Junk Free Snack Box Recipes for kids(School/Day care)

Kids Snack Box Recipes:

The greatest puzzles to which we never get the right answer would be “What to pack for kids lunch box/snack box?”.We will have a huge decision-making process involved wherein we need to consider kid’s likes/ dislikes, availability of ingredients, ease of self-feeding at school, nutritional demands and a lot more. After thinking of so many of these we need to work on presenting them to kids well and ensuring that they have it with no mess at school/daycare and completely finish them. My little boy has the habit of asking me daily for the menu details before taking his school bag. He would be equally interested the previous day to give his own menu too.I have compiled a set of simple snack options which can be a mid-morning/ evening snack for kids above 1.5 years. All of these are totally junk free and 100% healthy Kids Snack Box Recipes(white ingredients free). I hope you would find them useful. Kindly bookmark this page as this section would be regularly updated.

 

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SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES

SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES

Cutlet/Tikki is one among the family’s favourites. So I keep trying various varieties with it. A perfect snack for your little one who is fussy about having vegetables. Continue reading “SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES”

Eggless Whole Wheat Oats Banana Cake-Without Oven

Tomorrow is Christmas and I am sure all of you are done with your preparations.To add few more recipes to my Christmas collection I had requested my good old school friend Ishwarya Shanmugam to help me with a guest post.She readily accepted it and gave me an awesome recipe in no time.We have known each other for 20+ years and she is a good friend of mine.In fact she is one of the great reasons behind my blogs.She helped me in all possible ways to begin this and always keep encouraging me.She is a versatile and extremely multi-talented person since childhood and now she is doing a lovely job in her space https://ishwaryawrites.wordpress.com. Go through this space and you will know that my words are very true. With no more words I am handing over the space to my beloved friend.THANKS A BUNCH for this recipe and always being supportive dear. Continue reading “Eggless Whole Wheat Oats Banana Cake-Without Oven”

DRY FRUITS BURFI OR ENERGY BARS

Diwali/Deepavali is slowly peeping every household and I can feel the glitters in the air. I am sure all of you are getting ready in all aspects like making sweets & savoury, purchase, pooja preparations. I began my preparations last week and I wanted to attempt different but easy recipes for this Diwali. I occasionally came across this recipe in a magazine and prepared myself to make it right then. I made few alterations however as per my family’s preference. This is an excellent healthy,nutritious  and power packed sweet for this festival and it can be your baby/toddler snack , school goer’s evening snack ,travel food option. I have already posted recipes of instant dry fruits laddo/ball and instant dry fruits milk along with a detailed note on when to introduce dry fruits for babies. Do read them in the respective link(Click the underlined words).It remains good in room temperature for a week and you store it for 15 days in refrigerator. Continue reading “DRY FRUITS BURFI OR ENERGY BARS”

Ellu Urundai/Sesame Laddu

This is a traditional recipe from my grandmother. I remember the days when she used to make it in ural(large version of mortar & pestel). This is a healthy snack option for your toddlers and family. This is a must have food for lactating mothers. The sesame seeds are so rich in calcium and it aids in increasing the quality of breast milk. Sesame seeds are recommended for babies above 1 year. Sesame seeds are not recommended for babies with nut allergy and family history of sesame seeds. Have a word with your doctor for any doubts.

A no cook no oil recipe

Ingredients:

  • Sesame seeds-1 cup
  • Palm jaggery-3/4 cup (grated)

eluu urndai

Procedure:

1.Dry roast sesame seeds for 7 to 10 minutes in slow flame.

2. Run the grated jaggery in the mixer.

ellu urndai

3. Add the roasted sesame to the palm jaggery in the mixer.

4. Make a fine powder of both.

ellu urundai

5. Make small balls out of the blended mix.

6. Store it in an air tight container.

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ellu urundaiP.S:

Dry roast until you feel an aroma and you hear crackling noise.

Grated palm jaggery well before adding to your blender.

The blender might get heated as you run both. So give pauses during blending.

The sesame seeds when crushed emits oil/stickiness which will enable to make tight balls/laddu.

Roll the ball little firm

The powdered mixture can contain few coarse sesame seeds.

Before adding sesame seeds,ensure they are completely cooled.

The palm jaggery should be powdered almost even before you add sesame seeds to the mixer.

No adding of extra oil or ghee is required.

You can store for a maximum of 7 days.


Health benefits of sesame seeds(Source-parentinghealthybabies.com)

Here are some of the health benefits of sesame seeds for your kids.

Very high energy: As mentioned in the above list of nutrition, sesame seeds have very high amount of calories for their smaller structure. For a mere 100 g they possess about 573 calories, which is a substantially high amount.

