What’s healthy in today’s definition

We were at Landmark in Phoenix Mills on Friday for the launch of the new book Fun Foods for Fussy Kids. There was a question answer session and though it is difficult to narrate all that happened, let me tell you in a condensed form. The talk naturally veered toward what is healthy for kids. I have to redefine it as ‘what is healthy for kids today!’ Sure the lure of fatty foods like pavbhaji, pizzas, brownies with ice cream, cola floats, burgers and chips, fried chicken is very much present. If we deny the kids at home, they have means to go and eat out!! So the idea of the book is to give the kids what they want but stick to the basic fundamentals of healthy cooking. Yes, there are fried foods but foods fried in a known source of oil at home are not as bad as allowing them to eat (or even eating along with them) fried foods at fast food outlets. I have always stated that it is better to look underweight but be well nourished in your daily meals. Children who are over weight (height weight ratio according to age is a good parameter to calculate) are more likely to be less active than children who look thin and evoke pitiable glances from the other indulgent mothers. But let me tell you, sports people prefer to be on the thinner side…it gives them speed on their feet. Let alone kids, let us look at adults too. You can be fat and fit but then ‘fat’ is a definition that varies from country to country depending on the BMIs.
My point here is, let us feed our children the basic, the good ghar ka khaana. We ourselves have to deny ourselves the pleasures of fast foods. We ourselves have to set exemplary examples. I am proud to say that our daughters eat healthy meals at home and we also allow them to eat out with friends. We have to be alert and strike the right balance. The time is NOW.
In case you are wanting to look up some good recipes, let me share a few with you.
Till I write again
Sanjeev Kapoor

Of stress busters and ghar ka khana !

We are all alarm clock driven people! And therein lies a point…that we wake up to noise and then we are committed to deadlines through the day: get ready, time par, reach work, time par, then finish the work (well, sometimes over time!) and then back home and dinner and sleep time (again this is Indian Flexible Time). Stress, as they say, can culminate and cause some changes in the body that can be detrimental. As we all seem to be really rushing so why not read along for a few minutes and take a breather…think of some stress busters for yourself. What would make you really relaxed and happy for a few minutes in the day?

I love spending time with my family. I love listening to music and of course reading. I love to play on my drums. I can spend hours on end with books. I enjoy travelling and meeting people. I love travelling the world with my camera…for I love photography too. Wherever I go I make it a point to learn about the food of that place and try to learn some recipes too. It’s food that drives me – anything to do with food.

Now, is the new generation feeling concerned about their health? They are concerned – definitely. Which is why even if they do binge they also work out. Here’s where the gyms are making their moolah. In fact I could say that generation next has an edge over us. They know what is good because the bad has come in now offering loads of distractions. They are aware that heavy oily stuff is not good for them. But, as taste and fads are paramount, and there is so much peer pressure, the diet is absolutely trendy. Then like I said there are always the gyms to provide succour. Also accepting dal sabzi roti chawal as a healthy combo is getting along. A proper meal at home is the foundation of good health., then you will come across many who can forgo this combination! But we are not doing a survey here. The young generation will savour ghar ka khana if there is someone around to provide them with fresh stuff. And life is busy for parents and kids alike. So let us take the first step to busting stress by improving our diets and giving more importance to ghar ka khana. Are you with me?

Take some recipes for a good example: Gajar Gobhi Shalgam ka saag, Lauki Manpasand, Tilwale Palak Aloo.

I would prefer to end with ‘happy cooking’ here!

Sanjeev Kapoor