Looking for some yummy, nutritious and fun recipes for kids..I seem to be running out of ideas, to come up with something new all the time..would love some creative inputs from u guys.
Meanwhile, will post a few of my own tried and tested snack / juice recipes which my little one loves..
Awaiting some finger licking tips in this space..
Hello Momma Mia,
Thanks for the pointer Shobha..I did find the discussion quite useful, and some of the tips were new, which I am planning to try out..especially the american sweet corn.
My daughter loves that, but usually she eats it out of a paper cup at a joint in the local mall.Now I'll try it at home..
Some of the snacks I make at home are usually south Indian - the ubiquitous idlis, dosas, upma ,poha, brown bread sandwich.
I try and pack load veggies also onto the above, so it makes it more colourful (and more nutritious)..eg tomato / mixed veg dosa..
Lentil dosa (adai) would be another quick and healthy breakfast option, if the batter is prepared in advance.
Sevai or idiappam (rice string hopper) is a healthy steamed preparation..( if prepared in the traditional way, is quite a tedious procedure.) But we get readymade packets of the same, which we just have to soak in boiled water, strain and add garnishing.
Sprouts pongal /khichdi for the morning breakfast is also quick, healthy and a favourite.
Semia (vermicilli) upma is also an option, (but my kid is not too fond of it)..
For the quick, dry ,carry anywhere snacks --
Biscuits, rusk, bread sticks,microwave pop corn , fruit bowl..She also like to munch on nuts and dates.
There is more to the list..If you require recipes to any of the above, would be glad to provide.
Would love to hear more from parents out there..
hi shobha and momma mia,
thanks for the new ideas. your tips are certainly useful.
i usually refer to tarla dalal's books for kids, for interesting recipes...pastas, pizza, burgers when cooked at home can be quite nutritious as well as appealing. i use whole wheat bread and whole wheat pastas for these.
also, since i have a small kid, i give him porridges to eat. i have kept a powdered mixture of dry fruits in fridge. when i make porridge i add 1 tsp of the mixture to it. and instead of sugar i add jaggery..but then, i am talking about a toddler..your older kids may not like the new smell of jaggery/honey in their milk
since its summer time, kids may not like to eat hot meals so much..i make designs on plates using fruit/ veggie pieces and encourage my son to eat them design by design..he loves it as a game and i love the relief of his having a healthy meal.
these are quite simple techniques of making a meal healthy and attractive in this hot weather and i am sure u all must have tried these already
Here is my latest snack creation for my kids (inspired by the Waldorf salad)
Make a sandwich with all of the above
interesting....how we get innovative with snacks!
some of my recipes:
there are a lot of trials that have worked...but I haven't made them more than once. still have to look into the list that shobha refers to...happy cooking till then
tried this for my son and it worked! made puris by rolling them out and cutting them into small rounds (frankly, I used the crocin dispenser!!) before deep frying. when ready to serve they actually look like the golgappa puris...but are much softer. Am told that mixing the dough in beet/palak juice makes them colourful too...but i'm yet to try that.
In my childhood days I ws not used to carrots and cucumbers. So my mom used to do this easy snack by using sev, carrots and cucumbers.
Take a sev, boondhi or wat ever crispy itmes that ur child lkes and add some carrot and cucumber , boiled peanuts and some nuts can also be used. Garnish it with coriender leaves and curry leaves. It would taste like bhelpuri if some puffed rice is also used.
I have 2 kids, my son of 3 1/2 yrs and daughter 2 and 4 mths old.As far as my son, he is not a problem in his food bcoz rite from toddler age he is very fond of fruits and vegetables, even now he loves mostly all fruits and vegetables.
Problem is my daughter, she never takes fruits and vegetables, I tried making her eat fruits atleast banana, she wud never eat it.She likes only the snacks, like chips,muruku,peanuts,cashew etc. I bought biscuit moulds in different shapes and made puris in diff shapes like star,heart,penatagon,she liked it and ate, but the thing again its only puri w/o any veggies also deep fried.Is it good to hv fried food all the time.Somedays, she never takes food and drinks only milk.
I made pizza toppings with carrots ,tomatoes,capsicum , corn ,seasoning with olive oil with cheese.She loved it.But again the cheese?.Am i doing good to her?.
I am planning to introduce fruits as pizza toppings to her.
I want my daughter to catch the habit of eating fruits and veggies.Help me with receipes.
P.S : My daughter easily finds veggies in her food and says no to it. So, i grate it finely or mash it. doing so does the nutrient value is lost?.
I also had problems with my child's eating habits,thankfully he has settled down now.Initially I started to show him pictures of various fruits and vegetables,then went on to tell stories.
Slowly he started to understand that certain things can be acheieved only when he grows up.So it went that fruits and veggies would help him grow up faster to achieve his desired objective.From there on I have applied this objective for anything.And believe me IT WORKED.
We should also set examples by following healthy eating habits.Parents are the best people to inspire their children.
Then again,chopping,grating,boiling,smshing veggies or fruits anything would do AS LONG AS IT IS FRESHLY DONE SO.KEEPING THEM FOR LONG HOURS MAKES THEM LOSE THEIR nutritional values.So go ahead feed them as u please.SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN NOTHING.
I like your idea. i think it will work for me. i will definatly try it.
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