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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 […]

Self Improvement Learnings I got watching my kid play in rains

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Rains are our lifeline, we can’t imagine what would happen where there is no rain..still we don’t seem to enjoy and soak in the beauty of it. Barring the first rains, most of the time we tend to crib about the stickiness, wetness, dirt, filth […]

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.

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8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids

8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids

I have started an initiative on my instagram account with 3 mom bloggers to share some healthy recipes for kids under the #tasty4munchkins. The idea is we want moms to give an easy platform to access recipes and solve their meal planning problems with the recipes we provide. On that note we have currently shared few oats recipe for kids which i would be sharing here too. So this post will cover 8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids.

Before I begin, let me tell you why we chose Oats as our first ingredient to begin the #tast4munchkins series.

  • Oats can be considered as a baby weaning food and can be given to babies as young as 7 months
  • It’s easily digestible as oatmeals tend to cause less constipation in babies
  • It’s rich in micronutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc and copper, which give children a well-rounded nutritional profile
  • It’s a versatile ingredient which can be blended with other food supplements offering various textures to babies

This article will provide you with 8 delicious but easy oats recipes you can prepare for your little one.

8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids

Oats Cutlet

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. Hey lovelies! So here's the first post under #tasty4munchkins . Me along with @themagicplatter @foodkathaz and @foodieskitchenkatta have come up with this new venture where we want to help every mommy out there who is constantly searching for some healthy recipes for their kids! . For this month we are sharing recipes with oats as a main ingredient!We all know the goodness of oats and why we should give it to our kids! I don't want to talk about it here😇 . We mommies are here to show you that oats can be used in numerous ways rather than just preparing the good old porridge! So do try our recipes and let us know if your little one and you loved it as much as we did! . So, the recipe for the day is Oats cutlets/patties: Dry roast one cup of oats and set aside! Pressure cook 2 small sized potatoes, peel the skin off and set aside! You will also need: ✔️ 1 chopped onion ✔️ 1 carrot, grated ✔️ Half beetroot, grated ✔️ 1 cup peas ✔️Bunch of spinach leaves, chopped ✔️ Handful of coriander leaves, chopped ✔️Juice of half a lemon For flavouring: ✔️Salt to taste ✔️ Pinch of chilly powder ✔️Pinch of garam masala You also need fine sooji for rolling the patties! In a wide bowl, add everything mentioned above except the sooji and mix well! Prepare patties out of the mix and roll it in semolina and shallow fry it using a little bit of desi ghee. Your yummy and healthy cutlets are ready to be served😋 . Swipe next to see the steps in detail! . This serves as a perfect after school snack. You can even use it in burgers and chapathi rolls😋 Since it has goodness of oats along with other veggies, it's going to be nutritious and keeps your little one healthy and happy too🤗 . Do try out this recipe and don't forget to follow the other 3 mommies and the #tasty4munchkins for many more exciting recipes. #themommysphere #oats #oatspatties #oatscutlets #tasty4munchkins #healthyrecipes #toddlerrecipes #goodnessofveggies #spinach #afterschool #snackideas #vegetarianrecipes

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Oats Milkshake

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Hey lovelies! So on today's #tastytuesdayswithpria I'm going to share this milkshake recipe which is apt for all those babies who are lactose intolerant! . You guys must be knowing about #tasty4munchkins series, where we 4 mommies are sharing some healthy recipes for kids using oats as the main ingredient! . So on today's recipe, it's going to be this rich milkshake which is high in protein, free from lactose and can easily be served as after school snack for kids! . Recipe: Blend in handful of almonds,raisins pistachios,walnuts,chia seeds and dates into a fine paste in a grinder jar! Next in blending jar, add in one cup of oats and the grinded mixture along with one cup of water and blend into a smooth consistency! Top it up with choco chips or cacao nibs and your delicious, creamy and rich nuts milkshake is ready to serve! . Do try it out and let me know if your kiddos liked it!? . Swipe left to see more pics in detail! #vegrecipes #oatsrecipes #foodblogger #foodbloggersofinstagram #kidsrecipes #kidsmeal #nomnom #buzzfeeedfood #yummyinmytummy #whatsonmyplate #foodoftheday #flatlay #flatlaystyle #foodnetwork #indianfood #toddlereats #eeeeeats #creativeflatlays #themommysphere #lactosefree #vegan #veganrecipes #tasty4munchkins

