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Travelling with a toddler or a kid is not an easy task. You have to be up all the time to match with their energies no matter you are tired or not. And when it comes to food, kids can get really cranky and grumpy if their stomach is empty or half filled.
I have been travelling with my toddler since he was 7 months old. And with some permutations and combinations, I have got to the conclusion of these 5 home cooked Indian foods to carry while traveling with kids. The good part is I don’t have to rely much on the branded products available in the market, since Kiaan is not too comfortable with packaged purees etc and at the same time I don’t want snacks to replace meals so these 5 travelfoods act as my saviour.
1. Home Made Cereal for the baby
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This is a wholesome meal I give it to my lo preferably during the lunch time. It is made of 4 key ingredients Rice, Dal, Ragi/ Nachni, Wheat. I prepare the powdered mixture well in advance and make it in hot water flasks available in hotel rooms. This home made cereal is not only a great source of nutrients, but will keep the baby full for a longer time thereby eliminating any unwanted snacking.
If you are interested to know the home made cereal recipe plz click here
2. Oats Porridge
It’s my personal observation, babies enjoy oatmeal cereal more than rice or any other form of porridge. Oats is rich in fibre making it easily digestible and can be given at any time of the day. All you need to do pour hot water/milk with some sugar or salt and feed it to your babies on the go.
Not because I am a Gujrati, I am recommending this food. Infact, it is a “wonder food” for all the moms out there. Thepla has a high shelf life making it consumable even after 3-4 days of its preparation (if you pack it well). It acts as complete meal for a child when given with yogurt, pickle (chunda) or just topped with plain butter.
4. Dry fruits, Nuts and Makhanas
My little one is very found of Raisins (Kishmish). So i pack his favourite dry fruit separately in my handbag and can offer him on the go. Also, you can create bundled packets of dryfruits that can be consumed in a day separately and offer to your kids at any given time of the day.
I also pack mix nuts like peanuts, chana and roasted makhanas for my lo and they are good enough to satisfy his cravings or calm him down when he is restless or tired.
5. Home made snacks like Laddus, Biscuits, Khakhras etc
These snacks are made of simple ingredients like besan, atta ( wheatflour), butter etc. They have a very long shelf life, offer sweet/savory flavour and most kids wont say no to them. In case you don’t know to make these snacks, you can get it easily by hiring a cook or purchasing from home entrepreneurs who sell authentic home cooked snacks and be stress free.
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These are the 5 home cooked Indian foods to carry while travelling with kids. You can compliment the above food by locally available fruits, breads/ croissants variety available, milk etc. They are easy, simple to make and moreover you don’t have to worry about offering only outside food to your child since you have some options ready with you. I am sure not only kids but you will also enjoy your trips more often.
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I always keep talking about how important it is to feed healthy home cooked meals to our children. In the era of Internet, TV, Social media it is easier to google out various kinds of healthy recipes, the right diet for your children, types of activities etc we can do for their development. As parents we all wish our kids stay away from any kind of lifestyle disease which is so common in this fast pace world. And we can achieve it, if we adopt some of the beautiful practices we followed during our childhood and prepare the next generation. This is one of the way we give our children to live and lead a healthy lifestyle. So without wasting much of time, here i am sharing 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy .
7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy
1. Following an Exercise Routine
We should encourage our kids to exercise and make it a part of their daily routine. And when i mean exercise it can be anything from dancing to aerobics to zumba or even activities like cleaning cupboards at home to playing high energy games or following a sports of your choice. And this can be achieved if we too follow an exercise routine. At the end kids are inspired from us aren’t they ? A simple exercise routine make the bones and muscle stronger and helps to avoid various lifestyle disease.
2. Outdoor Play
These days children are hooked to mobile screen, TV, laptops etc. Hence as a parent you need to make it a compulsion to have a define outdoor play time inspite of the burden and stress of homeworks, studies etc. Outdoor play helps kids to improve their health, learning capabilities, stress buster for them too, improves social skills, generates curiosity to explore around etc.
