Every child is unique and each of them develops in their own way and in their own time. Parents play an important role in their child’s development. Young children learn all the time and mostly from their mum and dad. Parents are the role models for their children. Development refers to the changes that occur as a child grows and develops in relation to being physically healthy, mentally alert, and emotionally sound.

Balanced nutrition plays a vital role in nurturing your child to overall health and development. The right nutrition during childhood forms a strong foundation for the healthy future of your child.

The tiniest humans can create big challenges for their parents. Are you also one of them having hard times feeding your child?

Here are some yummy recipes to make your child’s mouth water packed with a bunch full of Nutrients.

  1. Indian popcorn:

Ingredients:

Phool Makhana/ Puffed fox nuts – 1 cup
Ghee: 1/2 Tbsp
Chaat Masala – 1/4 tsp
Pepper Powder – a pinch
Red chili powder – to taste
Black Salt – to taste

Method of preparation:

  1. Dry roast Phool Makhana/Puffed fox nuts till crisp
    Heat ghee in a pan, add red chili powder, pepper powder, chaat masala & black salt.
    3. Add Phool Makhana/Puffed fox nuts to it and mix well
    4. Serve as a healthy snack anytime
  2. Yummy Chapati Pizza!!

Ingredients:
Chapati – 1 no
Bell peppers, sweet corn, etc – 1/3 cup chopped (any vegetable)
Grated Cheese – 1/4 cup
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Garlic – 1Tbsp (finely chopped)
Onion – 1/2 cup (chopped)
Tomato puree – 1/2cup
Chilli Flakes – as required
Oregano – as required
Pepper powder – a pinch

Method of preparation:
Saute garlic and add onion in a pan, add tomato puree, pepper powder, chilli flakes and oregano and let it cook until the sauce is thick.
Spread the prepared sauce on chapatti. Top it with sauted capsicum, grated cheese and then cook in a covered pan for few minutes. Pizza is ready to serve with some chilli flakes and oregano sprinkled

  1. Try healthy Oats Dosa!!

Ingredients:

  • Quick Oats – ½ cup (ground)
    Semolina (sooji) – ¼ cup
    • Rice flour – ¼ cup
    • Fresh curd – ½ cup
    • Water – 1 ½ cup
    • Onions – ¼ cup (finely chopped)
    • Ginger , green chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves – 1 tsp each (finely chopped)
    • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
    • Black pepper – ¼ tsp
    • Salt to taste
    • Oil for shallow frying

Method of preparation:

Mix all the ingredients (except oil) to make a thin batter of flowing consistency and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Take a ladle full of batter and make dosa drizzling some oil on non-stick pan. Serve hot with chutney.

 

  1. Brownie phirni!!

Ingredients:

Ragi & Rice flour (mixed) – 1/4 cup
Milk – 2 cups
Grated jaggery -1.5-2 tbsp
Dates puree – 1.5 tbsp
Dry fruits for garnishing

Method of Preparation:
Boil milk, add Ragi and Rice flour by mixing well and simmer. As the mixture thickens a bit add jaggery and cook till jaggery dissolves. Cool it and then add dates puree to it mix well. Serve cold with dry fruits.

 

  1. Hara Bhara Dosa:

Ingredients:

Rice, Lentil, Spinach dry red chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, asafoetida (hing), salt with some water

Method of Preparation:

Grind soaked rice and lentil coarsely. Make a batter of the mixture with spinach, dry red chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, asafoetida (hing), salt with some water. Make dosas out of the batter by shallow frying. Serve hot with chutney.

 

  1. Soya Sticks:

Mash boiled Soya bean and mix it with boiled vegetables, season it. Make a small ball of the mixture and put it around the ice-cream stick like a lolly-pop and Grill it.

 

  1. Colourful Bhel:

Mix cooked chick peas, chopped cucumber, pomegranate, sliced onions, chopped tomatoes and coriander. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and mix well and serve on any baked vegetable.

Try these Lip smacking snacks for your child and make them Healthy. It’s really hard to find out creative snacks for your kids. But just follow the basic guidelines while preparing snacks for your children which will also help you stay creative:

  1. Healthy
  2. Homemade
  3. Low Sugar/ starch
  4. Simple

Just follow this simple tip and I am sure your kids will love the snacks prepared by you. Also you can make your child eat Rainbow.

Encourage your child to make balanced food choices and fill each day with plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables. The more colours your children consume the more varied the nutrients their bodies are receiving. Make it fun and colourful !

Try these, but don’t be afraid to experiments on your own. Wishing you and your kids, a healthy, productive and joyous health.

Every child is unique and each of them develops in their own way and in their own time. Parents play an important role in their child’s development. Young children learn all the time and mostly from their mum and dad. Parents are the role models for their children. Development refers to the changes that occur as a child grows and develops in relation to being physically healthy, mentally alert, and emotionally sound.

Hungry Kya! Here are 5 nutritious snacks recipes

Along with being a lifestyle coach and nutritionist, I play one more dual role that of a homemaker and a mother. The big question that always arises is what snacks can we make which are healthy and quick to make at the same time, right?

