Now that Maggi and other brands are under a cloud, what do you do if your child craves for noodles? Experts say that the alternatives should be made more interesting though it may be a little extra effort from the mother.
Aarchie Bhatnagar, Dietician at BLK Super Specialty Hospital said that it's difficult to stop children from eating their favorite noodles or fast food, so put in extra effort.
"Mothers can buy plain raw noodles and cook, adding vegetables to make the dish healthy. Momos or burgers can be also made at home by replacing maida (all purpose flour) with rice floor," says Bhatnagar.
The children's craving for junk food can also be made healthy by incorporating some simple changes at home.
"Use a wheat crust for your pizza and top it up with lots of crunchy veggies. Have a whole wheat bun and add lettuce with your patty to make it more healthy," said Ritika Samaddar.
Malhotra suggests that parents can ensure that kids eat healthy at home. Start the day with fruit and a handful of nuts. For breakfast, pack upma, poha, stuffed veggies, chapati rolls or sandwich. Keep lunch simple with a roti or rice, sabzi and dal.
In the evenings, give them a glass of milk and another fruit.
"Make dinner interesting with a bowl of soup, stuffed rolls with chopped tomatoes and pav bhaji minus butter, with whole wheat bread/barbecued or tandoori chicken/paneer with a bowl of soup and salad," says Malhotra.