Healthy recipes for kids

healthy kids recipes that all kids love

Most homemakers/mothers are looking for healthy recipes for kids? Now with so many varieties of ready foods available in the market, you may find it difficult to persuade kids to eat healthy home cooked food. But it is possible.

All parents, especially homemakers/mothers want to feed healthy foods to their kids and the whole family. One step towards that is to make homemade foods.

If you are a busy person, working outside home, caring for elderly and sick and babies, the time you can spend in the kitchen is limited. You may be too tired even when you get time to work.

The tempting advertizements on the media make it more difficult for a homemaker to convince kids to appreciate home cooked dishes.

Now every thing is easily available to buy. So it is convenient and easy to choose that option. Getting ready foods from restaurants, pizza stores and other eateries is okay once in a while. But these foods contain more oil, sugar and salt to make them more tasty and that is not good for everybody's health, including kids. The ill effects may not be visible immediately as they may take a few years to develop.

You can see that child obesity is in the increase and there are more diabetic kids.

Now kids want to eat a variety of foods including dishes from other countries. Learning to make these foods is a necessity for mothers. If you do not learn to make them at home, you will need to spend more time and money to get these foods from outside. The bad effects of these foods on health are additional and more serious disadvantage.

Even when kids agree about eating vegetables and fruits when you talk to them, you can find them removing the healthy ingredients such as vegetables from their foods at the dinner table. You also find the vegetables coming back home in their lunch boxes.

Kids learn from parents example. If you, as a parent are cooking food at home and eating that, it will encourage your children to do the same.

Hope the healthy kids recipes given below help you feed your children homemade foods and keep them bouncing with health and vitality.

Healthy kids recipes

Vegetable Rava upma - Namkin halwa

Rava upma with onion and /or vegetables. Easy south Indian breakfast recipe.

Also known as uppittu(Kannada), tikhat sanja(Marathi), namkin halwa(Hindi) etc.

Bread Upma

 - Quick Snack with fresh or a day old - leftover bread.

Onion rava upma

Rava upma with onion, uppittu, tikhat sanja.

Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish.

Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.

Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.

Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.

Maddur vada-Vade

- Maddur vada is a specialty snack from Karnataka. It is yummy as a tea time snack or a picnic snack. Keeps for a week or so. Very convenient.

Ragi Roti - Finger-millet flat bread

- serve with desi ghee and coconut chutney . Or with your favorite chutney, pickle or curry.

Served for breakfast or as a quick meal at other times.

Gujrati Dhokla

- Gujarati steamed dhokla - khaman dhokla. A chickpea flour steamed Gujarati snack.

Rava khaman dhokla

Dhokla made with rava - semolina

Mango Lassi - Mango smoothie

- made with mango, an Indian summer fruit and yogurt as a snack or for breakfast.

When mangoes are not in season, this can be made with mango pulp, store bought or home preserved.

Spicy Mango rice - Mavinkai chitranna

- Mango rice made using sour green mango. A recipe from South India.

Besan burfi - Indian dessert

Besan burfi - Indian dessert and festival sweet recipe made with Besan / gram flour/ chickpea flour.

Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.

Besan Kadhi

Besan kadhi is made with gram flour and buttermilk or yogurt. A good accompaniment for plain rice or khichadi.

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