Today’s children are exposed to cuisines from across the country and the world. It is no wonder that they crave variety in meals. Also, our fast paced urban life has led to not just your children, but your selves too, battling the temptations of processed, ‘instant’ foods that are tasty and attractively packaged. But, the alarming trends of increasing childhood obesity and the higher incidence of lifestyle diseases worry you. To satisfy the family’s taste buds while keeping meals healthy, wholesome and balanced, making meals look attractive and enticing, within the constraints of time…. Tall task? Maybe not — we are here to help!
Our notions of nutrition are often based on what we were fed as children. Most of us grew up on traditional fare that comprised many-course meals. Today’s children may not have the patience or attention span to sit through elaborate meals. So cut them some slack. If your seven-year-old daughter loves soup, allow her to eat just that for dinner (after making sure there are enough veggies in the soup and coaxing her to eat a whole-grain dinner roll on the side). Be game to try momos for breakfast and not just idlis. It is important not to be fixated about dal-chawal or thayir sadham! Of course, this will mean that you stock your kitchen with spices and seasonings that your mother may not have done in her time.
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