3. Eating breakfast
Breakfast is fuel to convert food into energy. And when metabolism gets moving, body starts burning calories and you can maintain a healthy weight. Moreover breakfast also acts as a brain booster to help kids improve their attention span and concentration. I have shared a complete different article on why breakfast important for kids, you can check the same here
4. Teach kids to CHEW
Do you remember we were told to chew food 32 times ? Do we follow it ? Most of us not. But before you teach the kids I would tell you start doing yourself and you will yourself realize the difference. When you chew food well, the gut health is automatically taken care of. The food does not feel heavy to the stomach and one will rarely face issues like bloating, acidity etc just by learning the art of chewing food well.
5. Say No to Cold Water
Teach kids about the importance of drinking warm water from time to time in a defined manner. Warm Water breaks down the accumulated fats deposits and ensures better stomach health. Kids should be taught to take a break from the activity they are doing, sit down, drink water and resume the activity thereafter.
6. Avoid Overeating
Choose quality over quantity. Don’t push your child to complete the meal on the plate. Let him/her decide the quantity he/she needs to fulfill is hunger. By pushing food you are teaching him what is overeating and the kid may develop the habit of over eating in the long run. You can also check a special post i have written on 10 mistakes parents make while feeding their kids here
7. Gadget free Eating
Do I need to talk about this ? Most of the parents complain about their kids viewing TV’s/ Mobile and then only wanting to eat food. Well, aren’t we responsible for it. Make meal time a fun bonding sessions with your kids, sit together, talk about the day, laugh, infact discuss your problems with them and tell them to give solutions too. Make it a family bonding time and I bet they will never want gadgets while eating
These are some 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy which we must implement for our kids and their better lifestyle. Kids are like clay, they way you mould them,they take the shape. So try to inculcate these habit to make them healthy and smart children of India
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Which parent does not want their kids to lead a happy and a healthy life. We all do, isn’t it? and yet we fall to the trap of media who are bombarding us to use X products by brands and pharmaceutical companies, upgrade to fortified nutrition in terms of going vegan etc or even offering OTC medicines for overall health. With so much of information around us, it gets confusing on what to listen and what to discard. So to keep it simple, I have done some research on this subject and would be happy to share 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids.
But before I do, Let me share the basis of my research. I am an ardent admirer and follower of celebrity fitness expert – Rujuta Diwekar. Her thoughts on to adapt the native simplicity and grandma’s kitchen hacks is what I can connect my roots with. And considering how fit and healthy our elders have been, I guess it’s time we adopt to it rather then following our western counterparts.
Without much adieu here I am sharing 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids
1. Going Desi
India is the best country that has variety of food. The idea is we must take pride of our food and culture, eat desi so even our kids love to embrace local food. Like Ghee has been a part of dietary intake since years, we should consume it. Ghee is an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce or mobilize stubborn fat and yet we are against of it when it comes to giving it to our kids.
How many of you still eat pickles ? I bet we are a few, because we feel its too oily and fattening isn’t it ? I am not surprised kids even don’t know what pickle is, or how you make it and what fun is it when the entire family makes it together. But pickles provides your body with the right conditions to make your own B12 and also assimilate all of the vitamins from the food. It helps you nurture the diversity of good bacteria in your stomach. It is pro-biotic. And so i would say Eat pickle with pride and become desi !! Adopt to desi eating habits which our ancestors did.
2. Use Indian Sugar Substitutes and not Western
Stevia is the new Fancy Fad of sugar substitute which most of us are adopting to. But why choose those when we have so many Indian substitutes which is easily available, cheaper and most importantly tried & tested by our grandparents. We can make use of jaggery, sugarcane, honey etc which is easily available and are Natural.
Infact, I will share a surprising fact with you. The sugar that we traditionally consume in India, which comes from sugarcane is very beneficial. The problem is processed and packaged food that is high on sugar, particularly since this form of sugar is mostly derived from high fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity.