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Oats Idli and Dosa

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💠Instant Semolina Oats idli and Dosa for the little ones 💠 Next recipe in our #tasty4munchkins series! Me along with @themagicplatter, @themommysphere, @foodkathaz have started the new venture where we will post the recipes for the kids under #tasty4munchkins. This week we will be posting Oats recipes. I am sharing this quick and easy meal which has always been a huge success with my son. The batter doesn't need fermentation and the best part is, it contains Oats flour so it's perfect for those kids (or even adults 😉) who doesn't like Oats. 😊 There you go peeps – Ingredients – 🍒 1/2 cup Semolina 🍒 1/2 cup Oats flour 🍒 1 cup yogurt 🍒 1/2 finely chopped onion 🍒 1/2 finely chopped carrot 🍒 1 small chilli 🌶 (Optional) 🍒 few chopped curry leaves 🍒 finely chopped coriander 🍒 salt to taste Steps – Mix everything together, grease idli pot and make idlis. In the same batter, you can add water and make dosa. Done! Simple, right? Checkout my video making this on my YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/Dyc5MJxaEVU or check the link in the bio. 🤗 If you like the video then please subscribe to my channel. 😊🙏 Have a lovely day peeps! And follow @themagicplatter, @themommysphere and @foodkathaz for the delicious recipes like this. 😊💟 #tasty4munchkins #kidsapproved #kidsfriendly #toddlerlunchbox #toddlerfriendly #toddlerlunchideas #toddlerfoodideas #whatifeedmykid #kidslunchbox #healthyfood #semolinaoatsidli #semolina #oatsidli #abudhabimommybloggers #abudhabimoms #uaemoms #uaebloggers #marathi #indianbabyfood #maharashtrian #indiantoddlerfood

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No bake oats granola bar

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💠 No bake Oats granola bars 💠 Our #tasty4munchkins series continues today with another week of Oats recipes. Don't forget to check out first recipe posted on lovely @themommysphere. Here are quick,healthy and insanely delicious granola bars for the little ones or even adults in the family. These no bake granola bars are perfect for a quick snack and even on the road. We all in the family are obsessed over these bars. So here's the recipe for it however feel free to experiment with it – Ingredients – 🍒 1 cup rolled/quick oats 🍒 1/2 cup pitted dates (you can soak it if you want) 🍒 1/4 cup peanut/almond butter 🍒 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds 🍒 3 tbsp flaxmeal 🍒 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup 🍒 handful of dried cranberries 🍒 grated dry coconut to sprinkle Steps – ⏺️Add Oats, dates, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, flaxmeal and honey in food processor. ⏺️Blend until it all comes together. Remove in the flat container lined with parchment paper. Pat it down well evenly. Ask kids to help out.🤗 ⏺️Add chopped cranberries on top and sprinkle some coconut. Pat it down to the batter. ⏺️ Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. Remove and cut it into desired shape. Done! You can store these in the fridge for one week and even store it in freezer for grab and go snack for the kids, mommies and daddies too😍😍. Check out my stories for how I made it😊 So there you go mamas! Give it a try and let me know how you find it💟🤗. #babyapproved #toddlerlunchbox #toddlerfriendly #toddlerlunchideas #toddlerfoodideas #toddlerapproved #kidsapproved #kidslunchbox #whatifeedmykid #vegrecipes #oatsrecipes #foodblogger #foodbloggersofinstagram #kidsrecipes #kidsmeal #nomnom #buzzfeeedfood #yummyinmytummy #whatsonmyplate #foodoftheday #flatlay #flatlaystyle #foodnetwork #indianfood #toddlereats #eeeeeats #creativeflatlays #abudhabimommybloggers #uaemombloggers

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Oats Chikoo Date Walnut Smoothie

