I am a mother of two young boys- soon to be strapping young lads. I think every generation of mothers feel like they carry a heavier burden of parenting than their mothers ever did. In my case, it was definitely true. We choose to live in these beautifully secure communities where safety is not a concern and the kids can run around freely, but the real battle we face is getting the kids out of the four walls of the house, where all those incredible gadgets just refuse to let them go.
A sedentary lifestyle and bad diet is pretty much any mother’s worst nightmare. But as the owner of a farm to table restaurant, it particularly hit home hard. I was spending all day at work, trying to teach the whole world to be more conscious about their eating habits, but slowly losing the battle at home with my own kids. That’s when I decided that healthy was not enough, my food had to be healthy and tasty enough for 8 and 10-year-olds to love it.
Coming from a family of “just slightly” overweight people, I’ve seen what battling fat can do to your eating habits in the long run. I’ve also seen the negative impact of constantly telling kids not to eat this or that. They are kids, and they deserve an indulgent childhood. I just want them to now indulge in foods that I fully understand the impact of and not some chemical concoction that can survive on a shelf for months on end.
I started to look at all the things my kids loved to snack on and what was pleasantly surprised to realize that the issue with junk food lies more in the junk ingredients than the dish itself. Chicken nuggets with no real chicken….Nutella with more sugar and oil than cacao and nuts…cheese with processed milk powder and cheese flavoring and not to mention acidity controllers and E this and E that….chemical numbers which clearly have no place in food. It was time to use my work to benefit this change and see how controlling the ingredients could lead to a healthier indulgence and happier diet for my kids. And that dear readers is how Momicacies came into being – a place for concerned mothers who want a better and healthier lifestyle for their young kids. Here I know not only sharing my cooking secrets but also a few tricks i learned along the way to keep my kids active and wanting a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Hope you’ll find some of these recipes and life lessons useful along the way. Also, do visit my website www.sageorganics.in in case you run out of fresh farm produce and you can always drop by my cafe SAGE Farm Cafe if you ever want to say ‘Hi’ in person or email me firstname.lastname@example.org