This Children’s Day Worry About The Score That Really Matters

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November 13, 2020

Right To Protein Team

This Children’s Day Worry About The Score That Really Matters

Children are no doubt the future, and before the next generation grow up and change the world as we know it, its significant to build a strong foundation in all aspects of their lives. Often parents and the society get occupied while focusing on empowering better learning, instilling values, and behaviour patterns to live in the society. What the society tends to miss out on is focusing on building healthy eating habits at young age. This is evident now with the number of health and lifestyle problems that our current generation is struggling with – which could’ve been avoided if they were in an environment that focused on nutrition as another subject of life.

So far, we all have learnt that food groups like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber are essential to our body. But that’s where it stops. Children have very few sources of acquiring knowledge – schools, parents, families and friends. Evidently, our current lifestyle habits indicate that nutrition never played a primary role in our conversations. Solidifying nutritional education habits in a child, clearly has been missed out. And this is the responsibility of all adults and mothers, and schools as children cannot think and understand this by themselves

A 2020 Indian Consumer Market report suggested that in urban areas, beverages, refreshments, and processed foods account for the highest expenditure while protein-rich food constitutes only one-third of their food budget. Such an important nutrient like Protein, has slowly been slipping out of daily diets due to various reasons

The India’s Protein Paradox Report by Right To Protein unveiled three main reasons –

  • Protein Paucity – while mothers understand the need for protein, they don’t know the protein sources and it benefits.
  • Protein Psych – misinformation about protein exists in India where it is believed that protein is only for fitness freaks, and protein is expensive – which justifies the lack of protein in our diet.
  • Protein Pinch -About 81% of mothers believed that the regular Indian diet consisting of roti, dal, and rice is enough to meet the daily protein requirements and their lack/poor knowledge of protein rich ingredients limits their consumption of protein rich foods that should be consumed for a healthy wellbeing.

If we want kids today to have stronger immunity and an efficient metabolism, it is time to alter their daily diets by adding more protein rich and nutritious meals to their plates.

Children’s Day, is an appropriate day to create awareness about this and educate yourself about inclusions and eliminations of food types necessary for your growing child:

Foods to consider and include in a child’s diet

Milk and milk products

Milk is considered one of the most important types of food for getting the right nutrients. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. You can consume it raw or in any other form like cheese, paneer, and yogurt to benefit from it. When milk is combined with the right fruit, it becomes a very filling meal.

Fruits

When you are trying to mix fruits with milk, it is essential to select the right ones. It is a good season for berries, and they can be added to milk to make delicious smoothies that are incredibly healthy and energizing. One can also look at other fruits like guava, oranges, apple, and banana in the absence of berries.

Dry fruits and nuts

Substituting fast food and quick processed foods with a bowl of dry fruits and nuts ready that your kids can munch on while watching cartoons or doing some other activity can be a beneficial habit to increase protein intake.

Foods to avoid from your child’s diet

Quick packaged meals

Although snacks like instant noodles and ramen are easy to make – and crowd-pleasers – they miss out on providing the right kind of nutrients. And due to countless options, that are available in the Indian market, it becomes quite challenging to find the right kind of ready-to-eat snacks that are healthy, convenient and palatable. Worry not, we got you covered with, recommendations of the top healthy ready to eat foods available in your nearby market- check out our India Protein Score!

Fried meat

While meat provides much protein and is suitable for your kid, you ideally should not give them fried meat every day. It is always advisable to cook the meat by grilling or steaming it for kids to get the best of nutrients that give them energy.

Ready juices

Raw fruits are packed with healthy nutrients and vitamins for your kids, however, the juices are not. The fruit for the juices is highly processed, and additional preservatives and sugar are added to make them tastier. It is healthier to make the juices at home or consume the fruits as whole.

We hope this Children’s Day you are ready to change your family’s diet for the better. Meanwhile, you can count on us to help you and your family exercise your Right to Protein!

Protein-O-Meter

The amount of protein you need depends on your weight, goals, and lifestyle. Protein-O-Meter will take your body-composition and activity level into account to estimate your protein needs. Start with the number given by the calculator, see how that makes you feel, and try adjusting your protein level up or down to see what amount makes you feel good and perform well!

Protein Index

Find out all about whole foods that are protein heroes! Achieve your fitness goals by finding out just how much protein you should incorporate to stay nourished.

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