Good source of calcium: Sesame seeds with their husks not removed provide substantially high amounts of calcium. For 100 g of sesame seeds, the amount of calcium supplied is 60 mg. Including sesame seeds in your child’s diet will add an additional source of calcium for bone development.

Best source of unsaturated fats: This is perhaps the most important point to discuss. Sesame seeds are a high source of fats, most unsaturated fats. 61% of sesame seeds is composed of the fats. These unsaturated fats are not only good for your growing child, but also a good alternative of unsaturated fats for adults as well.

Supply of antioxidants: Sesame seeds are also a good source of antioxidants. The awareness about antioxidants in foods is increasing these days due to the benefits provided by them. As free radicals are produced in metabolism, they damage the surrounding cells and tissues. The only way to counter them is by antioxidants. Most vegetarian foods are high in antioxidants and sesame seeds are one of them. They help in controlling free radical damage to an extent. (Suja, et al, 2004).

Liver protection: Sesame seeds are also good for protecting liver. Diseases to liver such as jaundice and hepatitis can cause liver damage. This liver damage can be controlled by taking sesame seeds. (Munish Kumar, et al, 2011).

Can help in healing wounds faster: Another benefit of sesame seeds is their ability to heal wounds. Studies show that sesamol, an antioxidative component in sesame seeds helps in healing wounds faster when compared to open wounds.  (Shenoy, et al, 2011).

Dental Caries: Sesame seeds are especially beneficial in treating dental caries as they are extremely rich in calcium. (Nature Cure for Children, Dr. H.K. Bakhru)

Measures to be taken while giving sesame seeds to your child

Here are some measures that can be taken while giving sesame seeds to your child.

Selecting sesame seeds: Sesame seeds come in a lot of varieties. Most of us buying sesame seeds get from supermarkets where only husked and milled varieties are available. Instead, try to buy un-milled or un-husked seeds from organic stores.

Can cause allergies: Sesame seeds have a high incidence of allergic reactions. Sesame seeds are recognized as one of the ten foods to be careful with, the others being, peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macademia nuts, peacans, pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, milk, eggs and seafood including fish, crustaceans and shellfish, soy, wheat and mustard.

How to know if the child is allergic: If the parents or the family from both parents has a history of allergic reactions for any type of food, there is a chance that your child can also be allergic.

Nutrition found in Sesame Seeds

The nutrition found in sesame seeds include

Nutritional Component Value per 100 g Nutritional Component Value per 100 g
Energy 630 kcal Carbohydrates 11 g
Sugars 0.4 g Dietary fiber 11 g
Fat 61 g Protein 20 g
Water 3.75 g Calcium 60 mg
Iron 6 mg Magnesium 345 mg
Phosphorous 667 mg Potassium 370 mg
Sodium 47 mg Zinc 11 mg
Vitamin A 2.5 IU Thiamin 0.2 mg
Riboflavin 0.1 mg Niacin 1.3 mg
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg Folate 27 mcg

Corn Vadai/Bonda

This recipe is an adapted version from a cookery show on Zee TV long back. We were wondering on what to do with the excess corn we had. And fortunately this recipe came up. I personalised to match my husband’s taste and made it as a quick evening snack.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet corn kernels-2 cups(Boiled)
  • Urad Dhal-1 cup
  • Onion,Curry leaves,green chilly & coriander leaves-1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To deep fry

Procedure:

1.Soak the cooked corn kernels and urad dhal for one hour.

2.Strain the water and grind it into a coarse paste without adding water.

CORN VADA/BONDA3.In a mixing bowl add all chopped items and salt to this paste.

SWEET CORN VADA4.The batter has to be in vada batter consistency

CORN VADA

5.Deep fry in oil as vada/bonda.


cORN VADAI

My Observations:

One single run in mixer would make it a coarse paste.

This is a very nutritious recipe and will be likeD by kids

Adding American corn will give a special flavour to the dish.

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Vazhaipoo Vadai|Plantain/Banana Flower fritters

Vazhaipoo Vadai:
This is one of the dishes which came out so well in my first attempt. It’s very difficult even glance any vegetables like plantain pith, its flower in Hubli. We found some 10 vazhaippoo in our weekly market all of a sudden. I have never tasted it till then. To make me eat it somehow my husband suggested this snack. It was an absolute random attempt that day. Banana flower is so good for women. It cures irregular periods and must have for pregnant & lactating women. This can be your toddlers’ healthy snack option too. You might fear the gastric effect because of using chana dhal. That’s why I have used hing and garlic.

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