A Yummy School Lunch Box for Your Master Blaster

Every morning you wake up early to cook and pack some food for your child. But when he comes back from school you find the food half eaten or not eaten at all because probably he found it boring. Sometimes the food is given away to friends to show you an empty lunch box.

Give your child variety in food, give him what he likes but make it healthy. Add colour and variation to the same food and he will eat it. We want to give our children ‘the best’ and healthy food but that does not mean only vegetables and chapattis day in and day out.

Make your child’s lunch box fun 

  • Keep the contents of the lunch box simple but good to look at. Do not pack anything with gravy which will make the box messy. Pack dry food like sandwich, parathas, snacks etc.
  • While planning the tiffin, ask your child what he would like to take in the box.
  • Take children along to the store when you shop for food and let them pick up fruits, vegetables and other food items which they would like to carry to school.

Ways to make the School Lunch Box Yummy and Nutritious

The food must look good, smell good and taste good. Give children what they like; the food will be eaten for sure.

    • Parathas – Children love to eat parathas instead of chapaties. A wide variety of parathas can be made with different vegetables and dals. While kneading the dough, chop or mash vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, carrot, potatoes, methi etc and mix in it. Add spices and herbs like cumin, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander leaves, mint, ajwan etc.
      Parathas (wheat flour) provide fibre, dal has proteins, vegetables add vitamins and minerals, and spices are rich in antioxidants and aid in the digestion of the food.
    • ŸSandwiches– Another food children like to eat is sandwich.  Use whole wheat bread instead of plain flour (maida) bread. Use different coloured ingredients as fillings, like green mint and coriander chutney, cucumber slices, red tomato sauce, tomato slices, beet root – boiled and sliced, potatoes – boiled and sliced etc. along with salt and some spices like chaat masala, black pepper, oregano or cumin powder.Cut sandwiches in different shapes like triangle, rectangle, or square.

    • Poha – Poha is made from flattened rice. It is easy and fast to cook and it is a tasty and nutritious snack since vegetables and spices are added to it. To make it you need flattened rice, oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, onion, potatoes, peanuts, lemon juice, coriander leaves, turmeric, asafoetida and salt.Poha acts as a complete meal due to the presence of so many vegetables in it, yet it is very light on the stomach. It is packed with iron and very easy to digest. Rice provides instant energy as well as Vitamin B1. Peanuts are a good source of protein, they are good for heart and act as antioxidants.
    • Upma – Upma is a wholesome, nutritious and tasty snack. It is basically from South India and is made with semolina as the main ingredient. To prepare it – you need semolina, oil, curry leaves, green chillies, ginger, mustard seeds, onion chopped, tomatoes, turmeric powder, lemon juice, salt, water and coriander leaves.
    • Moong dal ka Cheela – This cheela or pancake is made from split moong dal which is soaked overnight and ground to a fine paste next morning. To this paste add red chillies, cumin, asafoetida, grated ginger, chopped coriander leaves, and salt. Make chelas from this batter.

Give this wholesome snack to your child in his lunch box along with some green chutney.

So pack some healthy, nutritious, yummy snacks in your child’s lunch box and be sure to find an empty box when he comes back from school.

Instant Pizza – Ready to Make & Good for Health

Yummy tasty pizzas, made at home, who wouldn’t go for it? We all love eating pizzas and it is a good way of making children eat different vegetables. The secret of a good pizza lies in its base – the crust, which should be crunchy but supple.

Making a pizza at home can be a little tricky if you don’t get the base mixture right. To make a pizza crust you need dry yeast, flour, white sugar, oil, salt and water to knead the dough. If you don’t mix and knead the dough properly you may not get a soft, pliable crust. To make your job easier and faster, try the Ramdev Pizza Instant Mix.

Ramdev Pizza Instant Mix

Pizza – Good for Health

When we think of pizza the first thought that comes to our mind is ‘its junk food’ and it should be avoided. But it is not junk food, the original pizza from Italy, is made from dough which has no fat added to it, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. At times tomatoes and some basil are also added.

To make it more nutritious and healthy a variety of vegetables and meat can be added as topping. Children love to eat pizza and it is a good way of making them eat different vegetables.

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Ways to make Pizza Healthier

  • The instant pizza mix available in the market today is easy to work with and you get a crust that is just right to make a good tasty pizza. This contains flour, yeast, salt and some olive oil.
  • Use less cheese, as more cheese means more calories, so use small quantity of grated mozzarella cheese. This melts and spreads very nicely to cover the whole surface.
  • Cheese contains proteins and calcium. It also contains phosphorous, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B 12 and riboflavin. Calcium makes your bones strong and prevents tooth decay.
  • Top the crust with lots of vegetables like mushrooms, onions, pepper, spinach, carrots, olives, beet root etc and you have a pretty much healthy pizza. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals which are needed for good health and good growth of the body. Vegetables also contain fibre which is very important for good digestion.
  • Tomatoes in tomato sauce contain antioxidants, which protect your cells and support your immune system. Healthy cells mean a younger looking you, and a good immune system means a healthier you.
  • Tomato sauce also contains garlic, onion, pepper, basil, oregano, sugar, chilli powder, cloves, cardamoms, ginger, vinegar and salt. Cloves and ginger have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which provide lots of health benefits like protection from heart disease, cancer, improve insulin function etc. Ginger helps in the digestion of food and reduces nausea.
  • Garlic reduces cholesterol and prevents heart disease risk. The sulfur content in garlic helps to prevent cancer by flushing out carcinogens. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Pepper contains piperine which boosts metabolism and helps to burn fat and improves the digestion.
  • To add more protein to pizza you can add chicken sausages, tofu, grilled chicken, beans, eggs, nuts etc and make pizza more healthy.

So enjoy that yummy looking instant pizza which is easy to make and good to eat, pizza that is full of healthy ingredients and loads of health benefits.