Have You Planned Your Children’s Harmattan Diet ?
The Harmattan is a cold-dry and dusty trade wind, blowing over the West African subcontinent. This north-easterly wind blows from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. It is one of the seasons in Nigeria and more often than not, the northern part of the country is worst hit with the extreme dryness, dust and cold weather.
It is supposed to be a wonderful season when children can play outdoors because the rains have stopped,and families can visit with family because it is the holiday season. But, of concern to individuals,and particularly mothers in this season are health-related issues. There is the tendency for one to have high thirst for water because the throat dries up easily, the lips crack easily, the hair breaks easily and one loses more water either through sweating, talking or urinating.
More seriously are cold-related respiratory diseases, to which experts have harped on the need to stay warm and protected, drink more water and eat lots of fruits to boost the immunity.
The eyes are directly exposed to the harsh weather especially the dust particles carried by the wind. which may result in itching,redness or even puffiness
The respiratory system, because of its direct communication with the atmosphere, is also greatly affected because of air pollutants flowing around the dusty air which could be inhaled.
Generally speaking,children are the most vulnerable to anything!.So what can Mothers do about Diet to Help?
Fruits like carrot, watermelon and pineapples among others that are in season are great. Fresh carrots are a healthy way to add crunchy excitement to the family daily diet. They are low in calories, contain no fat and supply significant doses of certain vitamins and minerals. While they taste good on their own, carrots are also a great way to boost the nutrition of many other recipes as well.
Children love to eat what they make, so if yours are a little fussy and do not like fruit, let them join you to make some fruit salad and that you will all enjoy together,besides it will be more fun to eat with different fruits in different colors beautiful and attractive to them
In addition,you can make smoothies, which is simply blended fruits and the children can easily drink with a straw.Encourage them to drink water not just at meal times but also in between .Its is a season to rehydrate, be healthy,be merry.Make the most of it