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Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours

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7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love

7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love

In todays era, where pizza, pasta, burger are easily available..kids do not want to indulge or rather dont like eating our desi food.

Forget them, we too sulk in the pool of desserts and have those cheat days. But we wan’t our kids to adopt good and healthy eating habits. And when they don’t we term them as fussy eaters.

Having said that, i am sharing these 7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love so that we as parents can ensure to develop good and healthy eating habits in our children, at the same time keep them excited and happy.

7 FOOD ART IDEAS THAT  KIDS WILL LOVE

1. DOSA – SWANS ON THE PLATE

Out of the seven, this is one of the best food art ideas that kids will love.  Inspired from Kiaan’s favourite story book “The Ugly Duckling”, I have created this food art.

All you need is Dosa Batter and squeeze bottle. Pour the dosa batter into the squeeze bottle and lock it well. Once the tawa is hot,  pour the batter in the shape of the duck. Once cooked just trim it with scissors and place it on the plate.

Well i have used Carrots and Makhana ( Lotus seeds ) to make fishes and corals, you can make use  of any veggie of your choice and the swan foodart is ready

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Hi friends.. As promised, here is my swan foodart ready for all of you. .. Initially i wanted to show two birds in love but i lost my heart shaped cookie cutter and created this simple foodart for your little ones .. Well this is made of 🍽 dosa batter 🍽 topped with multigrain puffs, carrot and mint leaves .. Well the most important question i get is how do i make these shapes.. Well sharing with u a small TIP, i make use of any squeeze bottle (like ketchup bottle), add in the batter and directly make the shape on the tawa. .. And the main dish is ready without investing much of my time. All u need to do is accessorise it the way i have done above. .. If you enjoyed this #dosaart the let me know it in the comments below.. #foodartforkids #foodcraft #foodpresentation #foodstyling #kidsworld #mommydiaries #bloggermama #mamablogger #mamablog #mamablogger #bloggermum #mommyblog #mommyblogger #momblog #bloggermom #momswhoblog #blogonmama #eatmuncehies #thefeedfeed #sgfood #lovefood #morningbreakfast #eattheworld #bestfoodworld #delicious #yahoofood #yummy #toddlerlife

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2. FRUITS – THE OWL in LOVE

Kids refrain from eating fruits these days. I don’t blame them since there are a lot of distractions in form of biscuits, chips etc. However we can act a little smarter by creating a tempting foodart.

 I have made two owl using fruits like pineapple, apple and strawberries. To add a little more flavour i have used cheese and cadbury balls to make the eyes of the owl 

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Its the month of love and since 14th feb is round the corner i thought of creating a cute foodart which depicates love in all form. .. Also to add in it was 14th when my roka happened and it was official we were to tie the knot soon.. .. So celebrating the state of my heart with this cute owls in love made from ✨ pineapple ✨ apple ✨ strawberry ✨ cheese and cadbury balls as eyes ✨pistachios .. Do share your take on it !! .. .. #foodart #foodartforkids #foodblogger #momblogger #indianmom #fruitplatter #motherhoodunplugged #momsofinsta #yummyinmytummy #eeeeeats #buzzfeedfood #healthymom #fussyeaters #funfood #kidsfoodideas #tuesdayismondayy ayy #healthyeatingforkids #momsofig #momhub #momitforward #indianmom #candidlife #flatlay #flatstyle #creativeflatlays #acupofmotherhood #valentines #valentinesday #valentinesday2019

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3. NUTELLA – CAR

Who does not love nutella. We too love the flavour. So i have made a combination snack for my child using multigrain bread, nutella and apple. The idea is to strike the right balance and viola my kid did finished the plate.

