Top 5 healthy snacks for kids and picky eaters

Healthy snacks for picky kids

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

 

Healthy snacks for kids, picky eaters

Uttapizza

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.

Sprouts Bhel

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.

Egg wraps

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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Picky Eaters – Tips to handle them

Picky eating habits in children

Picky Eaters – It can get pretty taxing to handle them! Do you have a toddler or preschooler who refuses to eat healthy food? This is generally the case in many households. There are many reasons for this.

Why are kids, picky eaters?

picky eaters Sometimes, parents are to be blamed for poor eating habits of a child. Working parents have no time to prepare nutritious meals for kids and end up serving them packaged food and drinks. Fast food like burgers and hot dogs, fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, fried snacks are kept within easy reach of children. As a result, the child does not wish to eat raw fruits and vegetables which are more nutritious than their packaged counterparts which have preservatives and are far from fresh.

Picky Eaters – How to handle them

Make food look attractive

Parents must make sure the child gets at least 3 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. It does not take much time to serve chopped fruits topped with cream and a cherry. Remember, the more attractive you make food look, the better. You could serve a cheese-vegetable sandwich with a smiley ketchup face and call him Mr Smiley. I tried this and it worked!

Avoid large snacks before meals

Make sure kids do not eat a large snack before dinner. If they are very hungry you could serve them dinner a bit earlier. And if they ask for food later, you could hand over fruits instead. Tell them they can have only fruits or may be munch on some nuts(if not allergic to nuts) and be firm on that.

Story telling with fruits and veggies

Make kids aware of the importance of fruits and vegetables by telling them stories of fruits and vegetables where each fruit/ vegetable is a living character. You could find many stories online or in books.

Serve small meals at short intervals

Instead of having three large meals, serve smaller helpings at regular intervals. The child will not feel stuffed and will be willing to eat.

Flavor plain milk

Many children refuse to drink milk. You could flavor it with chocolate, strawberry, mango flavored nutritional supplements. If this does not work, make sure they have other dairy products like yogurt or cheese.

Be good yourself

Set a good example yourself. Kids learn from you. Make sure you eat salads, sprouts, fruits etc and set an example to your child. When kids in the neighborhood or at school fall sick, you can tell your child that it happened because those kids did not eat healthy food. This will show your child the importance of healthy food.

Avoid junk food

Do not buy junk food. Stock up on nuts and fresh fruits instead. you can show the child that this is not available and he can eat only what is available. Do not give in to tantrums and buy it from out. Let your child help with meal preparation. You could let your child do simple tasks like removing peas from pods, or rolling out small chapatis or tortillas. Let them do tasks that are not messy. When the food is done congratulate your child and encourage him  to taste it.

Force feeding – Avoid it

Never ever force feed your child. Your child will begin to hate the very process of eating and will deliberately pretend to eat very slowly and may even hide food under the table. Be gentle and allow your child to finish his food. Follow these tips to make your child a healthy eater.

Practice patience along with these tips and see your child’s eating habits improve.