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6 TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOODS THAT ARE PACKED OF NUTRITION

In the recent years, traditional Indian foods have taken a backseat with fast foods, fad diets and fusion cuisines. However, Indian food is not just rich in diversity but also in nutrition.  With a wide variety of grains, oils, vegetables , spices and nuts, Indian foods are a powerhouse of essential nutrients that support immunity, brain function, gut health and reduce inflammation.It’s important for children to imbibe the values of eating local and seasonal and appreciate one of the key extensions of their culture i.e. food.

Include these six traditional Indian foods in your child’s diet to make their meals a lot more nutritious, wholesome and healthy-

  1. Buttermilk: There is a popular misconception that buttermilk is high in fat but buttermilk is actually very low in calories. Buttermilk prevents dehydration, reduces acidity and prevents indigestion. It is rich in calcium and reduces blood pressure. 
  1. Idli: Easily one of the healthiest Indian snacks at just 39 calories per piece, idli contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Being a fermented food, it supports gut health. It will also help your child stay full for longer as it is rich in fibre and protein. 
  1. Cheelas (Savoury Indian pancakes):  Mad out of chickpea flour and various lentils, cheelas gluten free and a good source of protein. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates accompanied with a low glycemic index, these savoury pancakes help in maintaining a healthy metabolism. 
  1. Khichdi: Made with rice and lentils, this traditional Indian dish is packed with dietary fibre, antioxidants and protein. It’s gluten free and easy on the digestive system.
  1. Poha: An Indian breakfast favourite, poha makes for a gluten-free meal option. Loaded with iron and fibre, it is low in calories and regulates blood sugar levels. 
  1. Upma: Prepared using semolina (sooji), a  bowl of upma has fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. It is low in cholesterol and calories, while being high in iron. 

It’s time we bid goodbye to myths suggesting Indian food is only limited to deep fried, fattening food and appreciate the innumerable healthy options our cuisine offers us by introducing them in our daily meals. 

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How to Have An Argument With Your Child – And Still Win at Parenting!

Let’s be honest – before we had children, we all had this idea of how they’d be perfect angels. And of course, not one of those ideas included you getting into daily arguments with your child. Never did you anticipate that asking your child to do something as simple as brushing their teeth could devolve into World War 3. Parent-child arguments are one of the biggest causes of stress for both you and your child, and often sets the tone of your relationship with your child in the future.

Strong-willed children are great!

Take heart, having a strong-willed child may seem like a lot of work – but with the right kind of nurturing they turn out to be grounded, not swayed by peer pressure and possess great leadership skills. Strong-willed children don’t accept the status quo and want to try things out for themselves. That’s why they are constantly testing their boundaries by questioning you. So how can you set boundaries for your child without coming off as authoritarian? How can an argument with your child turn into a life lesson that they take to heart?

Common argumentative fallacies

When we argue, we let emotions get the better of us – that’s natural. Everything about our children tends to make us emotional. But when we want to make our point, let’s watch out for and steer clear of these common fallacies:

Attacking the person, rather and the idea

Often, when we’re asking our children to do something, it sounds like we’re finding faults. Let’s identify the behaviour that we have an issue with, rather than the person. For example, if you walk into your child’s room and it looks like a bomb went off in there, instead of saying ‘You’re always so messy’, we could try, ‘This room looks quite messy, how about you tidy it up a bit?’. Not calling the child messy, or disobedient, or lazy, but calling out the act, or behaviour will help you get your message across, without it becoming an argument because your child doesn’t feel like it’s a personal attack!

Exaggerating the problem and attacking it

We’ve all been guilty of it. ‘You’re on the screen forever!’ ‘You never want to eat what I make.’ ‘You’re always playing, you need to be serious about your exams.’ Well, that’s not really true, is it? Children need you to break down the issue to a more immediate timeline. So if screen time is an issue today, or now, just state that ‘You’ve been playing for a long time on the screen today. I think that’s enough.’ 

