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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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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.
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Summers are here and so are the colourful butterflies making their appearance, fluttering around flowers and dancing to the tunes of soft breeze. These butterflies have drawn my attention to get my creative juices flowing to make a lovely foodart. While today’s dinner is vegetarian tacos, I am up to create this lovely creature on my platter and I bet your kids will love these vegetarian tacos.
Before I begin, I have not shared the vegetarian taco recipe here since it’s the basic one made from home cooked kidney beans. In case you are interested, plz let me know in the comments, I’ll be happy to share it.
Also you can make this foodart with your kids at home. More the participation from them and you more fun frolic activity it becomes and kids accept various types of food easily. So for now lets your kids enjoy these vegetarian tacos.
Learn How to make a Butterfly Shaped Taco Platter ?
- 4 Tacos
- Salad like Carrot, Tomato
- First cut the tomato in circle shape and carrot length wise
- Place it on the platter as shown in the image. The idea is to showcase the face and body of the butterfly
- Place 4 tacos as the wings of the butterfly as shown in the picture
Your Butterfly Taco is ready to serve and your kids will love these vegetarian tacos you have prepared for them. As a mom you are now their super mummy for crafting such delicious meals not only that taste well but also look well. At the end of the day all we want the kids to enjoy their meals and not be glued to the TV / Mobile sets.
And with such beautiful creations hope we moms can teach them to enjoy their food. In the mean time do share your feedback mommas and show some love as you always do !!
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