Lunch Box Ideas Your Fussy Eater Will Love
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If your child is a fussy eater, surely you would do anything to see their lunch box empty. However, the aim isn’t just to ensure that they finish their tiffin; it is also to ensure that they eat healthily. Some innovative cooking can solve this problem.
Here are some recipes that can interest your child in eating healthily:
1. Fruit yoghurt1,2
Cut some fruits like banana, apple, watermelon, custard apple, orange, pineapple, grapes, blueberries, and pomegranate in exciting shapes. Mix them and add yoghurt. Besides being an interesting dish, it is also a great source of potassium, calcium, Vitamin D, antioxidants, and many other nutrients.
2. Palak paneer rolls3
Cook a tasty spinach gravy and mix it with small pieces of paneer. Use it as a filling to make rolls with chapatis. Paneer holds a very high nutritional value for your child as it provides the body with calcium, phosphorus, soluble Vitamin A, and Vitamin D. On the other hand, spinach will supply your child with a lot of iron.
Prepare a meat sandwich with tuna, salmon, or chicken and vegetables like cucumber, tomato, capsicum, and onion. Add cheese sauce to give it a taste that will interest your kid. This sandwich would give your child enough protein and carbohydrates to last their school hours.
4. Beetroot pav bhaji5
Cook some vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, pumpkin, beans, beetroot, peas, capsicum with cumin seeds, and onions in some oil. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. Serve the bhaji with buttered pav. The vegetables in this dish will provide your kid with potassium, folate, fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals essential for their health.
5. Ragi idli6
Grind some ragi flour, soaked rice, poha, dal, and fenugreek seeds into a smooth paste. Add water to this paste and keep the batter aside to ferment for a night. The next day, pour the batter in greased idli moulds and let them steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve them hot with some chutney. Ragi is an antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties. Additionally, it will provide your kid’s body with calcium, polyphenol, and dietary fibers.
6. Dahi tikka7
This recipe brings high-quality protein and essential amino acids to your kid’s plate. Mix some finely chopped bell peppers, onion, salt, cardamom powder, and rice flour in Greek yoghurt. Take a small portion of this mixture and shape it like a kebab. Roll it in rice flour and shallow fry. Serve hot with sauce or chutney.
7. Dates and almond roll8,9
Can dessert be healthy? Sure, it can! Nuts, including almonds and dates, are rich in protein, fiber, minerals, tocopherols, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds. Cook some chopped dates and almonds along with cardamom powder and dry ginger powder in a pan with a bit of butter. Use this as a filling to make Swiss rolls with chapatis. Serve hot with some honey drizzled on top.
8. Badam ladoo10,11
Mix some jaggery with crushed almonds, grated coconut, and add Junior Horlicks to the mixture. Give it a round shape, and your healthy badam laddoos are ready! #Junior Horlicks is tasty, easily digestible, and provides your toddler with nutrients like choline, iron, and iodine, which support brain development and calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K & protein, which support physical growth and development. It also contains nutrients such as Vitamin E, A, selenium & copper to support healthy immune function.
Giving the regular lunch box meals an interesting twist while also ensuring that it is healthy will go a long way in helping your child develop well. Novel recipes like these may help your child overcome their selective eating habit too.