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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
The post is the part of #myfriendalexa campaign organised by blogchatter
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We all know, how important it is to consume breakfast in the morning be it elders or kids. But with the early morning school schedules our kids find it hard to take out time to eat their breakfast properly, simply because everyone in the house is running to keep up pace with the time. And as adults we too succumb to providing easy solutions to kids just to finish our job. But do you tend to realize, the important benefits of healthy breakfast for children ?
1. Assist in maintaining healthy weight
Breakfast means “Breaking-a-fast”. Kids technically sleep for 8-10 hours, that means they haven’t had food for 8-10 hours since their last meal. When you get up, our body needs to refuel itself and breakfast converts the fuel in food to energy. And when metabolism gets moving, body starts burning calories and you can maintain a healthy weight.
2. Acts as a Brain Booster
Kids need a good attentive span, concentration power and long lasting memory for learning things taught in school, daily life etc. And this can come only if we provide kids with breakfast which is high in fiber, carbohydrates, proteins and other important nutrients.
But as said earlier, it is difficult to prepare healthy breakfast when you are juggling with household chore, getting your kids ready and trying to accommodate your working time etc. Hence I am sharing a few suggestions here that could help you to make and serve healthy breakfast for kids.
- Create a weekly breakfast planner and stock your kitchen with the essential ingredients
- Stay prepared a night before like keeping the utensils ready, cutting fruits, setting up the breakfast table etc
- I guess this is important get you and your kids up 15 mins earlier then the actual time to stop the hush hush
- During days when you are late to prepare a meal, keep healthy grab-and-go alternatives like low sugar cereals, fruits, smoothies, home made mix chivda, etc
- If kids are not hungry in the morning, give a separate tiffin box which they can eat in the bus.
- Try and include fruits, milk & nuts as a part of your everyday breakfast meal
- Make use of leftover food of last night and mix it with some different ingredients and create a new dish
- Make Sunday a Fun breakfast brunch day where you can get your kids to help you, create the foodart as shown above with them works like a DIY activity and enjoy your meal without the hustle bustle of running around.
- Most important – Eat with your kids and start your day with loads of positive energy, hugs and smiles and happiness
These are some of the important benefits of healthy breakfast for your children. All you need is commitment to make breakfast a healthy mandatory routine of your lifestyle and you have nailed a healthy future for your child.
In case you are looking for a tutorial on how i made this foodart you can check my instagram post
If you liked this post, you also check my opinion of various food and lifestyle changes to made for kids here
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This blog post is part of the #myfriendalexa campaign organized by @blogchatter
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I created a poll on Instagram to find out, whether moms would be interested if I share and DIY Activities for kids that involve usage of Food. And I got lot of messages saying, moms wanted to make food fun and have a teaching and eating session together with some play or foodart I normally do. Till now my Lo enjoyed simple DIY activities considering he is 1.5 years and to be honest I have been quite lazy too. But I assure from now onwards, I plan to create some fun sensory activities for kids till the age group of 10 and I bet you too are going to enjoy with them. Without wasting much time, Learn to make some Fun DIY activity with Veggies for the Kids.
Learn to make some Fun DIY activity with Veggies for the Kids below three years of Age
This one is a simple DIY activity where you need just two material. A pack of Flash Cards and Real Vegetables. This is a DIY which focuses on introducing vegetables to the kids. It even works for me when my kid is fussy and refuses to eat something and I show him the flash card. It makes him happy for the fact he knows it, it is his card and may take 5-6 morsels instead of completely rejecting the food.
I have printed and laminated the pictures of fruits and vegetables as shown in the picture. All you have to do is lay down the cards in a row. The child has to select the fruit/vegetable that matches to the corresponding picture. This is also a fun language exercise as you can give the child the fruit/vegetable, name it, then the child will repeat it ant match it with the corresponding card. The good part is you can teach varied languages too so for example Kiaan has still not learnt POTATO but manages to say ALOO which is a learning in itself.
You can start with 2 flash cards to 20 depending upon your child curiosity and his age group. You can also create an advance level to the game. Where you can have a flash card of Alphabets and ask kids to match which fruits/ vegetables start with the letter A, B, C …
Learn to make some Fun DIY Activity with Veggies for the Kids above three years of Age
A child’s education stretches far beyond the four walls of the classroom. At this age kids are very much interested into the environment they live and play. This is more of creative development activity to entice the mind of the blooming buds. It’s a fun way to develop your chid’s artistic learning and encourage them to think in more challenging and creative manner .
In this activity I have planned to make a CACTI using a CUCUMBER. All you need is some tooth pics and any small bead shape red colour fruit like cherries or jelly sweet etc. In my case i have made use of dry raspberry which had little coating of sugar.
Cut the cucumber in two halves. Keep one half with you and give the other half to your kid. Take some toothpicks and cut the pointed ends with scissors so that it does not hurt your child (do this before you begin the activity). Take the toothpicks and pierce the same in the cucumber and remove it from the other end. Do it randomly with no perfect length and lining. Take the dryfruit berries and stick to the top or anywhere in the cacti which resonates flower. Once ready you can choose to eat the cucumber after you had a fun play with it or just smile on your creativity wits.
I already made one for Kiaan, and he was busy exploring it. He ate the dried berries in a jiffy. Then I taught him to remove the sticks which he did and managed to eat half of the cucumber with no salt needed. For those who don’t know my kid is 1.5 years and it was a fun bonding session with him and I enjoyed every bit of it.
So these were some of my Fun DIY activities with veggies for the kids. I hope you all loved it. Do give me your honest feedback in the comments below. You can also check another DIY activity I made in the past using apples here
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As a kid, I loved cherries simply because of it’s bright red colour. And as I grew old I enjoyed it in cakes and had a special love for this fruit. It’s very rare kids don’t like cherries but as we all know some kids can get really fussy and for them I am sharing some Fun Food Ideas with Cherries for kids.
The goodness of Cherries
These little fruits manage to pack in a lot of important nutrients. These super healthy snacks contain ample calcium for a growing baby’s bones. They are also full of antioxidants to boost baby’s immune system (that’s what gives cherries their vibrant red colour), vitamin C, iron and potassium.
How to Choose Cherries
Cherries are a very delicate fruit, it is important to always inspect before purchasing. Look for bright, smooth fruits that are unblemished and shiny. A general rule is the darker the cherry, the sweeter it tastes.
Now sharing some
FUN FOOD IDEAS WITH CHERRIES FOR KIDS
1.Have it Raw. That’s the best way to consume cherries. But if your kid is on the fussy type or is glued to TV/ Mobile while eating. I’ll share a tip to how to break the habit. Make a simple foodart the way I have done. And I bet you are not going to hear the word NO.
To make the foodart place the cherries as balloon shown in the picture above and make a sweet little girl enjoying/ playing with the balloons with some chocolate sauce.
2. Make a Cherry Puree
Put about a ½ pound of prepared cherries (washed and pitted) into a saucepan with a cup of water. Boil and allow to simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until the juices run freely and the cherries are soft. Serve as topping or on bread etc
Let the cherries cool, then pureé in a blender!
3. Make lovely cherry ingredient recipes like cherry yogurt, cherry crumble and pies, cherry smoothies… the colours in itself will do the magic
I hope you enjoyed these Fun Food Ideas with Cherries for Kids. And hope you will try some variants for your kids. Do share your feedback and suggestion on the same and shower this post with some love
Do check some more foodart of mine if this one amazes you here
Blog Inspiration : Baby Gourmet