We are living in a difficult and unprecedented context. The new pandemic affects many aspects of our lives. With that, our routine , that of our friends and family, is upside down. We are suffering economic impacts and also with the distancing of those who a few weeks ago were at our side. Many families today live with the reality of the suspension of the school schedule. With the little ones at home, maintaining the children’s food routine becomes more important and represents a concern.
By doing a simple calculation, we will see that, in a month of quarantine confinement, mothers and fathers will be responsible for no less than 150 meals. This, considering that children should eat about 5 times a day. Desperate, but calm, not so much. Now that time, in a way, offers us a break, we can better consider, outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life, affective and healthy eating as a way of life.
What precautions should we take with the children’s food routine?
Some official bodies have made publications about the care with feeding the little ones, guiding ways of selecting, storing and preparing food. In addition, we must think of ways to include children in the kitchen routine during the pandemic. The main meals of the day (breakfast or breakfast, lunch and dinner) can be planned in advance, in order to optimize purchases and time. After all, planning a weekly menu doesn’t demand a lot of availability. This also facilitates the inclusion of children in activities to prepare and clean the environment.
Include the kids in the kitchen!
Ask a child who has already been literate to list the foods that are already in the fridge and pantry. So, later on, you can think together about recipes that use such ingredients. This stimulates creativity and optimizes the purchase of new products, avoiding waste. Since the exits to supply centers such as supermarkets and fairs are rationed, taking advantage of what you already have at home is the first step in organizing expenses.
Children are usually interested in preparing food. Could it be chaos? He can! But it is worth seeing how creativity and curiosity emerge in those moments. The smaller ones help to separate ingredients and perform the simplest tasks. While the older ones access mathematical knowledge when in contact with homemade measures, counts, counting the time of preparation and consumption of meals.
How can we maintain a healthy diet in the current situation?
When thinking about healthy eating, the basic idea is usually to prepare meals with as fresh food as possible. However, the recommendations for staying at home are compelling. What to do, then? Minimizing exits, organizing collective purchases with neighbors, shopping online, preferring less busy times for people to go to the supermarket are some options. Avoiding taking children to supply centers saves time and money.
Some low-cost alternatives are very welcome, including the full use of vegetables such as peels, leaves and stems. Limiting the purchase of ultra-processed processed foods is essential. The anxiety generated by the pandemic and by seclusion can result in increased consumption of foods concentrated in sugar, sodium and preservatives by children. If such items are available and easily accessible. Swap soft drinks, for example, for natural juices with little or no sugar.