Birthday parties for kids often end up amounting to a lot of unhealthy food in one short evening. Along with the mandatory cake, there are potato chips, fried snacks and kiddie favorites such as Mac and Cheese. While it is fair to make an exception on this day and indulge a little, there are many interesting dishes and snacks which can help you stay committed to your family’s health goals even while throwing an indulgent party.
Colorful Fruit Kebabs
As you plan activities to kick off the birthday bash for the kids in a fun way, introduce some interesting snacks that they can have while playing. If presented in a colorful and fun way, fruits are an extremely healthy addition to the diet. So, begin your party with some fruits. Cut colorful fruits such as a watermelon, pineapples, kiwis, apples etc. in different shapes like a triangle, rectangles or circles. Use a wooden skewer (stick) to thread these fruits together. Drizzle some lemon juice and sprinkle some rock salt to make this fruit skewer tastier.
Corn Chaat Canapes
While canapes are often used as a base in chaat items, a creative twist to this is to add a corn filling to it. Most children love the taste of sweet corn. Its taste combined with spices such as chaat masala and cumin powder along with a dash of lemon juice creates a filling that is full of flavour and fun. Make this filling and add it to baked canapes which are easily available in the market. This dish is a delicious starter and appeals to kids and adults.
Desi Chilla Tacos
A regular at the breakfast table, Moong dal Chilla can be upgraded to an interesting snack by adding a stuffing. Use the Moong Dal Chilla mix from the Tata Sampann range as it has the perfect mix of spices added to superior Moong (we use moong dal, not moong chilka) grains. Make the chillas and add a mixture of paneer, cheese, capsicum, and tomatoes just as the chilla is almost done. Fold the Chilla on the tava like a taco and serve it with some tomato ketchup.
A quick meal that everyone loves is pav bhaji. It is perfect for all generations and can be customized to include the vegetables that your children like to eat. As this dish contains many vegetables, it also has a high nutritional content. It is easy to make at home by using a readymade Pav Bhaji masala which brings the authentic taste of this street food to your home. Want to make this dish more interesting? Serve it with some cheese as a garnish. It will definitely leave your junior guests asking for more.
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