Present day, nuclear families and working parents is a common picture when you look around. Parents are also more concerned about their children and inspite of their busy schedules and time unavailability they want to give their children the best. Though, many parents aren’t really aware about what could be the ideal breakfast for their kids. Due to hectic time schedules people do prefer bread, cereals and many ready-made or instant recipes for kids. But, are they really as healthy as they claim to be. Fitness expert ‘Rujuta Divekar’ has a slightly different take on breakfast for kids. Through her book ‘notes for healthy kids’ and their parents, she explains how ancient or traditional Indian breakfast is far more healthy compared to the instant breakfast. Here’s a run-down a few tips around healthy breakfast for kids.
Avoid Packaged Food – Primarily, the food that is free from any kind of preservatives as in packaged food needs to be avoided altogether even if it is cereals, bread or juice. Packaged stuff is loaded with preservatives and high on sugar as well as emulsifiers, to name a few. Infact, they do more harm to health than benefit.
Eat Homely Food – India has a rich and varied tradition when it comes to food. Recipes like Upma, Poha, Dosa, Idli, Paratha, Thepla, Khakra are known to be one of the most-healthy options if prepared at home. Breakfast being the most important meal of the day needs to be filling because it helps you work throughout the day and stay energized. These foods do just that against packaged foods. You may add fresh thoroughly washed fruits and dry fruits alongside milk if you’re in a hurry burry rather than opting for packaged food like bread, cereals, etc.
Avoid Plastic – From plastic food containers to plastics, sliver foil wrapping and water bottles, cutlery we use plastic everywhere. Plastic and aluminum foils are quite harmful to health. In the ancient times Indian used metals like silver, copper, bronze, brass for eating. Apparently, that’s the way it should be. Using metal containers and thalis apparently helps in protection of food against bacterial and viral infections. The alternative cost effective solution is glass if silver ware or other metal is expensive to get.
Gadget Free eating time – When you eat food you need to concentrate a bit on it. You need to feel the flavors to savor it and ultimately to understand your actual food requirement as well. When we are hooked to television or gadget, we go on hogging and never really understand how much food we need or would be enough. You can definitely get an answer to your requirement if you concentrate on food. There is a hormone in stomach called leptin, responsible for sending a signal to stomach once the stomach is full. But, to catch the signal you need to be attentive.
Eat together – Last but not the least, adding a dash of love makes food tastier isn’t it. So, top your food with love and see how it works positively with the health of your member. Make it a point to have atleast one meal together with family even if you have a packed schedule. Find out that quality time and enjoy food together with your family.
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