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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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A picky eater or a toddler who refuses to consume the food can be very frustrating for a parent. Being a parent you might have googled out of town for solutions, seemed advice from fellow mom, taken suggestion from your peers and yet you could find the result being the same. And I understand this completely because there are days where I see my lo is on hunger strike and I wonder how to offer food to him. I do have thoughts of giving junk too as long as a morsel goes in his mouth. But I guess the answer lies in our attitude. Yes you read it right, the way we behave has affects on a childs mind, body and soul and here are these 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their Kids that should be avoided.
MISTAKE 1. FORCE FEEDING
If you think forcing your kid to eat food will teach him to accept food then you are wrong. It is going to back fire really bad because he will start disliking meal time. My lo once did not eat any grain for 3 days because I was upset he was not eating and I forced him to eat khichdi and it became worse.
Solution : Don’t make a fuss about it. Leave the food with him and let him explore. If he is hungry he will have it or not take anything in his mouth. One meal rejected does not mean your child will be starving throughout the day.
MISTAKE 2 : NO MEAL PLANNING
Parents most of the time fall into the trap of short order cooking. This is basically out of fear that the child will reject the meal and ultimately they will have to offer something else. However, cooking on demand sends a wrong message.
Solution : Plan a meal where the kid can see at least one of his favorite food in it. He may not complete the entire plate but definitely will explore all the food you have served. Say for example your kid loves Dal rice. Try and make Palak Dal rice and get him to love greens
MISTAKE 3 : FINISHING THE PLATE
We were taught since childhood how important it is to not waste and finish off every bite in the plate. And since it is reinforced in our mind we expect a toddler to do the same.
Solution : Keep targets that will help you to help your child love food. Aim for 1 tbsp as per the age of the child for each dish that needs to be completed. Say for example a 2 year old should complete 2 tbsp of veggies, 2 tbsp of Dal, 2 tbsp of salad, 2 tbsp of rice etc and be satisfied with it.
MISTAKE 4 : IGNORING YOUR KIDS TASTE PREFERENCE
It is a surprising fact that toddlers have more taste buds than we do. So what may seem less spicy or less salty for us would be too spicy or too salty for them. I had not fed my lo salt till one year of age after I introduced our food he could not adjust to our salt consumption and hence rejected food. It took me a lot of time to understand his behavior but that’s when I realized he has his own taste buds too
Solution : Try and understand their taste preference. And the weird part is they keep changing their taste pallet depending on season, teething times, growth etc. Keep a check on their taste requirements and cook food matching their taste-buds
MISTAKE 5 : GIVING UP TOO SOON
Don’t assume that if a child rejected a food once, that he or she will never like it again. It takes about 20 times of exposing the child to one food to get them to like it. Do not remove the food from the child’s diet.
Solution : keep introducing the food time to time say every 20 days and allow him to explore. He may spit it out or may choose to eat it and make us feel lucky.
Kiaan never liked mangoes when the season started but when we had the last stash of mangoes before the rain began he ate it in a jiffy and we felt lucky.
MISTAKE 6 : FEEDING INAPPROPRIATE SNACK
Snack time is in a way a fun playtime that helps to improve the growth of the child. Instead of offering biscuits, candies or fried foods that are high in calories, give them to munch something nutritious
Solution : Plan out your snacks in advance on what interval you will offer fruits, proteins, dairy products etc and stick to it.
MISTAKE 7 : USING FOOD TO REWARD
It’s very much a parental attribute to reward a child for eating well. And rewards are generally in form of sugar loaded sweets or junk food because let’s face it, who does not like junk! Well it’s a big No No to reward a child to eat healthy. Eating healthy is not an accomplishment but a habit that we have to inculcate
Solution : Don’t reward your child for completing veggies. Always reward a child for good behavior and with non food products like a trip to park, bubble bath etc
MISTAKE 8 : BRIBING YOUR CHILD
Don’t you tell your kids, we will eat pizza on a Sunday only if you complete your veggies today or this week etc. It’s a wrong methodology to teach your child to eat. In fact the demands will keep increasing an there is never an end to it
Solution : follow the 80:20 rule in the house. Everyday serve 80% healthy meal and give into your child’s demand once a day. The idea is he needs to understand between good and junk. He will eventually understand the difference and not create a fuss or demand unhealthy food. On the contrary, he will be satisfied and you never know,he may surprise you by saying NO he does not want to eat the sweet and opt for healthy food.
