1. Flavored pulses
Some of the old classic favorites are chickpea, channa dal, moong dal, peanuts (groundnuts) etc. Soak overnight, pressure cooker up to 3 whistles and flavor with mustard seeds, curry leaves, grated coconut and hing. Good source of protein and lipids.
2. Chicken fritters
They are called by many names and loved by kids across all over the world. Here is an alternative to deep fried chicken. Marinate skinless boneless chicken pieces over night with ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder. Shallow fry in olive oil or sesame oil. Again a good source of protein and lipids.
3. Tomato cheese sandwich
Put your indoor grill to good use. Assemble the sandwich first. A layer of tomato slices, one cheese slice on top(or may be 2) and grill until cheese melts. Yum!! Cheese has calcium and protein and is perfectly paired with multigrain(carbs). Protein aids to dissolve those carbs.
4. Fruit Smoothie
This is such a versatile and nutrient rich snack that it is my personal favorite. All you need is a good juicer and a bunch of fruits. My favorite combination are berry bash – strawberry, blueberry and banana, tropical – mango and kiwi, avocado milkshake. So how to make this a protein rich snack? Add tofu – a soy based product also called bean curd. It blends so well that you don’t even taste it. I also add a handful of spinach to make it rich in vitamin A. So feel free to mix and match.
Boiled and seasoned corn is a great hit with some kids. You can also grill corn. The easiest is to pressure cook corn with some salt and eat. For little kids add some butter to the hot corn and pepper powder.
6. Fruit and cheese
Fruit is always a wonderful snack. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, good for your skin. It lacks protein. So pairing fruit with cheese makes it a wholesome snack. Some fruits that are great with cheese are grapes, apples, pears etc.
7. Fresh veggies snack
We all know carrots, celery and some vegetables are best taken raw. So pair them with mayonnaise. Just cut carrots into sticks and provide mayo as a dip.
8. Dozza( spelled dotza – Dosa + pizza)
Well, kids crave a variety of foods. One food item that is readily available is idli/dosa batter. Make mini dosas and when they are done, sprinkle shredded cheese on top for it to melt. If your kids love vegetables (really?!), add fresh spinach, julienned green bell peppers and any thing else. You can add pulled chicken strips and cheese too.
9. Roasted nuts
Roast nuts and lightly salt them. Nuts are usually full of protein, nutrients and rich in good fats. Use walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamia, peanuts etc.
10. Multigrain(whole grain) adai
Soak a handful of each type of lentils that you have at home along with a cup of rice idli rice. Grind with red chilies, garlic and salt. Make dosas and enjoy with chutney or just like that. Full of protein and fiber.