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Pack a Tasty Tiffin

Get your picky eater to actually eat the lunch you pack for him with so much care instead of giving it away to friends or bringing it back home untouched. Give your child a change from mundane everyday food with these healthy and tasty lunchbox ideas for everyday of the week here.

Does your child hate his lunchbox? Does he come home with his food untouched, only to barge into the kitchen ravenously searching for something to eat? Or perhaps, unbeknownst to you, he distributes his tiffin amongst his little gang at school. While your
child's ideal lunch box would consist of pizzas or burgers, you as a parent know that his choice of food does not provide the required nutrition. So what do you do? Pack him a lunch box of daal-chaaval or chapatti and vegetables day after day after day.

Who says that food can not be tasty and healthy at the same time? All that your child really wants is a change from mundane everyday food. And with limitless food options available at our disposal, why do we insist on providing our child with the same food every day? Even vegetarian options can be limitless - all you have to do is cook the same vegetables in a different way, and the entire taste and appearance changes.

Food is not just a feast for the taste buds. While we may believe it targets just one sense, it in fact targets the sense of smell, of sight, of taste and yes, of touch as well. Think about it - mushrooms do not have much of a taste by themselves, but their texture is what makes them so delectable.

Like all parents, you mean well, but just run out of ideas every now and then as to what to pack into your child's lunch box. So here are a few healthy and tasty alternatives that your child is sure to love. 


Skip the white bread. Opt for brown bread instead. Visit the neighbouring bakery for a variety of options. If your child does not like regular brown bread, pick up a foot-long (baguette, roll) or pita instead. Use the same ingredients you always use while making your child a regular sandwich, but put them in a foot-long instead. Add some mayonnaise, and your child will gobble it up. 


If your child likes home-cooked soup, instead of sending your child daal, try sending him soup today with garlic bread or cheese toast. (Avoid making soup from packets as they are not as healthy as fresh soup). Once again, instead of sending him regular bread, pick up multi-grain or mushroom bread for him. 


Watermelon and papaya cubes, kiwi and apple slices, strawberries and grapes make a tasty fruit salad. So if your child likes fruits, let his lunchbox contain some fruits today and at least one other day of the week. You could also take pineapples, cherries and cheese cubes and string them together on a toothpick. It looks exotic and contains a multitude of nutrients to benefit your child.


Instead of water, let your child take sweet lime water (nimbu pani), buttermilk or coconut water in his water bottle a couple of times a week. Send him his favourite vegetable (subji) wrapped up in a chappati, in the style of a frankie or roll. Better yet, substitute chapattis with lightly fried (in ghee) parothis. 


Most children love peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter is not locally available in India, and you may have to buy imported peanut butter. Optionally, it is easy to make peanut butter at home. All you need is a grinder. Take two handfuls of peanuts, a couple of garlic cloves and a little salt. Combine ingredients in a grinder and grind them till you have a paste. You can even add a little butter or oil. If your child likes it spicy, add a little red chilli powder.


Give your child a baked treat! Vegetables baked in white sauce. Instead of using maida in the white sauce, use regular wheat. It will be just as tasty, and incredibly nutritious.

Use wheat flour instead of maida in any form, be it pasta or bread.

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Name: Tushar
Country: India

nice receipy for babys
Name: Tushar
Country: India

nice receipy for babys
Name: Payal
Country: India

Great to plan our kids's lunch box with highly nutritious food.
Name: mona
Country: India

it's a nice tiffin pack...thanks
Name: Kavit
Country: india

it's a nice article.
Name: navya
Country: england

i have an idea to grow cress in the cookie moulds and ask children to make their sandwitch my daughter enjoys it very much.
Name: vaishali
Country: india

this article is very suitable for elder kids who can eat a whole sandwhich or paratha.i would like to have some ideas of foods to be given in tiffin for nursery children.they are picky eaters and prefer dry and tasty food.
Name: Reshma Shetty
Country: india

good one.ihave a 6 year old child who is a fussy eater.this artical would definately help for mothers like me.could we have some artical on sprouted grains for children
Name: Asmita
Country: usa

its a good article but would not know why the author do not recommend to give pasta or white bread to kids???its supposed to be nutritous...
Name: Reva
Country: canada

excellent idea. can we have more suggestions ??? if something worked for some other parents !
Name: Suma
Country: india

this article is totally americanised. can we have something indian...we have lot mroe than mere break , isnt it?
Name: sukeshi
Country: india

why regularly bread? myu child doesnot love bread that much..
Name: padmaja
Country: other

this is good article ,can u give me some more suggestion my kid is very poor in taking the food
Name: Sunita Ghosh
Country: india

hi!the article is good but my child goes to play school.what should a play school going chold should carry???plz suggest.
Name: shaikh
Country: india

article is worth it its really useful for new moms n dads
Name: sm
Country: india

this article is for americam mothers!
Name: Arvind
Country: india

this is good that there a lot more options to choose from nowadays. but the most important thing to be kept in mind is nutrition.
Name: sakira
Country: India

is this article meant for parents with male child only? you have adressed the child as 'him' or 'he' all the time. very politically incorrect!!
Name: Neetu
Country: U.A.E.

delicious & healthy options for lunch box
Name: ushee
Country: India

good but suggest cooked south indian food
Name: sateesh
Country: India

please give some suggestions regarding middle class home-based diet for my child who is 6 and half yrs. old.
Name: sateesh
Country: India

please give some suggestions regarding middle class home-based diet for my child who is 6 and half yrs. old.
Name: jane
Country: India

not practical with kids at all.they wont look at brown bread and franky's etc would turn can a child carry soup?
Name: kiyartini
Country: India

good but not worthy for my child who is a hitler. i have tried every thing and i am realy tierd.
Name: Anu
Country: India

i live in the us and was scanning the web for some easy indian recipes for toddlers. can't believe that things are so westernized in india now. i grew up in india and remember enjoying idlis and dosas for breakfast as a child.

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