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@Anonymous Hi! We understand your concern, but it is natural for children to get tired after school, especially considering the fact that she is in the 12th standard, and very busy with academics and course work. For an evening snack, we suggest that you give her an energizer which could be a quick, easy-to-make and healthy SMOOTHIE (Click link for 5 Smoothie Recipes - https://www.parentcircle.com/article/5-delicious-smoothie-recipes-for-your-kids-to-enjoy/). Since you are a working mother, you could also keep legumes like Kabuli Chana, Rajma, etc. boiled at night, and make a quick curry with it in the morning. Another quick idea is making a nutritious dry fruits, coconut and dates ball, such that you can store it in the fridge and your daughter can pop it in her mouth, when she is hungry and needs a boost of energy. Hope this helps!
@Anonymous Hi, avoiding veggies is dangerous for health as you already know and hope you find a solution soon.. Here are some suggestions. * What does she eat for breakfast? Usually most Indian households have Idli Dosa batter. You could readily buy the batter in grocery stores incase you can’t make. Instead of bread, she could have idlis and dosas with veg sambhar, which is easy to make the previous night(chop the veggies very small if she's not going to eat them if they are visible). Rava idli is easy too. Chutney or potato sabzi are also easy to make and would barely take few minutes. Grated coconut is available at stores incase you don’t have time to grate. * Does she eat lunch at school? If she’s packing her lunch, try something very creative…like Chinese Veg noodles or Veg fried rice (you could chop the vegetables prev night). Noodles need to be boiled for a few minutes and toss them with cooked vegetables with some spices. This is not so time consuming and children /teens love Chinese food. You could pack Aloo parota (mixed with hidden grated carrots, fried finely chopped onions, Coriander leaves etc.,).This dish is tasty and nutritious. A simple Puliyogre /Puli sadham also is nutritious and delicious, especially in cold weather and easy to mix. * For dinner, try mixed veg curry or sagu with chapathi. Children love roti..Try easy side dishes with tomatoes, cauliflower etc., which cook fast. For the Veg gravy, you get frozen chopped mixed vegetables from the frozen section at stores. You could buy those. They save time and are packed in a hygienic way. Also, make sure she eats a lot of different kind of fruits. Hope this helps. Good luck.
@ROOPA M Thanks a lot for such a concise and well-though out plan, Roopa. It will surely be of help to a lot of parents, especially those who are finding it difficult to squeeze in time to provide the best nutrition for their child due to a hectic schedule.