After school Snacks Healthy Beverages For Children

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After-school Snacks & Healthy Beverages For Children

Vandana Chawla, Nutrition Expert


Oct 16, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

Hello mommy! You may need ideas for snacks and healthy beverages to stock up on at home. Healthy snacking not only satisfies hunger between meals, it can improve concentration during homework or extracurricular activities, and prevent overeating at meal time. So, REGISTER NOW for a LIVE CHAT with our expert Vandana Chawla (Nutrition Expert) for yummy suggestions.


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Hi, my son plays so I want to give him some healthy as well as tasty snack. please suggest me.

Hi, my son plays so I want to give him some healthy as well as tasty snack. please suggest me.

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Nivedita, Please mention your kid's age as that helps us to advice you accordingly. Anyways, I presume its a school going kid, so it is good to know that he is an active child. Kids who are involved in sports or play often need small frequent meals and more of nutrient dense foods. Plus they dont want to sit and eat, they love to eat while they are playing which means that they need more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie fillings or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Also you can give dosas /chillas made of ragi, moong dal, oats etc. Roll them up with corrainder chutney and cheese/paneer filling. These type of snacky foods are more filling plus as they are packed with healthy carbs, they keep kids active and energetic. Also you can keep some other snacks like ragi laddoo, dates and nut bars handy. You can get recipes from the net and they are simple and easy to make plus remain good for long. Lastly play makes them thirsty. so give him, milkshakes, smoothies and plain water after and during the play. Make sure you do not add sugar to any of these. 2018-10-16 15:08:44
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hi which healthy snacks can be given in the breakfast before going to school....someone told me to a....

hi which healthy snacks can be given in the breakfast before going to school....someone told me to avoid giving milk first thing in morning...my kid doesn't like vegetables in any snack...plz help

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Ekta, A healthy breakfast should be a mix of Healthy carbs, proteins, healthy fats as these will keep your child full plus energetic. If the child is full then It will also help to improve his concentration and attention span in school. A breakfast can be given in two parts. First when baby wakes up give a cup of milk and then once he is ready to go, give him bread/egg combo, upma/idli with veggies added or it can be ragi/oats/daliya porridge with fruits and nuts added. Even vegetable chapati rolled up with some chutney can be a good breakfast. If you feel baby can't take so much or less time then you can tell him to have it on his way to school.If pre-prepartion is done , making breakfast in the morning becomes easy and less cumbersome. There is no research as such that indicates not to take milk in the morning. In fact milk is packed with ca, proteins and many vitamins and minerals plus its a good way to rehydrate the baby. So , I would highly recommend the use of milk in the morning. You can make some healthy smoothies/milk shake with milk and just fruits, no sugar added. Finally make sure in the morning do not give fried or sugary food as this will make child lethargic and less active and this can affect his performance in school 2018-10-16 15:17:56
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My son -6years of age, dislikes eating roti sabji. Hes excuses are, am not hungry, I don't like the....

My son -6years of age, dislikes eating roti sabji. Hes excuses are, am not hungry, I don't like the taste etc . Ive tried narrating stories too-food related, but not working. Fruits he likes, but not daily. He plays kudo so needs to be energetic n strong. Please do advise what can i do about hes eating habits. Thamk you.

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Urvashi, Kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give them small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. To improve baby’s appetite, offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie filling or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies.Also you can give dosas /chillas made of ragi, moong dal, oats etc. Roll them up with corrainder chutney and cheese/paneer filling. These type of snacky foods are more filling plus as they are packed with healthy carbs, they keep kids active and energetic. Also you can keep some other snacks like ragi laddoo, dates and nut bars handy. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Lastly do not force feed your child and let him decide when and how much he should be eating. 2018-10-16 15:20:53
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hello mam, my daughter is 4yrs old she dont like to drink milk and dont like curd can you please sug....

hello mam, my daughter is 4yrs old she dont like to drink milk and dont like curd can you please suggest me how can i replace r these thinks with somethings else and suggest me how to make her to drink milk and eat curd and she dont eat vegetables curry she want me to give her plain rice she is very choose please suggest me what can i give her for her growth and she is very thin.

