Children Are Spending Seven To Eight Hours Out Of Their Homes
Today, children are spending seven to eight hours out of their homes in schools and colleges. Their major meals are eaten out of their homes. If children eat better they concentrate better, work without feeling fatigue and their immunity and percentile rates improve. Once food improves, children feel better, less irritable and less tensed, so it's very important to plan healthy meals for their snack boxes. Snack tips: Unfortunately, lots of parents use breads and biscuits which are nutrient robbers in snack boxes. Our children become sick because of an explosion of empty nutrient food and empty calories due to white flour, chemicals and sugar. The breads and biscuits available in the market are 50 per cent white flour, sugar, extra salt, artificial colors and emulsifiers are added. Protein Pancakes Ingredients: One teacup moong dal ; 200 gms white gourd; three green chillies; three tbsp fresh low fat yogurt; a pinch of asafoetida and salt to taste; two tomatoes, chopped; two finely chopped green chillies; two to three tbsp chopped coriander; salt to taste (rock salt); one tsp extra virgin oil. Method: For the batter, soak the dal for three to four hours. Grind the soaked dal with green chillies and yogurt. Add asafoetida and salt, mix well. To proceed, heat a non- stick tawa and spread a little moong dal mixture and oil on it. Then, spread a little stuffing and smear a oil on the sides. Turn upside down and cook again for a few minutes. Repeat with the remaining mixture and stuffing. Serve hot with mint chutney or sweet chutney. Hot tip: The batter can be prepared the day before and the pancakes can be made fresh in the morning. It is a complete meal as it contains all food groups. Spinach tikki with vegetables Ingredients: One bunch spinach shredded; half grated white radish; one grated carrot; two boiled potatoes; salt to taste; one-two tsp green chilli and ginger paste; quarter cup crushed peanuts. Method: Grate carrot, radish and boiled potatoes. Mix them with all other ingredients. Make small tikkies from that mixture. On each tikki add chopped tomatoes, both chutneys and serve. Although you don't want to get in the habit of forcing your kids to eat foods they don't like or make them "clean" their plates, there are lots of healthy foods kids like. Parents often overlook these healthy foods and go straight to what they think are more "kid-friendly foods," such as hot dogs, pizza, french fries, chicken nuggets, juice and soda. Your kids would be much better off learning to avoid those types of high-calorie, high-fat foods with foods that are high in fiber, low in fat and have calcium, iron and other vitamins and minerals, including these healthful foods that most kids love: Milk "Milk is a great way to get calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein in your child's diet."Photo by Digital Vision/Getty Images It often seems like toddlers and preschoolers just can't get enough milk, but as they get older, many kids start to drink less and less milk. This probably isn't because they develop a distaste for milk, but rather because so many other drinks, including soda, fruit drinks and too much fruit juice, become available at home. Milk is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein for kids and should be a part of every child's diet — unless they have a milk allergy. In fact, depending on their age, most kids should drink between 2 to 4 glasses of milk (low-fat milk if they are at least 2 years old) each day, especially if they aren't eating or drinking any other high-calcium foods.
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