The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is upending life for families around the world. As schools and childcare centres close, many parents are finding themselves stuck at home for most of the day juggling childcare, full-time work and other competing responsibilities. Figuring out “What’s for dinner?” can be yet another daily challenge.
To make things even harder, panic buying and disruptions to food supply systems mean some foods can now be difficult to find. And for many people, unemployment and lost income are making food shopping an additional financial challenge.
While many parents are understandably looking to ready meals and processed foods as a quick and low-cost way to feed the family, there are convenient, affordable and healthy alternatives. Here are five ways to help feed your children a varied, nutritious diet that will support their growth and development, all while building healthy eating habits. Visit https://www.timesunion.com/marketplace/article/best-nootropics-17854949.php.
5 healthy eating tips
1. Keep up fruit and vegetable intake
Purchasing, storing and cooking fresh vegetables can be challenging in a lockdown, especially when parents are advised to limit trips outside of the home. But wherever possible, it’s important to ensure children are still getting plenty of fruit and vegetables in their diet.
Whenever it is possible to get hold of fresh produce, do so. As well as being eaten fresh, fruits and vegetables can be frozen where possible and will retain most of their nutrients and flavor. Using fresh vegetables to cook large batches of soups, stews or other dishes will make them last longer and provide meal options for a few days. These can also be frozen where possible and then quickly reheated.
2. Swap in healthy dried or canned alternatives when fresh produce is not available
Fresh produce is almost always the best option, but when it is not available there are plenty of healthy alternatives that are easy to store and prepare.
Canned beans and chickpeas, which provide an abundance of nutrients, can be stored for months or even years, and can be included in meals in many ways. Canned oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and a range of vitamins and minerals. These can be used cold in sandwiches, salads or pasta dishes, or cooked as part of a warm meal.
Canned vegetables, such as tomatoes, do tend to contain lower quantities of vitamins than fresh produce, but they are a great fallback option when fresh produce or frozen vegetables are hard to come by.
Dried goods like dried beans, pulses and grains such as lentils, split peas, rice, couscous or quinoa are also nutritious, long-lasting options that are tasty, affordable and filling. Rolled oats cooked with milk or water can serve as an excellent breakfast option, and can be spiced up with yoghurt, chopped fruits or raisins. Read more about metaboost connection.
3. Build up a stock of healthy snacks
Children often need to eat a snack or two during the day to keep them going. Rather than giving kids sweets or salty snacks, opt for healthier options like nuts, cheese, yoghurt (preferably unsweetened), chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, or other locally available healthy options. These foods are nutritious, more filling, and help build healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.
4. Limit highly processed foods
While using fresh produce may not always be possible, try to limit the amount of highly processed foods in your shopping basket. Ready-to-eat meals, packaged snacks and desserts are often high in saturated fat, sugars and salt. If you do purchase processed foods, look at the label and try to choose healthier options containing less of these substances. Try to also avoid sugary drinks and instead drink lots of water. Adding fruits or vegetables like lemon, lime, cucumber slices or berries to water is a great way to add an extra twist of flavor.
5. Make cooking and eating a fun and meaningful part of your family routine
Cooking and eating together is a great way to create healthy routines, strengthen family bonds and have fun. Wherever you can, involve your children in food preparation – small children can help with washing or sorting food items while older children can take on more complex tasks and help to set the table.
Try as much as possible to stick to fixed mealtimes as a family. Such structures and routine can help reduce anxiety for children in these stressful situations.
Advice for breastfeeding children
Breastmilk remains a great food for children between 6-24 months and beyond. Women with COVID-19 can continue to breastfeed if they wish to do so. They should, however, practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available; wash their hands before and after touching the baby; and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched. If too unwell to breastfeed due to the virus or other complications, mothers should be supported to safely provide newborns with breastmilk in any way possible.
Professor Adrian David Cheok gave a talk in Kuala Lumpur to Digi Telecommunications on their annual innovation day event.
Adrian David Cheok is Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London.
He is the Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. His research focuses on multi-sensory internet communication, mixed reality, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, human-computer interfaces, and wearable computing. Today he talks about how the internet connects us and what we can do by blending reality, our senses, and the internet.
Professor Adrian David Cheok was invited to be a thought leader at the 10th Conference on Design & Emotion held in Amsterdam this year from September 27 to 30.
The International Conference on Design & Emotion is a forum held every other year where practitioners, researchers and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion, such as social science, humanities, engineering, computer science, HCI, psychology, cognitive science, health sciences, marketing and business.
Design & Emotion went from being the rookie in the field to –and this sounds scary– belonging to the establishment. This 10th edition is an excellent moment to discuss the next 15 years. The Design & Emotion community has proven to be dedicated and committed, the ideal group in a relevant discussion like this. Therefore,The conference invited 8 thought leaders to host theme oriented sessions, exploring and discussing future directions, with which we aim to define a new framework for the mission statement for the next 15 years.
The theme of the first thought leader session is “Enhancing everyday life”, hosted by thought leaders Adrian Cheok and Jodi Forlizzi. They explored how design can cultivate, enrich, or even enhance the way we live our lives. During the session, Adrian gave a talk about his research on multisensory communication and mixed reality.
