Enjoy your virtual school vacation with these nutritious snacks – Edexlive

The pandemic has forced children back to school with virtual learning after swapping classroom instruction. Although school in 2020 may seem way too different, it still calls for a celebration. You can make memorable virtual lunch breaks with healthy snacks.

Fitness and nutrition scientist Dr. Siddhant Bhargava, co-founder of Food Darzee, shares tips on nutritious snacks to get your child’s virtual school vacation off to a good start:

Groats: Oats are one of the nutritious options that can be a great snack option for your kids. Oats are packed with soluble fiber, which will help increase the number of good bacteria in your child’s digestive tract, along with other health benefits. Instead of flavored oats high in sugar, parents should use whole rolled oats to make oatmeal. Plus, making oatmeal with milk instead of water will give your kids an extra dose of protein and calcium, boosting their immunity.

Ragi or nachani cookies: Ragi is packed with dietary fiber which aids digestion and helps your kids stay full for long periods of time. The amino acids present in ragi eliminate excess fat around the liver, helping to condense cholesterol levels in a child’s body, thus helping to ward off obesity problems. Looking for a crispy snack option parents should sneak in some calcium-rich ragi flour in cookies, these crispy cookies are a perfect option for virtual short breaks.

Steamed Dhokla: An ideal snack to refuel after a long day at school, steaming dhokla avoids the extra use of oil and is very light and easy for the child to digest. The curd used in this recipe enhances the benefits of a fermented food, such as breaking down fat effortlessly, while maintaining healthy gut flora. This will further help your child’s digestion and the stools to settle.

Healthy Soy Burger: A big no-no to unhealthy junk food for kids and more during a pandemic. You can replace fried burger patties with nutritious soy patties made with soy granules. You can opt for a healthy filling with lots of fresh vegetables, avoiding the fattening mayonnaise and cheese. Soy is loaded with protein, dietary fiber, iron, and B vitamins, making it a healthy snack your kids can munch on during their virtual breaks.

Spinach idlis: Parents can give the recipe a nice twist by adding spinach to your fermented idli batter, a perfect option for kids who don’t eat their greens. Spinach being a super food that includes lots of rich fiber, iron, protein, minerals, magnesium, and on the other hand, idli is another filling meal with less calories. Spinach is high in water, which will help keep your child hydrated throughout. It is a natural laxative and therefore helps stimulate your child’s bowel movements. Besides, other benefits like helping maintain high immunity and warding off gastric issues, spinach is a must-have option that should be incorporated during your child’s virtual school vacation.

Perry A. Thomasson