The best healthy meal ideas that are delicious, too!

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We present some easy to make snack recipes for kids that will have your child excited about eating, instead of annoyed with boring fare!

Your child’s diet determines the rate of their growth, and whether they are reaching all their development milestones. The more nutritious their diet, the stronger their immunity and the fitter their bodies.

But children gravitate more towards tasty junk food, rather than healthier food which may not taste as great. But, who says healthy food cannot be tasty? With a bit of creativity, you can add high amounts of nutrition to your child’s diet and ensure that they get their daily dose of vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, natural sugars, protein, calcium, zinc, amino acids and many others.

Don’t know where to begin? We present a few simple and healthy ideas for nutritious food for kids:

* Milk and dates drink: Milk and dates are a potent combination: both reduce dehydration, are great for digestion, improve immunity, skin and hair health, and increase muscle and bone health, too. Here’s a tasty snack recipe for kids: Boil pitted dates in a glass of milk till the milk reduces by one quarter of its earlier volume or turns brown. Serve it for breakfast or as a snack in between meals. If your child does not like the taste of plain milk, they might not like this recipe. So here’s a twist: fortify it with powders that come in flavours like vanilla and packed with vitamins, iron, DHA, protein etc.

* Fruit cups. Your child needs milk and fruit. But most children rebel against having either! Mix the two together to make a milk-based fruity drink (take care not to whiz citrus fruit with milk, or the latter will split) or make fruit and milk cups. Finely cut up fruit like apples, banana and chikoo, and add to a cup of milk. Add a spoon of vanilla flavoured milk powder instead of sugar and refrigerate the cup for 30 minutes. Serve this nutritious food with wheat crackers.

* Granola and chocolate squares: Granola is often used as a breakfast staple by adults, but it can be a nutritious food for kids too. It offers a high amount of fibre, protein and carbohydrates. Grind granola with cashews and pistachios. To this, add some cocoa powder, add milk fortified with vanilla milk powder and knead into a thick consistency. Lay out the mixture on a baking tray and smoothen out with a spatula. Cool in the refrigerator and cut into squares before serving.

* Fruit smoothie. Most children love the taste of fruit juices, but store-bought juices are often loaded with sugar and preservatives. Make a delicious fruit smoothie using seasonal fruit and yoghurt. This is an easy snack recipe for kids: blend some pineapple and papaya with cold yoghurt and add half a cup of fresh orange juice for some tang. Top with ice cubes and serve cold.