5 healthy snacks for kids you already have in your kitchen

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With these healthy Indian snacks, you won't have to worry about your child's unhealthy small eat habits, just give them a bowl of these tasty goodies

Preparing different healthy snacks each time your child raises the alarm for his chotti bhook can be a challenge. And if you are a working mum, you may even end up filling his tummy with a ready-to-eat snack that may not necessarily be healthy.

But as many fitness conscious believe, the great Indian diet is perhaps the best to satisfy your kid's small hunger pangs. Wondering how?

Well, if you keep your kitchen stacked (chances are you already have all of them) with these healthy Indian snacks, you won't have to worry about your child's unhealthy small eat habits.

#1 Channa

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A packet of chickpeas in your kitchen can be one of the best snack foods in India. That's because it is a great source of protein, fibre and vitamin A, B-6, B-12, C, D, iron, calcium and magnesium.

So you can cook them anyway you like, their nutritional value remains the same. In fact, if you are planning to use them as a snack, you can try making plain channa, masala channa or channa chor garam, salted channa – take your pick!

#2 Nuts

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Nuts are essentially loaded with healthy fats and oils, proteins, calcium and iron. They, therefore, make for a great snack for growing kids.

In fact, if you child likes badaam, you can soak it overnight and give them a maximum of five with their breakfast. For other nuts you can make a namkeen (add a pinch of salt and chaat masala).

You could also roast them and store them a jar with some salt and feed your kids this healthy snack with milk in the evening.

Continue to read about the other most accessible and easy to make healthy snacks for kids.

#3 Murmura

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Puffed rice or murmura is another great addition to your kitchen as far as healthy snacks are concerned. They are a very good source of protein and fibre- key for growing kids.

Experts suggest that a 3/4-cup serving of the cereal has 54 calories, 12 grams of carbs and 1 gram of protein. The best part is that since they are not flavoured, you can experiment with it as much as you like.

You can add them to upma or roast and add chat masala and salt and eat them as namkeen. You can even make bhel or laddoo.

#4 Baked snacks

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Instead of going for biscuits or a packed of chips, this is good option. You add items such as khakhra, ragi or nachni chips or even baked soya sticks, which are also low on fat content.

The good thing about these snacks are that they are available in different flavours and you can try a new one each day; and are also readily available in the market.

#5 Sprouts

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These are perhaps the easiest to prepare and the most nutritional Indian snacks. Sprouts are packed with iron, calcium and essential vitamins and minerals.

To prepare sprouts, you can soak the dal of your choice (green moong or yellow gram or large grained soy) overnight and add chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, green chilli and coriander. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of lemon juice and you are good to go.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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