healthy snacks for kids
A healthy snack is the most required food for school kids,it keeps them energetic and charged up.Kids when back from school are very tired and hungry , what they need is hug from mom and then a super yummy snacks to eat.I prefer to give my kids something which keeps them energize and also which can keep them active for the rest of the day.We mothers are always enthusiastic to try something new for our kids and something which is easy and quick to prepare.So here i come with these collections of few recipes like salads, sandwiches and healthy non-fried snacks can be served after school to the kids.
BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND KIDS
What are the different types of chickpeas?
Chickpeas are known by a variety of names. The type of chickpea which is popular is the Kabuli Chana variety – they are big in size, buttery in colour and has a smooth texture.
Whereas desi chana, more known as kala chana is darker in colour, smaller in size and has a rough texture. These are actually the most nutritious variety and hold high content of antioxidants.
Chickpeas – ½ a cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
Salt – as per taste
water – 2 cups
Directions || How to prepare chick pea snack
Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight. It will enlarge to about three times the original size.
Add salt, turmeric, a little grated ginger / a pinch of elaichi powder / a pinch of pepper to avoid gas issues
Pressure-cook on semi-heat approximately for 7-8 whistles (It should be soft enough to enjoy by our kids)
You can also add Kasuri Methi leaves for the aroma factor.
SWEET CORN CHAT
Sweet Corn Chaat is an easy-to-make snack recipe for kids after school. This simple corn chaat recipe can be
prepared in just 5 mins if you have the boiled corn ready in hand.Try this quick chaat recipe and you and your kids
will love it.
2 cup boiled frozen sweet corn
1 medium chopped,peeled cucumber
1 medium grated , peeled carrots
1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
few finely chopped coriander
Directions || How to prepare sweet corn chat
Add boiled swet corn , cucumber , carrots and mix well.
Next add chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and salt. Mix well.
Add lime juice and stir once or twice. Transfer to a plate.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve as a snack.
SWEET POTATO BHEL
Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and starch that soothes the stomach and the intestines.
Because of their natural sweetness,kids love sweet potatoes.
You can simply boil the sweet potato ,peel them off ,cut it into pieces and serve to your hungry kid back from schoo
or you can try this yummy indian street food style bhel prepared with puffed rice and tossed with onion,
tomatoes ,peanuts or nuts.
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cook time : None
Serves 2 to 4
2 cups puffed rice or rice crispies white or brown rice or other unsweetened puffed grains
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tomato finely choppedd
1/2 cup cubed sweet potato cooked and cubed small (measured when cubed)
2 tbsp raw or roasted peanuts or chopped cashews
1/2 tsp chaat masala , optional (See Recipe note for recipe)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt or more to taste
Directions || How to prepare sweet potato bhel
Cook the sweet potato by boiling or steaming to preference and set aside.
Chop the onion, tomato and sweet potato.
In a large bowl, add the puffed rice. Mix in the chopped onion, tomato and mix.
Add the sweet potato and nuts. Toss lightly.
Add salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and some lime juice and mix. Taste and adjust flavor.
Garnish with sev (chickpea noodles) and serve immediately.
Bhel is best served immediately as the puffed grains will become soggy over time.
Sweet Poha can be a good breakfast as well as snacks which in an easy recipe for morning hurry or even quick
evening snacks. You can serve this poha with a glass of milk as it will be a great filling combination for you kids,
You can say this snacks serves as an great alternative to cornflakes.
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : 2
1 cup Poha / Flattened Rice
1/4 cup grated Jaggery
1 tsp Cardamom Powder(or 2 cardamoms)
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup milk (optional)
2 tbsp chopped Cashewnuts
2 tbsp chopped pistachios
Directions || How to prepare sweet Poha
Wash the aval/poha in a bowl of water and filter using a colander/strainer ..
Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp ghee
Add the aval/poha and cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat.
Add chopped cashew and mix well with poha
Add 2 cardamom and cook for 5 seconds..
Add 1 tbsp jaggery or raw suga mix for a minute
Next add 1/4 tbsp milk (this is optional) cook it for another 1 min and turn off the heat ..
remove the prepared sweet poha into a bowl ..and serve when slightly warm..
If you are craving for pizza and don’t have time to prepare the dough and let’s try this bread pizzza
An easy quick and really delicious. It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes,you can choose your favorite
pizza toppings and is done, ready to be served. Not only kids but everybody loves pizza , so try this mini
bread pizza at home.I tried some innovative way of serving this pizza to my kids my creating a hut shape
pizza and named it as Pizza hut .So do try this Pizza hut at home 🙂 and I am sure you and your family will love these.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 mins
Bread slices – 6
Mozzarella cheese – grated as required
For the pizza topping
2 medium size chopped onions
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 green bell pepper(capsicum)
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp salt
Oil for cooking
Directions|| How to prepare Bread Pizza
To prepare Pizza Topping
Heat oil in a pan.
Add garlic and saute it till you get nice burnt garlic aroma.
Next add onions and saute it.
Once it turns golden brown , add tomatoes, cook till it tomatoes turns tender.
Add salt,oregano, red chilli powder, tomato ketchup and mix it well.
Close the lid and let it cook for 2 mins.
Once cooked , turn off the gas and keep it aside.
To prepare Pizza
Toast the bread and apply butter over it.
Spread 2 tsp of the prepared toppings evenly on the bread slices.
Arrange the toppings and sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese all over the toppings.
To prepare over Tava/Pan
Grease the pan with oil , place the bread over the pan
cover with a lid and let the pizza cook over low flame
Cook till the base becomes golden and crisp and the cheese has melted
Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.
To prepare pizza in Oven
Grill in a preheated oven at 180 degree C until the cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.
Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.
To Serve the pizza.
Cut the breads into two parts in triangle shape and other pizza piece into square shape.
Arrange it in house shape (triangular shape pizza as roof and square shape pizza as the base) and decorate it will chilli flakes and finely chopped capsicum.
Your kids will definitely love this Bread Pizza Hut 🙂