“Mumma aaj tiffin me kya hai ?”
A regular question which is faced by every mother on every morning finding difficult to address in Kitchen! Mother juggles everyday with a question like what can be given to add nutritious value to their loved one’s favorite dishes.
For overall development of the children, it is important to respect your child’s liking. Healthy lunches are important for every child for cognitive development. Healthy foods help them to grow physically and mentally. Every family member should understand the kid’s requirement about healthy and especially homemade food against junk and unhealthy food. This is an attempt for holistic development of the kids through daily healthy eating habits.
Do’s for School Tiffins –
- Encourage and make kids choose a healthy food.
- Include fresh seasonal fruits and veggies on daily basis.
- Variety of food should be given on daily basis.
- In lunch break, kids prefer to play more instead of finishing food. Encourage them to finish food and make understand its significance.
- Make a diet time table for one week indicating what food should be given, considering nutritional requirements.
- Sprouts should be given once in a week.
- Boiled eggs can be given as a breakfast option.
- Fresh fruits should be given; they can sometimes be replaced by dry-fruits for short break tiffin.
- Fresh fruit juice is always recommended in a container which keeps it fresh for several hours.
- Portion of food should be given as per capacity of the child and daily requirement.
- To boost the appetite of the children, mothers can plan to give tiffins to the kids in attractive presentation of food in form of the cartoon characters or different shapes liked by them.
- Protein and Calcium rich food should be given in form of Paneer, Cheese, Butter and items which are made from milk.
- Parathas which are made by stuffing of different veggies and roughage should be given to the children .
- Small container of tiffin containing carrot sticks, slice of tomato, cucumber and beetroot etc to promote liking of kids towards veggie and salads.
- Tiffin should be handy and can be easily opened by the kids in a tiffin bag to make tiffin friendly with them.
Don’t’s for School Tiffins
- Avoid packed and junk food which are high in sugar, sodium and preservatives which are harmful to your kids.
- Avoid packed foods like Buttermilk, curd and milk available in flavoured form.
- Avoid dried fruit bars / chocolates as they can cause tooth decay.
- Avoid sauce, jams and chocolate spread sandwiches.
- Avoid artificially sweetened drinks in the lunchbox.
- Ask kids not to drink lot of fluids before or while eating.
- Do not allow the kids to talk while eating.
- Avoid baked biscuit and chips which are high in salt and fat.