If staying at home is tough for us, let’s acknowledge that it is tougher on the kids. They are young and it is hard on them to suddenly lose contact with their friends and teachers from school. They are all day at home with some toys to play with. As a parents let’s make most of this time with them, to play with them, be involved in their activities and teach them things we haven’t had the time to in the past. Let’s use this time to make them have some fun.
Cooking like they say is therapeutic and can be great fun for the kids too. Besides being a fun activity it is a learning experience for them too.
Kids today majorly consume packed foods. Their morning breakfast generally starts with cereals which are loaded with saturated fat and unwanted sugar, they usually snack on packed biscuits, protein bars or a glass of bottled juice, little realizing how unhealthy these are. Not only do these food products lack nutritional benefits but also contribute to unhealthy weight gain.
This is a good time to involve your kids in preparing healthy snacks, explaining them the benefits of each ingredient. Involve them in preparing healthy smoothies, energy cookies and quick salads. Pick one super food each day and talk to your kids about how it will benefit them and then involve them in preparing a dish with this super food. Quinoa is one such super food which is not only rich in proteins, but also high in fibre, naturally gluten free, and perfect for a vegan lifestyle. Quinoa has quickly become a family favorite at the dining table due to its mildly nutty flavor that works well with any ingredient.
Here are certain hacks from India Gate using quinoa as an ingredient to keep kids away from junk food. The main idea is to invest time and plan ahead for a healthier family.
· Carry water/quinoa milk/quinoa smoothie than packed juices and beverages.
· Replace wheat flour with quinoa flour to make cookies to serve your kids a healthy snack.
· Replace pasta and cheese bakes with quinoa.
· Quinoa pancakes and burritos are fun!
· Quinoa granola bars are perfect dose of protein and energy for kids. Make and store them.
· Replace wheat flour with high protein quinoa for cupcakes.
· Quinoa cakes are easy to do for birthdays too, next time you place an order be specific about the ingredients to the baker.
· If bread is a staple for your family, use the gluten free alternative quinoa instead.
Whether your kids are picky eaters, or smoothie fans, they’ll love these yummy recipes they can prepare themselves, ofcourse with some help from you. These recipes are full of vitamins and minerals, ensuring your kids get a whole lot of nutrition packaged in what seems like a treat!
Here are top 4 kid friendly quinoa recipes by India Gate Quinoa.
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Baking time: 18-20 mins at 180*c
· 300 g flour
· 100 g quinoa cooked
· 300 g sugar
· 300 g butter
· 175 g hazelnut powder
· 1.5 g baking soda
1. Cream butter and sugar well.
2. Add all dry ingredients.
3. Mix using paddle attachment until well incorporated.
4. Add fennel as per your choice.
5. Roll and cut out into desired shape.
6. Bake 18 to 20 mins. at 180*
Ø Nutritional Value
v Total calories: 5476 kcals / 4315 kcals
v Carbs: 654 g / 354 g
v Proteins: 58.5 g
v Fats: 351.2 g
v Fiber: 29.8 g
Quinoa chocolate smoothie.
· Quinoa ½ cup rinsed and cooked
· Thick curd 1 cup
· Milk ½ cup
· Honey 10 ml
· Chocolate sauce 10ml
· Cocoa powder 1tsp
1. Blend all the ingredients and serve chilled.
Chocolate- coffee quinoa Cake
Preparation time: 15 mins
Baking time: 30-40 mins at 180*c
· 1 cup flour
· 1 cup quinoa
· 1 cup powdered sugar
· 1/3rd cup cocoa powder
· 1 tsp baking soda
· 1 tsp baking powder
· ½ tsp salt
· ½ cup oil
· ½ cup water
· 1/4th cup milk
· 1/4th cup curd
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· 2 tsp coffee essence
1. Put all dry ingredients in 1 bowl and mix
2. Put all wet ingredients in another bowl and make an emulsion mix
3. Now mix the wet and the dry ingredients and mix with a beater for 2 mins,
4. Pour into a greased mould and bake for 30-40 mins at 180 degrees
Ø Nutritional Value
v Total calories: 1519 kcals / 1132 kcals
v Carbs: 222.6 g
v Proteins: 34.3g
v Fats: 57.5 g
v Fiber: 5.7 g
1. Quinoa flour 1/2 cup
2. Baking powder- 1 tsp
3. Almond powder- 2 tbsps
4. Corn flour- 1 to 1 1/2 tbsps
5. Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
6. Milk- ¼ cup
7. Egg- 1
8. Honey- 1 tbsp
· Sieve together dry ingredients.
· Whisk in milk, vanilla, honey and egg yolk.
· Fold in the dry ingredients and make a batter which is not too thick or thin.
· Make pancakes on a slow flame without butter.
· Lightly grease and wipe the pan from time to time.
· Serve with maple syrup, chocolate sauce or freshly whipped cream.
Ø Nutritive Value
v Calories: 270.6 kcals
v Carbs: 31.3g
v Proteins: 11.7 g
v Fats: 10.7g
v Fiber: 1.77g