Well, you are more likely to miss your deadlines while gulping down a lot of caffeine to up your the energy levels– a double whammy.
If this is what happens to a full-grown adult, imagine what happens to a child when he/she is devoid of the nutrients that are required for proper functioning of the body?
Here are some easy ways in which you can help your kids concentrate better and thus, enjoy a piping hot cup of your favourite beverage in peace.
1. INCLUDE A WHOLE GRAIN AT BREAKFAST
The biggest reason your child stays unfocused and hassled is the lack of sugar in the body. Make this right by providing enough of whole grains in the breakfast.
You can include brown rice and millet. One very creative way of including whole grains in your kids’ breakfast is to cook brown rice poha.
If time crunch doesn’t allow cooked food, another brilliant way of including grains in meals is to add cooked grain in their shakes and blend it.
Including whole grains in the breakfast reduces cravings, and in turn, helps your kid sustain good 8 hours without the brain fog–all thanks to the sustained sugar.
2. NO SUGAR AT HOME
As you cannot monitor your children’s sugar intake when they are outside, it is advisable to control their sugar cravings at home.
One way of doing so is to condition them about the negative effects of sugar by writing it down and leaving these notes on the fridge or where ever they can see easily.
You may also try and adjust the amount of sugar they take in a regular meal. Instead of making drastic changes, make slower, had to notice changes.
For example, if your child takes two tablespoons of milk in a glass of milk, make it 1.5 tablespoons and then gradually make it come down to one. This is a way of getting their taste buds used to less sugar.
3. MAKE THESE SNACKS IF YOUR KID IS CRAVING
Instead of opting for potato, try these starchy snacks.
1. Sweet potato–also known as shakarkandi, can be used to make baked chips and french fries. Trust us, they taste amazing.
2. If you child wrinkles nose even at the sight of arbi (colocasia), converting them into delicious chips is one good way to make sure they get starch in their system.
You can do so by boiling arbi, flattening and then pan frying it.
4. USE RED PUMPKIN (ALSO KNOWN AS BHOPLA) TO MAKE A LIP-SMACKING ROTI ROLL.
How do starchy snacks help?
Starch is a natural source of serotonin,which in turn, helps in maintaining a great mood.
This helps your children to stay calm and happy.
The above mentioned tips have been shared by Shonali Sabherwal.