kids – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Easy Recipes To Make For Your Children While You’re Fasting https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/easy-recipes-for-children Wed, 15 May 2019 06:36:34 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44538

The perks of Ramazan are plenty. One of them is that your day doesn’t have to be as fast-paced as it usually is. You can sleep in a little, work a little less and generally unwind- just a little. Right? Sure, as long as you don’t have kids. Kids tend to make sure that you […]

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The perks of Ramazan are plenty. One of them is that your day doesn’t have to be as fast-paced as it usually is. You can sleep in a little, work a little less and generally unwind- just a little. Right? Sure, as long as you don’t have kids.

Kids tend to make sure that you do not get any lazy days, and add the fact that school is off- you have yourself a regular day of regular chaos, only in Ramazan when you happen to be fasting. #Blessed.

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The one thing that seems to be of most inconvenience is whipping up breakfast/lunch/snacks in the heat when you’re feeling a little woozy. So we’ve put together a list of quick, kid-friendly dishes (and tips) that will be your saving grace this month.

*Remember, the key here is to make sure your kids are fed with minimal effort- not how to get the maximum amount of Vitamins A, B and C, iron, fiber and calcium into one meal.

What you can do in advance

  • Shred a LOT of cheese and freeze in a Ziploc bag.
  • Marinate boneless chicken with tikka masala, or a tandoori chicken masala; divide into smaller servings and freeze.
  • Buy fish fillets, clean and freeze. All you need to do with these is dip in flour, egg and seasoned breadcrumbs and fry.
  • Stock up on frozen parathas- whole wheat parathas are also available in the market now which may be a preferred choice for parents.
  • Stock up on other frozen foods: fries, frozen vegetables, chicken chunks, etc.
  • Buy uncooked pasta: macaroni, spaghetti, etc.
  • Buy marinara sauce or tomato puree for a quick sauce.

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Frozen parathas FTW

Frozen parathas and I are the best of friends this month. They offer a great base for many dishes and are good with some reheated salan from the night before. Here are some things you can whip up using frozen parathas:

  • Pizza paratha: pizza sauce (ketchup works too), shredded cheese, chicken chunks (use from leftovers or defrost some ready-to-eat chunks), any veggies you have available in the fridge. Throw everything on top of the paratha, fold and leave in the frying pan over low heat until the cheese melts. Et Voila!
  • Paratha rolls: Use the chutney you’re going to prep for iftar anyway. If you took the time to marinate some tikka chunks, pan fry them and add to the paratha; you can use pre-made seekh kababs too. Roll it up. Hand it to your child and take a nap.
  • Paratha, nutella, banana, nuts- don’t judge.

Eggs for days

I will refrain from the number of typical phrases that people use when talking of eggs: (anday ka funda, eggcellent, eggsactly, eggcetera). Wow, I really couldn’t help it.

Anyway, eggs are great. Especially because you don’t need to defrost them and they have a cook time of two-minutes. Here’s what you can do:

  • Anda paratha
  • French toast
  • Egg sandwiches with cheese
  • Khageena– add whichever veggies you have on hand. Spinach is a great choice.
  • Cheese omelette- always a winner

Read: The Best Recipe For Khageena- Pakistani Style Scrambled Eggs

Pasta la vista baby

Pasta is one of the most versatile ingredients to work with. It can be fancy-gourmet, or super simple. Here are a few ideas on how you can make pasta with the least amount of effort:

  • Spaghetti, doused in ready-made marinara sauce. All you need to do is boil a small serving of spaghetti, and toss in a few tablespoons of heated marinara. Add olives and cheese, chicken chunks or ready to eat meatballs.
  • Mac and cheese: butter, flour, milk, mustard powder, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese- that’s IT. Boil some macaroni and fold through, maybe add some broccoli if you’re feeling a little extra. Even better, blend some steamed broccoli and mix in the sauce- they will never know.
  • Chow mein: egg noodles cook faster than regular spaghetti. Carrots, cabbage, a few typical Chinese sauces and you’re out of the kitchen before you know it. (side note: fried rice is equally easy, using leftover rice). Get a bag of frozen veggies and use them for chow mein and fried rice.

Read: Pakistani Style Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Sandwich it

  • Shami kabab sandwich
  • Cheese sandwich
  • Faux club sandwich (a quick omelette for one layer, some tomatoes and chicken spread on the other)
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich
  • French toast sandwich
  • Hunter beef sandwich

You get my point. Use brown bread, I’ve noticed that kids don’t really notice the difference (unless it’s multigrain, then you’re in trouble mama)

 

What do you guys whip up for your kids when you would much rather be asleep? Let us know!

 

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The Countless Benefits Of Coconut Water For Your Child https://htv.com.pk/moms/coconut-water-benefits-for-kids Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:59:46 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40942

Coconut water may be the best drink you can give to your child as it contains key nutrients such as iron, chloride, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, lauric acid and calcium. If your little one is ill, coconut water can go a long way in helping him/her replenish as it has ample amounts of nutrients and […]

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Coconut water may be the best drink you can give to your child as it contains key nutrients such as iron, chloride, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, lauric acid and calcium. If your little one is ill, coconut water can go a long way in helping him/her replenish as it has ample amounts of nutrients and minerals.

It is an excellent source of nourishment for your child when he/she gets dehydrated. Coconut water is also known as a tonic that treats the cold and the flu. It contains vitamins, minerals, and salts that aid in treating fever as well as gastrointestinal diseases.

