Nutrition

7 Interesting Healthy Recipes for Kids

Imagine that it is between 3 and 4 p.m., your child is back from school and the many extracurricular activities and is hungry. Although you want to keep them full until dinner, stop and think for a minute before grabbing that neatly wrapped snack from the counter. Do you really want to give your child a snack of artificial foods with additives? Certainly not!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find quick and interesting recipes for your kids to make, while rest assured that you’re giving them something they love to eat and yet, nutritious?

The simple solution is – stir in almonds!

These nuts aren’t just a great snack option, they’re also convenient and provide a host of nutrients like vitamin E, riboflavin, fiber, protein, and more. In other words, almonds are a healthy alternative to a variety of unhealthy, readily available snacks. Plus, since these nuts are tasty and crunchy, they can also satisfy your child’s sensory cravings.

Here are some super delicious yet nutritious recipes you could try for your kids:

Badam Custard

Custard has always been a favorite with little humans. With the addition of almonds, you can add it to the list of healthy snack recipes for kids!

For 2

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

Almonds (toasted) – 200gms

Milk -500ml

Sugar -100g

Egg yolk – 6no

Vanilla essence – 3ml

Cornmeal – 25gms

Method

Blanch the almonds and make a smooth paste, set aside. Mix egg yolk and corn flour in a bowl, set aside.

Boil the sugar and the milk. Then add a little lukewarm milk to the egg yolks and whisk, set aside. Keep the milk simmering, add the mixture of temperate yolks and cook for 5 minutes.

Keep stirring and pour in the marzipan and put in the fridge. Serve cold.

Nutrient analysis

calories

2530

Protein

76.8g

Total fat

174.7g

Saturated

28.6g

Monounsaturated

81.2g

Polyunsaturated

29.3g

Carbohydrates

163g

Fiber

21.4g

Cholesterol

1674mg

Sodium

138.2mg

Calcium

1216mg

Magnesium

805.4mg

Potassium

2255mg

Vitamin E

53.1mg

Almond biscuits

This quick and easy recipe not only gives you delicious cookies, but will also leave your kids wanting more.

For 2

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

Flour – 1kg

Powdered yeast – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest -2 tbsp

Salt – a pinch

Butter (unsalted)-700 g

Powdered sugar – 300 g

Almonds (finely chopped) – 200gms

Method

Mix the cream, butter and icing sugar well. Stir in all the dry ingredients.

Shape it into small balls and roll it in the crushed almonds.

On a greased baking sheet, bake the cookies at 170 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. Serve.

Nutrient Analysis

calories

11093

Protein

151.6g

Total fat

693.8g

Saturated

252.2g

Monounsaturated

179.7g

Polyunsaturated

44.7g

Carbohydrates

1060g

Fiber

24g

Cholesterol

756mg

Sodium

822mg

Calcium

690mg

Magnesium

1286mg

Potassium

2700mg

Vitamin E

49.8mg

Shake Badam Elaichi

This is one of the easy to make recipes that gives you lots of goodness from ingredients like elaichi, badam, honey and cardamom.

For 2

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

Milk – 3 cups

Almonds (peeled and chopped) – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1tbl spn

Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

Saffron – 5 strands.

Vanilla ice cream – 2 scoops (optional)

Method

Mix all the ingredients and mix in the blender. Lather and serve chilled, garnished with slivered almonds.

Nutrient Analysis

calories

1216

Protein

38.8g

Total fat

82.8g

Saturated

22.7g

Monounsaturated

35.6g

Polyunsaturated

7.5g

Carbohydrates

78.1g

Fiber

1.25g

Cholesterol

108.4mg

Sodium

317mg

Calcium

1062mg

Magnesium

355.9mg

Potassium

1447mg

Vitamin E

13.1mg

Panir Badam Ka Cheela

This Indian recipe, which almost every Indian household knows, can be a great snack recipe for kids to munch on in between meals.

For 4 people

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Besan – 2 cups

Baking powder – 1/4thsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Ajwain – 1/4thsp

Red chili powder – ½ tsp

Oil – 3 tablespoons

For the stuffing

Paneer (mash) – ½ cup

Badam (chopped) – 1/4 cup

Roasted Jeera – 1 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Spicy green cutlet – 1 no

Chopped ginger – 2 teaspoons

Green coriander chop – 1 tbsp

Method

Make a thick paste using besan, salt, ajwain, red chili powder, baking powder and water. Set aside.

Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing well.

Heat a non-stick pan and pour a drizzle of oil. Pour some dough and roll it out thinly. Let it cook on one side then turn it gently. Quickly cook on this side and flip immediately.

Now pour the filling using a spoon and place it horizontally in the center. Fold the cheela like a dosa or a cigar.

Remove and serve hot.

Nutrient Analysis

calories

1966

Protein

83.9g

Total fat

99.5g

Saturated

3.7g

Monounsaturated

13.7g

Polyunsaturated

10.9g

Carbohydrates

184.2g

Fiber

6.7g

Cholesterol

4.2

Sodium

263.4mg

Calcium

410mg

Magnesium

462.9mg

Potassium

2470mg

Vitamin E

8.6mg

Uttapam Pizza with Toasted Almonds and Tomatoes

A western twist on a popular South Indian recipe can be all the excitement your kids could ask for, before or after their playtime.

Serves: 1 person

Preparation time: 8 – 10 minutes

Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Uttapam Paste – 75ml

Almonds, halved (unpeeled) – 15 g

Seeded and chopped tomato – 10 g

Chopped onion – 10 g

Chopped ginger – 2 g

Chopped coriander – 2 g

Pizza sauce – 5g

Grated parmesan cheese – 3 g

Salt – to taste

Refined oil – 5 ml

Method

Pour the uttapam batter into the center of a heated nonstick skillet. Sprinkle chopped tomato, onion, ginger and cilantro evenly. Flip the uttapam to cook from the top for about a minute. Then turn it over and spread the pizza sauce. Add the almond halves and flip, again.

Then, remove from the pan and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese over it. Cut it into 4 pieces like a pizza. Serve hot.

Nutrient Analysis

calories

393

Protein

12g

Total fat

14.7g

Saturated

1.6g

Monounsaturated

6.2g

Polyunsaturated

5.1g

Carbohydrates

56.5g

Fiber

0.5g

Cholesterol

0mg

Sodium

967mg

Calcium

76mg

Magnesium

63mg

Potassium

252mg

Vitamin E

3.9mg

Badam ki Kheer

This popular desert accompanies most Indian culinary preparations at home during festivals. However, since it is prepared so rarely, children like it much more.

Do not hesitate to please your children from time to time by concocting kheerregular days.

For 4 people

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Desi ghee – 2 tbsp

Almonds – 1 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

Rice – 3 tablespoons

Milk – 1lt

Grapes – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 150 g

Slivered almonds – 1 & 1/2tblspn

Method

Soak the rice for half an hour. Soak the raisins in water for 15 minutes. Blanch the almonds, remove the skin and reduce to a paste, adding a little water.

Heat a frying pan and add the desi ghee. Now lightly fry the marzipan over low heat for 1 minute. Add the milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add the rice. Cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is overcooked and the kheer thickens. Add sugar and raisins. Garnish with almond flakes.

Nutrient Analysis

calories

3000

Protein

70.6g

Total fat

169.4g

Saturated

34g

Monounsaturated

52.3g

Polyunsaturated

16.7g

Carbohydrates

298.7g

Fiber

3.5g

Cholesterol

99mg

Sodium

173.3mg

Calcium

1748mg

Magnesium

778.9mg

Potassium

2847mg

Vitamin E

31.9mg

Almond and soy milk smoothie

A healthy recipe to serve to your kids, anytime of the day, a glass of this smoothie can give them the goodness of soy milk and almonds which can provide essential nutrients such as protein, calcium and many vitamins and minerals.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: no cooking time

Ingredients:

Almond flakes – 100 g

Soy milk – 750 ml

Honey – 150g

Whole almonds – 350 g

Banana – 200g

Method:

In a mixing bowl, take whole almonds without skin, add soy milk, honey and banana. Mix and decorate with roasted slivered almonds.

Point: Add berry flavor if available to enhance flavor.

Nutrient analysis

calories

3588

Protein

122g

Total fat

240.6g

Saturated

17.4g

Monounsaturated

144g

Polyunsaturated

56.6g

Carbohydrates

267.6g

Fiber

40.8g

Cholesterol

0mg

Sodium

440.7mg

Calcium

2154mg

Magnesium

1407.6mg

Potassium

4351mg

Vitamin E

118.5mg

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