Concerned about what your child eats and how much? Your child sulks to eat nutritious food and grabs all junkies, which has given you a reason to worry!
They eat what they like to without being aware of the consequences. To end up this common woe of mothers, SIH has enumerated easy and fast to prepare snacks for kids that would give them wholesome nutrition and help them grow healthier and sharper.
HOW OLD IS YOUR CHILD?
For Kids Up to 1+ year
For 1-2 year old kids the choices are limited as their tender system is meant for digesting milk protein only. But yes, you can give wings to your imagination and keep the first brick of the right nutrition. Just take care to mash all that you give thoroughly as they cannot chew and their system is not developed enough to work on the improperly chewed food.
At this tender age you should begin giving your children wholesome nutrition which must include:
- Grain products
- Milk and its alternatives
- Green veggies and fruits
- Meat and its alternatives
Remember, that they cannot eat stomach full at a time and need to be fed in every two hours.
Creamy Delight of Mashed Fruits:
Give them whole milk and not the toned one. Thoroughly mash diversified foods banana, papaya, steamed apples, mix a tbsp of whole milk and a spoonful of honey or agave nectar instead of sugar. Make sure that the fruits that you take are fresh and organic. To this creamy delight, mix a pinch of almond powder.
Rice and Raisin Pudding:
This is one of the healthiest snacks for kids that makes up the need of grains. To make delicious rice and raisin pudding, you need to take a bowlful of steamed rice and again mash it meticulously. Sweeten the rice (preferably brown rice) with raisin powder and honey. Mix a tablespoonful of rose water to give an enticing aroma to this delicacy.
Yogurt Blended With Fruits:
Mix finely chopped berries, apples, avocado in fresh yogurt. Do not give refrigerated yogurt. Fruits should be finely chopped that a year old can chew. Also, if the yogurt is flavored your child will relish eating it.
Tasty Lentil Water:
When you cook the lentils, keep more water and take that excess water out for your baby. You can make this super healthy lentil water healthier and delicious by adding a few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of black pepper and rock salt. Also, blend a few pieces of finely grated cheese to the lentil water.
To make sure the intake of adequate protein in the diet of your babies, mash boiled egg whites and egg yolk together. Mash them well and add a pinch of black pepper and rock salt to it. Make sure not to give it when hot.
For 3 to 9 Years:
If your kids are grown up to the age of three, they have well developed set of teeth to chew the food and the choices before you increase apparently. You can either keep these snacks in their lunch boxes or can serve these to them from time to time. Let us have a quick look:
Whole Grain Cereal Clusters:
You need three cups of whole grain cereal, half cup of finely chopped and dried strawberries and one cup of chocolate chips. Put these cereals and finely chopped strawberries in a bowl. Now melt the chocolate and drizzle it over the mixture. Now, mix the melted chocolate and put the entire stuff in the mini muffin cups. Refrigerate it, till it becomes firm. Your child would love to eat this healthy stuff.
Fruit Juice Popsicle:
Of course, carrying them to the schools in Tiffin is not possible, but Popsicle are the favorites of children and you can try making them out from 100% freshly squeezed fruit juices. If you know their favorite choices of fruits, you will have an easy time preparing various flavors and make them eat one every day.
Blueberry Oatmeal Bars:
Blueberry and oatmeal give a perfect combo of flavor and fiber. You need to have oats, half spoonful of baking soda, brown sugar, milk, applesauce and cinnamon, wheat flour and eggs. Pour all these ingredients in a big bowl, mix well and bake it at 350 degree F for 20 minutes.
What’s better than giving a bowlful of whole wheat goodness to your kids! Take a bowlful of porridge, cook it with water when softens, pour whole milk and cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes till it blends with milk thoroughly. Mix a fistful of chopped dry fruits, brown rice and serve when hot.
Do’s and Don’ts:
If you want to incorporate a healthy eating habit in your child, you need to remember certain do’s and Don’ts. Needless to say, every child turns away from the monotonous yet healthy food and grab noodles, pastas, pastries, chips, burgers which ruin their health and results in obesity. What is the way out then? Just remember the following points.
- Healthy foods can be made interesting with an innovative mind. So, if your child moves away green veggies filled sand witches you can try a healthy tomato ketchup and draw eyes, lips or mustaches of their favorite cartoon characters over them.
- Do not give them French fries; give them healthy dips along with the veggie stuffed paratha you make for them.
- Do not just make them eat up to the brim at one go instead of this just focus on how healthy they eat. If you can make them eat fresh fruits, green veggies and whole grain cereals with interest, you would be a winner.
- Their favorite foods: pasta, noodles and burgers can be made healthier, just by using some simple tricks. Learn how:
- Make them wash hands before meals and brush their teeth after meals.
- Instead of keeping oily stuff in their lunch boxes, keep whole wheat sandwiches, boiled eggs, sprouted grains, steamed veggies. Once they get into the habit of healthy eating, they would grow sharper and smarter.