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5-minutes nutritious snack for growing children!

nutritious quick snack
As moms, we are always juggling with a dozen tasks a day and switching from one role to another. But it seems, that one activity over which we beat our brains out is – “what to cook”! However trivial it my seem, but it’s definitely not a no brainer…

More so, when it comes to cooking for the preschoolers and the growing children. They are not the ones to understand why they should eat more green veggies, or more calcium-rich or more iron-rich and stuff. All they go by is their mood and palatte.
And we busy moms, donning multiple hats, don’t really have the time or energy to do elaborate 4 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, evening snack, dinner!).

Today, I want to share a recipe keeping in mind the evening snack time which is so very crucial for the growing kids. As they get ready to play outdoors in the evening, its important that they have the essential energy levels. This snack is so convenient to make, you can even whip up during journeys.

Adults and weight watchers will relish it as much. The best part is it does not require oil nor any cooking in real sense.

For 2 adults/ 3-4 kids aged 3-4

2 cups curd/yogurt
1 cup poha (i think it’s called beaten rice in English speaking countries. See the pic to get an idea)
2 cups diced fruits and veggies (banana, pomegranate, cucumber)
2 teaspoons natural brown sugar or jaggery
1 pinch of salt

1. Clean the poha with water so that it becomes soft and fluffy. Drain the water in a colander (a container with big pores to drain water)
2. Add natural brown sugar or jaggery to the curd and beat thoroughly to get a smooth consistency
3. Add sliced banana, diced cucumber and pomegranate
4. Add poha and mix all ingredients gently
5. Garnish with pomegranate seeds
5. Serve slightly cold

Note: It should be a thick consistency and yet juicy enough. There should be some amount of curd even after the poha has soaked up most of it. You can add or remove any fruit or veggie as per taste. I, for one, like the uniqe flavour of the banana and cucumber combination.

This snack is rich in calcium (curd, banana), iron (pomegranate, brown sugar/jaggery), dietary fibre (poha).

poha curd fruit and veggie dish

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  • Srishti August 11, 2009, 7:02 pm

    No doubt, amazing quick and nutritious recepie. Not only for kids….very good for upset stomach also…

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 11, 2009, 11:49 pm

      Srishti – thanks for leaving comment. You’re bang on about the ‘upset stomach’ thing. This dish/snack actually is pretty tummy friendly and keeps the system cool during scorching summers…

  • rekha September 3, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Oh this is a great recipe, my kids are really fussy and I am sure they would love this one. btw, I love the jewelry on your store.

    • Rashmie Jaaju September 3, 2009, 4:15 pm

      Thanks Rekha. So glad you like the recipe :) If you make it sometime, let me know what the kidoos had to say! And for you, it’s a time saver – quicker than the 2-mins noodles! Also, thanks for the jewelry :) I had visited your blog and liked it a lot! Had come across through ‘blog adda’s’ Tweet…
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