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Whenever I make Foodarts, the first thing i am judged and questioned about is – Are you a working mom or a homemaker ? And when I say I am a full time blogger…there is a smirk which means No Wonder I have time for all this stuff !! I know many moms who are reading my article can sense and relate to this situation. We kind of fall into the category of “so called working moms” ..isn’t it?
Well, I dont intend to pull it further but the truth is whether we are “working moms” or “so called working mom” or a “homemaker” we all have our ways for doing things for our little one and we somehow manage to find out time for them for instance we sit with them to complete a project or just paint with them etc. And i think making this food craft is no different from the rest of the activities i plan with my child.
I know the areas where my kid can be fussy and I devote 15 mins extra time of mine and make it fun rather a stressful experience. And thats how mommies I FIND TIME to do what I love. And hence I am sharing some tips on how you can learn to make fun foodarts for your kids without investing too much time.
Learn to make Fun Foodarts for your Kids
- Take inspiration from everything your kids love – Books, Cartoons, Pictures, Cliparts etc
- Draw on a paper how you want your design to look like. You dont have to be artistic, you just have to use some imagination
- Decide in advance what ingredients you would want the design to have and just note it down
- Go in the kitchen and prepare the dish
- Start plating it as per the design you have sketched
- Enjoy the finish product
Since you all wanted me to make a foodart using daily home-cooked meal, I have made this cute little hatchling from Roti, Arbi Vegetable and Flavored Rice (peanuts, garlic and onion sauted rice). If you want to know how I made this, just check this 1 min tutorial on my instagram
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For those mommies who have asked me to make a complete foodart which includes are daily diet like roti, sabzi, Dal, chawal.. Here it is.. My today's lunch preparation was ➡️Arbi vegetable ➡️Roti ➡️Rice sauted with onions, garlic and peanuts I could not resists but had to make a foodart out of it and I managed to do it in 10-15 mins. What do you have to say about this? Do let me know in the comments below #themagicplatter #homecookedmeal #gharkakhana #indianfood #wholesomefood #creative #innovative
If this tutorial interests you, then comment on the post and I will share more videos on how to make fun foodarts for your kids.
You can also check my other foodarts over here
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A picky eater or a toddler who refuses to consume the food can be very frustrating for a parent. Being a parent you might have googled out of town for solutions, seemed advice from fellow mom, taken suggestion from your peers and yet you could find the result being the same. And I understand this completely because there are days where I see my lo is on hunger strike and I wonder how to offer food to him. I do have thoughts of giving junk too as long as a morsel goes in his mouth. But I guess the answer lies in our attitude. Yes you read it right, the way we behave has affects on a childs mind, body and soul and here are these 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their Kids that should be avoided.
MISTAKE 1. FORCE FEEDING
If you think forcing your kid to eat food will teach him to accept food then you are wrong. It is going to back fire really bad because he will start disliking meal time. My lo once did not eat any grain for 3 days because I was upset he was not eating and I forced him to eat khichdi and it became worse.
Solution : Don’t make a fuss about it. Leave the food with him and let him explore. If he is hungry he will have it or not take anything in his mouth. One meal rejected does not mean your child will be starving throughout the day.
MISTAKE 2 : NO MEAL PLANNING
Parents most of the time fall into the trap of short order cooking. This is basically out of fear that the child will reject the meal and ultimately they will have to offer something else. However, cooking on demand sends a wrong message.
Solution : Plan a meal where the kid can see at least one of his favorite food in it. He may not complete the entire plate but definitely will explore all the food you have served. Say for example your kid loves Dal rice. Try and make Palak Dal rice and get him to love greens
MISTAKE 3 : FINISHING THE PLATE
We were taught since childhood how important it is to not waste and finish off every bite in the plate. And since it is reinforced in our mind we expect a toddler to do the same.
