Right nutrition for our kids is our primary responsibility and nothing works better than fruits and veggies. We don’t have to splurge on exotic fruits and vegetables to ensure this, instead just look over your shoulders. See what your local vendor has to offer. He sells seasonal fruits and vegetables. Seasonal products are loaded with essential nutrients that work for the well being of the body. Grapes, for example, help fight against cold and provide immunity to our bodies besides many other benefits as well.
How to buy :
Selecting good quality grapes are of utmost importance if you don’t want to compromise on the taste.
- Hold a bunch and give it a gentle shake; the lesser the grapes that fall out, the fresher is your bunch.
- Choose ones that are plump, making sure each one is firmly attached to the stem.
- Avoid ones with soft or wrinkled skin. This might be a sign of freezing or drying.
- Store freshly bought grapes in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within a week. Remove from fridge a few hours before consumption and ensure to wash very well to remove chemical residue.
- Seeded or seedless? This is entirely up to you. Although the seeded variety is less infested with synthetic chemicals and tastes better, some prefer the seedless variety due to the ease of consumption. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to eat the fruit with the skin.
Benefits of eating grapes for kids:
- Grapes help regularise bowel movements, as it’s a good source of fibre. Constipation is a common problem seen among younger children that can be eased with the regular consumption of grapes.
- They are an excellent source of antioxidants, that fights against free radicals, thus boosting our immunity and keeping infections at bay.
- A fine source of Vitamin C, they help the body fight against common cold, flu and even asthma.
- They have a high water content.
- The active ingredient resveratrol, is good for heart health.
Tips to include grapes in your kid’s diet:
- This fruit is quite versatile. Eat as it is or use in mixed fruit salads with or without custard.
- Make a very vibrant fruit kabab, or make fruit smoothies.
- You can give your regular curd rice a twist with this fruit.
- The dried version of the fruit, raisins, can be eaten all year round!
- Another way of preserving this fruit and enjoying later is by making a homemade fruit juice concentrate – a healthier alternative to store-bought juices. Reduce the amount of sugar added though.
Word of caution !!
Small round grapes have higher chances of choking younger children. Please make sure to cut the fruit in half (and remove seeds while eating the seeded variety) and thaw before feeding your toddler.