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Its been a crazy week for me as kiaans bday celebrations felt a never ending affair… At the same time kiaan got many cars this bday as gift from relatives, friends, in-laws.. .. Well since cars is what kept my attention i tried to make a car foodart using some yummy chocolaty ingredients with fruity flavours. .. This foodart is made of ✨multugrain bread ✨@nutellaindia Spread ✨ apple .. You can also try this with peanut butter but since i used multigrain it did not look that great. .. Also i have not introduced kiaan to nutella..neither i allowed him to eat the bread.. It was more of a fascinating way to offer fruit for me.. And guess what he ate the apple enjoying every bit of it and with no fuss. .. You can try out such tactics too and let me know whether it worked or not. @momspresso @tlc_india @foodfoodtv @kidsstoppress @nutella @flavoursoffun .. #foodart #foodcraft #foodartforkids #motherhoodunplugged #momsofig #momsofinsta #kidsfoodideas #buzzfeed #nutella #yummyinmytummy #eeeeeats #buzzfeedfood #indianfoodblogger #indianmomblogger #flatlay #flatstyle #theuncommonbox #momitforward #storytellingmama #acupofmotherhood #kidsfood #midweekclickin #likzmarch

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4. WATERMELON – CABLE CAR TO SWISS

Beating the summer heat is possible if we hydrate ourselves well with juices, fruits, yogurt, buttermilk. My 2 year old never preferred watermelon and getting him to eat one was a huge task. This foodart aroused a lot of curiosity in him as i had showed him what cable car was, he got super excited and ate it all.

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For all mommas out there who have kids who do not like watermelon here is a simple foodart for them. .. Kiaan saw a cable car image in one of the magazine and asked me what it is. Well i took it as an opportunity to feed him watermelons instead. .. Well the end result of how much he had, you will see in my stories but for me every bite counts. .. So to make the foodart you would need 🍉 Round shape cookie cutter to cut the watermelons as shown in the picture 🍉 little cheese 🍉 multigrain bread 🍉 chocolate sauce or @nutellaindia 🍉 sugar powder .. All you need to do is 🍉 Take the watermelon and cut in the desired shape and place them on the plate 🍉 Add cheese as shown in the picture 🍉Take a bread and cut it in triangle shape. Spread the chocolate sauce and sprinkle sugar to give a now effect 🍉Foodart is ready to be served. .. This foodart is needs proper placement of the ingredients and can be done within 15 mins. .. I hope you enjoyed this. Would appreciate if you could share your feedback in the comments below.. .. #foodart #foodartist #watermelonlover #summerfruit #kidslove #parentinglife #motherhoodrising #momentsinmotherhood #lifeasmama #igmotherhood #motherhoodinspired #storytellingmama #yougottaeatthis

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5. RICE SABZI PLATTER – MEOW GOES THE CAT

Most of the time i get many request from mom who tell me to create foodart with our daily meal – the roti, sabzi, dal and rice. Kiaan is fascinated with kitty and hence i chose to make this foodart for him keeping in mind of our traditional food system

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I get many request to create foodart with our daily meal i.e roti, sabzi, dal and rice. So today i decided to make the lunch special by making this cute catty foodart .. One of the reasons is also kiaan's play school starting tomm and i am excited n nervous as well to see him go to a school, so i just thought of making the lunch fun today through my foodart .. To make this foodart, you need ✨ rice which has to be given shape of cat and eyes made out of green olives ✨ tree made of roti and veggies ✨ the ground is made of masala roti .. I hope you love this creation.. Its very easy to make, roll the roti for tree and just give the animal shape to the rice and voila it is ready. .. Do share your comments and feedback and show some love !! .. #foodart #foodcraft #foodstyling #kidsmeal #lunchideas #kidslunchbox #wholesomemeal #indianmomblogger #indianinstagramers #momlife #funwithfood #kidsmealideas #eeeeeats #yummyinmytummy #flatlay #creativeflatlays #inspiremyinstagram #mumbaimomblogger #fussyeaters #foodartforkids #catlovers

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6. TOMATO RICE – YOGA POSE

For Kiaan rice means plain white steamed rice, If i make pulao or biryani or even just add turmeric, he will refuse to eat it. This makes me loose my sanity . 

So on the international yoga day, i tired to keep calm and make this girl practising yoga made from tomato pulav  and adding his favorite jaggery biscuits by early foods . Kiaan did not eat the whole plate but manged to eat couple of morsels.