Building improbable consequences to a small action

Let’s not kid ourselves – not eating vegetables for a meal is not going to give us debilitating conditions. Not doing the homework today is not going to make your child drop out of university. So we stick to the facts when stating our point – ‘If you’re going to continue not doing your homework, chances are, you’re not going to be prepared when they test you on this. That’s not what we want, is it?’ This stop is from becoming an argument where your child fails to see the point of what you’re asking them to do.

The either-or situation

‘You’re not sharing your chocolate with your brother. Do you not love him?’ This tells the child that there are only two options – either love my brother and share or hate my brother and not share. But in reality, she may love her brother very dearly, but just not want to share. Just, ‘I would like it very much if you shared that with your brother.’ is enough. If she’s still unwilling to share, maybe explaining how sharing helps strengthen bonds.

Because I said so

Sometimes we do tire of arguing with our pint-sized humans and resort to this. And yes, as adults, we would know more and are able to judge a situation better. But that’s why it is important to explain to them why your viewpoint isn’t just because you’re the adult, and they are the children. Back it up with rationale – it’s also a great way to build the logical reasoning of your child. 

What you can say so the children listen
  • Acknowledge their feelings: Children like us will have their own likes and dislikes. It’s okay to occasionally indulge in fantasies with them. ‘You really don’t like this daal, huh? I wish we would eat ice cream for every meal, and still be super-healthy! *sigh*’  (you might like to read: What is Journaling and how can it help? )
  • Engage cooperation: give factual information, without exaggeration ‘We need to brush our teeth because…’, rather than ‘All our teeth will fall out and the dentist will drill painful holes!’
  • Express your feelings without attacking your child’s character: ‘I felt really upset when you said that’ or ‘It makes me really sad to see both of you fighting’. 
  • Explain the consequences: Every action will have consequences. Calmly explaining the consequences, and following through on them, without anger or annoyance will help your child understand boundaries. ‘If you keep running over your tv time, we will have to reduce it by 10 minutes tomorrow. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.’
  • Sit with your child and figure out a solution together: If you’re unhappy with a situation, it’s fairly certain that your child isn’t too thrilled either. Sit together and jot down all the ideas you can come up with (yes, even the silly ones) and decide the best way forward together. 

Your child will feel empowered to take control of their actions, especially if they know that they have your love. Even though you may disagree, you can air your differences, talk through your problems and figure out a way together. These skills of negotiation, reasoning and emotional intelligence will build on their ability to navigate the world confidently as adults with you as their role models for conflict resolution

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5 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM

Today marks the fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day, that is April 2, 2021.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.It is estimated that worldwide one in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder. 

Recognized internationally, the World Autism Day began as a movement to spread awareness about the autism spectrum disorder. Autism-Friendly events and educational activities take place throughout April, aiming to increase understanding of autism.

While there is still a great need to inform people about autism, the focus has shifted away from simply making people aware that the disorder exists  towards the world coming together to offer love, acceptance, support and inclusivity to children and adults with autism.  A day alone isn’t enough to extend our compassion and support. 

Here are five ways in which you can support your child with autism and make their life easier:

  1. RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS:  early detection and intervention with treatment and services are essential to improve a child’s development and functionality for a lifetime. This can be done with the help of identifying common signs and symptoms of Autism, which include:
  • Persistent repetition of words or actions
  • Difficulty in social interaction
  • Low attention span 
  • Poor eye contact 
  • Delayed speech  
  • Intense interest in a limited number of things 
  • Not responding to their name

It is also important to remember that autism does not present itself in the same manner in every child. 

  1. COMMUNICATION IS KEY: Children with autism tend to communicate differently as they often get fixated on certain phrases and keep repeating them. Gently redirecting them to the next topic might work. They also avoid eye contact.  Patience is a must to build a bond. Talking about things they like can help the conversation move along smoothly. Children with autism can also be quite literal when expressing their needs. These need to be addressed politely. 
  1. BEING AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES:  Children with ASD are highly sensitive to touch, sound, light, taste, and smell. Steering clear of noise and bright colours can help create a soothing environment for them  and avoid sensory overload. They are also not comfortable with the concept of physical affection and like to maintain personal boundaries. Creating healthy space and distance while communicating with a child with autism can help create a positive environment.
  1. CELEBRATING YOUR CHILD’S STRENGTHS: Celebrating the strengths of your children can instill confidence in them and help them face their challenges without feeling low. These may include exceptional honesty, punctuality, attention to detail, ability to remember things in a precise manner. Some children may excel in academics and be able to learn through visual memory. 
  1. DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING: Children with autism possess an excellent memory and respond better to visual learning aids rather than plain text. It is important to include a lot of pictures while helping them learn. It is also important to find an environment or school that is best suited for your child’s needs. Look for a school that is inclusive and has the required support staff to help your child thrive. 