The World Health Organisation says we can have 8 – 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. If you eat like your grandparents, you will end up having 4-5 teaspoons a day only. Nowadays, the situation is such that we don’t take any sugar in our tea, but have two biscuits (packaged food) in our hand.
3. Motherland offers Variety food
If you need variety in your meals, it’s best to use ingredients which grow on our soil and gives a different texture to our taste buds. Say for example you eat Roti for lunch everyday, but it gets boring. You can make roti made from different ingredients each day (as shown in the image). This is the best way we can get kids use to different flavours of food and at the same time do not worry about their health
Eat Seasonal fruits, vegetables and grains. The reason they are seasonal is because they help the body to stay healthy during season transition and also increase our immunity.
4. Go Green
Do not use Plastic for your kids or even yourself. In this era of microwaves and ovens our usage of plastic has increased. So its best to make use of steel and glass materials in our day to day life. If you want to pack your kids lunch box than make use of steel snack box. Serve the kid meal in a steel plate.
5. Follow the 80:20 rule
Since we are so use to following and adapting to the western culture than its best to follow the 80:20 rule in your daily life. It’s simple – 80% times adopt to the indian way of living when it comes to food, using steel etc. 20% do what you are craving for. So if you want to eat burgers than make one and eat it, but ensure you eat indian desi meal the rest of your day. This way you will be able to balance your body and heart and it will be a win win for all.
Adopting to your roots is not a difficult task, since you have lived it in your childhood. But make sure you give the same environment to your child and make him respect your food and culture and I assure you that your kids will be happy and healthy.
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Learn to make some Fun DIY activity with Veggies for the Kids below three years of Age
This one is a simple DIY activity where you need just two material. A pack of Flash Cards and Real Vegetables. This is a DIY which focuses on introducing vegetables to the kids. It even works for me when my kid is fussy and refuses to eat something and I show him the flash card. It makes him happy for the fact he knows it, it is his card and may take 5-6 morsels instead of completely rejecting the food.
I have printed and laminated the pictures of fruits and vegetables as shown in the picture. All you have to do is lay down the cards in a row. The child has to select the fruit/vegetable that matches to the corresponding picture. This is also a fun language exercise as you can give the child the fruit/vegetable, name it, then the child will repeat it ant match it with the corresponding card. The good part is you can teach varied languages too so for example Kiaan has still not learnt POTATO but manages to say ALOO which is a learning in itself.
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Learn to make some Fun DIY Activity with Veggies for the Kids above three years of Age
A child’s education stretches far beyond the four walls of the classroom. At this age kids are very much interested into the environment they live and play. This is more of creative development activity to entice the mind of the blooming buds. It’s a fun way to develop your chid’s artistic learning and encourage them to think in more challenging and creative manner .
In this activity I have planned to make a CACTI using a CUCUMBER. All you need is some tooth pics and any small bead shape red colour fruit like cherries or jelly sweet etc. In my case i have made use of dry raspberry which had little coating of sugar.
Cut the cucumber in two halves. Keep one half with you and give the other half to your kid. Take some toothpicks and cut the pointed ends with scissors so that it does not hurt your child (do this before you begin the activity). Take the toothpicks and pierce the same in the cucumber and remove it from the other end. Do it randomly with no perfect length and lining. Take the dryfruit berries and stick to the top or anywhere in the cacti which resonates flower. Once ready you can choose to eat the cucumber after you had a fun play with it or just smile on your creativity wits.
I already made one for Kiaan, and he was busy exploring it. He ate the dried berries in a jiffy. Then I taught him to remove the sticks which he did and managed to eat half of the cucumber with no salt needed. For those who don’t know my kid is 1.5 years and it was a fun bonding session with him and I enjoyed every bit of it.
So these were some of my Fun DIY activities with veggies for the kids. I hope you all loved it. Do give me your honest feedback in the comments below. You can also check another DIY activity I made in the past using apples here
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