At one point in time in my life, I accepted the fact that all mothers are not chefs. In other words, I am possibly never becoming my lunch-whipping mother. And while I somehow manage lunch, dinner, and breakfast, I always get stumped when she declares she is hungry mid-meal. It is so tempting to throw some candies, chips, or, crackers! So if you are anything like me, there are few “easier” and healthier options you can try. These easy healthy snacks are tried, tested, and certified by my little one, and by many other netizen parents.
The Uber-Healthy Egg Roll
Do you have a spare chapati or wrap? Just beat a couple of eggs and drop into a hot, greased frying pan (exactly like an omelet). Before the egg hardens completely, place the chapati/wrap on the egg so it sticks. Flip and add some shredded cheese on the egg side. Once the egg is cooked, transfer on to a plate. Sneak in some shredded veggies (carrots, zucchini, shallots taste yum with this) and roll the bread. What else do you need, a protein and veggie-packed snack that will keep your tot full for quite some time. A link for your reference
Almond Butter Truffles
Whether it’s for you or for your little one, a dose of healthy fat is extremely beneficial. These truffles are easy to make and look like a million dollars. Mix almond butter with coconut flour, and maple syrup(or corn syrup, or honey), and make small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can top with chocolate sauce and keep in the refrigerator. Check out this link: https://www.simplyquinoa.com/4-ingredient-almond-butter-truffles/
Chocolate sauce dipped anything
Which kid does not like chocolate? Now if you are a sugar-conscious mom, unlike me (and I secretly judge you), my explanation is chocolate dipped fruit is probably healthier than a chocolate bar. So I am happy to make the trade. I serve strawberries, grapes, bananas, all sorts of fruits with a little bit of chocolate sauce, and the fruits vanish like hot samosas when served to me 🙂 Here is a link
This easy peasy homemade pizzas will make the eyes of your little one shine! Cut the pieces of bread in triangular slices (or not), and then top it up with tomato ketchup, capsicum (bell pepper), olives, or even leftover shredded chicken. Layer it with a generous amount of cheese, and then slow roast in an oven. There are tawa top versions as well. These filling snacks can double up as dinners or when little friends also come over. And trust me it takes less than 20 mins for the entire process (provided you don’t have to order the ingredients )
Homemade ice cream
OK, this one isn’t the healthiest, but its summer and you must cut your child some slack. Whip up 2-3 cups of heavy cream and mix with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Blend some frozen fruits (eg: mango, strawberry, banana) and mix gently with the mixture. You can add whatever flavor you like instead of the fruits: example oreo cookie crumbles, or chocolate chips, or vanilla. Pour in a container and freeze few hours. Take it out and… Yummy… homemade ice cream is ready! Caution: you might end up eating it all instead of your little one! Of course, if you want to keep it really healthy for your little ones, just freeze some cut fruit or berries with lightly sugared syrup and offer those awesome fruit popsicles.
And finally homemade healthy snack or not, as long as your child is fed and happy, you have done a great job, Parent!
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