With summers knocking and vacations around the corner, kids are going to be constantly playing and more they play, the more they get hungry and thirsty. After playing for long hours, they will demand readymade unhealthy cold beverages to quench their thirst. So all you lovely mothers it’s time to load your kitchen with arms and ammunition and be prepared well in advance to serve your cute little warriors once they come back home.
We all know about the seasoned fruits and drinks for summers like cucumber, coconut water, lemon and more; but it often becomes difficult to persuade your kids to have it. Let’s be real I am sure not many kids would know about tulsi seeds or kokam, leave alone eating that. Even if they know, it would not be less than a battle for mothers to convince them that it’s healthy. So what should one do?
Well not to worry at all, as WSL brings to you some super cool ideas that are easy to make and easier to feed the kids.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the kids get hungry early in the morning and if they are fed properly it makes they stay fresh and energetic during the whole day.So to begin with how about a glass of fresh fruit juice and a chutney club sandwich! For the juice, all you need is fresh fruits chopped (orange, watermelon, grapes or any other fruit of your choice), ice-cubes and a tbsp sugar. Blend all the ingredients in a blender and serve the chilled juice.
For the sandwich, you need chopped cucumber, coriander, pudina, 2 tbsp curd, cumin powder, salt and pinch of sugar. Finely grate all the ingredients and make a mixture, take two slices of bread and apply the mixture evenly on both the slices. Then club the sandwich and roast it on a hot tawa till it becomes crispy and apply butter or ghee while roasting.Your chutney club sandwich and fresh fruit juice is ready.
Between breakfast and lunch
This is the time when hunger strikes your kids and they want to munch something but try not to give them anything heavy as they will be having lunch after sometime. So you can keep this portion a bit lighter, for instance, serve them cold milk with cookies.
For lunch there are innumerable options but a simple Phulka with any vegetable is the best and healthy option and along with it you can serve cucumber riata or any other riata or buttermilk or eve plain simple curd. For a change you can even try serving curd rice and pickle.
4 pm snack
At 4 pm kids are not that hungry, but still to keep them full, you can serve them tasty and energy boosting snacks like microwave mug cakes, fruit ice-cream or fresh fruit smoothies.
For microwave cake, take a medium sized bowl and add 3 tbsp maida (all purpose flour), 1/2 tsp vanilla essence, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, 2 tbsp coco powder, 1tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp edible oil, 2 tbsp orange juice. Mix all the ingredients well with hand blender and pour it in a microwave safe mug. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. Allow the cake to cool. Serve the cake as it is or you can serve it with a scoop of ice-cream.
Another option that your kids would not say no to is the fruit ice-cream. To make this, take chopped fresh fruits like mango, apple, strawberries, chiku, and banana. Mix it well and pour one scoop of chilled ice-cream on top of it. You can even try melting the ice-cream and mix it with fruits to get a chilled fruit custard.
Now comes the fresh smoothie, for this, take some fresh yogurt, chopped fruits and ice-cubes and blend it in a blender. Garnish the glass with a fruit peel of any of the fruits used in this smoothie and serve with a colorful straw.
Evening snacks must be lighter, so serve your kids Chiwada poha or kurmura with chopped cucumber, onion, tomatoes or even a veggie pizza or burger that they can savor while watching TV.
For dinner you can make Daal khichadi with kadi, vegetable pulao with riata, daal rice or you can even make chilled rice kheer.
With all these recipes, you are all set to feed your little warrior with all the healthy, nutritious and tasty food that they need to beat the heat this summer.
Bhakti D MBA in HR and Finance who found her love and passion in cooking and writing. She enjoys experimenting new recipes as much as enjoy playing with her son, she also brings her expertise as a parent and a qualified professional to WSL