Given the prevalence and complexity of autism, it’s important to be aware of ways you can support children that are dealing with the condition; to help them overcome obstacles. Don’t be shy about seeking the right kind of support for your child – and yourself. It is important to understand that although autistic children may have a different way of perceiving the world, the more we accept the differences, the easier it is for them to integrate into society. 

Also read: Dyscalculia – Does your child have it? Signs to look out for

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5 Simple Changes for a Sustainable Future

Today, over half a billion children live in extremely high flood & drought occurrence zones. Research has shown that climate change will increase the frequency of droughts, floods and severe weather events. Severe weather events can disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being, including schools, health facilities and transport. Droughts and flooding destroy crops, disrupt water systems and contaminate water reserves.

Despite having gained substantial importance over the recent years, the concept of sustainability isn’t as widely implemented as it is discussed. Sustainable living is nothing but reducing one’s use of Earth’s natural resources to maintain ecological balance. It advocates not creating excessive waste and prioritizing the use of natural resources.  Sustainable living is crucial to our future generations so that they can live comfortably without being subjected to ecological and economic problems. If we do not limit our consumption patterns, our children might face increased pollution levels and remain bereft of a healthy standard of living. 

Change starts at home, no matter how small it is. Our children are the future and to make the world a healthier, happier place to live in, we must educate our children on the significance of sustainable living. Here are five easy ways in which you and your children can start your journey to a sustainable future:

Reusable over Disposable

Instead of buying plastic water bottles or using paper cups every time you travel or go out for a movie, ask your children to carry their own metallic water bottles or sippers. This greatly reduces their consumption of plastic and paper. What’s more, you won’t have to constantly keep worrying about water hygiene. Being sustainable in this case also turns out to be far more economical.

Every drop counts

Encourage your children to switch off the tap while brushing their teeth or washing their hands. Have them switch to using a bucket for having a bath, or, if using a shower, time yourself, so you’re not spending too much time under it. Reuse the water from your RO filters for mopping the floor or watering your plants or washing your clothes. Water scarcity is going to be a very real problem that our children might face in the not-too-distant future.

Waste not, want not.

Serve small portions of food on plates. This helps children gauge if they’re truly hungry before serving themselves a second portion, and we can avoid food wastage. This is also a wonderful way to introduce our children to where we source our food from, and the many advantages of going local. A sustainable future is one were we try and reduce our carbon footprint!

Conserving Energy

Right from an early age, instil the habit of switching off the lights and fans when not in use. Open the blinds in your own room to let natural light in the morning instead of switching on electric lights. Your children will follow suit. Look up sustainable and renewable sources of energy to switch to, where you can. 

Grow a green thumb

Children love watching things grow and the sense of accomplishment they feel when they’re the reason behind it is unbeatable! If you have the space to maintain a small vegetable garden, why don’t you give it a go? It also works as a fun activity to bond with your children while caring for the environment

Less is more

This one can be slightly tricky as who doesn’t want everything? But, encouraging your children to use resources that they have judiciously is the way to be. Have them use their art supplies, stationery and clothes responsibly. We can set examples ourselves by buying the things that we truly need, rather than those we truly want. Even small changes, like waiting until an occasion, or until your old phone breaks down to buy that new gadget you’ve been eyeing, will make a positive difference. Teaching your children about delayed gratification has proven to have many benefits as well. 

With minor lifestyle changes, we can create a major difference in the health of our planet and the quality of lives of our future generations. Are there any changes that you’ve made to your lifestyle that we can all incorporate? Tell us in the comments below!

