Hey mama’s, winters are on their peak, somewhere its snowy, somewhere its foggy. But the best part of the day is when there is some sunlight to soak ourselves and get vitamin D. I still remember those school days, wherein we just used to laze around in the sun with cozy thin blankets, at times reading thrilling novels and at times relishing winter delicacies straight out of mama’s casserole.
Though the roles have reversed and I’m a mama now, I do intend to savour some of those winter delicacies to my pre- schooler child. But, the kids are so picky, I’m most of the times on the run to give my son nutritious yet energetic food to help in their fast growth. Despite practising some simple food arts , I rely on making simple foods healthy and delicious. Being travel addict family, I have to keep ready some travel friendly cuisines as well.
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Hence, here is my shortlisted winter foods that kids are sure to relish and they are full of nutrition :
1. Granola bars :
We so much love these crunchy bars, they are full of Iron, proteins, essential vitamins and are Travel friendly. My son has them in their box whenever we are ready for a drive. I make them out of Rolled oats, pureed dates, muesli and they are rich in almonds, cashew, peanut butter. What else can be more energetic and delicious than these bars on the go? Read out my recipe for Granola bars .
2. Split Mung beans chilla :
Or, Mung daal chilla, can be loved in stuffed or even plain form with green Chutney by kids. We usually have their pakora’s in winters, they taste awesome, but my son instead loves his stuffed chilla. I’m happy since this chilla has the goodness of proteins (base being of mung beans) and stuffing is full of crushed paneer [fresh cottage cheese], carrots, beetroot and capsicum. It really tastes delicious when served with green chutney. A simple, filling and nutritious preparation, loved by kids and adults equally. You can find ample recipe’s on the net for Mung beans stuffed chilla. Try once!
3. Fenugreek leaves [Methi] Parantha with Curry :
Well, that’s not just my son’s favourite, it is a family favourite delicacy relished in winters only. Methi [Green fenugreek leaves], is full of nutrition in the form of proteins, fibres and is iron rich vegetable. It even helps in enhancing milk in breastfeeding mother. Further filling up the dough with methi, fennel seeds, sesame seeds is a great nutritious blend and crispy parantha tastes amazing with curry. They can also be rolled and eaten while travelling. For the variation, you can also cut and add spinach along with methi to make it more healthy.
Do compliment with Til Laddoo’s (sesame seeds – Jaggery balls), which are eaten with great zest during Makar Sankranti.
4. Sarson Saag [Green mustard leaves]- Makki roti [corn flour chapati]:
I’m sure, this is a perfect delicious winter food which is relished by most of us. Last winters, I saw my son’s fascination for this combo and he absolutely loves eating saag and makki roti. To make saag, I add spinach, bathua, mustard leaves all which really makes this food a super healthy for growing kids. It is highly rich in iron and fibres and it tastes delicious as well.
5. Veggie sandwich :
I guess, this is a super fast all time favorite of my son. When we are clueless to cook for breakfast, veggie sandwiches come for the rescue.To make it full of nutrition, I add, corn, spinach leaves, cucumber, onion, carrots, beetroot, cauliflower, all crushed and mixed with Mayonnaise. Its tastes awesome and is always on the go when we plan for a play outing in the sunlight. By this way, we can ensure that kids get the necessary nutrients, be it macro or micro nutrients that help a lot in their growth.
The tastes of these foods are directly proportional to the nutritional values, with both these parameters getting a thumbs up from me and my lil 3.5year old kid. And what better than a happy mama and a happy kid.
How do you make your kids enjoy the nutritious winter foods? Share in the comment section and allow us to circulate more such healthy ideas for our budding champs!