As the world battles the novel coronavirus outbreak, more people have moved away from society in an attempt to stop the spread of the pandemic. This has resulted in situations such as foreclosure, quarantine, working from home and also home schooling. Although homeschooling helped students continue their education without being physically present, it took a toll on their routine lifestyles. From mealtime to bedtime, almost everything in a student’s life seems to have been turned upside down.
Therefore, in an effort to fix the problem, famous nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recommended some diet tips on her Instagram account that can help college students adopt a healthy eating habit in the current scenario.
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Here are the 5 dietary tips for children who continue to home school:
1. Have a fresh fruit:
Diwekar, on his post, suggested consuming at least one fresh fruit every day (like mangoes, bananas, etc.) either as a meal or with homemade food (nashta like poha, upma, idli, dosa, etc.). These fruits can be eaten as is or in the form of drinks. She further stated that rich in vitamins and polyphenols, the fruits aid digestion and improve mood, thus reducing cravings for junk food.
2. Eat pulses and rice for lunch:
Rujuta recommends homemade dal, chawal, and chaas for a light and healthy lunch. âChana / rajma / chole / moong / matki or any local legume, soaked overnight and well cooked the next day and served with rice,â she wrote on her post. This meal is said to be the perfect combination of pre and probotics, minerals, and amino acids, which is easy to digest on those days with less or no physical activity.
3. Have a bowl of dahi, set with black grapes:
Diwekar suggests that consuming this healthy bowl at any time of the day is good this season. Rich in vitamin B12 and iron, this healthy bowl helps fight heat and lethargy and improve hormonal health. In addition, it promotes a better appetite.
4. Morning dinner at 7 p.m.:
Children who study at home should have an early and healthy meal for dinner, which complements their nutritional profile, according to Diwekar. Some dinner ideas suggested by Diwekar are paneer paratha, poori sabzi, roti sabzi roll, ajwain paratha, jowar or nachni bhakri with aloo bhaji, veg pulao with raita and homemade papad. She also suggested some fine dishes like homemade pizza, pasta, pav bhaji, etc. one per week, “but no later than 7 pm”.
5. For the feeling of hunger at bedtime:
Depending on the post, a child or teen can opt for haldi doodh, mango milkshake, gulkand milk, fresh mango, or banana at bedtime if they’re hungry. It also helps promote good sleep.
In addition to these dietary tips, Rujuta Diwekar also recommended involving children in meal planning and preparation to keep them engaged and physically active.