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Let’s Make Holi the Festival of Consent This Year!

The weather in the country is slowly but surely turning hotter. The last of the winter chill has disappeared. It can only mean one thing – Holi is around the corner! The festival of colour, of joy, signalling the start of the spring-summer season in our country.

My children love this festival – it allows them to run around gleefully in the society compound throwing colour and be as messy as possible. Sounds like fun, right? But there’s a worrying side to Holi that I’m becoming increasingly aware of, especially as the children grow older. The matter of consent. 

Why does this bother me?

Perhaps it’s because I am a mother to both, a son and a daughter, that I feel it very keenly when every year I read painful newspaper stories about children, women, and men having their consent violated when people around them forcibly apply colour or throw water on them. I’m sure you recall having read them too. I worry about my daughter (and even my son) being touched without her permission. To those who call it ‘harmless fun’ and ‘bura na maano holi hai, I ask you this: Don’t we teach our children about boundaries the rest of the year? Do we not insist that their body is their own and should be respected? So, what message are we sending to the children when we deliberately violate someone’s consent so we can have fun? 

There’s another group of innocent, voiceless victims who suffer the most during our festivities: It’s the poor street animals. It’s not uncommon at all to spot a helpless, scared-looking blue-and-pink dog streaking past you the day after Holi. These colours, laden with chemicals, were not meant to be used on animal fur or even human skin. But unlike us, these animals can’t hop into a shower and scrub themselves clean. So it’s our job to protect them and keep them safe! 

My kind of Holi

So what does it mean for us to celebrate a Holi that’s both fun and respectful? Here are a few things I’m going to ask my children to follow. I hope they help you set fun, respectful boundaries for your own family too! 

Always ask!

It takes literally just a couple of seconds to ask for permission, but just think of how respected and valued it will make the person feel! It doesn’t matter who it is — children, friends, elders, or family members. Always ask for consent before pulling someone into your celebrations. Learning about consent and agency starts in small ways right from childhood, after all! 

Learn to accept ‘no’ gracefully

It’s our turn to ‘bura na maano’ when someone doesn’t feel comfortable with having colour, water, or anything else applied to them. If they say colour is okay, but water isn’t, do as they ask. If they want to play with only organic colours, respect their wishes, the way you would want someone to respect yours. Let’s learn to live and let live.

Ask if they’re okay with you applying colour

Just because someone is okay with your friend or relative (or a total stranger) applying colour to them, does not mean they’re giving blanket consent to everyone to come into physical contact. So permission needs to be asked, even if they’ve said yes to someone else already. Think of it like this- just because you’ve said okay to go out for coffee with a friend, does not mean you’re okay to go out for coffee with your friend’s friend, or their cousin. 

Watch out for the animals!

Make sure you’re playing in a place that is away from animals: and if they do wander in, immediately move away so they do not get drenched in colour. It can be very harmful for them, and it’s our job to protect them! 

Make your festivities inclusive

Holi is meant to be a festival that includes everyone of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Let’s get our community involved in making sure we create a safe space for all. 

Let’s be eco-friendly

Only about 3% of the earth’s water is freshwater. Out of which 2% is locked up in ice and glaciers. Having a water-free Holi only seems logical in the face of these statistics. 

You may also like: Tips to Raise an Environment-Loving Child

Holi may have many mythological stories attached to it – but the predominant feeling through it all is one of joy and celebration. I’m going to make sure my celebrations don’t dampen anyone else’s joy. Have a happy, safe, and consent-ful Holi! 

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Teenage Nutrition – How Can Parents Help?

Teenage years are super active ones – teens seem to have a never-ending supply of energy! It is also the phase that sees a rapid spurt in growth, both mentally and physically. That’s why it becomes essential that they get the right nutrition to nourish a healthy mind and body. 

Maintain a balanced diet

The best way your teenage child can keep a check on their weight is by having a balanced diet. This will ensure that children get the required nutrients their body needs. Encourage them to include fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, protein foods and dairy products. Doing so will not only keep them active but also keep illnesses at bay. Also, make sure your teen exercises regularly! Because all work and no play…..well you know the rest!

