Tired of handling kids who are picky eaters? The best way to make healthy snacks for kids is to dress up regular food in the form of Pizzas, Dosas, Sandwiches and Bhels in order to make them look appetizing. Tame your picky eating children with healthy snacks with attractive names, in interesting shapes and colors. Check out these five, super quick, scrumptious healthy snacks for kids that will make your picky kids drool all over.
Healthy snacks for kids, picky eaters
Fuse a South Indian uttapam with an Italian pizza to make a delectable Uttapizza. For the uttapam, use dosa batter prepared by grinding soaked rice and urad dal in the ratio 2 cups rice : ¾ cups urad dal. Allow the batter to ferment overnight. Spread the batter on a hot tawa, turn over and cook well on both the sides. Now for the pizza topping, spread 1 teaspoon of Amul cheese spread evenly all over the surface of the uttapam. Add stir fried veggies – shopped capsicum, shredded carrots and green peas over the cheese spread. Sprinkle oregano spice mix all over. Cut this Uttapizza into triangular pieces just like a regular cheese pizza. Serve hot with some tangy coconut and mint chutney.
Baked corn and sweet potato patty dolls
Kids love shapes. Baked patty dolls made of corn and sweet potato are fun to eat, healthy snacks for kids.
Cook and mash 2 sweet potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon boiled corn. Mix well with salt, a pinch of chilly powder, half a teaspoon cooking oil and 1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves. Make small flat doll shapes(a round head, a triangular body, rectangular hands and feet) from this mix. Coat both sides with sooji or powdered cornflakes. Place them on a greased baking tray. Cook in a microwave for 1 minute. Serve these cute patty dolls with sauce or chutney.
Getting kids to eat sprouts is quite an uphill task. The problem is with the raw taste of sprouts. Saute a pinch each of mustard seeds, asafoetida, cumin, red chilly powder with curry leaves and a teaspoon of cooking oil in a frying pan. Add sprouts to this, turn off the cooking gas supply and cover the pan with a lid. Next, take some puffed rice in a colorful round bowl. Add nylon sev, chopped coriander leaves, chopped tomatoes and the sauteed sprouts to the puffed rice. Tasty sprouts bhel is ready. Your picky eaters will simply love this easy to make snack.
Attractive names coax kids into trying new snacks. ‘Egg wraps’ sound better than ‘Egg Rolls’ or the rather plain ‘Egg with chapati and cheese’. Here is how you make it –
Slice boiled eggs. Sprinkle salt, and a pinch of chilly powder over the sliced eggs. Spread a generous dollop of of home made butter on a regular wheat chapati. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves over the cheese. Wrap the seasoned egg slices in the chapati. Transform a simple chapati egg roll into a fabulously rich egg wrap and see the difference!
Spinach Cheese Sandwich
Kids who are picky eaters will not refuse green leafy vegetables if you hide them in sandwiches. Clean and wash 2 spinach leaves. Saute ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon finely chopped onions, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon of shredded potatoes with some salt, chilly powder and 1 teaspoon cooking oil. Cook this for 2 minutes. Place the spinach leaves, the sauteed mix and 1 teaspoon of grated cheese between two slices of brown bread. Cook in a microwave for 60 seconds. Cut into triangles and serve with tomato sauce or tamarind sauce.
Prepare these super healthy snacks for kids, one day at a time. You will have your little picky eaters eating out of your hands in no time.
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