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Energy Date Balls Recipe for Kids and Toddlers

Energy Date Balls Recipe for Kids and Toddlers

As a parent, I have always been looking forward to craft some yummy recipes for my child which can be easy, quick and instant at the same time healthy.  As a mom, I found my child being little iron deficient and so I wanted to offer iron rich foods and dates is something that suits their taste buds too. So one consistent food I have been offering my little one irrespective of the seasons is date and hence sharing the Energy Date Balls Recipe for Kids and Toddlers

Before I begin, this recipe can have multiple variations. You can always change the dryfuit mixture from walnuts to pistachios or even figs, you can add in chocolate sauce if your child gets too bored or refuses to eat. you can even add peanut if he is not allergic in for of raw crushed peanuts or peanut butter for the texture. The choice is upto you and your kids nutrition requirement.

So lets begin and Learn to make Energy Date Balls Recipe for Kids and Toddlers

So do share your feedback and enjoy this yummy snack recipe Energy Date Balls and let me know your feedback in form of comments below.

For more recipes you can check the recipe section of my site.

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Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours

Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours

Finally the monsoon season has started with a bang, and Mumbai is already drenched in its heavy rain. However rains cannot be enjoyed if you do not offer a complementing meal to it. Well in this post I and Foram Modi from The Slim Possible Diet have shared some Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours.

Generally, kids or adults of any age would love to munch on hot pakodas, chai, vada pav etc during rainy season. It’s fun to enjoy these food once a while, but to maintain a healthy lifestyle we need to consume nutrient based foods. Today, Ill be sharing how we can entice young minds to eat healthy and enjoy the monsoon through rainbow colours. 

So let’s begin with our first colour and a beautiful presentation by my friend Foram Modi

1 VIOLET

Foram has made lovely iddiyapam and given a natural violet colour using jamun as the key ingredient in her recipe !! Well jamun in indiyappam is never heard before but this twist in her recipe focuses on health and taste making it special for the kids. Check the recipe in the post

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Violet Idiyappam nest Its a healthy twist in traditional Idiyappam For Violet color: *Soak jambu ( black plump/ Jambul / Black jambul/ Indian blackberry etc) *Deseed them carefully. *Blend the pulp in the blender by adding 2-3 spoons if wastewater and pinch of salt. *Strain the pulp and keep aside ( use immediately ) For Idiyappam : *2 ½ cups roasted rice flour ( You can roast at home ) *1 cups salted boiling water( use as per need) INSTRUCTIONS *Place rice flour in a heatproof bowl. *Add the violet pulp and mix well Add warm water little by little and stir with a spoon. Mix you smooth dough when warm ( maybe warm be careful) *Brush the idiyappam steamer or idli steamer lightly with oil. *Fill the greased idiyappam press( chalky press) with the dough, and close with a lid. *Press into noodles onto the greased idli steamer molds. *Place the idli molds in the steamer. *Close with lid. Steam for 5- 6 minutes. *Turn off the heat. Leave the steamer to cool slightly before opening the lid. *Serve warm but if your sending your child for tiffin add little ghee and pack in foil paper. 🐦For garnish *I wanted to make it as a Bird's nest with egg 🥚 and sparrows🐦. *For nest place the idiyappam like nest close to each other. *For 🥚 egg make roll cheese or paneer ( I used cheese @britanniacheese ) into a round shape For making it more colorful you can add @cadburydairymilkin Gems For sparrow, I used sparrow cookie mold and cut paneer using it and sprinkles chat masala 🐥🐤 Sprinkle it with chocolate flakes Enjoy the nest with a pure veg egg😅😆 Do give it a try and tag us #slimpissiblediet and #themagicplatter And comment below if you like it. #slimpissiblediet #foodart #foramkmodi #eurokidspreschool #eurokidsmiraroad #foodfun#learning #violet #rainbowweek #vivaankmodi #recipe #bird #best #pureveg #colourforlife #themagicplatter#foodart#idiyappam Ps: I'm not a master, just learning food art, ignore the mistake.😅🥰

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2. PURPLE

Our second monsoon food idea for kids  is very dear to me, bcaz i just encountered various health benefits of purple cabbage and have shared a south indian salad recipe. 

