My 2 year old toddler does not like milk. He hardly has 100 ml throughout the day. How can I give healthy replacements to milk to ensure he gets enough calcium and protein?
Although milk is a good source of protein , calcium and fat and most toddlers like having milk, you need not fret if your toddler does not want to have those 2 glasses of milk every day.
Also, there is an increasing incidence of children who are lactose intolerant. These children cannot take milk as it causes allergy.
Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is an excellent way to replace milk. My daughter refused to have milk, but she would gobble up little pieces of homemade paneer sauteed in a little ghee.
If your kid likes paneer, give that as curry or snacks. Grate it and mix it in his favourite dishes. You can also knead it with flour and make chapatis or paranthas out of it. Paneer is also easier to digest and can be given to children who are intolerant to plain milk.
If your baby likes cheese, you can add that in his food. Add it to sandwiches, pasta, noodles. You can even add grated cheese to khichdi or dals or various soups. A slice of processed cheese is supposed to have similar nutrition as one glass of milk, though it has a lot of salt.
You can give curd to your kid. Add fruits to make them into smoothies. Curd can be given in the form of curd rice, which my daughter loves or can be turned into shrikhand, fruit yogurt, lassi, buttermilk and so many other delicious options.