So for example, if he demands a sweet after completing his meal than give it to him and let him feel good about it. But dont make it an everyday thing. You need to balance out when to say a yes or a no.
MISTAKE 9 : EATING INAPPROPRIATE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD
Most of the Parents tell kids not to eat junk but eat in front of them. You are setting a wrong example and the kid is ultimately going to throw a tantrum.
Solution : If you don’t want your kid to eat fatty food like chips, jams etc then you yourself say goodbye to it and stop getting it home. When you don’t have it in your kitchen shelf there is no question of tantrums taking place
MAKE 10 : EATING MEALS IN FRONT OF TV/MOBILE
I guess this one tops the list. Every person, a kid or an adult browses the phone or watches TV while eating. I won’t get into how harmful it is but we all are servants to digital media these days.
Solution : Meal time is a Gadget Detox time and all you have to do is laugh, play and enjoy good food with each other. So talk to them, sing rhymes and have some conversations.
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Milk is one of the most important things I feed my child every day. My Lo is a toddler and he enjoys milk but I have seen his cousins dreading to complete a glass of plain milk just because they don’t like the taste of it. And poor Momma is always worried on how to get them finish the glass of milk or inculcate fondness towards milk. Well I understand its tough to get kids to eat/drink things they don’t like but we can always attempt various ways to get to like them food which is important and healthy. So I am going to share 3 Amazing Ways to Make Drinking Milk Fun for Kids. But before I give some valuable tips let me tell you some important facts I came across through my personal survey on Instagram.
I created a poll on instagram asking moms how do they serve milk to their kids. I divided the poll in two segments
- Natural – Flavoured milk using healthy options available at home like turmeric, saffron, milkshakes, smoothies etc
- Branded – Malt based drinks like Pediasure, Horlicks etc
Although the result reflected that 60% moms make use of natural ingredients but also there are good number of moms who give malt drinks to their kids just because kids don’t like milk. It is not a surprise that these drinks are considered to be one of the ” health food drink ” in most of the houses today. There are enticing ads spread across TV, Social Media, Newspapers claiming how nutritious and beneficial these health drinks are for the growth and development of the child and it can be quite difficult for a mom to take an informed decision.
The problem with malt drinks is that most of these powders have a cereal base (any flour including wheat flour), soy, milk powder, loads of sugar, a flavouring agent like cocoa powder, and some vitamins and minerals. And, they cost approximately Rs 300-Rs. 500 per kg. The ads claim that these health drinks helps absorb calcium from milk. Well, the truth is sugar hinders absorption of calcium and also depletes phosphorus and most of these powders contain loads of sugar.
In-spite of us being so well informed, we cannot eradicate these drinks just because our kids are usede to the taste, or attracted to the advertisements or simply the kid believes his best friend has it and so should he. So let’s become a smart mom and start changing your kids preference towards milk slowly and steadily. Here I am sharing with you 3 Amazing Ways to Make Drinking Milk Fun for Kids.
3 Amazing Ways to Make Drinking Milk Fun for Kids
MAKE MILK COLOURFUL USING NATURAL INGREDIENTS AND MAKE A WEEKLY COLOURED MILK CHART
Kids are attracted to colours. It is said colours affect emotions. But how can a plain white colour liquid will affect the kid. The answer is simple – make the milk colourful through natural ingredients. Coloured milk is a rare sight for a kid to see because his mind has been trained that milk is white and when one can offer different colours 7 days a week it is going to be fun.
So prepare a milk calendar as shown in the image and serve different colour and variety of milk to your children. Let them be a part of the process and tell them to select the colour and offer that variety to the milk.
In the above chart, I have selected the following combinations which are beneficial for the development of the child.
- Monday – Turmeric Milk/ Saffron Milk – Yellow : This is one of the old grandmas recipe very effective to fight cold/cough and also helps to build immunity
- Tuesday – Plain Milk – White : You can add natural sweeteners like jaggery / honey if you want some sweetness in your milk instead of processed sugar.
