Kids these days have easy access to unhealthy and very delicious junk food. You walk into any shop and the first thing and the last thing you see is junk food to entice kids.
As a mother I know I will never be able to compete with these branded, very prettily packaged and highly preserved foods. But I know that if we keep trying to provide them with tasty and nutritious alternatives at home, we will be sending our children out to the world with the right message about health.
When I was a little girl, hot sundal was a staple during Navratri festival time in all the homes in the neighbourhood. Every day for 9 days a sundal of a different pulse would be made at each home. I would be called to visit each home and I would get to eat at least 3 varieties of sundal in a day. Those are my sweet memories of sundal. During pregnancy too, I was asked to eat different varieties of sundal every day as sundals are great protein powerhouse.
Buy green grams in bulk and store in a clean container. Whenever you plan to cook up some snacks for the kids just get a handful for 1 person and soak it in enough water to immerse the green gram. You can make this dish even daily by simply dry roasting and then immersing it in water for half an hour before pressure cooking it.
Benefits of Green gram
- For an active toddler, it’s a great source of protein, fibre and carbohydrates. And if you soak and let it sprout, the nutrient benefits improve many folds
- It will help with avoiding unhealthy food craving in toddlers and adults
- They boost our immune system
- It doesn’t cause bloating and is super gut-friendly
Benefits of Jaggery
- It is rich in iron and thus regular intake will prevent anaemia
- Regular intake of Jaggery helps with menstrual cramps
Benefits of Coconut
- Rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals
- Good for the immune system