Here is a list of snacks which can be done in minutes. I’m sure this will help all the busy moms to pack the kids mid morning snack with no much fuss on both preparing and also in making the kids finish their snacks. They are surely all healthy and nutritious! Wait not and try them!
1. Carrot sticks
Carrots are a good source of beta carotene and are rich in Fiber. This delicious root vegetable contains vitamin A and being an antioxidant provides numerous health benefits.
Peel the skin of the carrots and cut them into bite size sticks and steam cook them for about 10 mins until they are soft. The carrots are ready to be packed without any seasoning as they have their own sweet taste, good enough to enjoy this healthy root vegetable.
2. Beetroot bites
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium and manganese. Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. Beetroots are a good body cleanser.
Peel the skin of the beetroot and chop them like a finger food or sticks, also stem cook them for about 10 mins by sprinkling some salt on them. Once they are done sprinkle some pepper and they are ready to have.
3. Sweet apples
Apples are the best source of antioxidants. They are a rich source of flavonoids and Fiber. Apples are available through out the year in many different varieties. Kids also love these crunchy sweet fruits. Peel the skin of the apples and steam cook them for about 5 mins until they are soft. This makes them sweet and easy to be had by the kids.
4. Broccoli trees
These tiny little green trees are a great snack and good way to include a green vegetable in our diet. Of all the cruciferous vegetables broccoli is a good source of antioxidant and contains vitamin C and flavonoids. This vegetable is a power house of nutrients. Clean the broccoli throughly and wash them after making them into bite size pieces or slightly bigger.
Steam cook the broccoli by sprinkling some salt for 5 mins or so until the small stems are soft to be had. Care should be taken to see they are not overcooked. They should get a bright glossy beautiful green Colour.
5. Almonds and cashews
Almonds are nutritious snacks with numerous health benefits. They contain vitamin E, healthy fats and Fiber. It is a Favourite snack for children and elders. Soak the almonds for few hours and peel out the skin. This is a very good easy snack which is soft and milky for kids.
Cashews are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They are used in many Indian dishes. In a Kadai add a teaspoon of ghee and add the cashews to them and fry them until they are golden brown. They give a very nice aroma and also tastes great. You can even pack the store bought roasted or baked cashews if you are in a hurry to pack the snacks.
6. Stir fried potatoes
Potatoes are a very popular and commonly used root vegetables. It is the Favourite vegetable of all, both kids and elders. Potatoes contain potassium, minerals and good source of vitamins and Fiber. Peel the skin of the potatoes, and cut them into finger like pieces. Add salt and allow it to steam cook or for 2 to 3 whistles in a pressure cooker.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan. Add in the potatoes and toss them with a pinch of Chili powder. Allow it to slightly brown on both sides as they will remain slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.
7. Wheat banana mini dosa
Banana is an excellent source of potassium. It is an energy packed nutritious fruit with a lot of health benefits and it is most commonly had fruit by kids next to apples. In a bowl take some wheat flour, add in mashed banana and a few spoons of sugar according to the flour and banana quantity. Add enough water to make it a batter consistency.
We can even add jaggery powder instead of sugar which I do prefer. Make small palm sized dosa on the tawa, with a drizzle of ghee, good to go for the snack.
8. Chickpea snack
Chickpea are a very good way to snack on some legumes. They are packed with protein, calcium and Fiber which are all very essential for the kids. They provide a very good immune system when taken regularly.
Soak the chickpeas overnight. Drain the water and pressure cook them with salt until they are soft. They are done for the snack!
9. Beetroot Mini idly
Idly is a very healthy morning breakfast for all of us. The mini idly with sambar is another Favourite version of the idly. Take the idly batter and make mini idly by steam cooking for about 10 mins. This can be packed for snack with some beetroot chutney (the recipe is in the blog). This chutney will retain the moisture and will give soft mini idly when mixed and had!
10. Aloo parata
Aloo parata having both the goodness of wheat and potatoes are a good snack and a party food as well. Lets go for a simple and quicker way of doing them. Peel the potatoes and pressure cook them with salt and some chicken kolambu masala. The water should be just enough to cook the potatoes else they will get soggy. Once they are done mash them and make balls.
Now make the dough for the Parata and keep the balls inside and roll the into parata. Cook them on the tawa with some ghee.
11. Raspberries and blueberries
Raspberries are the most delicious of all the berries, w.ith a bright red Colour they are a good source of antioxidants. Wash the fresh raspberries and pack them for the snack.
Blueberries are tiny power packed berries. They are the king of berries with numerous health benefits it’s an easy way to include berries to ur kids diet. Wash a handful of fresh berries and pack them for the snacks!
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