Moms always try to discover new ways to make their kids eat vegetables happily. In lunch or dinner, there are ample opportunities to sneak the vegetables into a child’s diet. But if we can find healthy ways to include veggies in their snacks also, nothing is better than that. Now, children are at home the whole day. To satisfy their hunger pangs, we have to think of new easy, tasty and healthy snacks ideas. We can not get them any type of fast food or snacks from the market. So, moms have to be creative now. We have to try some healthy snacks recipes for our kids that will also satisfy their occasional craving for fast food.
Here are some quick recipes for healthy Indian snacks for kids. These snacks are so healthy that you can serve them at breakfast or dinner also. At the same time, they can be packed in the lunchbox for kids.
1.PANEER CARROT PARATHA :
This paneer(cottage cheese) carrot paratha can be a wholesome breakfast choice for all the family members. It is perfectly balanced with carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. You can serve it as a healthy snack for toddlers and preschoolers. It is also a great lunch box idea for kids.
HEALTHY AND TASTY SNACK PANEER CARROT PARATHA RECIPE:
INGREDIENTS FOR EASY AND HEALTHY SNACK FOR KIDS: PANEER CARROT PARATHA ( Makes 8-9 paratha)
Whole wheat flour (atta) – 1 ½ cup
Carrot – 2
Paneer ( Cottage Cheese) – 100 gms.
Onion – 1 pc.
Coriander leaves – few sprigs
Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
Roasted cumin powder – 1/8 tsp
Oil – 2tbsp for preparing the stuffing
Oil for frying the parathas
RECIPE OF EASY AND HEALTHY PANEER CARROT PARATHA FOR KIDS:
At first, take the whole wheat flour in a bowl. Add salt as per your test. Give a mix and add the water to make a tight dough with it. Take a few drops of oil on your hand and knead the dough for some time. put a lid and keep it aside.
Grate the carrots and paneer well.
Finely chop the onion and coriander leaves.
Put a pan on the gas stove. Pour 2 tbsp of refined oil and let it be heated. Once the oil is hot give the cumin seeds and let them crackle.
Add the onions and saute till light brown.
Give grated carrots into it and fry for 2 minutes.
Now add grated cottage cheese or paneer and stir for another 2 minutes. Add salt as per your taste. Add the coriander leaves also.
Add the roasted cumin powder and mix well everything. Your stuffing is ready.
Now take the dough and divide it into 8-9 balls. Sprinkle some flour on a surface and. Take a ball and roll about 5 inches in diameter.
Keep one portion of stuffing in the center. Take the edge and close it. Press gently with your fingers. Sprinkle some flour once again and roll out to roti or chapatti size.
Roasting paneer Carrot Paratha:
On a hot tawa or oak, place the rolled out paratha. When one side is slightly roasted, flip the paratha and roast the other side.
Add oil and press slightly. Fry until light brown tinges appear on the surface.
Your paratha is ready. Serve it with pickle, tomato sauce, or curd.
2.VEGETABLE RAVA IDLI:
This vegetable rava idli recipe is easy to prepare. It requires no grinding and fermentation. It is super tasty and can be eaten without sambhar or chutney. Vegetables like carrot, peas, beans and dry fruits like raisin and cashew make this snack undoubtedly nutritious. Moreover, this healthy and tasty idli recipe is one of the most popular ” Indian kids’ lunch box ideas”.
EASY, HEALTHY SNACK VEGETABLE RAVA IDLI RECIPE:
INGREDIENTS FOR VEGETABLE RAVA IDLI (Makes 24 Idlis approx.):
Sooji or semolina or rava – 1 ½ cup
Carrot – 2
Beans – 7-8 pieces
Peas – ¼ cup
Cashew + Raisin – 1/3 cup
Curd – ¾ cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt – ½ tsp
Sugar – 1tsp
Water – 2 cup
Ghee – 1 ½ tbsp
Black mustard seeds – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 5-6
Baking soda – a pinch
METHOD OF COOKING VEGETABLE RAVA IDLI:
Finely chop the carrots and beans. You can grate the carrot if you like.
