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Why, The Excuse Of Not Having Time To Cook Is Inexcusable?

Saturday, June 25, 2011
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Why, the excuse of not having time to cook is inexcusable? - Are you guilty too?Are you guilty too?

Ryan, a typical 12 year old, video game fiend thrives on TV dinners had the Lazy Boy couch – lasagna with low fat cheese is his fav, mini burgers, pepperoni pizzas and microwavable fries, wedges etc, equally feed his growing appetite.

As soon as Ryan returns from school he is famished so all he needs to do is reach out for one of the meal boxes from the large stock in the refrigerator, turn on the microwave for a few seconds and voila - his hot, yummy meal is ready! These dinners are easy, cheesy, and enable mom Pamela who has a really busy career and hates cooking not feel guilty about not being able to cook elaborate meals for her darling son. The gourmet, packaged foods are a lifesaver for both.

Though Ryan has been steadily gaining weight in the last couple of years Pamela is not concerned because she feels Ryan is a growing kid and it’s too early to worry about these weighty issues.



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10 August, 2011 | Prasanna | Reply

Prasanna What is your opinion about Indian chat foods like Bhelpuri, pani puri, batata wada, wada pav, pav bhaji etc? Even we adults like to eat it and its a weekly treat? is it good or bad to eat it?

26 July, 2011 | Punitha Sharma | Reply

Punitha Sharma Even the non vegetarian food that is cooked at home should be fresh or frozen and not processed as many studies suggest that eating processed meats may increase your risk of colorectal, kidney and stomach cancer. Processed meats include hot dogs, bologna, sausage, ham and other packaged lunch meats. These meats are frequently high in calories, saturated fats and sodium.

13 July, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Processed foods so rampantly used in the West is fast taking over the Indian households too. To quote Dr Sehsikiran Director NIN `Indian consumers are increasingly taking to packaged food due to accessibility, affordability and attractive marketing." Nothing ! Nothing can replace fresh foods prepared into a simple tasty healthy food at home.

11 July, 2011 | Elena Appaji | Reply

Elena Appaji HI as a mom I do worry when my son gets back home from school and chooses not to eat if he does not like what is in the fridge or pantry. I have tried so hard to get my child to eat a wholesome meal, but what do you do when you are not home and your mom can only do so much to a stubborn child?

11 July, 2011 | Mrinal | Reply

Mrinal Hi Elena, I hear you, but welcome to the club of unhappy mothers. As a mother of two teenagers I understand your plight - but perhaps your son looks at it in a similar light too - 'Mom is always forcing me to eat things I don't like - so when its a food item I like I will still say no!!!'

Perhaps you can start by asking what all he would like to eat - make a list of things that he wants - then pick and choose - let him know that the junk foods can only be a small treat provided he eats a decent, balanced meal. When he is hungry he will eat what you give him. Of course, try to balance the nutrients so depending on his age and activity level make sure he gets adequate protein and fresh fruits and vegetables as well as some whole grains.
For example - My kids used to love Raimin noodles - so my deal with them was that I would make them provided I added fresh peas, carrots and corn to the noodles. They ate it all. I also held back on using all the packets of spices inside as they were very high in sodium.

My son started disliking plain milk around the age of 15 so instead I started making fruit smoothies for him.

Another great suggestion is make your own vegetable soup during the winter months or when he comes home from school, leave a plate of cut fresh veggies with a dip in his room. He will munch on it.
Whatever you do - dont fuss and argue with him - for he will only say no - simply move on to the next battle. Good luck!

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