Healthy habits for young kids
With each passing day, your child learns and develops his physical and mental skills, and you as a parent, want to contribute your best to ensure that your child learns and adopts healthy habits from the very beginning.
The most important thing to remember is that you as a parent are your child’s role model and your habits affect your children’s habits. We know are that habits are hard to break. That is why the sooner in life we build good, healthy habits, the easier it is to keep them and stay as healthy as possible.
Here are a couple of advices for building good, lifelong habits in these areas:
1. Wake up to a powerful breakfast:
Breakfast, undoubtedly, is the most important meal of the day. A nutritious and well-balanced breakfast can keep your little one energetic and active throughout the day. Be it faring through his tough academics or an activity packed day with sports and athletics, a healthy breakfast would make it a smooth glide for him. The best options for a healthy breakfast is a bowl of freshly cut fruits with slivered almonds, or a bowl of healthy oats with little maple syrup and nuts like almonds. You can also try this yummy poha recipe here.
2. Children should be taught to eat slowly: As parents we must avoid asking our children to “hurry up and eat”. In fact, eating slowly is a great way to control weight both now and in the future. You can encourage your kid to chew 13 times before finally gulping the food.
3. Regular physical activity: We have all heard of the phrase “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy”. Regular exercise, whether it’s organized sport or free play, is an important habit to instil in your children. It keeps them fit, builds strong bones, tones muscles, burns energy and helps kids maintain a healthy weight. Hence, we must encourage our children to socialize and make friends and spend their free time jumping, running, skipping and playing.
4. Opt for healthier snacking options: With a long jam packed day lying ahead of them, kids usually resort to unwholesome food to quench their in between hunger pangs. The best solution for this problem is to equip them with healthier food options that are conveniently portable and delicious. Flavored almonds, for example, can be kept handy in a tiffin box so they will always something to munch on.
Here is a healthy, nutritious, kid-friendly snacking recipe, for you to try today:
Caramelized Sesame Smoked Almonds
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Almonds whole — 400 g
White and black Sesame — 100 g
Sugar — 150 g
Rosemary — 10 g
Chilli powder — 10 g
Sea salt or rocks salt (optional) — 10 g
In a pan, dry roast almonds and keep it to cool down so that it becomes crunchy.In a separate pan, take sugar and let it caramelize then add roasted almonds in it.When almonds are coated with syrup, add the chili powder which will give glaze and binding.
Remove on a clean tray and coat it with white sesame seeds and rock salt (crushed).Take a charcoal, burn it on a fire and keep it on bowl, add some rosemary and smoke the almonds which are coated with sesame. Store it in an airtight container.
Tip: You could flavour the smoke with any spice, cloves, cinnamon, cumin etc it will go really well
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