The famous cartoon character Popeye first popularized spinach among children. When in trouble, the sailor-man Popeye would burst open a tin of spinach, and voila! He had newfound strength to overpower his enemies. In fact, there are sound reasons why spinach can indeed produce such results, packed as it is with a dozen of nutrients!
Among the vitamins, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, vitamin B2, niacin and folic acid. It is also rich in minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. While Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health, iron plays a central role in the functioning of red blood cells. Not just that, spinach builds your child's brain function, memory and mental clarity. But sigh, Popeye couldn't do much when it came to making spinach a child-approved food!
Don't worry, mom. Check out our spinach recipes for kids, right from breakfast to dinner, and say goodbye to tantrums of “I hate spinach!”. The new buzzword in your household is going to be 'spinach love'!
Breakfast Recipes Made With Spinach
Pass on the health benefits of spinach to your kids by adding spinach to the bhajani (flour mix). Flatten the dough into a thalipeeth and serve with any dip or chutney or a dollop of homemade butter.
Spinach Thalipeeth Recipe
Moong Dal And Spinach Appe
If you get bored making the routine breakfast items, try out these moong dal and spinach appe. You can also pack them in your kid's tiffin to ensure he can concentrate better in school.
Moong Dal And Spinach Appe Recipe
Cheese And Spinach Toast
The creamy and moist cheese and spinach filling helps cut down the dryness of the toast and also adds up to its nutrient value. This breakfast recipe is rich in calcium and proteins and hence a great start to the day!
Cheese And Spinach Toast Recipe
Tomato Spinach Upma
Turn you regular upma into something different and colourful! As for the taste, we can vouch for it!
Tomato Spinach Upma Recipe
Mid-Day or Evening Snacks With Spinach
Spinach And Banana Smoothie
From kids to weight-loss seekers, this smoothie scores high among everyone when it comes to satisfying the taste buds. It's perfect as a snack because it also keeps you full for quite some time.
Spinach And Banana Smoothie Recipe
Potato And Spinach Soup
Soups are a good way of sneaking in greens into your kid's diet. Try this quick, nutritious soup where potato provides thickness and creaminess while spinach contributes to the lively green colour.
Potato And Spinach Soup Recipe
Spinach and Corn Pakodas
Pakodas are a favourite snack across age-groups. These green pakodas will become yummier if you add corn to them.
Spinach and Corn Pakodas Recipe
You can serve these falafels as a snack or fill them up in sandwiches and pack in your kid's tiffin. We bet they will keep on asking for more!
Spinach Falafel Recipe
Cream Of Spinach Soup
This evening, make this deliciously creamy soup of spinach. Not only will it warm your heart but also keep it healthy!
Cream Of Spinach Soup Recipe
Beetroot Spinach Cutlet
Will they be red? Or green? Well, no matter what the colour, these cutlets are good for your child! They are rich in colour pigments like anthocyanins, beta carotenes and chlorophyll offering protection against cancers.
Beetroot Spinach Cutlet Recipe
Spinach Filled Lunch Or Dinner Recipes:
This one-pot meal of moong lentils and rice khichdi with spinach is easy to make and is nutritious and light on the stomach. The addition of spinach also gives a nutrition boost to the otherwise comforting khichdi.
Spinach Khichdi Recipe
Tofu, Spinach And Sesame Stir-Fry
Pack it into a whole wheat pita pocket or just have it with noodles or rice - whatever you prefer, it simply taste yum. Tofu, sesame and spinach make a wonderful, nutrient-dense, vegan recipe.
Tofu, Spinach And Sesame Stir-Fry Recipe
Greek Veggie Wrap
This wrap filled with veggies and garnished with sprouts has protein-rich feta cheese and creamy hummus. All this is wrapped in a spinach tortilla and that is what makes it different from other wraps.
Greek Veggie Wrap Recipe
Prawn Spinach Stir Fry
This Korean recipe is a fun-take on spinach. Have it with simple roti, rice or noodles. Makes for an innovative dinner, it does!
Prawn Spinach Stir Fry Recipe
Stuffed Brinjal In Spinach Gravy
Add to the nutritional quotient of this tasty, appetizing stuffed brinjal recipe by sneaking spinach into the gravy. This is a true delight for all the fit foodies.
Stuffed Brinjal In Spinach Gravy Recipe
Spinach And Corn Pulao
Spinach and corn make a good combo when added to any recipe, especially a pulao. Corn gives that crunchy texture, spinach contributes to the green colour, and they both come together to make the recipe fibre rich.
Spinach And Corn Pulao Recipe
Barley Spinach Risotto
This warm and satisfying one-pot meal made with barley, spinach and cheese will fill you up and boost your fibre intake. The best part in this risotto is that it will disguise spinach and your kid won't even know it existed.
Barley Spinach Risotto Recipe
Lentil And Spinach Burger With Four Bean Salad
These lentil veggie cakes have the goodness of spinach and hence are packed with vital vitamins and minerals needed for your child's growth and development. Serve it with a a protein rich four bean salad and make a wholesome combination.
Lentil And Spinach Burger With Four Bean Salad Recipe
Spinach And Cheese Pie
Try out this nutritional winner. Add cheese to spinach and it will save moms from the herculean task of getting their kids to eat vegetables.
Spinach And Cheese Pie Recipe
Important Cooking Instruction For Spinach
Now that you're all charged up to sneak spinach into your little one's diet, just keep one thing in mind. There’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C. In order to retain the rich iron content of spinach while cooking, add lemon juice or vinegar. You can also consider mandarin oranges and cantaloupes. Another good idea is to boil the spinach leaves for a few minutes.
Try these recipes and let us know which one you liked the most. If you have any other exciting recipes made with this superfood, do share them with us!