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Mothers Guide Healthy Delicious Snacks Pre Schoolers
Mothers Guide Healthy Delicious Snacks Pre Schoolers

A Mom's Guide To Preparing Healthy And Delicious Snacks For Her Pre-Schoolers

You must have looked at your child many times and thought he/she is growing very fast. That’s because they are. Did you know that your pre-schooler attains 90% of brain, 60% of adult height and 30% of weight by the age of 6 years?^ Given that your toddler is growing fast, the routine three meals may not provide all the nourishment. Healthy snacks at regular intervals help in providing nourishment to the growing body and brain, helping keep the child active.

But a healthy snack is helpful only if your child eats it. And children can be finicky or just skip eating to play longer. However, if you pack an interesting snack, it makes eating it, as fun as playing. So, here are some ideas to make a snack that your child won’t miss and make you a popular mom:

1. Fruits

Fruits are an excellent source of important nutrients, especially Potassium, Folate, Fibre, Vitamins (A, C, K), and Phytochemicals, in the diet1. There are several creative ways and means to pack fruits, so your child enjoys eating it. Some of those ways are:

Slice It Into Shapes And Sizes

Toddlers are more likely to eat a fruit when it’s cut rather than served whole; or even better, when the cut pieces are assembled in the shape of a car, building, or pup’s face. Make it bright and colourful by mixing up different fruits – Watermelon, Orange Kiwi, and Strawberry would make for an interesting car shape! Offer your child the joy of different textures and tastes of fruits – the softness of Banana with the crunchiness of an Apple, the sweetness of a Grape with the tanginess of a Plum, and many more such contrasts.

United We Pack

Since you are packing for your child, involve him/her. Let him/her pick a fruit or two. Ask your child for ideas to put together fruit slices or make him/her assemble the slices you cut, just as it were a puzzle.

Mothers Guide Healthy Delicious Snacks Pre Schoolers

2. Vegetables

Since you are packing for your child, involve him/her. Let him/her pick a fruit or two. Ask your child for ideas to put together fruit slices or make him/her assemble the slices you cut, just as it were a puzzle.

Jar Salads

Layer colourful vegetables such as Lettuce, Baby Tomatoes, Cucumber, Carrots, and Beetroot in a jar and top it with a healthy dressing. Your child will find it fun to eat out of an unusual container, a jar.

Veggies Wrap And Boats

Instead of using a Roti or Tortilla Wrap, you can use a Lettuce, Spinach, or Cabbage leaf to serve a roll. Similarly, you can carve out a Cucumber, Bell Pepper, or Zucchini and fill the hollow with a healthy filling of veggies raw or cooked, with Egg and/or Meat of your child’s choice.

Veg-Art-able

Cut and assemble vegetables on a skewer or plate playing with colours, shapes, sizes, and textures to appeal to your child’s visual delight and palette.

3. Whole Graing2

Complex Carbohydrates should be the source of your child’s 45—65% of daily energy requirement. Alongside fruits and vegetables, alternative grains must be fed for this macronutrient. Additionally, grains provide a unique set of micronutrients (Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin, Iron, Folic Acid) that are not found in most fruits and vegetables. Wheat and Brown Rice can be a source of complex carbohydrate. 

Roll It

Rolling a preparation of vegetables cooked with a Meat or Cottage Cheese can motivate your child to finish their Rotiwithout much fuss.

Spruce It

Brighten up Oats or Broken Wheat or Semolina Porridge or Upma with colourful and crunchy fruits and/or vegetables.

Cover It

Make a sandwich using healthy sauce and colourful and flavoursome fillings made of Vegetables, Lentils and Beans, Meat Cuts, Cottage Cheese, and Eggs. You could pack the sandwich cut in the shape of a star. Instead of spreading the sauce, you could outline a face or any figure that will excite your child.

4. Eggs3

Choline is an essential micronutrient with critical roles in several biological processes and Eggs are known to be one of the sources. Eggs are versatile, and you can make and pack them as your child enjoys it:

Food On Fingers

Children enjoy eating with their hands and Pancake can be a healthy finger food snack. Instead of refined flour you could use Mashed Potatoes, Oats, or Banana served with honey, syrup, sauce, or chutney.

Make Muffin

Use the Egg mixture of Scrambled Eggs to make tiny Egg Muffins that resemble Cupcakes.

Egg In Bell

Cook Eggs sunny side up or as an Omelette with Cheese and Veggies within a ring of Bell Pepper or Bread or Roti.

5. Milk

Milk is important for your toddler and it facilitates bone growth.  Add Junior Horlicks# to it which has DHA, Choline, Iron etc. DHA is an important building block in the brain and is difficult to find in the usual diet of vegetables, grains, rice, etc. Junior Horlicks also has 50% higher protein* and 23 vital nutrients for healthy height and weight gain. You can make an interesting drink by serving it in fancy tall glasses, lining the rim with some colourful confectionary, and crazy straws

Snacking helps to keep your child energetic between meals. A full stomach will keep your child happy and attentive throughout the day. A healthy snack could mean your pre-schooler hugs you with a smile after a day at school.

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