Got a naughty, fussy eater at your place? Does your kid turn up his nose at the sight of parathas and vegetables? Relax, you’re not alone- thousands of moms face the same dilemma every day, particularly when their kids start getting into schools, when packing tiffin boxes becomes a nightmare!
Healthy Meals For Kids
Here we’ve put down a list of the best 15 simple healthy food recipes for kids that will meet meal or lunch box essential:
1. Mac and Cheese:
Mac and cheese isn’t just favourite, but its one of the best healthy food recipes for kids- check out this quick healthier version of the gooey, cheesy pasta dish. You can mix together some shredded veggies with a cup of cheese and a cup of milk, and let it cook over a low flame till the mixture is all sticky and gooey. Add a couple of cups of boiled sooji(semolina) macaroni to it stir well- sprinkle oregano over it and serve hot!
2. Bread Pizzas:
Is your tiny tot crazy about pizzas? Check out this healthier, homemade version that works perfectly for a mid-day snack or even a breakfast. Spread some spicy sauce on a few slices of whole-wheat bread and place chopped onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and olives on top. Sprinkle oregano and let them bake for a few minutes- top with cheese if your kid loves it (who doesn’t!).
[ Read: Bread Recipes For Kids ]
3. Banana Walnut Muffins:
Is your kid lured by those yummy looking cupcakes at the local cake store? Whip up some healthy muffins right at your home in a jiffy. Team up chopped walnuts, mashed banana, quick cooking oats, plain flour, vanilla essence, some sugar and some butter. Bake them up in small, individual cupcake holders- decorate with a generous helping of peanut butter (check for allergies) or Nutella!
4. Delicious Baked Puris!:
Baked puris(Indian fried bread) are wonderfully nutritious. They are packed with sesame seeds, white millet flour (jowar), red millet flour (nachni), chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves, grated jaggery (gur) and soya flour. These puris make for a healthy tiffin box snack and taste yummy as well. Don’t forget to season with your kid’s favourite spice mixes.
5. Vegetable Frankies:
Don’t let your kid fall into the trap of indulging in street food. Instead whip up veggie frankies quickly – your kid will tuck these in with delight! Mix together a spicy sauce and mayo with some shredded veggies (cabbage, carrots, bell peppers) and roll this mixture up in a roti(Indian bread). Heat some oil in a pan and lightly fry these frankiesfor 2 minutes on each side- ready!
6. Potato Pops:
Got some potatoes left over? Use them to whip up these quick potato pops that work great for your kid’s lunch box. Mix together a cup of boiled and grated potato, half a cup of carrot, a cheese cube, a slice of brown bread (soaked and squeezed), some ginger- chilly paste and coriander, and roll the mixture into tikkis. Shallow fry those till golden brown and you’re done!
7. Carrot and Apple Date Sandwich:
Is your kid craving for something out of the box? Try this simple and nutritious sandwich recipe. Mix together a cup of grated apple, ¼th up of chopped dates, a cup of grated carrot and a couple of tablespoons of fresh cream, and spread it onto a slice of whole-wheat bread- yum!
8. Crispy Rice Balls:
This recipe is just perfect when you’ve got some cooked rice leftover from yesterday’s meal and are looking to get done with your kid’s lunch box. Mix together some ginger-green chilly paste, chopped spinach, rice flour, cooked rice, carrots, green peas and onions in a small bowl, role the mixture into the shape of round balls, and deep fry until golden brown.
9. Corn Parathas:
Does your kid detest the simple parathas (thick Indian bread) and pickle that you grew up eating as a kid? Give the same oil parathas a new twist- add 1/4th cup of coarsely crushed sweet corn kernels, a teaspoon of chopped green chillies, and some mozzarella cheese to your paratha mixture, and there- you’re done!
10. Fruit Chaat:
Does your kid stay miles away from apples and bananas? Here’s a quick evening snack that he’ll love to bits- literally! In a large bowl, mix together ¼ cup grapes, ¾ cup pineapple cubes, 1 cup papaya cubes, 1 cup apple cubes, 1 banana, cubed, 1 tsp chopped coriander, 1 tbsp date-tamarind chutney, ¼ tsp black salt, ½ tsp lemon juice, a few mint leaves and a pinch of salt and red chilly powder and serve!
11. Sooji Uttappam:
This yummy uttappam (south Indian dish) dish is ready in just minutes, and uses sooji-which is healthy and nutritious. A cup of semolina (rava), mixed with 1 tbsp grated ginger, a cup of curd and some chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies, when cooked as an uttappam and served with coconut chutney will have your kid licking his tiffin box clean!
12. Egg Idli Delight:
This is a healthy and nutritious meal for a school-going kid; just mix together a couple of scrambled eggs with black pepper powder, 4 chopped idlis (south Indian steamed dish), chopped capsicum, carrots and onions and spices and seasonings, and serve hot!
[ Read: Egg Recipes For Kids ]
13. Noodle Delight:
Who doesn’t love noodles? And thankfully, here there’s a simple way to make those noodles healthier which is one of the best kids healthy recipes you can try. Swap to multigrain or rice noodles instead of the regular aata (wheat flour) noodles and add lots of veggies to it and season with spices- perfect for a fussy kid.
14. Crunchy Drops:
If you’re willing to take a bit of effort to put down a yummy snack for your kid, here’s the perfect thing. ¼ cup of whole wheat flour, mixed with chopped fenugreek leaves, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon black millet (bajra) flour, 2 tablespoon yellow moong dal (split yellow gram) flour, when kneaded into a dough and deep fried is just perfect.
15. Healthy Chivda:
No more French fries and salted chips for your kid- just this quick and healthy chivda (puffed cereal snack) will do the trick! Just 3 cups of puffed cereal, a cup of corn flakes, 2 tbsp toasted peanuts, some curry leaves, asafoetida, green chillies and powdered sugar, toasted together with some oil can work wonderfully as a healthy snacking option.
These simple & healthy recipes for kids snacks will definitely satisfy their taste buds without compromising on their nutrition.
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