Wednesday, December 7

Ginger, turmeric, lemon, fruit: Health and immunity take precedence over taste at tiffin time in schools

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There’s no denying that one of the biggest attractions of school life is the tiffin break. Every classroom would have that one student whose lunch box would be a hit with the rest of the class. Pushing and shoving to get a bite of it would be a daily lunch break ritual. As schools reopen after the pandemic induced break, sharing lunch is just one of the things that will not be allowed on campus. Not just that, tiffin boxes will not be the same in the post-Covid era. Parents are making sure their children carry healthy home-cooked food made using immunity boosting ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic, apart from lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

Fruits & veggies galore
Nilanjana Bose, mother of Shinjini Bose who studies in Delhi Public School, has chalked out a plan for her daughter’s lunch in school. “By now we all are well aware about the importance of immunity boosting food. Now on, I’ll focus on making her tiffin box healthy. I will pack her green vegetable curry, which will have a good amount of ginger, garlic and turmeric, along with paratha or roti. I could also make some yummy sandwiches with healthy ingredients,” she said.
Ghazala Yasmin, the mother of Arhan Quasin who studies in Class XI at La Martiniere for Boys, has planned to make fruit salad for her son’s lunch. “At least twice a week, I’ll pack some whole fruits and put lemon, chaat masala and salt separately. He can easily make a salad with that during lunch break. We mothers have to keep experimenting for the sake of our kids’ health,” she said.
junk gets a healthy twist
But parents are equally concerned about taste and variety. They do not wish for their kids to get bored of the same healthy food and then end up eating street food after school. “That is why I have decided to make healthy versions of my daughter’s favourite dishes like instant noodles and burgers on some days. At least once or twice a week, I will give her something chatpata like alu kabli,” said Nilanjana.
Debjani Bonnerjee, the mother of Noholie Bonnerjee who’s a Class X student of Shri Shikshayatan School, has started packing light food for school lunch and makes sure her daughter maintains a balanced diet at home before and after school. “I prefer packed food like digestive biscuits, dry fruits and cakes for school. I know these are just fillers but that’s alright because Noholie gets all the nutrition she needs during her meals at home,” she added.
foods you can’t share
Though most schools have prohibited sharing of food, parents are still sceptical that their children might end up flouting the rules. To tackle that, they have come up with some simple tricks. Ghazala, for instance, prefers packing stuff like sandwiches, parathas and rotis rather than noodles or rice items. “When bigger items like sandwiches are shared, the rest of the food doesn’t get contaminated. That is not the case with noodles or rice items where people usually take bites from the same spoon,” said Mousumi Chaudhury, mother of Sagnik Chaudhury of Don Bosco School.

Source: Timesofindia

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