Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How to make children eat healthy snacks

Dr Babu Joseph, Director of National Institute of Naturopathy highlights the importance of Snacks as an important part of child's diet.To ensure that children snack is appropriate and healthy and with interest, the parents need to prepare and make delicious and nutritious dishes. Making it decorative in shapes, colours, appealing smell and tasty will ensure that the child will eat it with enthusism.
There are lots of different food itemts which give different colours, smell and taste to the food that will impress the children. For example
Carrots give a orangish hue.
Beetroots give a reddish hue
Coconuts give a distinct flavour
Spinnach or palakh give a greenish hue
Oranges give a tangy flavour.
Visual appeal of the food decides whether children will eat the food with interest. Dates stuffed with coconut mixed with jaggery syrup can be given since it is high in nutritional value. If a nut(dry-fruit) is added, it gives more nutritious value as it contains maximum minerals and glucose, proteins, fat and omega 3 and 6 factors can be derived through this.
Another easy food are ladoos such as mixed nut ladoo, mixed cereal millets ladoo, mixed fruits sweet and many more natural items that are rich in nutritional values. These can be added to children’s tiffin boxes for eating in their snack time.
The children will grow/ develop strong muscles and pure blood. They will also develop positive habits and positive thinking.
if we prepare healthy nutritional snacks then the habits of junk/ fast food will reduce promoting healty kids

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