Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This post is for all those who are mothering little powerhouses of energy- toddlers and also struggling hard to feed them right and enough. 
Have put together some thoughts and well... some "gyan" followed by some snack ideas....hope this helps... 


All kids love munching on snacks. Unfortunately the importance of healthy snacks is undermined by many parents. Snacks play a dual role. They not only serve as opportunities to make up for the nutrients missing  in the main meal but also help your child in bridging gaps  between meals and keeping them from getting hungry and cranky. However, what is crucial is the timing and nutritive quality of the snacks served. Healthy, well-timed snacks for toddlers can help balance out an uneven diet.  What you have to ensure is that you offer an array of health-boosting nutrients as snacks and not mere between-the-meal fillers.
Well, does that sound like an almost unattainable task?
Relax; this is not as difficult as it may sound. Here are some healthy yet tasty options for snacks that your little one will enjoy and come back asking for more.

Fruity treat: Layer tiny parathas with your little one’s favourite jam. Sprinkle finely chopped fruits and nuts over it. Tightly roll and drizzle some chocolate sauce on top. Cut these into wheels and secure with a toothpick. While the carbohydrates from the paratha will provide the energy that will keep your little one going the fruits and nuts added to this will take care of his micronutrient needs.

Surprise sticks: Cut baby corn, carrot and asparagus length wise. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and lemon juice over it. Roll these in beaten egg or a thin flour batter and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top and shallow fry in a pan until crisp. Serve with a cheese dip. This crunchy treat is sure to catch your kid’s fancy.

Fruit and cream: Serve diced fruits with flavoured cream. Blend half a cup of cream with any fruit pulp that is a favourite; strawberry, mango etc. to obtain a smooth puree. Add a spoonful of finely chopped nuts. Serve it with small cubes of fruits with colourful fruit forks. Show your toddler how to dip into the smoothie. Your toddler will enjoy this activity and is sure to ask for more. This treat will provide him with much needed protein and energy and the fun that comes along... is well, priceless!

Cracker sandwich: Mix finely chopped veggies with grated cheese. Add some boiled corn too. Evenly spread cheese-spread on whole wheat crackers and spoon the cheese veggie mix on top. Press a slice of cherry tomatoes on each and watch how these vanish in a matter of minutes. The crackers will add the fun element and the topping will take care of nutrition.

Pop- in crunchies: Cut cauliflower in tiny florets. Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil, salt and pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes. Cover with grated cheese when hot. You have to make this one to believe what a winning combination it makes. And it qualifies as a healthy snack too!



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