Solution : Keep targets that will help you to help your child love food. Aim for 1 tbsp as per the age of the child for each dish that needs to be completed. Say for example a 2 year old should complete 2 tbsp of veggies, 2 tbsp of Dal, 2 tbsp of salad, 2 tbsp of rice etc and be satisfied with it.
MISTAKE 4 : IGNORING YOUR KIDS TASTE PREFERENCE
It is a surprising fact that toddlers have more taste buds than we do. So what may seem less spicy or less salty for us would be too spicy or too salty for them. I had not fed my lo salt till one year of age after I introduced our food he could not adjust to our salt consumption and hence rejected food. It took me a lot of time to understand his behavior but that’s when I realized he has his own taste buds too
Solution : Try and understand their taste preference. And the weird part is they keep changing their taste pallet depending on season, teething times, growth etc. Keep a check on their taste requirements and cook food matching their taste-buds
MISTAKE 5 : GIVING UP TOO SOON
Don’t assume that if a child rejected a food once, that he or she will never like it again. It takes about 20 times of exposing the child to one food to get them to like it. Do not remove the food from the child’s diet.
Solution : keep introducing the food time to time say every 20 days and allow him to explore. He may spit it out or may choose to eat it and make us feel lucky.
Kiaan never liked mangoes when the season started but when we had the last stash of mangoes before the rain began he ate it in a jiffy and we felt lucky.
MISTAKE 6 : FEEDING INAPPROPRIATE SNACK
Snack time is in a way a fun playtime that helps to improve the growth of the child. Instead of offering biscuits, candies or fried foods that are high in calories, give them to munch something nutritious
Solution : Plan out your snacks in advance on what interval you will offer fruits, proteins, dairy products etc and stick to it.
MISTAKE 7 : USING FOOD TO REWARD
It’s very much a parental attribute to reward a child for eating well. And rewards are generally in form of sugar loaded sweets or junk food because let’s face it, who does not like junk! Well it’s a big No No to reward a child to eat healthy. Eating healthy is not an accomplishment but a habit that we have to inculcate
Solution : Don’t reward your child for completing veggies. Always reward a child for good behavior and with non food products like a trip to park, bubble bath etc
MISTAKE 8 : BRIBING YOUR CHILD
Don’t you tell your kids, we will eat pizza on a Sunday only if you complete your veggies today or this week etc. It’s a wrong methodology to teach your child to eat. In fact the demands will keep increasing an there is never an end to it
Solution : follow the 80:20 rule in the house. Everyday serve 80% healthy meal and give into your child’s demand once a day. The idea is he needs to understand between good and junk. He will eventually understand the difference and not create a fuss or demand unhealthy food. On the contrary, he will be satisfied and you never know,he may surprise you by saying NO he does not want to eat the sweet and opt for healthy food.
So for example, if he demands a sweet after completing his meal than give it to him and let him feel good about it. But dont make it an everyday thing. You need to balance out when to say a yes or a no.
MISTAKE 9 : EATING INAPPROPRIATE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD
Most of the Parents tell kids not to eat junk but eat in front of them. You are setting a wrong example and the kid is ultimately going to throw a tantrum.
Solution : If you don’t want your kid to eat fatty food like chips, jams etc then you yourself say goodbye to it and stop getting it home. When you don’t have it in your kitchen shelf there is no question of tantrums taking place
MAKE 10 : EATING MEALS IN FRONT OF TV/MOBILE
I guess this one tops the list. Every person, a kid or an adult browses the phone or watches TV while eating. I won’t get into how harmful it is but we all are servants to digital media these days.
Solution : Meal time is a Gadget Detox time and all you have to do is laugh, play and enjoy good food with each other. So talk to them, sing rhymes and have some conversations.
So these were some 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids. You can be a smart parent and start working on your mistakes and make meal time fun rather than stressful. And also if you like this article you are to like my foodarts which i make for fussy eaters and i hope that can help you in plating food creatively for your child so he/she consumes the meal in a jiffy.
