(Kids Recipes, Picky eaters recipes, Indian Kids Recipes, Indian Toddler Recipes)
“Children are the apple of parents’ eyes”. A very common saying that we have heard from our childhood days and experience it the time we have become parents. Each and every parent has a huge responsibility of raising children with good habits, behaviors, attitude, moral, ethics and values. Among all these important aspects, instilling good eating habits and providing wholesome nourishment to children is a prime most responsibility of parents. As they say “a healthy outside begins from a healthy inside”. Childhood is a critical period for growth and development hence it is essential that food supplies the energy, protein, vitamins and minerals that a child needs. Children must also drink plenty of water for a good bowel movement and to stay hydrated in their schedule.
Kids are known to be picky eaters, irrespective of the age group they belong to. Making them eat what is healthy and help them stay active is quite a struggle these days. They often develop a natural preference for the food they enjoy eating the most. So, the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing. One simple solution will be to cover up the healthy meals under the wrap of their favorite food. Without making healthy food dull, a good make over with staples like multigrain, ragi and wheat accompanied by goodness of vegetables and fruits will be an instant hit. We must devise ways and means to cook smart and serve innovatively. Recipes like Ragi noodles, tumbler idly, beetroot roti, spinach dosa, assorted mini adai and paneer parathas are some classic examples. Food for small kids (4 to 7 year olds) should be a little creative because they eat only what attracts their eyes. It should also be in bite sizes so that the child can just pick up and put it in their mouth. One of the simplest things that we can do is to use cookie cutters to slice fruits and sandwiches or give an innovative name like smiley or kids’ dosa, candy apple etc. As much as the grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits are important, children also must take appropriate amounts of probiotics in the form of curd, lassi, and smoothie. Recipes like curd idly; curd oats, curd semiya, curd rice, smoothie, and mango lassi will be give excellent finishing touches to their meals. The daily dose of milk can be served with healthy twist like Oreo milk shake, Hot chocolate, Paal pongal and apple cinnamon oats. There are umpteen recipes that can be cooked creatively and presented attractively, sky is the limit. I have shared some recipes below that are a hit amongst my children and their friends. Do try and don’t forget to let me know how much they liked it. Let us all resolve to make healthy, strong fit generation of tomorrow. Cheers!!
Kids Friendly Entree