Keep hydrated!

Quite often, children might be eating right but then, their water intake is too low. This is as important as teenage nutrition. Remember, water is the ultimate hydrator. Besides, water aids in digestion and is vital for the body in countless ways. Unfortunately, most children in their teens do not consume enough water throughout the day. Make sure your teenage child has at least 10 -12 glasses of water daily. Eat well, play hard and drink plenty of water!

Avoid snacking

Snacking between meals leads to erratic dietary habits and is possibly the time when your teenager is most tempted to reach for junk food. Encourage children to have at the most 3 meals a day at the right time. Watch out for signs of emotional eating or eating because they’re bored. If your teenager does fancy a nibble (and with their growing body, this is quite a possibility) try offering a fruit or some nuts to munch on.

Limit consumption of processed food

Eating healthy, non-processed foods will help limit calorie intake and increase the nutrient requirement. Have fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Try to choose healthier options where available. Remember, the added sugar and preservatives in processed foods aren’t too healthy for a body that is at a growing stage. Teenage nutrition is different from that of a child or an adult. They need extra nutrition to support hormonal changes and brain development. So, make sure they eat healthy and stay healthy!

Portion control

Many of us don’t realize that we end up eating too much simply because we’ve become so used to filling our plates! A good way to maintain portion control is to take smaller servings, and then going back for seconds if you’re still hungry. This also eliminates the guilt of finishing what’s on the plate, for fear of ‘wasting’ the food. 

As parents, we want what’s best for our children, but occasionally you might give in to their pestering and let them indulge in a pizza or burgers with a side of fries. Thankfully, the teenage metabolism can handle this occasional calorie overload, as long as they are healthy, active children for the most part. Don’t stress yourself and your teenager out over it. As long as your teenager gets that the right nutrition is what makes a healthy body, a sneaky chocolate now and then ought to be ignored!

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Helping your Child deal with Bullying

In schools, playgrounds and many other places, children often become victims of name-calling, cruel taunts, and physical bullying. And when such a thing happens to our children, it’s hard for us to focus on anything else. We often want to help our children, but don’t quite know how to. The following suggestions can pave the way towards helping your child deal with the bullying they may be facing in school or the playground, or even online. 

Listen to them

Before you try to make children understand your point of view, hear them out first. Try to understand what’s bothering them. Allow children to open up to you about anything that might have happened to them in school or anywhere else, and hard as it is, try not to react to whatever they tell you. You might want to jump in with a solution, but find out if they already have a plan to help them cope. Children often might just be looking to be heard. Any ideas and suggestions can be thought up jointly. You need to empower your children with the confidence that they can come up with solutions and ideas as well. 

Teach them how to react

Children who react quickly are often the target of bullies because they are the ones who take bullying to heart and end up reacting in a way they shouldn’t. There are times bullies might provoke their targets, but simply teaching children to walk away from such situations is often the best way to deal with it. Children should also be taught to be open with their teachers in case they are being bullied too often.

Praise your child

Remember, it isn’t easy for your child to tell you about the bullying they might have faced. Praising children for simply opening up to you and sharing their problems will give them a confidence boost. Encourage them for having the ability to identify the problem and coming to someone for help. Children who are bullied sometimes go through a phase of low self-esteem – this praise will go a long way in helping restore their confidence.

Reassure your child it’s not their fault. 

Many children internalise the bullying. They seem to think that it is something they did or something about the way they are that leads to bullying. We need to emphasize that they do not need to change any part of themselves for the bullying to stop. Remind children that being bullied isn’t about being weak and being a bully isn’t about being strong. As parents, it’s important to always be by their side. Believing them, listening to their side of the story – that is what children look for most from parents. 

School intervention

Although every school will have an anti-bullying policy in place (if they don’t it is time to remind the school to have one), it’s a good idea to request the school to conduct regular anti-bullying workshops for all the children. If the problem persists, see if the school counsellor can talk to the bully and your child separately and together, to come up with a strategy to prevent any further instances. 

