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    5 Healthy Snacks For Kids

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    Written by Priyanka G Mehta and published on 28 April 2021.

    Want to avoid the sugar-loaded cakes and cookies, in your child's snack box? Try these amazing recipes that are packed with nutrition and easy to make at home

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    5 Healthy Snacks For Kids

    As a parent who always wants to ensure the best nutrition for your child, you may often feel guilty about packing shop-bought munchies in your little ones' school snack box. Sometimes, because of your hectic schedule and rushed mornings, you may be forced to give sugar and trans-fat laden cakes and biscuits for the snack break.

    Children love such treats but regular consumption of these unhealthy foods can put them at risk of obesity and other lifestyle problems in the long run. So, with a little planning, why not make healthy versions of these snacks at home for your child to take to school. What's more, these homemade delights do not just taste good, these are also filled with power-packed goodness just what your little bundle of energy needs!

    Here are some super-easy recipes of bite-sized treats filled with nutrition.

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

    Ingredients
    1 cup peanut butter
    2 tbsp chocolate chips
    ½ cup desiccated coconut
    ½ cup roasted and powdered oats
    ¼ cup honey
    ¼ cup mixed nuts, chopped

    Method

    • In a small pan, melt the peanut butter on the stovetop and take off the flame.
    • To the melted peanut butter, add honey, oats, mixed nuts, and combine well.
    • When the mixture is at room temperature, add the chocolate chips to the mix.
    • Make lemon-sized balls with the mixture and coat them with desiccated coconut.
    • Keep them in the fridge to set.

    Veggie Muffins

    Ingredients
    1 cup semolina or whole wheat flour
    1 cup curd
    ¾ cup mixed vegetables (capsicum, carrot, peas, onions, finely chopped)
    Salt to taste
    Crushed black pepper to taste
    1 tsp pizza seasoning
    2 tbsp oil
    ½ tsp baking soda
    ½ cup grated cheese

    Method

    • In a large bowl, mix semolina with curd and combine well. Let it soak for a few minutes.
    • Semolina will soak up the curd and swell in a few minutes. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to this and mix, to keep it moist.
    • Add the vegetables, oil, salt, pepper, and half of the cheese and mix well.
    • Finally, add baking soda and mix gently.
    • Pour the batter into a lined muffin tray, and top with cheese.
    • Bake the muffins at 180 degrees in a preheated oven for 15-18 minutes until nice and golden.

    Beet Kebabs

    Ingredients
    1 large beetroot
    2 boiled potatoes
    ¾ cup bread crumbs
    Salt to taste
    Crushed black pepper to taste
    ¼ tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
    1 tsp roasted cumin powder
    2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
    2 tbsp wheat flour
    2 tbsp olive oil or ghee

    Method

    • Boil the beetroot and mash in a bowl. Add mashed, boiled potatoes and combine well.
    • Add ½ cup of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, cumin powder, amchur powder, and coriander, and mix well.
    • In a bowl, add 3-4 tbsp water to the whole wheat flour and make a paste. Keep aside.
    • Form the kebabs from the prepared mixture in the desired shapes and dip them in the flour and water slurry. Coat with bread crumbs.
    • Shallow fry the kebabs in a hot pan on medium heat until golden brown.
    • Serve with ketchup or green chutney.

    Pizza Pinwheels

    Ingredients
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    ¼ cup cold butter cut into pieces
    Cold water to knead the dough
    4 medium tomatoes, pureed
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    1 tsp olive oil
    1 tsp dried basil or 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
    1 tsp chilli flakes
    1 tsp pizza seasoning
    ½ cup shredded cheese
    Salt to taste
    Crushed black pepper to taste

    Method

    • Heat the olive oil in a pan and add chopped onions to it. Cook for a minute. Add minced garlic and saute till the onions turn pink.
    • Add tomato puree and stir. Let it cook till most of the water is absorbed.
    • Add salt, black pepper, chilli flakes, pizza seasoning, and basil, and stir again. Cook for 1-2 minutes more and take off the flame; your fresh homemade pizza sauce is ready.
    • Put the flour, butter, salt in a food processor jar and pulse till the butter is well combined. The mixture should resemble bread crumbs.
    • Start adding chilled water little by little to make a pie crust dough.
    • As it starts coming together, take it out and form a ball, roll the dough on a worktop dusted with some flour.
    • Roll into a large rectangle and spread the pizza sauce all over it.
    • Spread the shredded cheese over it and roll it like a Swiss roll, seal the ends by pinching a little.
    • Cut out inch roundels from the roll and line them on a cookie tray.
    • Bake these in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 18-20 minutes or, until golden brown.
    • Put it in your kid's snack box either with some cheese sauce or pizza sauce.

    Oats and Nuts Energy Bars

    Ingredients
    1½ cup rolled oats
    1 cup de-seeded dates
    ½ cup chopped almonds
    ¼ cup honey
    ¼ cup creamy almond butter
    ½ cup of mixed nuts, chopped
    A handful of chocolate chips (optional)

    Method

    • Process the dates in a food processor until they form a dough.
    • Roast the oats in a pan on medium heat for 5 to10 minutes.
    • Roast the nuts separately.
    • In a large mixing bowl, put the oats, dates, and nuts, and mix well.
    • In a small pan, heat honey and almond butter, just to a flowing consistency.
    • Add this to the oats mixture and combine well.
    • If using chocolate chips, add them to the mixture. Pour this mixture onto a parchment-lined square baking dish.
    • Press with the back of a spoon to smoothen and let cool in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
    • Cut into rectangular bars once set. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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