Schools have reopened and Break fast and Lunch are an issue. As working mother, I am balancing the taste buds of my son thru packaged foods. Am I doing the right thing? Uma Devi, parent of Navadisha Montessori School, Chennai, wants to know of any alternatives.
View from another parents:
Jaya, a parent of Vani Vidyalaya Senior Secondary & Junior College, West K K Nagar, Chennai.
Yes thats true! It will be good if they include a good quality lunch also in the calendar!
Vidya Natarajan, a parent of APL Global School, Thoraipakkam, Chennai
Possible solution: Tasty and healthy food: packaged or otherwise
Thank you for sharing your concern on Yokibu, so that more parents can also see that they are not alone in taking on these situations.
In my experience, its fine to cater to taste buds. One should be able to relish and enjoy what one eats.
After all the taste buds are also the gatekeepers, food has to pass through, though not the best guards of nutrition. In kids, needs for food keep changing and yes, the buds do give a clear indiation of their actual needs, provided we don’t all the time we don’t force feed. Sometimes they want only carbs, another day they prefer veggies. Sometimes they relish one food, which they don’t at another time.
Coming to packaged foods, its fine to use them as long s they are mostly the nourishing type, like whole grain cookies,dry fruit/grain bars or cakes, fruit/veg juices,mixture of nuts and fruits, whole grain buns, cheese crackers, flavoured milik, soymilk, without chemical additives and added sugars. Once in a while, its fine also to let the kid, have his/her pick on packaged junky food.
We, as parents, can gently and firmly maintain in the right mix of foods, the moderation and balance. Yes it can be done easier than it is to think about it.
Sophia Sindhu, a parent of St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Museum Road, Bangalore
This is with regard to Ms Uma Devi’s query as to whether packaged foods can be packed for kids as she is a working woman…!!! My sincere advice is big “NO” Though the package foods might make the kids feel tasty,
on the long run, it can definitely do harm to the little bodies…! why cant we spare a little more time in the kitchen to prepare something innovative, tasty and delecious with little extra effort. Instead of the norma bread n butter or bread n jam, why not try the tricolour sandwich with bread, pudina chutney and onion chutney…this makes an interesting lunch box even for the child.Instead of chapathi n pallya, try with chapathi n choco spread and make chapathi rolls, also can be tried with bread. Make simple fried rice with scrambled egg added with little garam masala for taste n mixed with rice….
Rashma shiv, a parent of JSS Public School, Bangalore.
Hi uma devi,
I am mother of 4yrs old kid, I understand ur problom as i also face the same, but what i suggest is y dont u try fruits and what i do is i make few ladoos in week end like moog dal etc. cerials etc. coz childs immunity goes down on long run of this packaged food.
Radhika Satish, a parent of Shri Balaji International School (ICSE), Malad (West), Mumbai
Try making different varieties of sandwiches and make them presentable. Children like things which looks good.
Small idlis with carrot on top also makes a good choice of breakfast. Uttapas also with carrot and beetroot (grated) is a good choice.
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