First heat the ghee in a pan. Roast the semolina for 5 minutes. Be careful that semolina does not get burnt. Let it cool.
Roast the cashew in a little amount of ghee and break them into small pieces.
Heat oil on the pan. First, add the mustard seeds and let them crackle.
Add the curry leaves. When the aroma comes, add beans and fry for some time.
You can crush the peas roughly. Now add the crushed peas and carrot. Give salt and stir for 2 minutes.
In a bowl, mix the roasted semolina and curd well. Add the required amount of water to make the batter neither thick nor thin. Add 1 tsp sugar and salt as per your taste.
Mix all the fried vegetables, cashew, raisin and semolina mixture well. Add a pinch of baking soda and mix.
Now in a greased idli mould, pour the batter.
Steam it in the idli pot or pressure cooker for 20 minutes. You can check it after 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick in an idli. If it comes out clean you can remove the idlis from the mould.
Now, you can serve the idli with tomato sauce, coriander chutney or coconut chutney.
3.HEALTHY BREAD UPMA:
Moms would be relieved while preparing this type of easy, healthy snacks for their kids. It is super easy and takes less than 30 minutes to be cooked. Kids will love its tangy taste and want more. Vegetables like carrot, potato, tomato, onion, coriander make it a healthy choice for moms. In fact, It can be easily prepared and packed in your child’s tiffin box. Most importantly, this amazingly healthy snack for toddlers and preschoolers will provide you a nice opportunity to add veggies in your child’s diet.
QUICK RECIPE OF EASY AND HEALTHY SNACK BREAD UPMA :
INGREDIENTS FOR EASY AND TASTY SNACK BREAD UPMA ( SERVE 2 KIDS):
Bread – 4 pcs
Onion – 1
Curry leaves –4-5
Black mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Oil – 3tbsp
Coriander leaves – few sprigs
Lemon – 1/2
Salt – as per taste
Turmeric- a pinch
QUICK RECIPE OF TASTY AND HEALTHY SNACK BREAD UPMA:
First, finely chop onion, potato, carrot and tomato.
Next, toast the bread lightly and make small pieces out of them.
In a pan, heat the oil. Add the potato and carrot. Add salt and turmeric. Fry until potato and carrot become soft. Keep them aside.
Then heat oil in a pan. Give the mustard seeds first. When it starts to crackle, give the curry leaves.
When nice aroma comes add the onion and fry until light brown. Give a pinch of salt into it.
Add the tomato pieces and stir for some time.
Now add the fried potato, carrots, and bread pieces into it. Mix everything well by stirring at least for 2 minutes.
Squeeze the lemon over the mixture.
Spread finely chopped coriander leaves and give a nice stir.
Your Healthy Bread Upma is ready to serve.
4.ROTI OR CHAPATTI PIZZA:
It is difficult for anyone to avoid the temptation for a pizza. Especially, kids are very fond of pizza. At least once in a month, we have to treat them with it. Now, it is impossible to have it from an outside store. You can prepare the pizza base at home. But it is very time consuming and needs prior planning. At the same time, you have to use refined flour which is not a healthy option. So, try this easy pizza as a healthy snack for toddlers and preschoolers with whole wheat flour and your favourite toppings. Though it lacks the crispy crust, kids will love it.
HEALTHY ROTI OR CHAPATTI PIZZA RECIPE:
INGREDIENTS FOR ROTI OR CHAPATTI PIZZA ( MAKE 3 PIZZA)
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
½ of a Capsicum
½ of an Onion
½ of a Tomato
Mozzarella cheese – ¾ cup
Butter – 1tsp
Salt – as per taste
Pizza sauce – 1Tbsp
Tomato Ketchup – as required
Oregano – 1tsp
Chilli flakes – 1tsp
METHOD OF PREPARING ROTI OR CHAPATTI PIZZA:
At first, in a bowl, take the whole wheat flour. Add some salt and mix. Pour water to knead a tight dough and keep it aside with a lid.
