Hacking a Junk Food Free Child (and you!)

What you eat affects your kids perception of "healthy". Here are some snack hacks using quinoa to keep your kids away far from junk food.

We are so preoccupied and engrossed with our work that often we get tempted by quick fixes which is either junk or packed and processed foods. In this race of accomplishments we have forgotten the fundamental principles of a healthy and wholesome living.

Little do we realize that in the long run, sooner or later, not only does this alter our health physically and intellectually, but also is a substandard influence on the younger generation. The same is inculcated in our kids as they learn through our actions and behaviors.

Not that we aren’t apprehensive about our health, of course we are. But we repeatedly go for the same shortcuts and the alternate effortless routes, not realizing that we should not be giving our kids this example.

On any occasion we catch a glimpse of a health product, we are inclined to invest in it, forgetting that it’s not our resources and funds but time and effort that is the need of the hour for a healthier life.

An oil can which is stamped ‘No cholesterol’ is a hot selling product (no one is convinced that oil in fact doesn’t contain cholesterol, it’s the quantity consumed that leads to cholesterol production)

We serve our kids packed juices, smoothies and milk products and chances are that these products have stiff doses of sugar and caffeine. In focusing on one healthy ingredient, we compromise on the nutritional value of the whole meal

Kids today majorly consume packed foods. Early morning they start with muesli loaded with sugar, (instead of whole grains for breakfast) snacks or packed biscuits.

Parents take pride in sending kids with protein bars as a snack, unless the kids are athletic in nature – Protein bars are high in sugar and caffeine and it contributes to weight gain and they may contain ingredients that not safe or kid friendly

Here are certain hacks using quinoa as an ingredient to keep kids away from junk food. The main idea is to invest time and plan ahead for a healthier family.

  • Carry water/quinoa milk/quinoa smoothie than packed juices and beverages.
  • Replace maida with quinoa flour to make cookies to serve your kids a healthy snack.
  • Replace pasta and cheese bakes with quinoa.
  • Quinoa pancakes and burritos are fun!
  • Quinoa granola bars are perfect dose of protein and energy for kids. Make and store them.
  • Replace maida with high protein quinoa for cupcakes.
  • Quinoa cakes are easy to do for birthdays too, next time you place an order be specific about the ingredients to the baker.
  • Quinoa upma, dosa, idlis increase the nutritive value of our humble south Indian cuisine.
  • If rice is the staple of your family, make a quino pulao, quinoa kheer and payasam sometimes.

– Monica Magoo, Nutritionist & Diet Consultant

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