Hi friends,
 
Today, children are spending seven to eight hours out of their homes in schools and colleges.



Their major meals are eaten out of their homes. If children eat better they concentrate better, work without feeling fatigue and their immunity and percentile rates improve. Once food improves, children feel better, less irritable and less tensed, so it’s very important to plan healthy meals for their tiffin and snack boxes.

Snack tips:
Unfortunately, lots of parents use breads and biscuits which are nutrient robbers in snack boxes. Our children become sick because of an explosion of empty nutrient food and empty calories due to white flour, chemicals and sugar. The breads and biscuits available in the market are 50 per cent white flour, sugar, extra salt, artificial colours and emulsifiers are added.



Given their way children would love to grow up on a diet of bread, biscuits and junk food which are addictive. So let’s make junk healthy.

Eat foods which are as close to the natural state, which promote growth, immunity and energy.

Here are some interesting recipes:
 
 
Protein Pancakes



Ingredients: One teacup moong dal; 200 gms white gourd; three green chillies; three tbsp fresh low fat yogurt; a pinch of asafoetida; salt to taste; two tomatoes, chopped; two finely chopped green chillies; two to three tbsp chopped coriander; salt to taste (rock salt); one tsp extra virgin oil.

Method: For the batter, soak the dal for three to four hours. Grind the soaked dal with green chillies and yogurt.
Add asafoetida and salt, mix well. To proceed, heat a non- stick tawa and spread a little moong dal mixture and oil on it. Then, spread a little stuffing and smear a oil on the sides. Turn upside down and cook again for a few minutes.
Repeat with the remaining mixture and stuffing.
Serve hot with mint chutney or sweet chutney.

Go Fruity



Ingredients: Apples cut in cubes, Banana cut in slices, Chikoo cut in cubes, Strawberry / Kiwi, Whipped Fresh Cream (easily available in India), Lemon, Mint leaves, Chocolate sprinkles, Milk, Sugar.

Method: After washing the fruits thoroughly, cut them into cubes (and in slices for bananas). Now mix all the fruit pieces in a huge bowl and add one tablespoon of milk to the mix with a teaspoon of powdered sugar. Now in the bowl full of fruits, add whipped cream as much as you think fit for your child. To garnish, decorate the dish with a mint leaf over the cream and you are set!

Milkshakes



Ingredients:2 fruits of your choice (Either bananas, chikus or mangoes),Milk (quantity that makes up for one glass), Vanilla/Chocolate Ice cream (one family pack)
Method: Grind fruit, milk and the ice cream in a blender. Serve it frothing and chilled with four to five ice cubes!

Spinach tikki with vegetables



Ingredients: One bunch spinach shredded; half grated white radish; one grated carrot; two boiled potatoes; salt to taste; one-two tsp green chilli and ginger paste; quarter cup crushed peanuts.
Method: Grate carrot, radish and boiled potatoes. Mix them with all other ingredients. Make small tikkies from that mixture. On each tikki add chopped tomatoes, both chutneys and serve.

Masala Idlis



Ingredients: 6-7 idlis; one tomato finely chopped; one cup capsicum finely chopped; one onion finely chopped; one tablespoon pav bhaji masala; salt to taste; one teaspoon chili powder; handful of chopped coriander leaves; one tsp olive oil. 
Method: Cut each idli into four pieces. Saute all the vegetables in oil. Add the masala idli and coriander, mix well and serve hot. 

Aval Mixture



 

Ingredients: Aval -1 cup, fried curry leaves, Salt as needed, fried pea nut,turmeric powder,oil -2tsp

Method: Heat the oil in the pan and all ingredients and mix well. If you want add little bit of chilli powder and chat masala