Cut the capsicum, onion and tomato into small pieces.
Make 3 big balls out of the dough.
Roll each ball like roti or chapatti. But keep it thicker than roti
On a hot tawa or oak, put the roti on a low flame. Give it some time to roast. Press it occasionally with a spatula. Apply butter to both sides and roast for some time on low flame so that the roti base becomes crispy.
Flip over the roti after some time. ensure that both sides are well done.
Take it away from the tawa and let it be completely cool.
Spread the pizza sauce on it.
Now place the pieces of capsicum, onion and tomato on the roti. You can add any topping (like mushroom or jalapeno) of your choice.
Spread grated cheese all over the roti. You can make the layer of cheese as thick as your child likes.
You can put it again on hot tawa. Then cover and simmer until the cheese melts.
Or, bake it on 160 degrees in convection mode for 5 minutes.
Take it out. Sprinkle oregano and chili flakes on the roti pizza.
Apply tomato ketchup and serve roti pizza hot.
5.TASTY AND HEALTHY VEG FRANKY:
As an afternoon snack, Veg Franky is a healthy option. You can include vegetables of your choice in it. The taste of cooked vegetables, cheese and tomato ketchup combined in such a wonderful way that kids won’t be able to differentiate the veggies separately. Furthermore, along with tea, these healthy snacks for kids can be served to the guests also.
RECIPE OF EASY, TASTY AND HEALTHY SNACK VEG FRANKY:
INGREDIENTS FOR EASY HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KIDS: VEG FRANKY ( MAKE 15 PIECES OUT OF 5 ROLLS)
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Potato – 1 (big)
Carrot – 1 (big)
Peas – ¼ cup
Onion – 1
Mozzarella Cheese – 1 cup (grated)
Cumin seed – ¼ tsp
Oil – 1 ½ tbsp
Salt – as per your taste
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Tomato ketchup – 3tsp
METHOD TO MAKE EASY, HEALTHY AND TASTY SNACK VEG FRANKY:
Take whole wheat flour in a bowl. Add salt and mix well. Pour water to make a dough. Knead it for some time and keep aside.
Cut the potato and carrot into small pieces. Chop the onion finely.
Put the potato and carrot pieces and peas in a cooker. Add a pinch of salt and 2tbsp of water. Cook for 2 whistles.
Now in a pan heat the oil. When the oil is hot, give the cumin seeds.
When the seeds crackle, add the onion pieces and saute until light brown. Add some salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir for a minute.
In the meantime, let the vapour of the cooker escape completely.
Add the cooked vegetables with the onion and fry for 2 -3 minutes.
Let the cooked vegetable mixture cool.
Now make medium sized balls out of the prepared dough. It will make approximately 5 balls.
Sprinkle some flour and roll out every ball to a medium-sized roti/chapatti.
Roast the roti on a hot Tawa. When brown spots appear on the lower side, flip over the roti and roast the other side in the same manner.
Take the roti and put it on a surface.
Place the cooked vegetables in a line in the middle of the roti. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the vegetables. Apply ketchup over it and roll the roti.
Gently press the roll and seal the two ends. Cut it into 3 pieces.
Heat oil on a tawa or oak. Place the pieces carefully and fry until every side turns golden brown.
Finally, your vegetable franky is ready to serve.
In fact, all the above mentioned healthy and tasty snacks for kids can be cooked in less time. They are also great solutions for Indian kids’ lunch box ideas. Most importantly, moms must try these easy healthy snacks for kids to add vegetables to their diet.
If you want to bake some super easy cookies for your kids, check out this Easy Butter Cookies Recipe with healthy whole wheat flour.
Instead of refined flour, you can also bake this yummy Chocolate Banana Cake with healthy whole wheat flour.