5 Healthy Recipes For Toddlers This Diwali
Are you looking forward to celebrating Diwali with your toddler? Go ahead and delight your little one with nutritious sweets and snacks that will help make the occasion a memorable one.
By Shirley Johanna • 8 min read
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is around the corner. It is a time when everyone relishes delicious sweets and snacks in various flavours and shapes. But when it comes to toddlers, taste is not the only factor to be considered. The nutritional value of the foods we give them is equally important.
Most festival snacks and sweets tend to be laden with sugar, saturated fats and refined flour. They lack vital nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals, which are essential for your toddler’s growth and development. However, this is no reason to worry. With some smart tweaks, you can transform festival goodies into nutritious delights.
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Here are some healthy sweet and savoury recipes your tiny tot will enjoy this Diwali:
- 3 tbsp rice
- 250 ml milk
- ¼ cup chopped bananas
- ¼ cup apple (peeled and chopped)
- 1 tsp sugar
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- Soak the rice for half an hour. Drain water and grind it to a coarse paste in a blender.
- Boil milk in a pan. Add the rice paste to the milk and stir gently, making sure there are no lumps. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Once the rice is cooked well, add sugar and cardamom powder and cook for two minutes.
- Remove from flame, cool and add chopped banana and apple.
Fruit kheer provides carbohydrates, protein, dietary fibre, essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, B6 and B12.
Ragi dates laddoo
- 1/2 cup ragi flour
- 1 cup seedless dates
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp chopped pistachios
- 1 tbsp ghee
- Soak dates in lukewarm water for a few minutes. Drain and grind the dates in a blender.
- In a pan, dry roast the chopped almonds, pistachios and sesame seeds. Keep aside.
- Heat one tablespoon ghee and roast the ragi flour on a low flame.
- Add the dates, sesame seeds and cook for two minutes.
- Add roasted almonds and pistachios and mix well. Turn off the flame.
- Grease your palms, take small portions of the mixture and roll into balls.
Ragi dates laddoo is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and amino acids. This snack is great for preventing anaemia, which is highly prevalent among young children. This recipe does not require additional sugar as it contains dates, which are a natural sweetener.
- 1/2 cup poha (flattened rice flakes)
- 1 cup curd or dahi
- 2 tbsp jaggery
- 1/4 cup apple (chopped)
- 1/4 cup pomegranate
- Chopped nuts (optional)
- Boil jaggery in a pan with water for 2 minutes. Strain the jaggery to remove impurities.
- Soak poha in water for 10 minutes and drain excess water.
- In a bowl, whisk the curd well and add jaggery.
- Add soaked poha, chopped apple, pomegranate and nuts (optional). Mix well and serve.
Dahi poha is a healthy snack option for toddlers. It is a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, and B complex vitamins. Rice flakes can be substituted with ragi flakes for added iron.
- 1 cup almond
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup jaggery
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts (optional)
- Soak the almonds for two hours. Drain well and peel.
- Blend almonds in a mixer along with milk and cardamom powder into a smooth paste.
- In a pan, dissolve jaggery with water. Filter to remove impurities. Boil the jaggery syrup till it reaches a 'soft-ball' stage (a drop of the syrup forms a soft ball when put into cold water).
- Add the almond paste, mix well and cook for five minutes on a slow flame, while stirring continuously.
- Transfer the mixture to a greased tray. Spread evenly and sprinkle chopped nuts on top.
- Cut the barfi with a knife or a cookie cutter into desired shapes. Cool and keep aside for one hour and serve.
Almonds are a good source of magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamins A and E. The essential amino acids in almonds helps with brain development. Also, as it is high in dietary fibre, it helps prevent constipation in children.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup powdered jaggery
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup water
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- In a bowl, sieve the wheat flour and baking powder.
- Add coconut oil and mix well.
- To this, add powdered jaggery, cardamom powder and mix well.
- Add water to the mixture and knead the dough.
- Make small-sized balls from the dough and place on a greased tray.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Bake the cookies for 20 minutes till the tops are golden brown.
- Cool the cookies at room temperature and store in an airtight jar.
Wheat flour is a good source of carbohydrate, protein and dietary fibre. Desiccated coconut is a good source of iron and dietary fibre. Thus, this easy coconut cookie recipe will fuel your active little toddler, all through the festival!
Remember, your toddler's immunity is still developing. So, this festival, you need to ensure she gets the best nutrition available. Trust us, these sweets and snacks are not only delicious but also, score high on the health quotient as well. Here's wishing your toddler a happy and healthy Diwali!
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