Cyberbullying

Children can be bullied online as well – and this is becoming an increasingly prevalent phenomenon. Make sure you take your child through what is safe and unsafe internet practices. Also, ensure that they know the right authorities to report a post or how to block a person or group. 

Bullying may happen at any stage in life, and we may not be able to protect our child from bullies all the time. But what we can do is equip our children with the right tools and to instil enough confidence in them to be able to stand up to and deal with the bullying. 

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Women Astronauts who contributed to Space Missions that we need to know about

With contributions that have literally been out of this world, these women astronauts have achieved some amazing feats in space with their incredible efforts. Let’s take you through the journey of these amazing women in space and their breathtaking stories.

Valentina Tereshkova

Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. And Valentina was the first and the youngest woman in space. Valentina is a Russian who worked in a factory as a child. Skydiving was always her passion and that is what encouraged her to become a cosmonaut. Valentina orbited the Earth 48 times, was in space for almost 3 days, and remains the only woman to have been on a solo space mission on 16 June 1963.

Kalpana Chawla

She was the first Indian woman in space not once, but twice. Aeroplanes and flights always fascinated her. Kalpana would even accompany her father to local flying clubs, where her fascination with planes only grew. She joined NASA in 1995 with her first flight happening in the year 1996. Kalpana travelled a whopping 10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth, logging more than 372 hours in space! A truly remarkable feat. 

Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana was the second woman in space after Valentina Tereshkova. On her 1984 ‘Soyuz T-12’ mission, she became the first woman to fly to space twice, and the first woman to perform a spacewalk. A Russian like Valentina, Svetlana too began skydiving as a young girl. Her passion for flying jets was supported by her father, and that is when she was seen taking part in aerobatic competitions. She went on to win the ‘World Aerobatic Championship’ that was integral in her journey to become a cosmonaut. Well, talk about women astronauts!

Mae Jemison

Mae was the first African-American in space. She excelled in academics from an early age – earning degrees from universities like Stanford and Cornell. She began working with NASA in the year 1987. In 1992, she flew on the space shuttle ‘Endeavour’ carrying out a staggering 44 science experiments along with her crew! That was her first and only flight. And not just this, she now works as a physician, a teacher, a peace corps volunteer, and founder and president of two technology companies! Truly a wonder woman!

Christina Koch

Christina holds the record for the longest stay in space by a woman. She spent 328 days at the International Space Station. During her stay at ISS, she led the first ‘all-female spacewalk. (this was initially delayed due to the unavailability of space suits that suited the body women!) Koch also contributed to scientific instruments on several NASA missions that studied astrophysics and cosmology. For her amazing feat, her name is in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

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Quick Breakfast Recipes you can make with your Child

Kickstarting your day with a hearty breakfast will not only keep you going throughout the day but is a great way to maintain a healthy eating routine. Here are a few easy-to-cook breakfast recipes that your children will love. Getting them involved in the process is one that has multiple benefits – they get an idea of what they’re putting into their bodies – and it is a step towards making them independent and self-sufficient (just imagine- you could sleep in on weekends!)  

Fruit Salad

What better way to start your day than with a bowl of fresh fruits. This is the healthiest and the quickest breakfast meal you can have! All you need to do is chop, mix and eat! It’s a ‘sweet’ and delicious way to get going. With all essential vitamins and minerals, a bowl of fruit salad is a nourishing and delicious breakfast option for you and your children. Maybe next time ask your children to get you a bowl full of fruit salad? – Try it with some thick Greek yoghurt, or drizzle a spoonful of honey on it for variety. The possibilities are endless with seasonal fruit varieties! 

Pancakes

A hot-favourite in many homes, pancakes are an-all time favourite option for children and parents. Using a ready-made pancake mix, it’s a recipe you can cook in minutes. It’s a delicious meal to start your day with. Pancakes are also high in protein and fibre, making them a healthy option. Top it up with fresh fruits or maple syrup for an even more scrumptious meal! Making the batter at home isn’t too difficult, either – and you can substitute refined flour for whole wheat when you make it at home. 

