Snacks are surely the best way to provide your child with some nutrition. Haven’t we all seen them sulk at a bowl of veggies or salad? So, how do we make our food interesting so that they get the best nutrition and goodness? Well, snacks are the answer. The reason why snacks are important is because it is a light food that only aims to provide the body with ample nutrition. Since most of the kids come back hungry from play or school, they will probably munch on anything that looks interesting. Therefore, it is the right time to get them a bowl that mixes naturally packed nutrients and energy supplies for the body. Their small tummies cannot handle all the food at one time. These timely nutrition suppliers in the form of snacks are thus every parent’s saviour.

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So, wondering how to pack all the energy and calorie-rich food in a bowl. We’ll give you some ideas.

All-Time Favourite and Healthy Snacks for Kids:

Look at some of our easy and simple school snacks for kids that you can send them with contently.

1. Oats Idli:

Idlis sure will not invite a smile. But what about a healthy twist? Oats are high in fibre content and keep you full for a long time. Besides, oats are also known to prevent constipation. Their high magnesium content makes them an essential food for the kids. Here is how to make a tasty oats idli.

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  • Grind one cup of oats in a grinder to a fine powder. You can add one medium-grated carrot. Add some finely chopped coriander and half a beetroot to make it more colourful.
  • To make the batter, boil one spoon of oil in a pan. To this, add channa dal, urad dal and some mustard seeds. Let all of them turn golden. You can add some cashews and green chillies.
  • Add half a cup of Rava or sooji and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add the powdered oats, keep stirring, and roast well.
  • Add the grated veggies and half a cup of curd to it. Mix them well with water and ensure the consistency of the batter.
  • Grease the idli pan with a little oil. Add salt to the batter and pour it on the moulds.
  • Allow it to steam cook for about 7-8 minutes.

Serve the idli with your child’s favourite chutney.

2. Dhokla:

Another interesting menu on our kid’s snacks list is the all-popular dhokla. A steamed dhokla is made from dal, a storehouse of proteins and fibre. Besides, it is steamed, which means it is less oil and thus even healthier. Make a classic steamed dhokla this way.

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  • Add one tablespoon of citric acid, one tablespoon of sugar, salt to taste, and a pinch of turmeric in one cup of gram flour.
  • Add water to the mix to see if you get a medium-thick consistency.
  • Mix well with one tablespoon of fruit salt or baking powder in another glass. Once it dissolves, pour it into the batter.
  • Pour the mix into a steaming tray. Allow it to steam for about 15 minutes.
  • In a pan, add two spoons of oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add three dried red chilli and curry leaves. This is the classic Indian tadka.
  • Cut the steamed dhokla to the shape of your choice. Pour the prepared tadka over this.

That’s how a healthy and tasty dhokla is prepared.

3. Ragi Cookies:

Cookies are kids’ favourite. Here is some way you can play with the ingredients. This time, try raagia millet which is rich in calcium. Thus, it is good for their bones, and their high dietary content helps promote digestion and prevent overeating. Here is how you can make a delicious ragi cookie.

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  • Beat butter (1/4th cup) along with 3/4th cup of sugar. Beat them until they turn creamy.
  • Add 2 eggs and one teaspoon of vanilla essence. Beat them until they mix well.
  • Add a cup of grated coconut and a cup of ragi flour and mix them well.
  • Sprinkle on the moist dough with powdered sugar and allow it to refrigerate for an hour, covered.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius for 15 minutes. Make flat balls and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake until done.

This is an easy way to surprise your kid!

4. Nuts and Dry Fruit Balls:

Nuts and dry fruits are good sources of nutrients for the body, especially when your child loves to play. The nuts are known to replenish the nutrient content and supply them with enough calories, thus ensuring they don’t feel tired.

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  • Combine figs, almonds, cashews, walnuts, raisins, peanuts, cucumber seeds, pistachios, macadamia and many dates. You can bring in any more nuts you like for the recipe.
  • Add honey to the mix, along with some palm sugar. Mix them well and make balls out of them.
  • Roll it on some coconut powder and allow it to dry well.

This energy-rich ball is the best way to bring in iron (from dates), magnesium (from cashews) and other nutrient supplies for your child’s body.

