In my career of 25+ years of being a leading nutritionist, I’ve seen this consistent effort of parents, that their child undergoes optimum growth and development, and this is primarily based on the kind of nutrition the child receives. While fighting with the odds-on over information through the internet, relatives, in-laws, and consistent growth of westernization palette in Indian kids.
As we all know, children are very fond of snacking; thus, you need to focus on inculcating healthy eating habits in them from a young age. Children usually tend to gravitate toward snack foods and munchies such as chips, wafers, chocolates, and ice creams.
How Fast Foods Are Brainwashing Kids
Fast foods such as pizza, burgers, and fried chicken, have grown more popular than ever these days with home delivery being available just a tap away! These types of junk foods are found to be more appealing to children because of their addictive taste, attractive packaging, special offers for children, promotion through TV ads, and the huge billboards used for advertising these unhealthy foods. Parents need to realize that these types of junk foods if consumed from a young age can interfere with the process of growth.
DIY Snack Hacks for Craving
Instead of letting your child indulge in baked and fried snacks, there are far better, healthy snack options that are tasty and nutrient-rich and can be liked by kids.
If your child craves a burger or pizza, instead of going the easy way by just calling for it from a fast-food outlet, you can DIY (do it yourself) at home itself!
Most parents are concerned about what their kids are eating daily and if they are receiving good and adequate nutrition or not. Replacing junk foods with healthy and nutritious snacks is a great way to optimize nutrition for a growing child. It may sound time-consuming on a daily basis, but there are many recipes that you can pre-make for the week like ladoos, chutney, and ginger-garlic paste. This helps parents to serve kids fresh food with minimum effort. Include your kids in assembling activities of foods like salad, ladoos, pizza toppings, bhel, corn chat, and more to inculcate the habit of healthy eating. Stay tuned for more recipes from top nutritionists and other information from leading consultants.