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HAPY INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY!!! .. Let me confess today. I hated yoga for years .. I never found any purpose in doing it until last dec i made a choice to pursue yoga for mental health as motherhood was overwhelming.. And since then i have started loving it.. .. So today, when kiaan came home from school he told me he did yoga in the school,i became super excited about it.. Until now i had never spoken about yoga to him so i thought to have a fun session of yoga with him on our dinner table .. So as usual i keep telling him to eat healthy like sabzi, roti, dal and rice and for the first time he ate tomato pulav without a fuss .. Ps Foodart is made of ✨Tomato pulav ✨ @earlyfoods jaggery biscuits .. #foodcraft #eeeeeats #yummyinmytummy #buzzfeed #buzzfeedfood #parentinghack #internationalyogaday2019 #internationalyogaday #foodartforkids #foodart #indianinstagramers #momblogger #flatlay #flatstyle #picoftheday #foodoftheday #parentinglife #creativeflatlays #creative #kidsblogger

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7. CORN – MR. & MRS BHUTTA

It’s monsoon season now, and we all relish on yummy bhutta available roadside. Well this is my favourite and Kiaan’s as well, however just for the love of food i made this foodart. After all foodart is not only about fussy eating it is also about being happy.

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These are some last corn cobs of the season I have it in my home and I thought of creating this cute Man-Lady foodart Honestly I was not too happy the one I had made it some time back and it was going on in my mind. So here it is my foodart of this season. I hope you enjoy it. Very simple to make ✔️I have used olives, apple and cheese to give the look of the man: woman ✔️do not remove the outer skin just leave it at the end and curl the skin to give a dress appearance to the woman looking cob Let me know what do you think about it.. I would appreciate all your comments.. #themagicplatter #foodartforkids #foodcraft #corncobs #yummyinmytummy #nomnom #buzzfeeedfood #kidsblogger #makingfoodfunforkids #kidssnack #goodlikez

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These were the 7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love, hope you enjoyed and plan to make some of the foodarts for your child as well.

In case you want to have sneak peek on various foodart i made earlier you can check it here.

Plz do show some love by commenting or sharing the post with your friends and family.

 PS – You can avail 20% discount coupon on Early Food products using my coupon code  10MGPSJ1905

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A road trip to the indian farms with a toddler

A road trip to the indian farms with a toddler

As parents, entertaining a toddler in summer season or rather vacations is always a task. No matter how much we indulge them in summer workshops, get them to play outdoors or in a play area, channelizing their energy is one of the toughest things to do.

Well, this makes us to get creative and I often land up painting with my little one or doing some DIY activity. But one of the mid summer weekends my husband surprised us by organizing a travel trip to the Indian farms with a toddler.

We set off to a very off beat destination in Maharashtra – Deolali which is quite near to Nasik. Thankfully, we had our friends second home and were not worried about our stay. But the question was why Deolali in particular?

A road trip to the Indian farms with my toddler
Indian Farm

I got to know some interesting facts about this beautiful place

  • It was a no-industrial zone thereby ensuring agriculture was one of the primary source of income
  • It falls under the army cantonment zone which makes the town to follow army policies which we all know is pretty stringent and good in a way
  • Third – the place is surrounded with greenery with beautiful old banyan trees and amazing farmland even in these hot months, which is a rare sight in India.

But facts are facts unless you live by it. And the fun started when we began a road trip to visit the indian farms.

Initially, Kiaan was super excited to see cows and play with calf’s over there. He  generally refrains from touching animals but here he did not want to leave the cute baby calf.  He fed them hay and jaggery ladoo, saw the process of how we milk the cows and got some fresh milk for himself to drink at our home.

A road trip to the Indian farms with a toddler
Kiaan playing with the calf

He loved exploring the farms and would walk in right away. He played with mud and got all messy and even tried to identified vegetables and tell me to eat it all. The farmers there were so loving that they offered us fresh produce of cabbage, cauliflower, ladyfinger on daily basis with practically no money. I remember buying one cauliflower during our return trip to Mumbai for just Rs 5/-.

