Apart from the three regular meals of the day, kids tend to be perpetually snacking on little munchies. And since a child needs a healthy diet to keep his/her concentration levels at a peak, the idea for you is not only to cut down on the unhealthy munchies but also to convert the junky snacks into healthier ones.
No doubt, it has to be kid-approved, for which, it has to be tasty as well as appetizing! Include your kid’s favorite ingredient in the snack and make it delicious. ”Mom, I’m hungry” can be the three most desired yet dreaded words for you as a mother for you would want your kid to eat and grow well but you also have to come up with a delicious variety every single time!
Try to understand that colors and smells are essential in determining whether or not your kids would appreciate and eat what you make. So make some healthy snacks for kids but make sure they are colorful too! The following snacks not only cut the empty calories but can also be a potent way to make the kids eat what they otherwise don’t! Explore this piece for some ideas and recipes.
- 6-7 Idlis (fluffed up, round, steamed pancake-like balls made of pulses and rice)
- 1 Tomato (finely chopped)
- 1 cup Capsicum (finely chopped)
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
- 1 handful Coriander Leaves
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder
- Salt to taste
- Cut the steamed idlis in about 4 pieces each.
- Sauté all the vegetables in only 1 tsp of olive oil.
- After this, add spices and coriander to the veggies and stir in the idlis. Mix well.
- Ensure that the veggies are fully wrapped around the idlis.
- Cook for about 5 minutes and serve hot!
Creamy Banana Wrap
- 3 tbsp Low Fat Cream Cheese
- 4 tbsp Honey
- 1 Wholegrain Tortilla
- 2 Bananas (sliced)
- Mix the low-fat cream cheese with the honey and keep aside.
- Open out a tortilla, spread the above mixture over it, and arrange sliced bananas on the top.
- Roll it up and let your kids eat it either as an entire wrap or cut into bite-sized pieces.
- 250g Potatoes
- 100g Tomatoes
- 1 Capsicum (chopped)
- ¼ cup Yellow Corn (boiled)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 3 Olives (sliced)
- Few Mushrooms (sliced)
- Cottage Cheese (grated)
- Salt, to taste
- Boil and mash the potatoes. Make small, flat pancakes out of them. Add salt and keep aside.
- Make a tomato puree with the blender or mixer and add salt to taste.
- Decorate the potato pancakes with a layer each of tomato puree and all other veggies.
- Sprinkle cottage cheese over this and bake for about 15 min at 400°C.
- Your potato pizza is ready to eat!
Fruit and Yoghurt Smoothie
- ½ cup each of Peaches, Bananas, Pineapples, and Strawberries (with skin)
- ¾ cup Non-Fat Yoghurt
- 1 cup Skimmed Milk
- Sweetener to taste (if desired)
- Don’t peel the fruits as the skins provide fiber to the drink. Cut them into small pieces.
- Add all the above ingredients into the blender and puree until a smooth consistency is reached. Bananas make the mixture thick and creamy.
- You can either add ice cubes or chill the drink before serving it with a straw!
- 10 oz. Spinach (frozen, thawed, and chopped)
- 7 oz. Garlic Herb Cheese Spread
- 8 oz. Crescent Rolls
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Cut the crescent dough in half and flatten one rectangle covering all the pores.
- Spread ¼ of the cheese spread over the dough and sprinkle spinach over it.
- Roll the dough up, seal the edges and cut it into slices of any desired length.
- Arrange the slices on a sheet and bake until lightly browned.
- Serve immediately.
These are some of the healthy recipes that your kids are sure to like. Have fun making them