first_imgTOP Donegal chef Martin Anderson has issued an obesity warning, saying parents of children here are feeding them ‘rubbish’ – and there are no excuses for it.In his column for Donegal Daily today the French-trained cook says good healthy food is easy to make – and warns of the junk served up by outlets styling themselves as ‘family restaurants’.“I recently saw a Facebook advert for a family restaurant and I took a look at their menu. Every item is deep fried, served with high calorie sauces, a half litre of high sugar drink and for just a few cent more sure you could make it bigger and really go to town on your waistline,” says Anderson. “The thing about food like this is that it is cheap, it’s easy to eat, no preparation required and you just throw the plates in the bin.”He said he has seen what is being offered to families in some local shops – and it’s even more rubbish.“On a recent trip to a local supermarket I noticed that the freezer was stacked to the lid with chips and other various frozen foods and potato items. There were at least six varieties of chips all requiring cooking in deep fat,” he says in his Donegal Daily column.Some children in Donegal, he said, get chips with every meal. He goes on: “Another item I noticed was frozen stir fry vegetables. I’ve never used them in my life. It’s hard to beat buying real vegetables and taking 10 minutes to slice them, it’ll take you as long getting the bag open and trying to defrost them, never mind trying to get the thick bits cooked before the rest turn to mush.Cheap“Processed foods are an easy way out for a lot of folk, ” I don’t have time” “they won’t eat this” “they only eat sausages” – how do they know what cheap sausages taste like, someone fed them to them.”The chef has held cookery demonstrations for parents in Donegal interested in providing healthy lunch boxes for their children.“Why? I’ll tell you why – because your kids are getting obese, you are reaching into the freezer and the processed food shelves and feeding them rubbish and that’s why,” he fumes. “An adult can make a conscious decision about what they want to eat or cook but a junior member of the family has no choice , STOP feeding them the easy options and start cooking real food, there is no excuse! Who is in charge?“I’m amazed to see ready-made mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce, a wide range of European and Asian meals just sitting with best before dates that makes me wonder how long it’s been made in advance.“There are €4.00 for a tub of soup that wouldn’t feed one person, high calorie and full of additives.”He urges readers to make your own food. “You will see a world of difference,” he says.You can see Martin’s recipe on Donegal Daily today…..LEADING DONEGAL CHEF IN OBESITY WARNING: ‘STOP FEEDING YOUR KIDS PROCESSED RUBBISH’ was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefMartin AndersonobesityWarninglast_img read more