The not-so nutritional foods like sodas and potato crisps always find their way into the tiny mouths of children. Making your child eat anything that doesn’t say ‘Finger lickin’ good’ is an uphill task which makes preparing daily meals a cause of anxiety and frustration for mothers. If this is the situation in your home then here is a list of the healthy food recipes which have a healthy spin to them, they are easy to prepare and something even your pickiest child will happily devour!
Give your children a good start with a delicious and healthy food in breakfast!
After all it is the most important meal of the day that keeps children active, improves their concentration levels and provides them tons of energy. All you need is 2 eggs, a cup of flour, half a cup each of water and milk, a pinch of salt and a dollop of butter, whisk it all lump free and scoop a spoon full into a lightly buttered non stick pan till done. Serve these tastily healthy crepes with sautéed strawberries or caramelized bananas or plain honey. Use different seasonal fruits as they all help boost the overall development of the body; treat your children once a while with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Try this all-nutrients-in-one recipe and I’m sure your kids will ask for more!
Also, small modifications of healthy food ingredients in regular recipes can help you win over picky eaters and improve their diets considerably!
Add some veggie crunch to your little ones lunch!
Children love whimsically shaped pasta, select a pack of their choice and fix it with a tasty meatball sauce or minced chicken with diced veggies like carrots, tomatoes and capsicum (purée veggies into the tomato sauce if your child is fussy). Don’t forget to top your child’s plate with cheddar or mozzarella cheese to further delight their taste buds!
Fix a bowl of salad with any regular recipe as it’s a must with anything you serve for lunch, the fiber content in vegetables helps prevent constipation in children and adults. Try a plain cucumber raita or go russian with salad on weekends, carrots, peas, beans, apples, pineapples and cabbage (a dollop of mayonnaise and 2 spoonfuls of yogurt or cream, a twist of lemon, sugar, pepper and dash of salt which does it all!) such improvisations will definitely make your picky eaters fall in love with all the greens!
Give your kids a healthy food (Snacks)
Keep your child’s stomach happy with some beneficial bacteria i.e. Yogurt! The packaged sugary versions are not a good option therefore you should limit the use and try to fix a home made yogurt delight with peaches, berries and sweeten with honey which is known for its antioxidant properties. Add a little crunch with the nutrient dense nuts, whole meal cookies or plain crushed cornflakes.
You can also be creative with our traditional yogurt based drink ‘Lassi’ and convert it into mango and strawberry milkshakes loaded with vitamins, calcium and proteins which keep your child’s teeth, gums and immune systems healthy OR freeze fruit and yogurt into popsicles to make’em more kid-friendly!
As long it being a chickpea-sesame paste with olive oil is kept secret, Humus is a yummy hearty dip which can be served with raw veggies or pita bread; it is rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fiber that make it the perfect food most kids enjoy. Tip: Add a little peanut butter to humus to enhance the flavor.
Make every dinner meal a healthy food deal!
Tomato or bean soups are ideal for dinner with crisp croutons on the side. Fish is low in fat and high in protein hence crusted fish nuggets are a healthy treat which even the finickiest eaters love to eat, plate it up with creamy and buttery mashed potatoes or a tartar sauce and potato wedges on the side and see how quick their plate gets empty. Chicken wings cooked in BBQ sauce (combine and cook soya sauce, lemon juice, ketchup, brown sugar and onion powder) are a definite delight and healthy food for every child!