We all love winters, don’t we? But this year, the season has witnessed the lowest temperature in last few years. This sudden drop in degrees may cause a little inconvenience. The dropping temperature and the chilly winds are sure to make us all uncomfortable. The toddlers and kids are sure to feel much more uncomfortable in this cold. So, in this freezing cold, here is a quick recipe of Tomato Carrot Soup which is not only just healthy but also good to taste.
91 gms Tomato contains:
100 gms of Carrot contains:
Protein: 0.9 grams
Carbs: 9.6 grams
Sugar: 4.7 grams
Fiber: 2.8 grams
Fat: 0.2 grams
Ingredients for Tomato Carrot Soup:
6 medium sized tomatoes (sliced)
2 large sized carrots (chopped)
Small Cinnamon stick
Salt to taste
Dash of black pepper
Add sliced tomato, chopped carrots and cinnamon stick with half a cup of water to a pan and bring to boil. Cook on simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it cool. Using a blender / Mixer blend the mix. Sieve and remove seeds, if any. Cook for two minutes, add butter and serve hot with coriander topping.
Nutritional Value of Tomato Carrot Soup:
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Nutritional Value of Tomato Carrot Soup per 200 gms (Per Serving)
It’s winter time and Palak Ragi Roti is one of the best foods for toddlers and even elders. It helps is easy digestion and is rich in vitamins. I have shared the benefits of Ragi for toddlers in my previous post. Today, I will be sharing benefits of Spinach as well as Spinach + Ragi for toddlers.
Do you also wonder, what to eat and serve to your family during Navratri. We tend to eat oily and heavy foods during these 9 holy days. This might affect the health also. So, here is a quick recipe which is healthy and easy to prepare, to much on during Navratri.
Roasted Nuts Snack – Healthy Option during Navratras
1 cup almonds
1 cup makhana
1 cup raw peanuts
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep pan. Add almonds and makhana for stir fry. Stir fry for 3 minutes now add peanuts and stir fry till goldenish. Once done add Rock salt. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add dries curry leaves and serve hot or store for later.
Ragi is one of the best food I discover during my initial days with Kreesha. Though, she has never been fussy about food, but still introducing ragi helped me add flavours and different taste to her diet. It is the best substitute to wheat for infants.
Nutritional Value of Ragi:
According to the nutrient database of the U.S.D.A (United States Department Of Agriculture) are as follows:
Calorie Intake: 385
Total Fat Saturated Fat Polyunsaturated Fat Monounsaturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrates Dietary Fiber Sugars Protein
7% 3% 5% 2% 0% 0% 25% 14% 2% 10%
Minerals: Calcium Iron Potassium
26% 11% 27%
Vitamins: Thiamine 5% Riboflavin 7.6% Niacin 3.7% Folic Acid 3% Vitamin C 7% Vitamin E 4.6%
5% 7.6% 3..7% 3% 7% 4.6%
The nutrition values in a 100 g serving of Ragi Flour
Benefits of Ragi for infants and toddlers:
Ragi is rich in fibres which help in easy digestion of food and makes them feel full.
Presence of Amino acids helps in cutting down excess fat around liver, thus reducing cholesterol level in child body
Prevents obesity in kids
Does not cause weight loss
Rich source of calcium
Contains high amount of Vitamin C which helps in absorption of Iron in body
Ragi contains high fibre and polyphenol which controls the sugar level in our bodies
Helps in strong bone building
Supports Gluten Free Diet
Helps maintain bone density
Helps baby in sound sleep and control their anxiety levels
Vitamin B3 / Niacin and high dietary fibre content helps maintain good HDL level reducing bad LDL level
Controls Bowel movement in kids
Recipes for Infants and Toddlers
Ragi Roti: Mash boiled 1/2 potato to 1 cup flour. Now add water to knead a soft dough. Grease tawa / pan with slight ghee. Prepare evenly flattened roti. Place the same onto tawa. Cook on medium heat. When turn brown turn side and cook again.
Ragi Chila: Mix 2 spoon of flour in water to get dosa like consistency batter, add salt to taste. Prepare chilla and serve mashed.
So here I am, introducing my own version of Multigrain Cerelac for 6+ months infants. Every mother worries about her child’s health from the day s/he is born. As per Indian traditions, we start introducing foods to our kids at almost 6+ months age. My daughter’s pediatrician is very strict to not introduce any packaged food or cerelac to babies at this tender age. And kids being kids, are very fussy about foods. I was clueless, as to how to give Kreesha a balanced diet at this young age.
So, one day, while I was feeding her, I thought of this experimented dish, which I call as ‘Multigrain Cerelac’. I prepared it, and trust me Kreesha used to love it. Initially, I started with 1 feed of this Multigrain Cerelac a day for 1 week, (as suggested by her paediatrician) just to check if she is allergic to any of the ingredient and how does her body responds to new introduced foods. Then, I started alternating this Multigrain Cerelac with other foods. Below, is the recipe for the same.
1 Cup Spoon Urad Dal
1/2 Cup Chana Dal
1 Cup Spoon Yellow Moong Dal
1/2 Cup Rice
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
Wash all pulses together 2-3 times. Then, wash rice separately 2-3 times. After washing, drain out the water and keep pulses to dry for 3 hours. Once pulses and rice are dry, dry roast them together till they are crunchy and turn goldenish. Now, add cardamom powder. Again, roast for another 2 minutes and keep it to cool. Once cool down, grind well to fine powder.
You can store this Multigrain Cerelac powder in an air-tight jar for as long as 1 month. This quantity is sufficient for 20 – 25 servings.
Take 2 tablespoon powder and add it to 1/2 cup of water. Mix well and make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. Boil 1 cup water, add the mix to it and bring to boil. Check for consistency and serve lukewarm. You can add salt to taste.