10 Meal Ideas For Children

By     14-Nov 2018

10 Meal Ideas For Children

Mission to create a future generation healthier starts right from your kitchen and your children’s meal. That’s what the notion goes viral saying, kids are not super kids from the beginning, it takes a lot to make them super kids by encouraging them to develop healthy eating habits by making them eat healthier from the early stage of their childhood. In order to serve the purpose we have come up with the effortless meal ideas for your children.

The following meal ideas are all compromised of essential nutrients prominently requirement in the growth years of children. Rightly starting from protein to carbohydrates to healthy fats and covering an entire array of vitamins and minerals necessitated by their body functioning and development. So, let’s get to the meal ideas that you can execute making on alter days to present the varieties while power packing their everyday meals.
Must Try Meal Ideas To Impress Your Children And Uplift Their Body Development And Functioning!!!

Dhokla Sandwich: Presenting dhokla in a sandwich form- a new generation meal idea for children. Curd and paneer both used in the making of this recipe are an incredible source of protein. Simply cut dhoklas in a triangle shape and place a thick slice of paneer in between the two pieces of dhokla to give it visualization like a sandwich.
Compared to a traditional bread sandwich, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Traditional Sandwich Healthy Swap in Dhokla Sandwich Benefits
White Bread Chickpea Flour Rich in protein
Added fiber
Energy loaded
Mayonnaise Curd Probiotic Aids in digestion
Cheese Spread Cottage Cheese (paneer) Unprocessed Good for bone and teeth
Rich in protein

Cocktail Mini Idli: This recipe might take some extra effort of yours, but we bet this is going to be the best of all. Nothing else can compare it as it’s going to be mini rice idli creature, colorful and at the same time healthy for your champs. Prepare mini idlis first and then mix it in desi tomato onion mixture to give the real essence. Check this recipe in recipe section.
Compared to a quick made ravaidli, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Quick RavaIdli Healthy Swap in Mini Idlis Benefits
Rava Fermented Rice and Urad Dal Rich in protein
Fermentation aids in digestion
The traditional taste is kept intact

 Quinoa Beetroot Tikki: This deep purple color patty is a major binding of quinoa and beetroot which has also boiled potato to give it the traditional consistency. Shallow fry it with mustard oil to five it the authentic crispness and the golden eye pleasing flavor. Serve it either with mint chutney or with some side dips.
Compared to a traditional dish of aalootikki, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Aaloo Tikki Healthy Swap in Quinoa & Beetroot Tikki Benefits
Potato Cooked Quinoa
Gluten free Low in glycemic index
Excellent source of fiber Good source of energy
Rich source of folate
Boosts brain health
Deep Frying with refined oil Baking Or Shallow Frying with canola oil Rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid
Less oil means less rancidity

The Protein Wrap: This wrap is basically a variation wrap which can be prepared as per your children’s preferences. Make a whole-wheat wrap and stuff it with spiced up soy/egg/chicken/salmon, whatever pleases your champs taste. Making choice from any of these filling gives a boost of protein which will help them in muscle building.
Compared to a traditional dish of refined flour wrap, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Refined Flour wrap Healthy Swap in Quinoa & Beetroot Tikki Benefits
Maida Whole Wheat Fiber-rich In maida, due to milling process all the vitamins, fiber and calcium is lost that is retained in whole wheat flour
Stuffing of deep fried veggies in refined oil Protein rich stuffing of soy/egg/chicken/salmon Perfect protein-rich meal Good source of omega 3 Calcium-rich

Rainbow Biryani: Yes, it going to be more interesting. It’s eye pleasing and bodily nutrients requirements pleasing too. Why? Because it a rainbow biryani, means loaded with chopped seasonal veggies. Add carrot, beans, beetroot and green peas to it to make it look like a real rainbow biryani and serve it with plain yogurt topped with pomegranate seeds.
Compared to a traditional dish of biryani, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Traditional Biryani Healthy Swap in Rainbow Biryani Benefits
Less number of vegetables Multicolor vegetables & Pomegranate The rainbow colored veggies are loaded with micronutrients like essential vitamins and minerals