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Shravanthi, If she does not like milk then you can give it as milk shake or as milk smoothie. Make different combinations like banana/strawberry, banana/papaya, banana/any other seasonal fruit. You can make smoothies by adding some curd also. Try serving in tall glasses with fancy straws to make it look interesting and attractive. Also you can make rice kheer, fruit custard, phirni , add chopped fruits & nuts to make it more tasty and healthy. Milk can also be given in the form of yogurt/paneer/cheese. Paneer can be made in different ways like curry, paratha, bhurji, pakoda, sandwich filling etc. Same way you can use cheese. If she does not like veggies then add it to roti atta, to pulao, noodles or sandwiches etc. Small meals served in attractive manner will make her eat more and this way she will gain weight healthily. 2018-10-16 15:39:58
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hello mam, my son refuses ti take any fruit . i tried to serve him in different flavors and presenta....

hello mam, my son refuses ti take any fruit . i tried to serve him in different flavors and presentation. but he never shows interest if any how forcefully i make him eat he vomit out. please suggest what alternate can be given. apart he eats only regular food(chpati, rice, pratha, puri, dal) if something different served he refuses to take. how i can encourage him to eat.

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Khushboo, Kids at this age need more of small finger food type of meals. So your aim should be to make these foods healthy and nutrient dense. Examples are sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie fillings or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. Also you can give dosas /chillas made of ragi, moong dal, oats etc. Roll them up with corrainder chutney and cheese/paneer filling. These type of snacky foods are more filling plus as they are packed with healthy carbs, they keep kids active and energetic. Also you can keep some other snacks like ragi laddoo, dates and nut bars handy. You can get recipes from the net and they are simple and easy to make plus remain good for long. Lastly play makes them thirsty. so give him, milkshakes, smoothies and plain water after and during the play. Make sure you do not add sugar to any of these. Fruits can be added to these shakes/ custards or any other puddings. Small meals cooked in variety of ways and served in attractive manner will always make child eat with more enthusiasm. 2018-10-16 15:44:59
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my son is 4 yrs old...he don't eat vegetables. how to include vegetables in his diet?

my son is 4 yrs old...he don't eat vegetables. how to include vegetables in his diet?

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Poonam, There are many ways in which you can make your son like veggies. Add them to chapati flour and make rotis/parathas with it. Or you can make veg puree, like spinach or beet puree and mix it to rice/chapati atta to make meals more colourful. Also you can grate different veggies and mix them with ragi/oats flour and shape them into cutlets. You can also use dal flour as binding agent. You can make dal chillas with vegetables in it, or you can just cut them into long sticks, like carrot/cucumber/steamed beet and serve them with healthy and tasty dips like cheese dip, hummus etc. 2018-10-16 15:50:58
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Hi, in evening my baby boy wants only fried stuff nd not healthy one. Also he doesn't like fruits at....

Hi, in evening my baby boy wants only fried stuff nd not healthy one. Also he doesn't like fruits at any tym his age is 3.3 yrs. please suggest something he wil lyk nd eat easily for evening snacks nd hw wil he eat. Eating is big problem nw a days. Thanks

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Sumaiya, Whatever foods that he wants in fried form try giving it either as steamed or lightly fried one. Eg, instead of frying cutlets, cook them on non-stick pan with little oil. Make cutlets more healthy by adding nuts and seeds powder, variety of veggies and use ragi/moong dal flour or black channa flour as binding agents. You can make them crunchy by rolling in whole wheat bread crumbs. All these ingredients are easily available in market. Same way, make idli chaat, by lightly frying cooked idli in little oil, then cut in pieces and add, veggies and bhel mix on it , Parathas/pancakes can be cut in different shapes and then given as healthy snack. Even snacks like batata vada/bread pakodas can be made on tava with little oil and cooked on low flame. You can use appa moulds to make these snacks or even putting idli batter in them, to get nice mini round puffed up idlis. Regarding fruits, try making fruit puree and mixing it in fruit custard, kheer or some pudding. Try adding it to milk and make milk shakes/smoothies. You can also make fruit kebabs by putting clean chunks of fruit on a skewer and then asking him to eat from it directly. 2018-10-16 15:31:56
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Vandana Chawla
Hi Nisha, Please let us know if you have any query. 2018-10-16 15:51:55

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