Babies and infants can digest coconut water from the minute they start consuming solid foods. Experts recommend feeding them coconut water then rather than coconut chunks.

Coconut water should not be given to babies below six months of age as there might be chances of allergic reactions. It has high sodium and calcium content which is why experts recommend diluting it with rice before serving it to babies.

Coconut water’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties make it one of the best cures for a child’s skin infections. It moisturizes the child’s skin from within and eliminates the excess oil.

Feeding your child coconut water will ensure he/she develops strong bones as it is high in calcium, chloride and potassium. Coconut water is low on sugar and sodium and that makes it effective in making sure that the child stays energized with the proper amount nutrients.

If your child is suffering from digestion problems, then coconut water also has the cure for it. It helps improve digestion due to its high fibre content and cure acid reflux.

So in short, keep giving your child coconut water if you want to see him/her healthy, happy and energized!

*This article first appeared in daily publication National Courier written by Shahjahan Khurram

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Does your child need multivitamins? Kids health facts you need to know https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/important-information-you-need-to-know Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:00:55 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=39968

Are nutritional supplements important for your kids health? Many parents and caregivers give their children multi-vitamins/multi-minerals (MVM) nutritional supplements to ensure that they obtain the recommended essential nutrients to promote overall health, increase nutrient intake, and decrease the risk of diseases. Overall, approximately 1 out of 4 children take an MVM or some type of […]

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Are nutritional supplements important for your kids health? Many parents and caregivers give their children multi-vitamins/multi-minerals (MVM) nutritional supplements to ensure that they obtain the recommended essential nutrients to promote overall health, increase nutrient intake, and decrease the risk of diseases.
Overall, approximately 1 out of 4 children take an MVM or some type of nutritional supplement. However, children who are at the greatest risk of nutritional deficiencies are least likely to use nutritional supplements. Children who are more active, healthier, eat a balanced diet, and have better access to health care are more likely to take MVM supplements. The vitamin usage is highest among 2 to 4 year-olds and lowest among 12 to 17-year-olds.
Majority children typically meet the recommended intake of essential nutrients through dietary means alone. Studies show that eating a balanced, nutritious diet is the optimal method of obtaining essential nutrients. Health experts do not recommend nutritional supplementation in healthy children over the age of one. Nonetheless, pediatricians and dietitians may recommend supplementation if a child is underweight, a picky eater, on a restricted or special diet (e.g. a vegan diet) or has a medical condition that may increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies. For example, a child on a dairy-free diet may require calcium supplements and a child on a vegetarian diet may require iron supplements.

There is also an ongoing concern about the number of children and adults with low levels of vitamin D. Recent studies have found that approximately 70% of children are not getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D and that an estimated 9% are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is particularly prevalent among overweight and obese children. Nutritionists recommend a daily intake of 400 IU of vitamin D during the first year of life beginning a few days after birth, and a daily intake of 600 IU for everyone older than 1 year. Parents and caregivers consult their pediatricians and dietitians regarding their children’s vitamin D needs to ensure optimal levels are being met. Due to concern about vitamin D deficiencies in children, the vitamin content of many MVM supplements has been increased in the past few years. Many boys (aged 9 to 13 years) and girls (aged 9 to 18 years) do not obtain enough calcium from their diets.

Types of Nutritional Supplements for kids health

MVM supplements designed for children are available in chewable, gummy, gumball, and liquid formulations. In addition, single-entity products are available that may be beneficial for those who are deficient in just 1 nutrient, such as vitamin D or calcium. There are also liquid nutritional supplements that provide children with protein, fat, fiber, and a combination of vitamins and minerals to aid in growth and promote weight gain. Parents should be encouraged to discuss the use of liquid nutritional or MVM supplements with their pediatrician and dietitians to find the best option. MVM supplements for children may include omega-3 fatty acids for healthy brain development and heart health, extra vitamin C to promote immune support, as well as iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin D, the B vitamins, and vitamin E, which are all nutrients children are most commonly deficient in.

In addition to the typical children’s formulations, there are vitamins specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of teenage boys or girls. The formulations for teen girls contain extra iron, which helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia during menstruation. On the other hand, the teen boys’ formula contains nutrients to promote muscle function and growth.

What you need to know?

Nutritional supplements should be kept out of kids’ reach to avoid accidental overdose, which is particularly important because they can easily be mistaken for candies. Parents should only give children the formulations that are marketed for use of children and to administer no more than the recommended dosage. Excessive doses, especially of fat-soluble vitamins, can cause toxicities. Since children are increasingly being prescribed medications to treat conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders. Pharmacists should screen for possible contraindications and drug interactions before recommending supplements.
During counseling, doctors should advise parents and caregivers that nutritional supplements are intended to be used as adjuncts to—not substitutes for—a balanced, healthy diet. Parents and caregivers should also be reminded that these supplements are intended to prevent nutritional deficiencies and maintain nutritional stores. They are not intended for self-treatment of vitamin deficiencies. Patients exhibiting signs of nutritional deficiencies should always be referred to their primary health care provider for proper treatment. Check for possible therapeutic duplications to prevent possible toxicities, especially involving fat-soluble vitamins and iron.

Pharmacists assist parents and caregivers in the proper selection of nutritional supplements and in identifying possible drug-micronutrient interactions and contraindications. If there is any doubt regarding whether supplementation is needed, parents should be encouraged to discuss the use of MVM supplements with their pediatrician. It is especially important to remind patients that there is no substitute for eating a balanced, healthy diet to ensure the overall health of their child.

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