Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oatmeal Fun -2


~ Oatmeal Fun-2 ~ 

Summer brings a wealth of delicious juicy 
produce, from mangoes to melons from lychees
to stone fruits the list is endless. Of all the summer 
fruits my family eagerly waits for the special 
summer bounty of gorgeous ripe luscious mangoes,
to eat as it is or for relishing in innumerable 
gluttonous avatars - aamras, srikhand, popsicles,
shakes, smoothies, cheesecake, salsa or as a 
generous topping on daily oatmeal.  

Civet Cat Oatmeal 


baby
Mango oatmeal - with chopped mangoes, grapes and bananas 

Scorching summers are almost here and mangoes
 not only help us in keeping  hydrated but also 
supplies loads of Vitamin A and fibre to our bodies. 
The natural sugars in this king of fruits 
is undoubtedly the  perfect treat for that 
clamouring sweet tooth too. Mangoes are full of 
benefits -right from keeping cholesterol levels in 
check, to aiding in digestion and strengthening
 immune system and fighting  microbial infections, 
it is no less than a wonder fruit.

Mango popsicles and  mango salsa 

 Oats and mangoes make a great combination . The
 sweet aromatic flavour of mangoes adds a perfect 
tropical zing to the humble oatmeal. If your child 
turns up his nose at the bowl of plain/regular
 oatmeal, get ready to play and boost its nutritional
 value with some chopped or finely grated mangoes 
in a cute creative avatar. 

Oatmeal Bunny bowl 


bunny
Oatmeal with finely grated mango & honey. 
Decorations- mango, sliced banana, grapes, strawberry 
n choco vermicelli .

Oats is surely a super grain. Since it  is so versatile,
 it can easily be used to enrich other recipes or be 
paired with loads of seasonal /exotic fruits and
 spice toppings for a new flavour  each day. Having
 been associated with Quaker Oats for their recipe
 development and food photography projects has 
made me experiment and understand so much 
more about the super grain. 

Fruity  Oatmeal Toppings 




Do check out the Quaker India website for loads of 
healthy topping ideas , right from sweet to savoury
 to kiddo favourites both sweet and savoury to 
pamper the tastebuds and body too. 

          

Thursday, April 23, 2015

~Oatmeal Fun-1 ~


~ Oatmeal Fun-1 ~ 

A big bowl of oatmeal with loads of diced 
seasonal fruits and a light drizzle of honey 
is my most loved breakfast. Over the years 
the Indian market has seen a sudden boost in 
the oatmeal sector, from plain oats to flavored 
from sweet toppings to savoury Indian versions, 
the humble bowl of oatmeal has come a long 
way. Oats is nothing less than a power food, 
being rich in dietary fibre, it helps one feel 
fuller for a much longer period of time and 
makes a perfect kid friendly breakfast too.If 
your child turns up his nose at the bowl of 
plain/regular oatmeal get ready to play 
and boost its nutritional value with some 
colourful  fruits.

The Oaty Fox


jumping fox


Cooked oatmeal with sliced green apple, sliced 
banana ,strawberries ,black grapes and pepitas.

Many a times parents ignore 
the role of adding a fun element to food but 
involving them or taking out extra 2 mins to 
make  their foods cute and inviting surely 
works in the long run. A colorful customised 
meal for them is a great way to encourage kids
 to eat healthy.My daughter loves oatmeal and
today we decided to breathe in some life to the
bowl of goodness. As a toddler she loved the
famous Aesop fable of 'The fox and the grapes'
so we decided to add some grapes to make our
oaty fox happy !!

fox

Cooked Oatmeal with sliced green apple, sliced 
banana and strawberries and black grapes. 



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter


~ Easter 2015 ~

Easter is just around the corner and I am
 sure lil ones at your house too are hopping around
 and  enjoying their easter/spring  break. The earthy
 smell of spring ,with a hint of summer in the air,
is totally divine. Warm  sunshine has bid adieu to
 the last winter blooms. The  chrysanthemums 
and charismatic dahlias have been taken over by 
vibrant hibiscus and soothing periwinkles and 
of course ruby Easter lilies are blooming all over. 

Easter Bunny 

Bunny

Multigrain bread topped with peanut butter , apples 

banana, strawberry n grapes. 

Easter is incomplete without Easter eggs, chicks n 
bunnies.With Easter crafts and egg painting 
activities  almost dying in schools these days, I 
decided to involve my daughter and pep up some
 easter fun for the two of us at the breakfast table
 today. While she happily applied some peanut 
butter to bread I quickly chopped some fruits. 
  
Easter Chick 

Chick

Multigrain bread topped with peanut butter , apples 
banana, strawberry n grapes. 

Easter surely takes me back to my childhood 
days when the school canteen was filled with 
 pastel coloured sugar eggs with intricate 
royal icing patterns on them, the most exciting
 part of these eggs was to split them open and
 find an array of candies.We used to call these
 sugar eggs as golden eggs that laid candies. 
Although that old world charm is not
 available at bakeries anymore but this 
power breakfast with some eggs,milk and
 loads of my old world  stories surely added
 a zing to the breakfast.


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