Pooja G Foria
(Educator, Academic Coach and Counsellor in the field of education)
Presenting an article in association with Oomph Nutrition
Creativity in my Food Palate
So let's decide to play around with our regular diet a bit this time and include the hues from our colourful palette into our food palate.
Food is an important source of energy. It is what we consume , helps us to sustain throughout the day.
Is your child's food plate covering all nutrients or are they still having the same meals all the time? Are they ready to explore or are they holding themselves back?
Answers to these can be attained if you prepare a Checklist in front of you:
*What meals your child has at home?
*How often? *Does he/she express his/her hunger or suppresses it? *Do you have a planned routine or your child munches anything, anytime as he/she likes?
*Are your meals colourful?
*Do you explore ?
If your answers generate negative response then here’s an answer to all your queries and worries.
1)Explore with Colours: Colours attract our five sense and taste is one of the sense which gets attracted after our sense of smell and sight .Colour food plates persuade our sense of touch to grab that bite and here in the mouth , we get a delicious bite. So try different kinds of colourful veggies and fruits in making the meals to attract one’s sight.
2)Try various sizes : From cutting vegetables and fruits into diagonal pieces to wedges to grated shredding , try out all of it with each course of meal. From tiny to large ,try chopping in different lengths.
3)Try different patterns and shapes: If you child doesn't like to eat something, try the same by cutting and making it into different shapes like triangle, circle, star shape etc and so on. Garnish the plate by serving toppings making wavy , spiral , circular patterns. Make attractive designs or characters with food.
4) Modify your cooking style: If food is not an important meal and is disliked by your child , it means it’s time to switch your cooking style from roasting to baking to steaming to grilling to frying at times.
5) Add more flavours: Add more aromas and flavors to the same vegetable, soup , paratha ,dal , rice ,snack, desserts.
In today's world, we are so busy with our life that no one wants to try vivid things. I have seen adults watching cooking shows and penning the recipes down , but when you ask them how many times have they tried the recipe?
Replies are…….once, twice , never or I don't get time or my child doesn’t like to explore with his/her food.
I agree , we all are busy , but Imagine….. if the time used for watching cookery shows or surfing on phone was switched to planning and/or cooking ,then disliking food would be a past history for our kids.
Why today's generation is keen on eating at outside eateries?
Reasons being colours , patterns, shapes , flavours, etc which they get to explore and these simulators lead to a response of eating outside.
So let us too follow these FOODsteps and encourage our kids to have colourful meals hygienically cooked at home.
Modify your FOOD STYLE with the varied styles and see a COLOURFUL change in your lifestyle with this routine.
Leaving this blog on a positive quote by Carol Burnett ,
“Only I can change my life, No one can do it”.