The after-school snack-time, for me, in my childhood has some of the fondest memories. The hole that forms in your stomach when you enter home is just somehow so much larger than what you experience at any other meal. For some reason, that is the meal that my brother and I would crave!
We just needed something as soon as we dropped our bags. From the leftover lunch sabzi which we somehow loved; to chillas, dosas and sandwiches, we needed to be fed immediately as we poured out our days events to our mother. The treat amongst our long list of snack options was when my mom would open a packet of maggi for us! We did not get it too often since my mom would feel, ‘When I can cook and I am sitting at home, why should I open a packet of Maggi?’
And the rarity of its appearance on the table made it even more delightful.
Recently, I was travelling with my kids and our hotel room had a dry kitchen. As much as I hate to cook on vacations, I was so tempted to eat a packet of Maggi and get my 4 year old to try our childhood snack. This time around I used Maggi Oats Noodles and it was obviously a fun experience since I could involve her in breaking the cake and pouring out the water etc. Being a fan of noodles and spaghetti, this was obviously a pretty exciting treat for her!
Although our diet is largely of home cooked meals since in general, I like cooking, I am open to occasionally giving them a bit of packaged foods for either convenience or for the fun element. I also find it fun to tell them stories of ‘when we were small’ and hence would love them to experience several of the things that we got as kids.
It’s possible to make most snacks healthy when you can in throw in some amount of coloured vegetables. Maggi oats is a fun option cause kids are usually happy with a noodle snack and moreover, it’s quite a carby meal which ensures good energy levels through the evening. As long as we strike a balance between health and fun we are good to go!