Feeding kids when they are sitting right in front of us is no easy task! Ensuring that they finish their tiffin when mummy is not around to cajole or ensure is really asking for the impossible!
Taste is primary if you consider a child’s perspective, and for moms it’s always nutrition! It’s a daily struggle reaching half way and getting recipes that are easy to make, nutritionally dense, tasty to eat and appealing to the eyes! Phewwww!!! What a challenge?!!? Well, challenge accepted!
Here is a list of 10 Easy and Tasty Kids Snack Recipes which you can even give in a tiffin and prep a night before – making it super duper easy to put together in the morning.
Mash together two boiled potatoes along with seasonal veggies like carrot, onion, tomato, corn, and carrot. Mix spices like red chili, chaat masala, ginger, oregano, and salt as per your kid’s taste. Do the prep an evening before!
To make, take the multi-grain bread and cut it into four pieces. Carefully apply the mixture on both sides and shallow fry in a pan with butter. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
Whole Wheat Vegetable Wraps-
Make rotis like you usually do and keep aside. To prepare the stuffing, stir fry vegetables like carrot, capsicum, and onion. Add some grated homemade panner along with spices. Let the veggies have a slight bit of crunch so that it tastes yummier. To make the wrap, apply mayonnaise or ketchup on the rotis and some stuffing and roll it like a wrap and serve.
Hung Curd Sandwiches –
Hung curd or slightly thicker curd mixed with and cheese is the perfect kiddie snack! Add just the right amount of seasoning like chaat masala, red chili, oregano and of course salt to make a delicious sandwich which your kiddo will love!
Saathu Maavu Chocolate Cookies
Use Saathu Maavu or any other multigrain powder to make super duper nutritious chocolate chip cookies. You can easily offer one to your little one whenever hunger strikes and also include them in their tiffin boxes. Cookies will satisfy your little one’s sweet cravings, while you won’t feel guilty of feeding me junk!
Stuffed Parantha –
Yes! Mom’s favorite but kids not so much! The key is to make a delicious stuffing. Aloo is boring sometimes so make the stuffing of vegetables like cabbage, capsicum, onion, and paneer or cauliflower and panner. Even Gajar Mooli ka paratha tastes yummy if made right.
If your child does not like the “boring” Idli sambhar then make Idlis trendy by spicing them up. Cut the ldlis vertically in the shape of fingers and shallow fry it. Add spices and seasoning like salt and chaat masala. Serve hot with mayonnaise dip or ketchup and watch your child eat them up!
Sago or Sabudana Patties-
Presoak sabudana for a couple of hours and then drain and keep. Mash them with some boiled potatoes and add some crushed peanuts. Put rock salt, green chili, lemon and some ginger. You can either shallow fry them in hot oil or roast it until golden brown in a pan. To up the nutrient quotient serve with peanut chutney or amla chutney.
Oats Dosa –
To make oats dosa grind whole oats to flour and mix with rice flour. Add curd to make a dosa batter consistency and let the mixture ferment overnight. Once fermented add salt, heeng, jeera seeds, green chili, and onions. Pour on a pan like a dosa and cook till golden brown on both sides.
Fried Rice –
This one is very easy to make if you have leftover rice. Heat oil in a pan and fry finely chopped vegetables of choice. Let it cook for some time and then put some tomato sauce, chili sauce, salt, and pepper. Once the veggies turn translucent, toss in the leftover rice in and garnish with spring onion.
Pizza Paratha –
This is a great idea that meets halfway from what mommies want and what kids want! To make the “pizza” base take whole grain atta and roll a chapatti out of it. Gently apply pizza sauce on and sprinkle some finely chopped veggies. Grate some homemade panner or cheese and cover it and seal with another roti. Cook on the tawa with butter like you would a normal paratha! It’s almost like a desi quesadilla.
As mothers, we dislike the sight of leftover food on our kids’ plate. It has been proven that children have an innate ability to self-regulate their nutritional requirements until the age of 3 to 4 years. After which – we mommies- me included- with our pestering make them lose this ability.
So, as I keep reminding myself, I’ll share with you as well – our job is put wholesome and nutritious food on the table. The child’s job is to eat as much as his/her body needs. Makes sense? It’s difficult I know! I’m struggling too! Do you also struggle with feeding your child? How do you cope? Share below!