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We're up with an Exciting project!! Take the stress out of planning Healthy recipes – follow #tasty4munchkins & these amazing mommies @foodieskitchenkatta @themagicplatter @themommysphere for Nutritious meal ideas. Whatever our recipes are, secret ingredient is always ❤️ . . "Oats Chikoo Date Walnut Smoothie" for lil miss before her Basketball class that hydrates & nourishes her. This smoothie is an easy way to add Protein & Fiber to your kids meal. Refreshing, Yummy & Jam packed with natural goodness. . . The smoothie jar consists of handful of Rolled Oats from @true.elements + 1 cup Milk + 1 Chikoo + 2 Dates + 3 Walnut. Naturally sweetened with chikoo & dates, so why add sugar. It's going to fill your tummy so don't think of any other munchies. You can swap ingredients & choose favorites : 💪 Base : Almond milk, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk, Greek Yoghurt 💪 Fruit : Banana, Strawberry, Mango, Chikoo. Apple 💪 Nuts : Almond, Cashewnut, Walnut, Pistachio 💪 Seeds : Pumpkin, Sunflower, Chia, Sesame, Flax Along with fruit you could also sweeten it up with Dates, Raisins or Figs. Natural sweeteness over Refined sugar🌟 . . Blend until smooth & creamy, top it up with fresh fruits/nuts. Make sure you pick few ingredients each time & keep the flavors simple to make it more palatable. Less is more in the world of Kids Health & You're now ready to slurrrrp😋 how easy is that for a weekend! It's perfect for a brekkie or Evening snack pre/post any Sport too. . . Happy Fri-yay all you Lovelies🌟 . . P. S : Good Nutrition in every Sip🥤 . . #oatssmoothie #smoothies #yummylicious #healthysmoothies #rolledoats #chikoo #dates #walnut #drinkclean #healthykidsfood #fillingfood #kidsapproved #yummyinmytummy #preworkout #fitfam #stayhydrated #norefinedsugar #toddlerfood #breakfastbowl #tastefullysimple #proteinpacked #nutritious #snackideas #healthyswaps #f52grams #heresmyfood #mommyblogger @kidsstoppress @kid_dish @kiddiegram #Nutritionistinmumbai #foodkatha

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Oats Vegetable Khichdi

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🙋Has your Child ever surprised you by their Food Choices? 🙋Do they love a food that you would think more for an adult? . . Lil miss D surprised me, when i asked – What do you want in your Dabba tomm? And in an instant, she replied "Vegetable Khichdi' 🙄This was totally unexpected !! Hahha, but yes can't deny the fact she loves Vegetable Khichdi as much as Pizza😊 . . Since, I'm developing New & Yummy ways to inculcate Oats & creating recipes for #tasty4munchkins So, here is "Oats Beans Vegetable Khichdi" perfect one pot delicious, nourishing & fulfilling wholesome meal. Always before packing her #lunchbox my mind runs through a checklist – Ticks for all 🙂 ✔️Carbs – Rolled Oats full of fiber ✔️Proteins – Kidney Beans/Rajma Calcium rich ✔️Vegetable – For Nutrients & Colors ✔️Fruits – To keep you hydrated A combination of Savoury + Sweet always wins♥ 🌟 Oats Vegetable Khichdi {Rolled Oats, Rajma, French beans, Carrot} + 🌟 Musk melon with Cranberry sprinkles . . Kids can get bored easily with same kinds of foods. So, here is how to make meals more interesting with variety of foods, textures & spice it up with fresh herbs. Keep experimenting & present the food in a non-traditional way!! #EatTodayForTomorrow . . P. S : Yummy for every Tummy!! 🌈 . . #dhruvikadabba #kidslunchboxideas #lunchbox #oatskhichdi #khichdi #oatmealbowl #rajma #toddlerfood #fitspiration #Nutritionfirst #delicious #guthealth #fitkids #pickyeaters #foodforkids #eeeeeeats #kidshealth #glutenfree #onepotmeal #plantstrong #nourishbowl #musthaves #LovetoCook #nomnomnom #indianfoodbloggers #healthylifestyle @kidsstoppress @kiddiegram @kid_dish @bbcgoodfood @foodtalkindia @pcos.buddy @thefeedfeed @true.elements #whatmykideats #foodkatha