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5. Moong Salad:

Lentils are the ultimate source of proteins. It is high in vitamin K, vitamin C, iron and folate. They are abundant in their magnesium content and keep you full for a long time. Time to make a beautiful and delicious moong salad.

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  • Soak the moong overnight and drain them in the morning. Wash them well.
  • Allow them to sprout by tying them to a piece of cloth.
  • After it sprouts, add a handful of cucumber, finely chopped tomatoes, onions, grated carrots and half a cup of cornflakes for a crunchy taste and finely chopped coriander and mint leaves.
  • Add salt to taste and squeeze some lemon juice. Mix them well. Serve with a side of orange juice.

Moong salad will taste great with all the extra flavours added to it. Make sure to serve a bowl of it to your child every evening.

6. Cheese Toast:

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Children sure deserve some cheese. Cheese contains zinc, calcium, vitamin A and B12, protein and phosphorous. The healthiest type of cheese is the Feta cheese which is low in fat and calories. Here is a cheese toast that comes with fibre-rich capsicum.

  • In a pan of one teaspoon of oil, add cumin and garlic.
  • When they begin to smell good, add the coloured bell pepper/capsicum. Sauté well. Sprinkle some salt and chilli flakes on it.
  • Keep aside when you see it is done well. Now, place the bread on the pan and neatly lay the capsicum. Grate the cheese on top of it.

That’s about a delicious cheese toast. This could be an ideal teatime snack for your child.

7. Red Sauce Pasta:

Here are some good snacks for school you could try. Pasta is sure the favourite for many kids. Include some bell peppers and tomatoes to make it healthy, and a sauce made of only tomatoes is ideal.

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  • Roast some onions or bell peppers in oil and keep aside. Next, roast tomatoes until they turn mushy.
  • Blend them together, and in a pan, cook the pasta.
  • Add some oil, and garlic to a pan and add onions. Let the onions turn transparent. To this, pour the prepared puree.
  • Add salt to taste and allow the mix to cook well until you get a good consistency.
  • Switch the flame off and toss in the pasta.
  • The red sauce pasta will be a sure hit with your child and his/her friends!

8. Sweet Corn Soup:

An ideal snack on a rainy day is a bowl of hot soup. Sweet corn promotes a healthy vision. It contains insoluble fibre that will feed the good bacteria in the gut, thus helping digestion.

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  • Chop beans, carrots, onions. Wash them well.
  • In a pan, heat some butter. Add the veggies and one cup of sweet corn.
  • Pour water and allow them to cook well. Sprinkle some salt over.
  • Mix one teaspoon of corn flour in a little water in a separate cup and pour over the boiling pan of veggies.
  • Serve the soup hot with a good amount of pepper.

Sounds delicious, isn’t it?

9. Smoothies:

The next way to their heart is to prepare an energy-rich smoothie. Smoothies are delicious, and their goodness lies in the fruits you choose to add. Berries could be your one choice, for they look interesting with a mix of many colours and they are energy givers. Make a wholesome berry smoothie.

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  • In a blender, add raspberry, strawberry and blueberry.
  • Add one cup of vanilla yoghurt and 1/4th cup of uncooked oatmeal.
  • Add one cup of milk and a spoonful of honey.

Serve it moderately cold. They will surely love this colourful dish!

10. Fruit Bowl:

How much colourful can a bowl of dish get? Try out a simple nutrient mix bowl that is abundant with fruits. They contain a lot of nutrients, fibre and iron. Here is how to make one.

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  • Cut all fruits watermelon, apples, strawberry, kiwi, chikku. Add a handful of grapes. Sprinkle some flax seeds or flax seed powder on top for added benefit.

Serve the salad cold. Your kids will sure love a bowl of it or even more.

Here are Some More Tips to Ensure They Eat Right:

  1. Try out various bite-sized finger foods that are rich in nutrients. Small portions of it also serve the purpose.
  2. Make it bright and colourful to get them interested in the food.
  3. Shakes are the best way to ensure they get the goodness of nutrients. Try to use flax seeds in them in a way that does not hamper the taste.
  4. Lastly, remember to present them well. A beautiful and colourful presentation is a must to get them to eat.


Snacks are an important part of your child’s meal. They ensure they get some periodic nutrients from time to time. These small energy supplies especially become useful when they return from a tiring day. It just takes small tweaks and twists to the daily food to make it more appealing. Try today, and we are sure your kids will love them.


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