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I love doing foodart for the kids. It’s super cute.. right ? Well it may feel tasking for some mom’s, as you might think a lot of time and energy is needed to create a platter and plus you need to have a creative mindset. Surprisingly that is not the case. All you have to do is get these summer fruits out of your fridge and begin to make some Fun Food Ideas for the Kids.
Summer is a perfect time to let your kids play and experiment with food. There are endless learning and teaching moments you can have with food and one of them is making food art for your kids. Food art is not only a medium to enhance a child’s imagination but also a great way to get those fruits and veggies on the plate. If you are dealing with a fussy kid, this is by far the best way to create fondness for food.
But before we begin, kindly ensure no matter what your child’s age is involve them in the food art making process. After they are done making a dog, fish or their favourite cartoon character, they will be much more excited to eat the platter. So, let’s begin!
Fun Food Ideas for the Kids with Summer Fruits
Enjoy a thrill ride with a Mango Hot Air Balloon
This is by far one of the simplest food art that can be done by a mom and child together. All you need is two ingredients – Watermelon and Mangoes.
- Cut the mangoes as show in the picture ( like a checker board ) and place it on top of your plate
- Cut the watermelon in triangle pieces and place it as mountains on the bottom of the plate
- Take a piece of bread and spread cheese or mayo and place it below the hot air balloon
- The balloon strings and birds can be made of the watermelon shell
- And your food art is ready to go
Sail away with these Summer Fruits
To make this foodart, kids will need some help from their mom’s specially to peel of the lychees and assemble it. All you need are these three ingredients – Lychee, Watermelon and Breadstick
- Peel the lychees as place it as waves of the sea
- Cut the breadstick into three parts of different sizes
- Place the smaller one below, followed by a middle size and larger one at the top. The idea is to depict a boat
- Slice the Watermelon in triangle sizes and place them as shown in the picture above
- To complete the scene you can add sun made from lemon or aam ras ( as i have made ), place birds made from fruit skin or clouds made of yogurt
- The platter is ready to be served
MEET THE WATERMELON FLAMINGO
This food art is made only using one single ingredient i.e Watermelon. Seems one complicated structure but very easy to make. In case you want to make a similar looking platter you can click here
You can even check out few more fruit food arts I have made in the past to get your kids enjoy food as well eat their meal without watching TV/ Mobile. Plz click here
So mom’s, time to get artistic and show your magic. This way the kids are entertained and occupied and at the same time you are to earn the title of the Best Mom in the world. What else is needed when your little one eats well and plays well.
I hope you enjoyed these Fun Food Ideas for the Kids with Summer Fruits and as usual i would wait for your feedback and suggestion. Do Comment below and share which of these summer food arts you have liked and don’t forget to share the post with your friends and family.
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When you have a long weekend holiday, you tend to be either excited or extremely lazy. Well, I am going through a lazy week phobia too an extent that i my kitchen is turning half empty. But surprisingly, hunger keeps knocking my stomach and asking it to be filled. I have no option but get my lazy ass moving to the kitchen.
With limited options i have now, i want to make my breakfast exciting so it charges my energy meter to have a good day ahead.
It’s 8:00 am already and before my toddler wakes up i have to get my breakfast ready. So here i am searching what i have in the kitchen and my eyes are focused on banana and bread.
Before I think what i have to do the idea is struck to my mind with this simple recipe – banana on toast
- Banana 1 nos
- Multigrain Bread 2 nos
- Strawberry jam 1 tbsp
- Peanut butter 1 tbsp
- Flax seeds 1 tsp
- Toast the bread in a toaster making it little dark and crisp
- Spread peanut butter on one bread
- Spread strawberry jam on the other bread
- Chop the bananas and spread it evenly on both the bread
- Garnish it with flax seeds
- Tadaaaa .. breakfast is ready !!
I have complimented my banana on toast with a glass of protein-x milk. With kid in the house, coffee and tea are a bye – bye and replaced with milk and proteinx powder. Ohh and some Dates – my every day morning routine !!