We even got him to explore a nursery farm – a place where the owner grows the sapling of a particular vegetable and farmers buy the sapling and graft them in their fields making the growth process faster. Kiaan was given a chilli plant which we have planted in our small pot and waiting it to bloom.

A road trip to the indian farm with a toddler
Kiaan holding a chilly plant sapling

But what excited him the most was the little water tank in the farms where he could splash the water and get wet and enjoy the moment.

Although the trip was a short one, I realized the potential benefits and learning’s my son received

  • Sensory Opportunities – like the textures of the animal fur, the dryness of the hay, the wet grass and the smooth vegetables and the unusual smell of mud, hay, flowers etc
  • Appreciation of Nature – One of the most basic knowledge on where food comes from and how it grows etc., is well understood and the recall factor is very high
  • Best source of live academic information
  • A great inspiration towards leading a healthy life as we can craft stories and share information to the kids in the best possible manner

A road trip to the Indian farms with a toddler
Farm Nursery

Personally for me, thIs rodt trip to the Indian farms proved to be the best development opportunity in these vacations, and I would suggest all parents whenever you are off to countryside plz go to such farms and let your kids explore the non urban lifestyle in the best form.

I hope you enjoyed my first musing on travel, I also write about food, parenting in general and family. You can check my work in the musings section of the magic platter.

At the same time let me tell you, i am inspired by my blogger friend Neha from growingwithnemit to share my opinion on travel. Do check out her blog as she has recently also written a book on travel with toddlers.

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A couple of weeks back i had been on crazy wedding spree with my toddler that i had drained out all my energy taking care of him, managing the back-end supplies needed in the wedding, comforting the guest and playing a full time role as a parent, wife, daughter in law that all my energies had burned and died out making me look and feel weak  as ever . However when i was coming back and  had boarded a flight back to mumbai, the flight attendants announcement got my attention. And it said…  “if the oxygen masks drop down, you should first put on your own mask, and ‘then assist small children.’’
A super simple statement but an important parenting advice for life in general. Yes, our children have many needs that need to be met, and even more desires they would like you to fulfill. But in order to have the energy to care for them, you need to make sure that you’re also taking care of yourself!
As moms, it’s easy to get worn down, worn out, and exhausted. We are constantly caring for other people and if we aren’t careful, we’ll just completely burn out. Its important to Take a few whiffs of parenting oxygen now so that it helps to rejuvenate you. I know most of us feel the same but don’t know when to get started or rather how .. With this in mind, i am sharing few tips on how i renergize myself so that i enjoy and keep a calm nerve for mommy duties

1. Remove Some of the Drains

I read a book “Leading on Empty” and was so challenged by the author’s encouragement to make a list of those things that drain you and those things that energize you. When I made my list, I realized that things were very lopsided in my life: I was doing a lot more things that drained me and very few things that energized me.
Can I encourage you to try this exercise sometime this week? It may just be as eye-opening to you as it was to me!

2. Make Real-Life Friendships a Priority

Even if you’re an introvert like me, friendships are a necessity. Make them a priority. Ask your friend over for lunch. Say “yes” to the park playdate. Call or text your friend to see how she’s doing if you haven’t heard from her in a while.
Now, I must be quick to say that, if you’re a social butterfly, you might be burning yourself out by having too much social interaction. You might need to cut back and set some boundaries on how many social engagements or ministry opportunities so that you have more margin in your day.
Find a healthy balance that works for you. But whatever that healthy balance is, I promise you that it does not consist of you hiding away in your home as a hermit!

3. Shut the Electronics Down an hour prior to sleeping 

I have made a duty to shut down browsing internet or watching netflix at least an hour prior to sleep. I don’t always accomplish this, but I’ve found that I always wake up more energized and refreshed when I do.

4. Take a Hot Cold Shower

It may sound absurd but since the time i switched from hot showers to a hot cold shower format my body feels recharged, refreshed, and reconnected with my soul and it’s been the best decisions to keep the energy running.
All i do is start with warm water switch to cold and again warm and cold and end the shower with cold water

5. Get Up Early

I had been a morning person once upon a time. But erratic working hours, hubby’s time table etc got me in the habit of staying awake at nights. but ever since i have started my morning ritual, I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes!
I dare you to try getting up 15 to 30 minutes before the rest of your family for 3-4 weeks and just see if it makes a difference. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up having a lot more energy and productivity by getting a head start on your day.