Here are few recipes from my recipe book which are not only healthy but fast.

  1. OATS PATTIES

Ingredients Amount
Oats 1 cup
Capsicum 1 small
Carrot ½ no
Tomatoes 1 no
Spring Onions ½ cup
Gingerchilli paste 1 Tbsp
Lime ½ no.
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Red chilly powder ¼ tsp
Salt To taste
Oil 1 tsp

METHOD:

  1. Sprinkle water on oats. Continue this till it absorbs the water and becomes a bit sticky.
  2. To this add chopped capsicum, carrot, tomatoes, fresh onion with leaves, ginger chilli paste, lime, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture into two equal halves. Make a flat (pattice) pieces of it and cook in a nonstick pan on both sides.
  4. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Nutritional Benefits: Oats is rich in fiber and the veggies are a source of vitamins and minerals, lime juice makes the food alkaline. Overall it is a great dish to start your day with which will surely improve your immunity and overall health

 

  1. Steamed Spinach breads (PALAK DHOKLA)

Ingredients Amount
Rawa 1-2 TBSP
Gramflour 1-2 TBSP
Spincach (palak) (finely chopped) 1 bunch
greenchilli paste ½ Tbsp
Salt To taste
Oil 1 tsp

 

METHOD:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a vessel.
  2. To this mixture add 1 tsp of warm oil.
  3. Add luke warm water to make the batter of some flowing consistency.
  4. Pour this mixture into a greased tin and steam the mixture for around 30 minutes.
  5. Garnish with Spinach leaves. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

 

Nutritional Benefits: This can serve as a super evening snack as it contains goodness of fiber, calcium, B vitamins of the spinach and is also a cereal pulse combination which improves the protein quality. Wholesome meal which is low in calories and has high satiety value.

 

  1. FENUGREEK PANCAKES (METHI PUDLA)

Ingredients Amount
fenugreek leaves (chopped) ½ bunch
Wheat flour 1 TBSP
Bajra flour 2 TBSP
Onion 1 no.
Gingerchilli paste 1 Tbsp
Garlic paste ½ tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Salt To taste
Oil 1 tsp

 

METHOD:

1.Mix all the ingredients except oil in a vessel.

2.Add water to make the batter of pouring consistency

3.Make two pancakes on a nonstick pan

4.Serve hot with tomato ketchup/ Mint sauce (Pudina chutney)

Nutritional Benefits: It is not only rich in B vitamins (fenugreek leaves) and helps in improving hemoglobin but due to the addition of onion, ginger, garlic it is highly anti-inflammatory and good for gut health. Researches prove that consumption of ginger, garlic and onion helps fight GI infections too.

 

4.Bottle Gourd and Semolina Pancakes (DOODHI-RAWA PANCAKE)

Ingredients Amount
Semolina 3 TBSP
Bottle gourd 100 gms
Curds (skim milk) 3 TBSP
Gingerchilli paste 1 Tbsp
Carrot For garnish
Salt To taste
Oil 1 tsp

 

METHOD:

  1. Grate the bottle gourd.
  2. Add semolina, ginger chilli paste, curds, salt and make a batter of pouring consistency by adding water.
  3. Make 3 small pancakes on a nonstick pan by adding oil.

4.Garnish with grated carrot and coriander.

5.Serve hot with green chutney

Nutritional Benefits: Bottle gourd has multi benefits like it is high in fiber, helps curb the acidity too, good for heart, and the list goes on. Curds are rich in probiotics which improves the gut bacteria.

 

  1. COTTAGE CHEESE VEGETABLE WRAP ( PANEER VEG WRAP)

Ingredients Amount
Gramflour 2 TBSP
Capsicum ½ no
Carrot ¼ no
Tomatoes 1 small
Spring onions ½ cup
Paneer (COTTAGE CHEESE) 200 ml(20 gms)
Coriander leaves Few sprigs
Lime ½ no.
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Pavbhaji masala/ Garam masala ½ tsp
Salt To taste
Oil 1 tsp

 

METHOD:

  1. For the Wrap:

To the gram flour add chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder, salt and make a batter by adding water

Pour this batter on a nonstick and make a chilla

  1. For the filling:

In a nonstick pan, take 1 tsp of oil. Add chopped capsicum, carrot, spring onions, tomatoes, paneer cubes and cook for a minute. To this add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, lime juice, pav bhaji masala or any garam masala (blend of ground spices like peppercorns, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, bay leaf, caraway). You can even use herbs instead of this . Mix well. Cover the pan for 1-2 minutes. Cook until done.

  1. Place this filling into the centre of the chilla and wrap it. Cut it into pieces. Garnish with spring onion leaves and tomatoes.
  2. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Nutritional Benefits: It is high in protein with cottage cheese and gram flour. It contains goodness of fiber, Vit C, vitamins and minerals and other phytochemicals too. Children love this most as it looks like a frankie/roll but the base is super healthy here. Also helps in improving immunity, hemoglobin, better growth.