Packing snack and lunch boxes for the kids with healthy, tasty food is a major challenge faced by many mothers daily. Most kids take biscuits, cakes, chips, cookies, cheese balls as their snacks which do a lot more harm to their health, than good.

It is important to eat nutritious snacks during school hours as it will boost their immunity, brain development and help in focusing at the tasks on hand. 

We bring you healthy snacks that are not only easy-to-make and tasty, but also with a longer shelf life of 2 weeks.

Badam, Cashew Chikki

Chikki is a healthy snack option that can substitute your junk food. Made with almonds, cashew and jaggery this crunchy bite is an ideal energy boosting bar for kids during snack time. 

Nutritional Benefits

Almonds are packed with an array of nutrients that include protein, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, folate and omega 3 fatty acids. The dense nutritional profile of almonds helps in growth and boost memory. Cashew nuts are rich in zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. These nutrients in cashew nuts contribute to overall health and well-being.

Ingredients

2 tbsp ghee

1 cup jaggery

½ cup roasted almonds, chopped

¼ cup roasted cashew nuts, chopped

A pinch of salt

Method

1. In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee, then add jaggery, and salt.

2. Keep stirring the jaggery continuously for about 5 minutes until the jaggery melts.

3. Turn off the heat as soon it comes to golden brown in colour. Now add the chopped badam and cashew nuts stir quickly.

4. Pour over a grease tray and spread evenly.

5. Let it cool for some time at room temperature and break it into pieces.

6. Store them in air tight container up to 2 weeks.

Peanut/Flaxseed Chikki

Peanut chikki is made from jaggery, peanuts, flaxseeds and sesame. The richness of nuts and seeds in the chikki makes this energy bite a wholesome snack.

Nutritional Benefits

Peanuts are abundant in proteins, magnesium, copper, oleic acids and antioxidants. The goodness of essential nutrients, especially omega-3 in flaxseeds and sesame provides a host of health benefits for the kids by boosting energy, memory power and overall health.

Ingredients

½ cup roasted peanuts

¼ cup roasted flaxseeds

1 tbsp roasted sesame

½ cup jaggery

2 tsp ghee

Method

1. In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee and add jaggery.

2. Keep stirring the jaggery continuously for about 5 minutes until the jaggery melts.

3. Turn off the heat as soon it comes to golden brown in colour. Now add the roasted peanuts, flaxseeds and sesame and mix it well until it coats evenly.

4. Pour over a greased tray and spread evenly.

5. Let it cool for some time in room temperature, break it into pieces.

6. Store them in air tight container for up to 2 weeks.