According to various researches, nutrition in the first 1000 days of life can shape a child’s future. Not only will it determine your child’s health and eating habits but also the ability to learn new things because the brain grows most during the first three years.
Since I don’t have a working menu for each day, something that racks my brain in the mornings is what to cook for my daughter. But because I usually try to incorporate proteins, dairy, carbs, vegetables and fruits in her daily diet, it serves as a guide. My greatest challenge though is what to offer for snacks. I believe well timed snacks are important for healthy appetite on main meals. So far, I have been giving her fruits at 10 am and yogurt at 3 pm but now that she is more active and her taste buds are well experienced, it has become less interesting. I Therefore went on hunting for easy and healthy snack ideas that I can make at home and here are the 4 snacks I tested and worked for my daughter and I.
These are perfect grab-and-go healthy snacks that even you will love. All you need to prepare the cookies is 100 gms of oats (I ground the oats for a softer texture), 2 medium bananas, a hint of oil/butter, and cinnamon. Mix all the ingredients well and put in a preheated oven in any shape you desire for 15 minutes.
Fruit veggie smoothies
Depending on the amount you offer, these smoothies can also serve as breakfast. Put the following ingredients in a blender and mix them well.
- 2 oranges, 1 mango and 2 carrots
- Half a cup of milk
- 1 cup of greek yogurt (you can make this from plain yogurt by putting it on a strainer until the liquid has fully dripped out)
You can also experiment with different fruits your child likes such as strawberry, banana and cauliflower.
These pancakes can also be served for breakfast but I personally prefer them for snacks. You will only need 1 banana and 2 eggs to make this but if you want to make it with oats you can use 2 bananas and 2 eggs instead. Mix the ingredients and fry in a tiny bit of oil over the pan.
Because of the peanut butter and honey these bars have, this will only work for children who have already been introduced to the two. These are the ingredients you will need to make the cereal bars.
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2 cups of toasted quick oats or muesli
- 3 tablespoons of coconut flakes
Melt the peanut butter and honey in a bowl and stir in all the other ingredients. Once they are well mixed, lay the mix on a plate and put then in the fridge to chill until it is firm. Once it is firm, you can cut them in any shape you like. These bars can be finger foods that your child can grab and eat herself. You can add dried fruits for variety.
This first appeared on The Standard on 21st May 2017