Keynote Speaker, Adrian David Cheok, Brainy Tongue Conference, “Sensory Logic of the Gastronomic Brain”, a workshop to explore the interface between neuroscience and cooking, an exceptional hands-on meeting where the world’s leading scientists and chefs will research the mysteries of perception through interactive seminars and sensory experiments. The event will be co-organised by three Spanish entities: the Centre for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona), Mugaritz (San Sebastian) and the Basque Culinary Center (San Sebastián). The meeting will take place at the Basque Culinary Center in autumn of 2016. The workshop aims to bring the together prominent scientists and chefs for two and a half days, in order to generate hypotheses and new principles to be exploited at the dining table.
Adrian Cheok will be giving a keynote speech at MobileHCI this year held in Florence, Italy on 6-9 Sept 2016.
MobileHCI 2016: the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services which is the premier forum for innovations in mobile, portable and personal devices and with the services to which they enable access.
Professor Adrian David Cheok will be giving a keynote speech at Visual SG 2016 Forum in the Singapore Science Center.
Speech Title: Everysense Everywhere Human Communication
Venue: Maxwell Auditorium, Singapore Science Center
Date: 1.30pm, 22 July 2016
Visual SG is South East Asia’s signature Visualisation Festival. The Festival profiles data
science through its bold emphasis on the visual aesthetics, insights and narratives that reside
in data. Envisaged as both a serious study and playful showcase, Visual SG presents a full
on visual spectacle of data through the lens of artistic and creative expression. Through its
line-up of interactive displays, forums and workshops, Visual SG not only raises awareness of
the burgeoning field of big data, it also aims to provoke conversations on the significant role
of data analytics in today’s business and societal contexts.
Now into its third year, the Festival seeks to expand in scope and geographical reach. As
Visual SG makes connective strides in linking up to other regional festivals such as the Festival
of Scientific Visualisation in Japan, the Centre projects that Visual SG has the potential to
become Asia’s premier Visualisation Festival. Science Centre Singapore is thus seeking
strategic partnerships and alliances to develop and brand Visual SG as Asia’s best focal point
celebration of data science.
The theme for Visual SG this year is “Beauty in Patterns”. There is rich data intrinsic in both
natural patterns as well as man-made permutations. Adapting from this, the Industry forum
will explore the various trend shifts in big data, open data and data analytics and how these
add up to make us more connected and smart!
Adrian David Cheok is Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London, and currently helms the Imagineering Institute of Iskandar Malaysia as Director. He has extensive experience in mixed reality, real-time systems, embedded computing, wearable computers, fuzzy systems and power electronics.
His work has been highly recognized. Some of his impressive accolades include the Hitachi Fellowship, Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics, SIP Distinguished Fellow Award, and first prize in the Milan International InventiON competition. He was also elected as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), an organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges.
Part of his initiative in providing alternatives to solving today’s social challenges has seen him involve in unconventional collaborations with Nike, National Oilwell Varco, Ministry of Defence, VF Corporation and many others. His research has also seen him produce boundary breaking inventions such as “Human Pacman”, “Magic Land”, “Metazoa Ludens and “Kissenger”.
Therefore, it will be a great miss if you do not catch him in the upcoming i-USEr 2016. It is time to unbound yourself to extraordinary HCI applications by learning from the Master himself.
The 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016) will be held at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, MALAYSIA on 26 & 27 Sept 2016. Professor Adrian David Cheok has been invited to be the keynote speaker for this conference.
In REKA2016, researchers will gather to overview the current issues in the field of Creative Media, Design and Technology, to discuss and analyze the best practices of the implementation of strategies, programmes and methods in this fields, and to exchange opinions on the impact of Creative Media, Design and Technology on education and creative industries.
Adrian Cheok gave a talk at the Wearable Technology Conference in London. The Wearable Technology Show is the biggest event for wearables, augmented reality & IOT. Leading experts in wearable technology from around the world gather at this event to discuss and demonstrate the latest products in the industry.
Professor Adrian Cheok will be giving a special talk at the MaGICXpert: Knowledge Sharing Session 01/16 at UTM tomorrow!
Special session with MaGICXpert from Imagineering Institute:
Professor Dr Adrian David Cheok
Title – Everywhere, Everysense Communication
Professor Dr Anton Nijholt
Title – Towards Humor in Smart Environment
Seminar Hall N28a – Faculty of Computing Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor 81310
Organisers: MaGICX, CGMA, Faculty of Computing & Imagineering Institute
MaGIC-X, Iskandar Malaysia’s Media and Games Innovation Centre of Excellence is a setup, tailor-made to offer industry players/SMEs/clients technical expertise/consultation, research/product development, business development, publishing, marketing and/or training in producing commercially viable Games and Gamification related products/services. Aspires to create an environment that contributes toward talent development, industry promotion, knowledge-sharing and international collaboration; MaGIC-X’s credits include projects related to augmented reality, mixed and virtual environment, image processing, computer vision, multimedia software engineering, medical computing, computer interaction, human interface, usability, animation and creative technology, speech and signal processing, visualization, multimedia and software innovation, and emerging technology.
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