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    19 Iron-rich Spinach Recipes Your Kids Are Not Going to Be Fussy About!
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    22 March 2016

    19 Iron-rich Spinach Recipes Your Kids Are Not Going to Be Fussy About!

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    Spinach (or palak), often referred to by health experts as a “storehouse of nutrients”, provides more nutrition than any other food when compared calorie for calorie. Available throughout the year, it has remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of blood. But children across the world are renowned for hating this iron-rich super food! How can you work your way out of this muddle?

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    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

    1. Spinach Thalipeeth


      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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032204312420160216053726_165593873Spinach Thalipeeth Recipe
    2. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322043425rec_20150317112506_moong dal appeMoong Dal And Spinach Appe Recipe
    3. 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!

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322043320203980231Cheese And Spinach Toast Recipe
    4. Tomato Spinach Upma


      Turn you regular upma into something different and colourful! As for the taste, we can vouch for it!

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322044411377657866 Tomato Spinach Upma Recipe

    Mid-Day or Evening Snacks With Spinach

    1. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322044352215238007Spinach And Banana Smoothie Recipe
    2. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032205375420160301030656_164930078Potato And Spinach Soup Recipe
    3. Spinach and Corn Pakodas


      Pakodas are a favourite snack across age-groups. These green pakodas will become yummier if you add corn to them.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032204532886636002 Spinach and Corn Pakodas Recipe
    4. Spinach Falafel


      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!

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032204542120151105102514_01-274986155Spinach Falafel Recipe
    5. 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!

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322045448rec_75915259Cream Of Spinach Soup Recipe
    6. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032205135540859_20160224175421_fn1_real

      Beetroot Spinach Cutlet Recipe

    Spinach Filled Lunch Or Dinner Recipes:

    1. Spinach Khichdi


      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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032205030420160302021921_76427350Spinach Khichdi Recipe
    2. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032205041220160226125311_tofu, spinach and sesame stir fryTofu, Spinach And Sesame Stir-Fry Recipe
    3. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322053427Greek veggie wrap with hummus, feta cheese, olives on a spinach tortilla garnished with sproutsGreek Veggie Wrap Recipe
    4. 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!

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/16032205044720150824030312_122023255Prawn Spinach Stir Fry Recipe
    5. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322052701rec_Stuffed_Brinjal_in_Spinach_gravy1679785510Stuffed Brinjal In Spinach Gravy Recipe
    6. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322050624rec_48159412Spinach And Corn Pulao Recipe
    7. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322050640rec_130669946Barley Spinach Risotto Recipe
    8. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322050700rec_195004301Lentil And Spinach Burger With Four Bean Salad Recipe
    9. 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.

      http://wom-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/common/160322050716rec_110629958Spinach 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!



    Comments (1)

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    Neha Agarwal
    I don't think vinegar is a source of vitamin C.
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