- Wednesday – Rose/ Roohafza Milk – Pink : The pink colour is appealing to eyes and has a soothing effect which will help your kid to relax a little
- Thursday – Fruit Flavoured Milk – Colourful : You can select seasonal fruits like mangoes for orange, strawberries for pink etc which can make the milk look fresh and appealing or choose the basics like banana. Plz do not add citrus fruits in the milk
- Friday – Chocolate Milk – Brown : Most of the kids like chocolatey flavour. Dark cocoa is a better substitute to branded milk
- Saturday – Dry Fruits/ Dates Milk – Cream : We all are aware about the importance of dry fruits like almonds, pistachios etc and it is one of the most healthiest way to offer with milk.
- Sunday – Kids Favourite : If your child has manged to keep up to your promise he/she definitely deserves a treat and hence serve what he likes. You never know instead of malt drink he may just choose to drink any of the above natural flavoured milk.
Once you stick to the above plan and still feel your child is being fussy, you can try out the following ways to get him used to natural milk
ACCESSORISE YOUR MILK
It is important to make your milk look attractive to the eyes. The funda is simple, if it looks good it tastes good and that is the secret ingredient and which i focus on just like my foodarts
So to entice your child you can choose to follow any below mentioned options.
Funky cups and straws –
Get some colourful quirky straws like the ones in the pic and just pop them into the glass of milk. You can even get your kids favourite colour cup or favourite character cup and make the milk glass look special
Simply wet the rim of a glass, pour some sprinkles/ chocolate flakes into a shallow bowl or plate, and dip the glass rim into the sprinkles! Pour in the milk as you would do normally, and serve.
Make it Frothy
Kids love the milky froth on the top of their milk shake and drinks. You can invest in a milk frother and get your kids to make some lovely milk moustaches.
DIY ACTIVITES WITH MILK
Engage your kids with some fun DIY Milk activities once a week so that they look forward to some fun time with you as well as improve their acceptance towards Milk
Dunken Game – Just as we all know the best way to eat Oreos is dunk it in the milk and eat it. We can create a game where one can dunk some cereals, cookies, marshmallows and finish the milk
Create Milk Lollies
Simply freeze milk shakes in ice tray or moulds and create some exciting milky lollies. You can add natural sweetners like honey, dates or some fruits to make it interesting and colourful each time.
Coloured Ice Cubes – This is such an easy way to dress up a glass of milk. Create some colored ice cubes using a drop of food colouring or natural colouring agents in the ice trays and pour it in the glass of milk making it look colourful
Well, I hope you liked these 3 Amazing Ways to Make Drinking Milk Fun for Kids. A little hard work is needed by you to push your child in going all natural and creating acceptance towards home made health drink.
Do share your feedback /suggestion and shower some love on this post.
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Before i give out some details, let me inform you – this is my 51st foodart and I have been privileged to be associated with a brand who believes in the importance of nurturing beautiful moments. Their products are specially designed to make the life of a parent easy,offer quick fix and create happy family times. Since I love the brand and can say I am an unofficial brand ambassador, my current work is a simple memento towards my liking to the brand – Cookiie Pie Co.
This project has been one of my toughest foodart. The colourful, bright logo of the brand was not as easy it seems. Specially carving out the relationship of mom-baby with the white elephants was a result of many failed attempts that went into making the foodart for Cookiie Baby Carriers.
After much of trial and error, I finally found a way through to make the foodart for Cookiie Baby Carriers. Although, it’s not the perfect one as elephants are really tough to make, this one has been the best of my creations.
So here are the ingredients which I have used to plate the logo of the brand and make it quirky, believable and yummy.
- Curd Rice – I have tempered the rice with curd to semi solid consistency so that i can craft out the elephants shape well
- I have made use of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and Roohafza to draw out the elephants and make it resemble the logo
- Eyes – i made use of whole black pepper
- For the rainbow colours surrounding the elephant, I have made use of
- Tomatoes – Red colour
- Carrot – Orange colour
- American Corn – Yellow colour
- Peas – Green Colour
- For the blue colour, I left the space as i made use of a blue plate instead of white one
With all the right set of ingredients – the foodart for cookiie baby carriers was ready to serve.
I hope you have liked this foodart. It is really special to me and hence i would love to hear from you some suggestion/ feedback.
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