Whole-wheat Pasta Bowl: If not a normal basic salad, then why not make them eat the same with a little fancier name? Exactly, add bit of whole-wheat pasta and more colorful seasonal veggies. To add more nutrition, drizzle olive oil from the top and see them enjoying healthy pasta. It’s going to be fuller for them once eaten with some rice and chapatti.
Compared to a traditional dish of refined flour pasta, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Refined flour Pasta Healthy swaps in Whole Wheat Pasta Benefits
Maida Whole Wheat Fiber-rich In maida, due to milling process all the vitamins, fiber and calcium is lost that is retained in whole wheat flour

Tofu Stuffed Paratha: This stuffedparatha is not going to be a simple aloo or some basic veggie paratha. Use shredded tofu with grated veggies like cauliflower and carrot for stuffing. What else you wish to give your champ? It has all, from protein, fiber to several vitamins and minerals your children need to fight off occasion flu and sickness.
Compared to a traditional dish of aaloo paratha, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Aaloo Paratha Healthy Swaps in Tofu stuffed Paratha Benefits
Potato Tofu Though potato are rich in carbs, they contain only simple carbs and are loaded with starch. Tofu , on the other hand is rich in protein that contributes to the neurologic and physiologic development of a child

Chickpeas Mushrooms Burger: Another protein rich homemade chickpeas and mushroom burger to surprise your children. Keep this meal idea for some especial days and treat them with this multigrain bun and chickpea and mushroom tikki burger. You can also give layer of pesto in between the burger to make it taste more like figure-liking recipe.
Compared to a traditional dish of readily available junk burgers, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Junk Burgers Healthy Swaps in Chickpeas Mushroom Burgers Benefits
Maida Bun Whole wheat bun Calcium, fiber, protein and vitamins are intact.
Ease of digestion
Fried stuffing ( of potato mostly) Chickpeas and mushrooms Rich in protein Excellent source of energy
Mushrooms are labelled as superfoods because they are rich in folate, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and potassium

Stuffed BesanCheela: Breaking the conventional boundaries, this besan cheela is going to be stuffed with sprouts salad. For that, make a simple besan cheela, stuff in the sprouts salad and wrap it in a form like it seems to be stuffed in a roll. Else you can also stuff it with chopped veggies including grated paneer for your champs.
Compared to a traditional dish of a regular besancheela, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Regular Besancheela Healthy Swaps in Stuffed besancheela Benefits
Only Besan Besan with sprouts salad and grated paneer Rich in protein
Vitamin C loaded
Excellent source of energy
Complete meal

Whole Wheat Jaggery Crepe: These whole wheat pancakes is one of the most ideal breakfast recipe for kids. The combination of whole wheat and jaggery is perfect as it provide the dose of carbs and iron. Cardamom is used to enhance the flavors of the crepe, while toasting is being done in clarified butter. Garnish the crepe with a topping of chopped almonds to add the goodness of protein and calcium in the recipe.

Compared to a traditional version of refined flour crepe loaded with white sugar, the healthy swaps are as mentioned:

Regular Crepe Whole Wheat Jaggery Crepe Benefits
Maida Whole Wheat More Fiber
More Vitamins
More Energy
Sugar Jaggery Loaded with anti- oxidants and miners like zinc
and selenium. Good source of iron

Over to You:

No more boring sabzi’s and plain chapatti! Bookmark this blog and flood in every single recipe to your children’s meal menu on every new day giving them needed nutrients for a better and healthier future. That’s why we say, Eat Today For Tomorrow. Happy Children’s Day!!!

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Nutritional Benefits

Beetroot provides you with fibre, iron, potassium, folate and Vitamin C which is good for skin and further act as an antioxidant. It can improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure and serve as a low calorie food. It can also improve digestion and help in weight management. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and has been traditionally used to cure diarrhoea, stomach ache and sore throat.


2 small beets

Few sprigs of thyme

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack


Cut beets into thin slices

Put them in a saucepan, with some water. Boil until tender

Next, light your charcoal or barbecue fire

Take a large piece of foil and lay the beets in them. Brush a little olive oil and top with thyme and lemon zest.

Fold the foil and twist the ends together. Punch small holes in the foil with the help of a knife or fork.

Leave it to cook for 15-20 minutes.

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