6. Exercise

30 mins a day is all you need to renergize. Studies have shown that regular, moderate exercise fights fatigue and releases feel-good endorphins. Plus, when you’re fit, your body works more efficiently, so everything you do will feel easier and you’ll be better able to get through your day without hitting a wall of exhaustion

7. Listen to music and even sing loudly

This might seem a little crazy, but it’s just about near impossible to be despondent when you’re singing at the top of your lungs. In fact, I’ve found that even when I’m exhausted,  I turn on some upbeat music and start singing, I’m infused with a complete renewal of energy. Try it sometime and see if you prove me wrong!
Well these are some of my hacks that helps me to  energize myself so that i am not exhausted performing parenting duties

 

This post is a part of Momology blog train hosted by Thoughts by Geethica,SlimexpectationsMummasaurus and Truly Yours Roma,sponsored by FirstCry Intellikit, Instacuppa, Diet Funda, Hugs n tugs, Tina Basu, Unorthodoxpeeps, Lotus Herbals baby and Shumee toys.

This write-up is on the prompt for Week 2 – 5 ways to energize yourself when you are exhausted of parenting.

I would like to thank Pooja, a wonderful writer, for introducing me in the Momology Blog Train.  I would like to introduce the next amazing blogger, Prerna wahi who is part of the #MOMOLOGY blog train

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Tips to celebrate Halloween with kids in India

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Let me be very honest, it is very little I know about Halloween. But from whatever I have read, the following is my understanding of the festival.

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is believed it was originated during the ancient celtic festival of Samhain, where people would lightt bonfires and wear spooky costumes to ward off the evil.

Whereas we in India celebrate diwali to mark the return of Lord Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman from their 14 year long exile in the forest as well as celebrating victory over Ravana.

With such two different thought processes, two different origins, becoming a part of the festival may seem weired but the good part is one can gain some knowledge and learn about the culture and festivals. So I am here sharing some tips to celebrate halloween with Kids in India

TIP 1 Host a Halloween Play Date at home

This can be a lot of hardwork, but can be one of the most fun way of celebrating the festival. Deck up your house with Halloween decorations like fake cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, hanging skeletons and more. Plan your food and drinks in Halloween style with eateries shaped like monsters, cupcakes oozing out blood-coloured jam. And the most important plan some fun engaging Halloween activities for kids and enjoy the madness. If you cant host  a party go to the ones that are organised for the kids

TIP 2 PARTICIPATE IN HALLOWEEN COMPETITIONS

There are various competitions organised for kids like Halloween Fancy Dress Costume, Halloween Drama etc. make your kids a part of those so they will learn more above it and also get your creative minds ticking. This will lead to more research, more knowledge and more enjoyment.

TIP 3 CREATE A HALLOWEEN BOOK READING and ACTIVITY CLUB

Create a club with mommies residing nearby wherein every mom will read out a hallloween story and conduct activities 3 times a week. Kids can also exchange books with each other and have some fun . It would be advisable to have this club for 15-20 days and ensure kids can take the most out of it

TIP 4 CREATE A HALLOWEEN THEME BRUNCH WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE

If you like experimenting with food then this can be the time. Just wear on your chef hat along with the little one and make some pumpkin enriched meals for your family. You can also try out your hands on Foodart like me and make normal meal times fun for kids.

TIP 5 TAKE A HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE

Plan an offbeat trip like camping with your little one or going to resorts near the forest. Make tents, light a bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate along with toasted marshmallows or savor spicy treats. Play games to make it a more thrilling Halloween night. The eerie sounds of the jungle and the insects will surely add the drama for a perfect Halloween ambiance.

Hope you enjoyed these 5 tips to celebrate halloween with kids in India. And incase you like the foodart too visit my instagram page to know what indian ingredients i have used to make this foodart and i am sure you will be a little surprised afte rall its diwali time too !!