Well, feeding kids is the most difficult task, especially healthy food. Kids are somehow allergic to them but happily gorge on chips, doughnuts, fried stuff, colas and what not. It’s every mom’s nightmare and they make every effort to feed them with some healthy options, to balance their nutrient values and enhance their immunity system.A few healthy options for kids that I could think of:
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Fruits, green veggies, whole grains, protein, dairy products are the primary sources of all the nutrients. Let’s see how we can make interesting options so that kids not only eat them but enjoy eating them thoroughly:
- Fruits / Milk / Yoghurt – Fresh fruit salad, smoothies, milk shakes with fruit puree and nuts
- Green Veggies – Make vegetable pulao using soya chunks or make khichdi
- Whole grains – Healthy stuffed paranthas with potatoes, daal, peas..puree of palak or some shredded veggies. Make pancakes and cupcakes that has milk, nuts, eggs…and kids love them
- Meat / Eggs for the protein content / Bread – Use lean meat, boil some shredded chicken and use them for sandwiches mixed with shredded veggies like carrot, cucumber, cheese and a dash of mint chutney / mayo. Boil eggs or fry them to make sandwiches using whole-grain bread
- Beans – Try making tikkis of soaked and boiled kidney beans. Rich source of nutrients
- Nuts – Try giving cereal with milk and mixed dry fruits and fresh fruits too.
- Yoghurt – Try making some yummilicious dessert with low-fat yoghurt…like whip them with sugar, add some strawberry puree and serve chilled garnished with chopped fresh fruits and nuts.
Sometimes indulge them with fritters using veggies, alu chaat, burgers made of whole wheat buns and veg patties, tea cakes, etc to cater to their ever-changing taste-buds.
This is our special post towards Children’s Day :-)… A very very happy children’s day to all the little ones out there!!!
Alu posto is a hot favorite at home. It simply works for a simple veg affair. Though, making the paste is slightly messy but cooking is ultra easy. So, this sunday I decided to make it with a slight difference, made Deem-Alu Posto i.e. Potatoes and eggs in a gravy made of Khus-Khus /Poppy seeds. There was a beetroot lying somewhere in the corner of my fridge, waiting to be cooked, so used that as a side dish with some chopped carrots, a simple stir fry. Here is a quick recipe;
Things you shall need;
- Hard boiled eggs – 2, (remove the shells and marinate it with a hint of turmeric and salt)
- Medium sized potaotes – 2, peeled and cubed
- Medium sized onion – 1 (finely chopped)
- A paste of poppy seeds, green chillies and a little salt – 2-3 tablespoons
- Nigella seeds – very little just for tempering
- Green chillies – slit into two halves (to be added, towards the end)
- Mustard oil
(I soak the poppy seeds in water for nearly 3-4 hours, it becomes very easy to grind it in a mixie that way and do not make a fine paste, but leave it slightly coarse)
- Heat the mustard oil to a smoking point in the wok.
- Now add the boiled eggs and fry them till they are nice and golden.
- Remove the eggs once fried and keep it separately.
- In the same oil, add the nigella seeds. Then add the chopped onions and a pinch of sugar to get a beautiful color. Once the onions turn slightly pinkish add the potatoes and fry them for sometime.
- Add half cup of water to the potatoes and cover and cook until the potatoes are tender
- At the final stage, add the paste made of poppy seeds and mix it well. Once it comes to a boil, add those boiled and fried eggs to them and season it with salt. Remember not to add too much of salt, since the paste already has some.
- Add the chillies, simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
Beetroot stir fry
Things you shall need;
- 1 Beetroot
- 1 Carrot
- Green chillies
- Pinch of turmeric
- Nigella Seeds
Process – In a wok, heat some oil and add the nigella seeds and chopped green chillies. Now add the chopped beetrot and carrot, mix it well. Add some turmeric, salt and cover and cook until done. You may also add some boiled and fried soya nuggets.
Serve the two with steamed rice, papad and some plain daal!!