The monsoon magic here. The pitter-patter of rain, cool breeze, the earthy smell during showers brings unbridled joy and relief from the blazing heat. But wait, the rainy season also brings bacteria, germs, pesky pests and the breakout of ailments, infections, and allergies in its wake.
Kids are especially vulnerable at this time. They love splashing around in the muddy water, getting drenched, having rain baths in the downpour. Parents thus need to ensure young children get nutritious food to pep up their immunity and keep them fit as a fiddle during the wet weather. Here are 5 easy breakfast recipes that are lip-smacking and healthy too.
Oats and Banana Porridge
This is the easiest option of morning breakfast and can be whipped up in a jiffy. Take 3 tablespoons of oats and cook with 1 cup of milk, a dash of butter and brown sugar/honey until the desired consistency is achieved. Pour the oatmeal in a bowl and top it with raisins/ dry fruits/banana for the perfect morning meal in the monsoon. It’s satiating, tasty and packed with the goodness of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber for your child.
Crispy Fruit Concoctions
Your kids are fussy about eating cereal in the morning? No worries! Steer them towards seasonal fruits. Brimming with vitamins, minerals, natural sugars, and beneficial nutrients, fruits can shield them from diseases hovering around during the monsoon.
A salad with all their favourite fruits chopped in bite-size pieces is a handy and very healthy option to try out. Alternately, you can whisk up milkshakes or smoothies. Just pour fresh fruit in a blender with ice/milk/Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of honey to churn out a refreshing drink enriched with essential nutrition for kids.
Poha (beaten rice) makes for a quick and healthful breakfast for kids during the monsoon spell. The simple food item can be converted into a complete meal rich in iron and carbohydrates with add-ons like veggies and nuts. Preparation is simple. Wash the Poha and let it sit for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a little oil and lightly fry a handful of peanuts. Next, add mustard seeds and once they start to pop put in finely chopped onions, curry leaves and cook till onions turn transparent. Add a diced potato, peas, salt/turmeric and cook covered until the veggies become soft. Add the Poha and sauté for a few minutes. Drizzle a little lime juice and serve hot garnished with coriander.
French Butter Sandwich
Making this classic breakfast recipe in the misty monsoon climate is a cinch. Crack eggs in a pan, add milk, cinnamon powder, few drops of vanilla extract and briskly stir the contents. Spread a layer of butter evenly across two bread slices. Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture and arrange gently on a heated frying pan with some cooking spray. Press on it with a spatula and cook for a few minutes until golden brown. Flip the sandwich to repeat. Once nice and crisp on both sides, remove the sandwich on cutting board and split in half diagonally.
Mini Protein Pancakes
This is another recipe that your child will love in the drizzly weather. It is scrumptious, easy to cook and comprises healthy food ingredients. Make a batter with flour, sooji, raagi and powdered oats. Add honey/jaggery and some grated apples or dates along with water to create a pancake-like texture.
Now heat some butter in a non-stick pan and pour the mixture gently in a small quantity on it. Fry on low heat until both sides of the mini pancake are nice and golden brown. Serve hot. If you are feeling indulgent, add a dollop of vanilla ice-cream.
Try these quick and delicious recipes that are a powerhouse of nutrition for kids. So what are you waiting for? Rustle up these breakfast goodies to help your child kick start the day on a healthy note to enjoy the outdoor rainy magnificence.