Oats

Readily available in the market, oats are rich in antioxidants and nutrients. And just like instant noodles, you simply add boiling water (or milk) to the pre-mix and you are ready to go. For those with a sweet tooth, a pinch of cinnamon with a topping of raisins and nuts makes it delicious. Preparing breakfast has never felt so easy, isn’t it? 

Vegetable Sandwich Toast

Try making this instead of the usual butter toast next time? Add tomato slices, cucumber and onions and then toast it. It will turn out to be a delicious and healthy breakfast meal for everyone. A vegetable sandwich toast is packed with healthy nutrients that are good for you and your children. The best part – it’s made with fresh vegetables that are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Do try this recipe next time!

Scrambled Eggs

An eggcellent way to start your day. Scrambled eggs are easy to prepare and are a great source of protein. All you do is beat and whisk the eggs and then add the mixture to a pan. Add butter, salt and black pepper, keep stirring and there you have it! Delicious scrambled eggs in no time. An easy-to-cook recipe that even children will love to cook and have. 

Do you have any quick family favourites that you love to make with your children? Do let us know in the comments below with your breakfast recipes!

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Math-magic – 5 Math Tricks to Amaze your Friends with

Not many people know, but math can be pretty ‘magical’ at times. There are simple and easy to perform math-magic tricks that you can do to impress your family and friends. It might seem like you are reading their minds but in reality, it’s just simple maths

Adding Two-Digit Numbers really quick!

So for this trick, we simply take two numbers – let’s say 54 and 76.

1. We simply split the second number into ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ which makes the number 76 = 70 + 6. 

2. Now add this ‘split tens’ to the first number which makes it 70 + 54 = 124.

3. And finally, add the leftover ‘ones’ i.e. 6 to the answer you got in point 3 which makes it 6+124 = 130!

That’s it, this is your answer! 

The answer will always be 8!

Ask your friend to choose any number, let’s take 25.

1. Now, ask them to subtract one from the chosen number. 25 – 1 = 24

2. Multiply this number by 3. (24 x 3 = 72)

3. Add 12 to this number. (72 + 12 = 84 )

4. Now divide this by 3. (84 / 3 = 28)

5. Now, add 5 to the above number. (28 + 5 – 33)

6.And now it’s time for some magic! Simply ask your friend to subtract the original number from the number they get in point 5.

7. Abracadabra! The answer will always be 8

This is actually a series of logical and sequential steps that give the answer as 8 always.

Dicey Magic!

1. Ask your friend to roll two dice without telling you the numbers e.g. 5 and a 2.

2. Now tell them to multiply the number on the first die by 2 (5 x 2 = 10)

3. Add 5 (10 + 5 = 15)

4. Next, multiply the answer  by 5 (15 x 5 = 75)

5. Now, add the number on the second die (75 + 2 = 77) – and now ask your friends to tell you the answer. 

6. Hocuspocus! You can now predict the numbers on the two dice by subtracting 25 (77 – 25 = 52)

7. 5 = First die and 2 = Second die. Magical isn’t it?

Magic number 1089

1. Choose any 3 digit number, let’s say 581

2. Now, all you do is rearrange these digits in descending order which makes it 851

3. Now, arrange the digits in step 1 in ascending order. This makes it 158. 

4. Subtract the number in step 2 from the number in step 1. 851 – 158 = 693

5. Now, reverse the order of the number you got in step 4. So 693 becomes 396

6. And It’s time for some magic! Add both numbers in step 4 & 5. You get 1089!

Well, this is again nothing but a series of logical steps that are followed that leads to 1089! Surely one of the cool math tricks out there!

Guess your friends’ age using a calculator!

1.Ask your friend to multiply the first digit of their age by 5. So if they are 23 years old, then (2×5 = 10)

2.Tell them to add 3 to this number. So 10 +3 = 13

3.Ask them to double this numberSo (13×2 = 26)

4.Next,  add the second digit of their age to the resulting number. So  26+3 = 29.

5.It’s magic time! Tell them to subtract 6 from this number. So 29-6 = 23 which is their age!

A really cool way to impress your friends, no? Who knew math tricks could be so magical!