholesterol: Though many people say that eggs are high in cholesterol and their consumption should be limited, this is in view of adults, but toddlers and kids need foods which are rich in fat and cholesterol. The fat and cholesterol help in optimum brain development of a toddler. Apart from the fat and cholesterol, eggs are also high in choline, which is also good for brain development.
Good source of vitamins: Eggs are also a good source of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-6, B-12, K, E, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and also in vitamin D. Most vegetables or fruits are deficient in vitamin D, but eggs also contain vitamin D which is good for bones. As we know vitamin A is good for eyesight, vitamin B-6 is good for brain development, vitamin B-12 is good for reducing anemia, etc.
Better immune system: Apart from these benefits, eggs contain selenium, an element which is known to boost the immune system. The way selenium acts in the immune system is still not understood very well, but according to some scientists, the selenium helps in producing free radicals in and around invading microorganisms which kill them. Eggs also contain zinc and it is useful in controlling the immune system cells that fight off invading microorganisms.
Measures to be taken while giving eggs to your baby
- Some experts advise that you can introduce egg yolk and avoid egg whites as egg whites are believed to be causing more allergies than egg yolk.
- Eggs are considered to be one of the very high allergy causing foods and hence a word of caution is advised to parents giving eggs to your babies. It is better to speak with your pediatrician before adding eggs to your baby’s diet. As such you might have to wait for at least 1 or 1½ years to introduce egg because of the high incidence of allergies.
- Babies from families with known history of allergies should be extra careful while introducing allergic foods because allergies can pass down from parents and if both parents are allergic to one or the other foods, then there is high risk of the baby might also be allergic to certain foods. So, talk to your pediatrician about such allergy causing foods and be cautious.