I'm sure every woman would agree with the fact that it's easier to please your husband or in-laws through healthy food than your kids. When it comes to food, it's tough to understand what kids may agree to eat! With the variety and food options available in the market today, it gets more and more challenging for the mother to meet the child's demands not only in terms of taste but also in terms of their health and well being.
Junk food like pizzas, burgers, french fries, hot dogs are some of the classic favorites amongst the kids, but these are responsible for problems like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. later on in life. But the problem is that if you don't give them what appeals to their eyes and taste buds, you will get an untouched tiffin back home at the end of the day.
So let's see how we can balance the taste needs and health of our children:
Roti pizza: Make a thick roti, top it with tomato sauce, veggies, paneer and bake it in the oven for 10 mins.
Soya burger: Make grilled soya and veg tikkis, place them between whole wheat buns along with veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, onions, capsicum.
Idli sandwich: Put chutney and butter on each idli, place onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, in between the idlis and serve as a sandwich.
Dal pancakes: Make a moong dal pancake and top it with paneer and tomatoes.
Egg roti roll: Put chapati in a pan, break the egg so that it coats the chapatti, add all veggies in between and roll it into a roti roll.
Chicken Frankie: Take some leftover chicken gravy, place it on a roti with onions and tomatoes and roll it into a Frankie.
Ragi uttapa: Mix ragi flour and rice flour with water, add onions, tomatoes, capsicum and make a pancake out of the mixture.
Spinach paratha: Make a dough with spinach paste and fill it with low fat paneer to make a paratha.
Healthy pasta: Mix whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and loads of veggies.
Pudina rice: Mix veg brown rice pulao with mint leaves and curd.
I'm sure that if these tasty and healthy dishes are part of your kid's tiffin, every last bit of it will be completely consumed by your kid. In fact you might have to give him/her two tiffins for their friends too!! Happy parenting!