Your child loves junk food? Here are 3 ways to make it healthier at home  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Food is the main source of nutrition for our bodies
- It is very important for children to eat healthy not just to ensure proper growth and development, but also to avoid health problems in the future
- Here are 3 ways parents can make junk food healthier at home by making a few changes
New Delhi: For every parent, it is one of the priorities in life to ensure that their child eats healthily, and grows well both physically and mentally. It is for this reason that parents are always looking for the best thing to bring home and make for their children, and have them avoid anything and everything unhealthy, like junk food. However, we cannot deny that junk food does taste and look pretty good, which can be tempting for a child, especially when they do not understand the importance of eating healthy for proper growth and development.
Even as adults who do understand this, we may often find ourselves more inclined towards tastier and healthier, even more good looking junk food. Therefore, here are 3 ways you can make healthy food look and taste better, or even disguise it as junk food in your child’s diet.
- Use it for the colour – There is nothing as beautiful as the colours that fruits and vegetables bring on a plate, and nutritionists suggest that you must include foods from all colours into your, and your child’s diet. Therefore, in order to make food look and taste better, and at the same time contain nutrition, you must use the colour of healthy foods to your advantage. For instance, add beetroot in curd or almost any dish to give a pink/red tone to the food, and make it more interesting for your child. You can also replace artificial food colouring for coloured foods.
- Opt for healthier alternatives – If your child absolutely loves junk food, you can make it at home with healthier alternatives. For instance, if they want a pizza, make sure you use home-made pizza sauce, on a multi-grain bread crust, topped with loads of veggies. This is a win-win, as it provides your child with the right nutrition that they need, and at the same time, satisfies their cravings for junk food.
- Disguise – One trick that many moms have used for a long, long time, is to disguise things children do not eat into their food in ways they cannot tell. Puree and add vegetables your child does not eat into soups or vegetable stock. Another way to do this is to powder or puree any fruits or vegetables they do not eat and add to curries. You can also stuff parathas with vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower which are not very popular among kids.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
Get the Latest health news, healthy diet, weight loss, Yoga, and fitness tips, more updates on Times Now