When it comes to making snacks for kids, many moms find themselves puzzled and challenged. Read on to learn about 20 best snacks for kids that you can come up with and help your child have a healthy homemade stuff.
Moms always want to pack lunch boxes of their kids with health and nutrition as well as want to make it interesting for kids. It is advisable to pack vegetarian food items in the lunch box of kids because packing non-vegetarian items for hours can be risky as they are perishable. However, you can prepare and serve non-vegetarian snacks for your kids when they get back from school.
Top 20 Snacks Ideas for Kids
Have a quick look at the top 20 best snacks ideas for kids.
1. Aloo Kulcha
Aloo kulcha is crisp and at the same time soft leavened bread stuffed with spicy potatoes that are boiled and mashed beforehand. You can serve this with some vegetable. However, kids like them even with tomato ketchup or any chutney.
2. Badam Pista Barfi
Badam pista barfi can be made and preserved for few days. This is a very good option for working moms because they can prepare and store this ready to eat and a very healthy snack whenever they get some time. The preparation time is also not long and so they are easy to make and tasty to eat. You can also use honey instead of sugar while preparing this dish to make it a healthy eating option.
3. Vegetable Parathas
You can make this in a very short time span also. If you cut and boil or steam different vegetables and keep it in the refrigerator at night or in the morning, you can make vegetable parathas when your child comes home. They are healthy, filling and kids like them a lot. These parathas stay soft even when they cool down. So, you can pack these parathas in the lunch box of your child also.
4. Cheese Biscuits
These biscuits can be made on even tawa and taste like bread. They are American version of biscuits which are different from what we call biscuits. These are made without an oven and go well as starter or tea time biscuit. You can serve them plain or make a dip to make it all the more appealing for your child.
5. Lauki Thepla
Theplas are quite filling and when eaten in reasonable amount, they are not heavy also. You can prepare theplas with lauki or bottle gourds, methi or fenugreek leaves and many more. Children will love this with chutney or sauce.
6. Grilled Aloo Sandwich
Grilled Aloo sandwiches are very easy and quick to make. Even if your child is very hungry, you can make them in few minutes of time. They are filling and will provide your child the energy that she needs for the rest of the day.
7. Boiled Egg Sandwich
You simply need to boil eggs and toast the bread to make boiled egg sandwich. You can even keep the bread raw if your child likes soft sandwiches. Add according to the taste of your child and serve. To make it a healthy eating option use brown bread.;
8. Vegetable Uttapam
Uttapam is a very good afterschool snack for kids because it provides the right amount of energy so that they complete their homework and also stay fresh till dinner time. You can add vegetables of different colours to the uttapam to make it healthy and give it a colourful and beautiful look as well.
9. Vegetable Idli
Preparation of idli can be done beforehand and so you do not have to rush to make something filling for your child when he or she is hungry. To give the same idli a different look and better approach, add different types of vegetables that are finely chopped to the batter before steaming the idlis.
10. Eggs Role
Egg role is one of the easiest and quickest of snacks that you can make for kids of all age groups and they would love to have them anytime. You can also put in boiled eggs for a change by finely cutting the eggs and mixing some Indian spices along with onion to it before making the roles.
Poha is a Maharashtrian dish and can be made in almost 15 â€“ 20 minutes of time. It will keep your child feeling full for at least 2- 3 hours and he or she will like it a lot as well.
12. Vegetable Spring Roles
Vegetable spring roles are even perfect for brunch or dinner. You can also prepare them as afterschool snack so that your child feels happy and special. You can even add paneer or cottage cheese with vegetables to give it a special touch and taste. If your child loves eggs, add scrambled eggs to it. Add and subtract ingredients as you like or your child prefers.
13. Fruit Chat
Children do not prefer eating fruits directly and often the reason is their lighter taste. You can make fruit chat by adding up chat masala to different types of fruits chopped in equal sizes. You can make the recipe keeping in mind the taste of your child.
14. Paneer Tikka or Cutlet
Since paneer is a good source of protein, making paneer tikka or cutlet will be a healthy snack option for your child. You can add peas and other green vegetables along with paneer and potato to the cutlet to enhance its nutritious value as well as taste.
Dosa is a south Indian recipe liked by children of almost every region, the crispy taste of dosa along with spicy sambhar or chutney will make your child eat even if she is a choosy kid.
Upma is made by rawa and is another healthy snack for kids. You can add peas, cauliflower and other vegetables finely chopped or make upma with roasted groundnuts. Both the ways of preparation adds health and taste as well to the daily diet of your child.
17. Vegetable Cutlets
Vegetable Cutlets are filling and appealing snack for kids. The preparation time is not long if vegetables are already boiled and helps your child have a full feeling also after having some of the cutlets. You can present this in another way also by putting a cutlet along with chutney and ketchup. You can use variety of vegetables in cutlets.
18. Pav Bhaji
This is another fast to cook snack liked by all kids. You can even prepare this for dinner or plan a brunch on Sundays. No matter when or how you serve, your children are going to like them.
Bhel are made in different ways. Some prefer it dry while some like wet chutney and other stuff with it. However, no matter what you like, add as many spices and ingredients as you want and see what it turns into. You can always experiment with bhel and they will turn out tasty, for sure.
Fruit smootheis are one of the easiest, healthiest
and quickest snacks for kids. Stock your childâ€™s favourite fruits in your
refrigerator and blend them with milk or yogurt and serve it to your kid
whenever he or she is hungry. The best thing about fruit soomthies is that you
can try a new fruit everyday so that your child does not get bored of having same
thing every day. Giving fruit smoothies is also an interesting way to include
fruits and milk in your childâ€™s diet.
Snacks can be altered or modified considering the taste of your child. However, it is good to make it healthier and avoid making and offering fatty and sugary snacks often to your kids. You can make different types of snacks from one basic recipe. Add whatever your child likes and what is good for her making sure that the ingredients go well and complement each otherâ€™s taste in the final dish that comes out.
Which are the healthy snacking options for kids? Which Indian snacks are unhealthy for kids? How to make interesting snacks for kids? Discuss here.
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