India observes National Nutrition Week from the 1st to the 7th of September, in order to raise awareness about a balanced diet and the ill effects of malnutrition, across people of all age groups. So this week we thought to ourselves, ‘what better way to celebrate the week, than by packing your kids' lunch boxes with delicious and nutrient-dense meals?’ After all, these picky-eating rugrats are the ultimate challenge when it comes to providing optimum nutrition, right?
From zucchini pancakes to pumpkin pasta, these creative recipes are designed to make lunchtime enjoyable while ensuring your little ones receive the essential nutrients they need to thrive. By introducing a variety of flavours and ingredients, you can encourage healthy eating habits that will benefit your children in the long run. Say goodbye to boring lunches and embrace these five delightful and nutritious recipes that are sure to make your kids excited for lunchtime.
Fluffy Schezwan Zucchini Pancakes Kick-start your kids' lunch with a twist on traditional pancakes. These fluffy schezwan zucchini pancakes are a perfect blend of flavours and textures. Grated zucchini adds a dose of veggies while the schezwan sauce gives a delightful kick. Pair these pancakes with a little yogurt dip or a side of fresh fruit for a balanced and satisfying meal.
Beetroot Kebabs Make lunchtime colourful and fun with these vibrant beetroot kebabs. Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots offer a wealth of benefits for growing kids. Serve them with whole wheat pita bread, hummus and a medley of crunchy vegetables for a well-rounded lunch.
Baked Lentil Veggie Nuggets Swap out traditional chicken nuggets for these delicious and protein-rich baked lentil veggie nuggets. Not only are they a great source of plant-based protein but also a sneaky way to include vegetables in your kids' diet.
Quinoa Paratha Give the classic Indian paratha a healthy twist by incorporating nutrient-rich quinoa into the dough. Quinoa is a complete protein and contains essential amino acids, making it an excellent addition to your kids' lunch. This wholesome meal is sure to keep your kids energised throughout the day.
Wheat Pasta in Pumpkin Sauce Elevate the traditional pasta dish by using whole wheat pasta and a creamy pumpkin sauce. Pumpkin is rich in vitamins and adds a naturally sweet flavour to the sauce. Add in some sautéed spinach or other favoured vegetables for an extra nutritional boost.
Try these recipes and let us know which one of these is your little one’s favourite!
Ananya grabs at every chance she gets to spend time with strangers listening to their stories, painting or reading some romantic-thriller novel almost everywhere. Her love for food encompasses everything from crispy fried chicken to a creamy cheesecake. And this combined passion for food and creativity, paired with a knack for social media enables her to make some fascinating content for her Instagram.