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Hello Mommies,

Like I promised in my last article, I am back with some fruit recipes for your kids and entire family.

My motto is to include fruits in your routine in such a way that they become more of a delicacy than a burden on you or the kids.

After reading this list of fruit recipes, “You have to eat one fruit per day” will become “Mom, can I have that mango dish you cooked the other day again?”

So gear up Mommies, Think New and Think Fruit!

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What can I make with fruits My Healthy Fruit Recipes

You can make some easy and healthy fruit dishes as below:

Fruit Recipe 1- Papaya Melon Smoothie

What a good way to start the day with this smoothie?

The goodness of papaya combined with the hydrating effects of muskmelon keeps your gut cool for the day. This smoothie provides the best of both the worlds: Health and Taste and is a perfect fruit recipe for breakfast.

papaya-melon-smoothie

Preparation Time: 10 Min

Cooking Time: 0 Min

Serving: 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chilled, peeled, and roughly chopped papaya
  • ½ cup chilled, peeled, and roughly chopped muskmelon
  • ¼ cup chilled fresh curd/ yoghurt
  • ¼ cup chilled milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Ice Cubes (optional)

Method:

  1. Combine papaya, melon, curd, milk, sugar and blend in a juicer till the mixture is smooth and frothy.
  2. Pour equal portions in glasses and serve with or without ice.

I specially use these Borosil glasses to serve smoothies to my family. They are trendy, durable, and don’t burn a hole in my pocket.

However, there are other designs and glass sets to choose from on Amazon.

But won’t any ordinary glass do? Why serve in such showy glasses?

Well, the one line answer is “TO MAKE IT PRESENTABLE AND WANTING”. However tasty the food, if it’s not presented well, your kids won’t even look at it. Therefore, presentation is as important as the taste. That’s the reason chefs in cookery shows use showy glasses, plates, and cookware.


Fruit Recipe 2 – Cucumber Bean Sprout and Apple Salad

Now, we all have tried Sprout salads at our home.

But, did you ever thought of including a fruit in the same salad? I guess our thought process always ends at onion, tomato, and lemon. Try this new combination of sprout salad with apple.

cucumber-sprout-apple-salad

Preparation Time: 20 Min

Cooking Time: 0 Min

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cucumber, cubed or sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprout, washed and drained
  • ½ cup apple, cubed
  • Carrot juliennes (cut into short, thin strips), 1/2 cup
  • Half cup spring onion, whites and greens

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl.
  2. Prepare dressing in a small bowl.
  3. Toss the dressing on the salad and serve immediately.

Fruit Recipe 3 – Fresh Fruit Rice

Fruits in the main course sound a little surprising but yield good results. This recipe can be easily procured and goes well with kids. It’s also a healthy and tasty fruit recipe to serve your guests.

So, try your normal rice with a twist this time.

fruit-rice

Preparation Time: 20 Min

Cooking Time: 30 Min

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 pieces of cardamom
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 cup mixed fruits (pineapple, pears, guava, apples, etc.): You can use canned fruits too.
  • 2 cup steamed cooked rice
  • 2 tbsp mixed nuts (raisins, cashew, almonds)
  • 2 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bayleaf and sauté for a few seconds.
  2. Put in the mixed fruits and sauté for another few seconds.
  3. Now, add the rice, mixed nuts, rose water, sugar, cream, milk and salt. Mix well without breaking the rice and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Fruit Recipe 4 – Mango Pancakes

As the season remains incomplete without mango, same is with my recipes. But is mango all about shakes and lassi? Try this different recipe this year.

mango-pancakes

Preparation Time: 15 Min

Cooking Time: 8 Min

Serving: 6 Pancakes

Ingredients:

For the Pancakes

  • ¼ cup plain flour (Maida)
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Butter for greasing

For Mango Filling

  • 1 cup chopped mangoes
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • ½ cup fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Method:

For the Pancake

  1. Combine all the ingredients with ¼ cup of water and mix well until no lumps remain.
  2. Grease a pan with butter. Pour a ladle full batter and tilt the pan to sides so the batter rolls around quickly to form a thin circle.
  3. Smear some butter on the sides and cook the pancake from both sides.
  4. Repeat with the remaining batter.

For Mango Filling

  1. Mix the ingredients for the mango filling.
  2. Divide the mango filling into 6 equal portions.
  3. Place the pancake on the serving plate and put the stuffing on one side of the pancake and fold it over.
  4. Serve immediately.

I bought this funny shaped pancake cum omlette maker from Amazon. It helps me to make pancakes in different shapes which the kids eat with relish. Do give it a try for your picky eater.


Fruit Recipe 5 – Oats and Dates Kheer

Our cooking is incomplete without a dessert. Here’s a twister and off-beat kheer made with oats and dates to fulfil those cravings in a healthy way. A sweet balance is provided by dates which everyone forgets as a fruit and a natural sweetener.

oats-dates-kheer

Prep time: 10 Min

Cooking time: 10 Min

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup coarsely powdered quick rolled oats
  • 6 tsp sliced dates (khajur)
  • 3 cup low fat/ skimmed milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder (elaichi)

Method

  1. Heat the milk in a pan and bring it to boil.
  2. Add oats and dates and keep stirring to avoid lump formation. Break the lumps with the back of the spoon.
  3. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes.
  4. Switch the flame off and mix cardamom powder from top.
  5. Serve hot or warm.

Fruit Recipe 6 – Chiku and Nut Milkshake

A blend of Chiku (sapota) and milk is rarely thought of and that’s what makes this recipe unique.

The end of the day should be done with a glass of milk and adding a little extra makes it more interesting for your little stubborn heads.

chiku-nut-milkshake

Prep time: 10 Min

Cooking time: 0 Min

Servings: 5 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed chiku
  • 2 tbsp chopped cashew nuts
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp chopped walnuts to garnish

Method

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy.
  2. Pour equally in glasses.
  3. Garnish with chopped walnuts.

Final Words on Fruit Recipes

Kids are choosy in what they eat, but it’s upon you to try new and smart ways to feed them healthy. These fruit recipes and the cookware are just what you need to encourage your kids to have fruits in their routine. So, pick up your favourite!

Moreover, when you serve fruits to your kids, decorate your plates and glasses with amazing fruit arts. Find different and easy styles that are edible below.

Go fresh this summer with lots of fruits in your menu and soar towards a healthy change.

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So, which recipe are you going to try first? OR do you have more fruit recipes to share? I will be pleased to know in the comments.

Do share these fruit recipes with your mommy friends before you leave.


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Dr Vinita Vashist

Hi, I am Dr Vinita, a homoeopathic medical professional and a post-graduate in Dietetics and Nutrition. Intrigued by the role of diet in one’s health, I share my ideas and knowledge on this blog to help parents understand the important nutrients required for their child’s health, which they cannot substitute later in life. It will help you and I understand the basic problem of today’s generation regarding nutrition and how can you inculcate healthy eating habits in your child.

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