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Hi fellas, as a part of the rainbow week organised by me and @foramkmodi I am sharing todays theme indigo colour food recipe called RED CABBAGE AND COCONUT PORIYAL. .. This can be also an healthy option which can be given to kids in their snack and lunch box and ill also share it as a part of our giveaway initiative #BackToSchoolDabba .. RECIPE Ingredients ✔️ 1 cup chopped red cabbage ✔️ 1/4 cup grated coconut ✔️ 1/2 small onion ✔️ 1 or 2 garlic cloves ✔️ 1 red mirichi (optional) ✔️ 1 tsp urad dal ✔️ 1 tsp cummin seeds ✔️ 1 tsp mustard ✔️ 2 to 3 curry leaves ✔️ 2tsp oil ✔️ salt as per taste . Method ✨in a pan heat oil,add urad dal, mustard seeds and let them crackle ✨add curry leaves and red cabbage and saute it for 2 mins ✨ cover the lid and let it cook for 4 to 5 mins ✨ in the mean time grind all the other ingredients together and make a dry paste ✨ add it into the cooked cabbage ✨ add salt and let it cool and serve warm .. For the monster inc foodart i have given the shape of the monster with the recipe and added cheese and cadbury balls as eyes and bread as mouth .. #vegetarianrecipe #recipeoftheday #southindianfood #flatlay #theuncommonbox #creativeflatlays #yummymummy #flatlaylover #vegetarianfood #snackbox #snackideas #snackitup #kidsmealideas #kidslunchboxideas #instafood #instamom #mumbaimommyblogger #slimpossiblediet #themagicplatter #muvdeclikzz

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3. BLUE

Technically it is very tricky to have natural blue colour to give it to our meals unless you use food colour. But since we are talking about health and kids we decided not to add any artificial flavours and Foram choose to make blueberry jam sandwhich

4. GREEN

A lot can be done with green colour, since you can use spinach or peas and have ample of varieties. However I chose to make Green Moong Dal Chilla and my focus was more into foodart and he enjoyed it completely.

5. YELLOW

Most of the kitchen ingredients are yellow colour. And i choose a meal which can go even in the lunch box easily i.e Lemon Rice. But what if the rice looks like a Giraffe, will you have it ? I bet you will.

6. Orange

Carrots work the best to give an orange colour to your meals and thats what we did , we made carrot shaped bread pizza using carrots. Confused ? Well this is how it looks like

8. RED

This one is very special to me. We are dosa lover family and hence i decided to make beetroot dosa for my son and at the same time wanted to surprise him with his fav charachter PEPPA PIG FOODART. But my son outrightly rejected saying its not Peppa Pig. Well it did not work for me , hopefully should work for you.

Well these are some Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours. Hope you loved it and do make few recipes or foodart for your kids too.

Also you can check many more foodarts made by me over here.

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Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with  Probiotic Enterogermina

Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with Probiotic Enterogermina

Diarrhoea, one of the most common ailments occurring to children specially below 5 years of age, is a common problem that may last a few days or may disappear on its own. I have a 2year old and I understand how frequent this can occur at this tender age.

Mostly children go through acute diarrhoea i.e lasting not more than 14 days. This can be because of seasonal variations specially before the onset of monsoon or at the end of dry summers, food allergies or disorders, lactose intolerance, problem with the celiac disease & inflammatory bowel disease etc.

As per WHO Diarrhoea is the second killer in the world. And these stats talk about how we are unaware of this mild – aggressive disease.

Considering to be privileged, I got to attend the #happytummiesmeet   organized by Enterogermina who shared some facts and broke my myths on diarrhoea, how to treat it and ensure to adopt probiotics before antibiotics for my child’s health.

The event started with a very informative session hosted by Paediatrician Dr. Zinal Unadkat who shared her wisdom on the subject. She expressed a very simple plan of action to treat kids with diarrhoea.

Managing Diarrhoea with Probiotic Enterogermina

Managing Diarrhoea with Probiotic Enterogermina

  • Offer as much of fluids containing electrolytes to kids
  • If the baby is breastfeeding, then the breastfed milk is one of the best way to have a speedy recovery
  • Maintain hygiene levels like wash your hands after every diaper change, change diaper immediately after a bowel to prevent rash, use water instead of wipes
  • Most importantly make use of probiotics to reduce the incidences of diarrhoea and ensure the balance of good bacteria in the body

Why Probiotics ?

Our gut has both good bacteria & bad bacteria. When your body is attacked by external pathogens, the bacterial balance is affected and then there is a rise of bad bacteria. That is where Enterogermina helps to improve the growth of good bacteria helping to restore the gut function making it Paediatricians No.1 choice

With the abundance of information, and some Q&A sessions the event proceeded ahead with some fun games organized for the kids like the one below.

Managing Diarrhoea with Probiotic Enterogermina
Kiaan feeding healthy food to Popeye

The cartoon character Popeye has always been an inspiration to get kids to eat spinach. Enterogermina emphasized on healthy eating habits by giving healthy & junk food cards to kids. They had to throw the junk food cards in the health bin and feed the healthy food to popeye. Kids had fun and obviously learnt a lot about good food eating habits.

Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with  Probiotic Enterogermina
Meet the bad bacteria
Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with  Probiotic Enterogermina
Meet the good bacteria

Also, there was a lovely skit organized explaining good-bad bacteria & importance of one’s gut health using Enterogermina . It was fun and entertaining to kids as well as adults. Kiaan was super happy yet reluctant to meet the man bacteria.

The event ended with a very informative TVC by Enterogermina Probiotics and some lovely goodies for moms and kids.

Overall, the event gave a lot of insights helping us moms to know how we can address the diarrhoea issues and take right steps to keep our child at ease. At the end we want our kids to jump around make noise and be healthy and #happytummiesmeet taught us how to Fight Diarrhoea with Enterogermina in the best way possible.

Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with  Probiotic Enterogermina
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Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Do you know any kid who is not in love with cookies and biscuits. ? Well i know my little fellow could be a brand ambassador of cookie culture. He loves, savors and relishes cookies and it is one of his regular evening snacks.

But as a mom I have always worried about his cookies consumption simply because of lack of nutrition and over usage of sugars and artificial flavours. Although there are products which claim their cookies are made of “wholewheat”, “fibre-rich” or “oatmeal”, the actual proportion of wholewheat, fibre and oats may be just 5-10% (within limits prescribed by food safety regulator) while the remaining composition is of unhealthy refined flour.

Also under the kids and baby food segment, I  encountered cookies which are organic in nature, but my little one refused to consume it on account of taste, or lack of easy availability and still some had high percentage of sugar.

As you all know, i believe in the goodness of indian ingredients and I wanted my kid to enjoy cookies but at the same time wanted traditional ingredients like cookies made out of jaggery and flour like Nachni, Amaranth, Sattu Maavu and i finally stumbled upon this lovely mom founded organic brand named “EARLY FOODS” that focused into offering traditional indian food in a modernized way that would frame a healthy lifestyle habit.

“EARLY FOODS” strongly promotes to feed Fresh, Natural and Chemical Free Food to the Children. With the purity in the companies objective, they have used their insights to create a wide range of cookies that is specially designed and formulated keeping young kids in mind.

REVIEW OF EARLY FOODS JAGGERY COOKIES 

PRODUCT PACKAGING

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

 

 

Early Foods Cookies come in conventional packaging, with a cuboidal cardboard box and a food grade on the inner side. 

The good part is the packaging clearly mentions there is no refined sugar, no baking powder/soda or raising agents, no artificial preservatives – making it 100% chemical free, thereby allowing purchasing decision to happen smoothly

Overall the packing is simple, colourful with not very kiddish outlook but ensuring the cookies don’t crumble within to disappoint the kids.

TASTE

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kidsThey stick to the claim of offering pure jaggery flavored cookies. The flavour of jaggery is so distinctive that it seeps even in the chocolate flavoured cookie.

Some of you may even find the cookie to be a littler harder and lacking smoothness, but that is because of the whole-grains flour used. Refine foods melt in your mouth but whole-grains food need to be chewed well, so if you find it hard just dip it in milk and feed your kid.

The cookie texture and taste reminds me of my childhood days on how my grandmom use to make biscuits at home, when there were no ovens and still it use to turn out crunchy and yummy. Similarly, bcaz of the use of ancient ingredients like ragi, sattu maavu etc. combined with jaggery there is an outburst of indian flavours which you would want your kids to explore.

Also, the cookies are not super sweet in taste but i rather say its perfectly sweet, making it easily edible & enticing the tastebuds.

VARIETY

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Early Foods currently offers 6 different variants of cookies

  • Organic Ragi Choco Jaggery Cookies
  • Organic Multigrain Sattu Maavu Jaggery Cookies
  • Organic Ragi Amaranth Jaggery Cookies
  • Organic Dry Fruit Jaggery Cookies
  • Organic Gluten Free Jaggery Cookies
  • Organic Beetroot Jaggery Cookies

They make use of whole organic food-grains, organic jaggery and cow butter. Non organic ingredients include various nuts & seeds, spices, milk, & others.

My kid relishes dry fruit, ragi choco and gluten free flavoured cookies. I believe this is the only brand which offers such a good mix of traditional ingredients and flavours.

PORTION SIZE

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

A 150 pack of cookies contain around 14 cookies . You may find the size of the biscuit small but unlike others it has dense nutrition content. I would recommend to give your kid 1-2 biscuits a day. My toddler is 2 years old and 2 biscuits help to ease out his hunger pangs. A;s 

PRICING

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Keeping in fact the goodness of  this brand – offering 100% chemical free products, making use of jaggery instead of refined sugar, making use of whole-grains instead of maida or other unhealthy substitutes, i would happily pay Rs199/- for a pack of cookies.

Also the brand offers some lovely combo packs – like a pack of 2 or 4 which cost almost 25% less then the actual MRP, thereby ensuring a pack of cookie comes at a value of Rs150/- .

Considering in line with most artisanal brand charge which also do not provide such healthy alternatives, spending this amount works for me. After all, as a mother i would never want to compromise on the food i give to my child considering the fact a mom brand has taken care of my needs and made a product of my choice available to me.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

Basis my experience with other brand and this, I feel Early Foods has stuck to its vision of providing chemical free, organic natural food. Plus the elimination of refined sugar does the magic for me. As far as my child feels his mom is offering a tasty snack and he looks forward to it, the brand has fulfilled it’s promise to appeal the child and make moms life easy.

If you found this information useful and enjoyed my review of early foods jaggery cookies than you can visit the brands website “Early Foods” for more details. Also, you can find this product online on amazon, firstcry, baby chakra, big basket etc.