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Oats Chilla

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Hey friends.. . Many of you demanded recipes from me.. So I along with 3 other mom bloggers @themommysphere , @foodieskitchenkatta And @foodkathaz have decided to share some yummy recipes for the little tots using #tasty4munchkins . This month we are sharing recipes that has one of the most kid friendly ingredients i. e OATS. And I am sure you and your little ones are going to lick your fingers. . So we have already posted 2 recipes and this is the 3rd one today – PALAK OATS CHILLA . INGREDIENTS ✨1 cup oats ✨1 small bunch of Palak leaves ✨1/2 cup curd ✨1/4 cup rice flour ✨1/4 cup semolina/rawa ✨1/4 cup onions (chopped slices) ✨1/4 cup grated cheese ✨2 cups water ✨1 tbsp chopped coriander ✨1tsp jeera ✨1tsp oil ✨salt and pepper to taste ✨1-2 green chillies optional ( for kid who eat green chillies) . METHOD ✨Mix oats, curd, rice flour, semolina, coriander, jeera, chillies and water together and keep aside for 10 mins ✨In the mean time, blanch the Palak leaves and mix it in the grinder to make a puree ✨Add the puree to the oats mixture. Also add salt and pepper. ✨In a pan, brush the oil on the surface and pour in some of the mixture ✨Add sliced onion and let it cook for 2 mins ✨ Toss it and allow the other side to cook ✨Once more, toss it to the original side and add in some grated cheese ✨once the cheese melts a little, remove from the pan and serve it hot with some green chutney or ketchup ✨Oats Palak chilla is ready to be served . The recipe is easy, quick and most importantly, healthy. . Hope you all love this recipe. Do share your comments below. . #vegrecipes #oatsrecipes #foodblogger #foodbloggersofinstagram #kidsrecipes #kidsmeal #nomnom #buzzfeeedfood #yummyinmytummy #whatsonmyplate #foodoftheday #flatlay #flatlaystyle #foodnetwork #indianfood #toddlereats #eeeeeats #creativeflatlays #themagicplatter

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Oats Coconut Ladoo

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As you all know we four moms @themommysphere @foodkathaz @foodieskitchenkatta have started #tasty4munchkins Series where we will be sharing kids recipes. .. .. So we have 7 oats recipes already uploaded on the #tasty4munchkins And this is the final oats series… Because from next week it's a new ingredient which will be sharing the details soon .. .. This is one of the easiest recipe that just takes 10 mins to make and my toddlers favourite one too, I have been giving Kiaan since he was a year old and he relishes it very much. So here we go… .. .. COCONUT OATS JAGGERY LADOO .. ✔️INGREDIENTS ✨ 1 cup grated coconut ✨ 1 cup jaggery ✨ 1 cup instant oats ✨ 1 tbsp cardamom powder ✨ 1 tbsp ghee ✨ 2 tbsp mix nuts powder (optional) ✨ 1 tbsp water .. ✔️METHOD ✨ dry roast the oats till they smell good. Cool it completely. Powder it in dry blender till it is smooth ✨In a pan, add Jaggery, Coconut and water. Stirling the mixture till the Jagger melts and the mixture gets little sticky ✨switch off the gas and add the powdered oats, cardamom powder, ghee, nuts to the mixture and Stir well ✨once the mixture is partially cooled start making small balls by greasing your hand with ghee so the mixture does not stick to your hands ✨ let it cool and store it in an airtight container. The coconut oats Jaggery laddo is ready to serve .. Hope you enjoyed the oats series and coming up with recipes using various fresh ingredients. Till then share your feedback below. .. .. .. #indianblogger #foodblogger #kidssnacks #goodeats #igfood #foodoftheday #homecooking #truecooks #momchef #yummie #foodforthought #kidsfavorite #toddlereats #toddlerfood #themagicplatter #yummyinmytummy #foodstagram #kidsfoodblogger #yougottoeatthis #eeeeeats

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I hope you enjoyed these 8 easy and healthy oats recipes for toddlers and kids. You can view the hashtag #tasty4munchkins on instagram and enjoy some yummy meals for your kids.  These recipes are shared by Mom Priya from The Mommy Sphere, Mom Shweta from Foodkathaz, Mom Charusheela from FoodiesKitchenKattha and by me.

You can also view other recipes for kids shared by me here and my foodarts here 

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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.

NOTE

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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.

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

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.

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

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.

SolutionIf 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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