Growing up Kids!
We went to the cricket match last week and I really felt so different from the previous time I have been to the stadium. This time, there were no innumerable adventures to the toilet, there were no snatching of snacks, there was no whines or little run around adventure. I realised my kids grew up!!!
The last time I was at the stadium I vowed never to go back coz I never saw a single part of the match but needed to be running around with the younger one who was fascinated by the people maze. Being small and really active toddler she weaved through the crowd easily and was so difficult to catch up with. The million handwash trips, the clothes spilled with foodstuff, people staring as we interrupted their precious game and many more reasons were the ones that prompted me to stay away. But now, it is all so different. I don’t miss a single minute of the game. How lovely!
So here we are, revisiting the toddler years of our kids. Going through the pics, remembering the antics, re-enacting some of their lovely words and habits. Oh boy, oh boy the tantrums!!! There is one particular habit about one of my kids at food time! Anything given to eat needed something to dip in. May it be veggies, fruits, idlies or toast, it was all about the dip- dip. The words were hardly there but the gesture to put that little bowl to dip into was super strong. this lead to a collection of dip that we can use at various time.
Sleep-deprived and up to my nose deep in things I don’t want to even remember, couldn’t imagine what I could put in that dip-bowl, worthwhile without all that sugar-loaded ones. Many did not stay in the toddler tantrums, but the sweet chocolate tofu whip served with fruits always stayed.
Is tofu good for children?
Tofu is one great source of fat-free protein for the young and old alike. Soy is one of the preferred proteins in the vegetarian world next to beans and legumes. (beyond 8 months). As with any foodstuff it has its pros and cons. Tofu or soybean curd is a good source of iron, protein and calcium. It is bland and takes up the flavour which is added to it easily. It is like any other protein digestible after the little tummies are used to a bit heavier proteins like legumes. However, it is important to be aware that some children can be allergic to soy. So test it out and speak to your practitioner before you head into it.
Ingredients for this chocolate tofu whip
This Chocolate tofu whip is a delicious and creamy dip that actually requires just a few ingredients.
Unsweetened Cacao: The whole chocolate feel comes from the unprocessed cacao. the colour is not intense but the flavour is lovely.
Maple syrup or agave nectar: these give the whip a delicious sweetness without the nasties. You could use jaggery syrup as well if you like.
Chocolate tofu whip
for the dip
- 1/2 block tofu silken or soft
- 3 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
- 2 tbsp cacao
- fruits cut into bite sized dices
Remove the tofu from the packaging and drain out the liquid.
Add the tofu into the bowl and attach the whipping attachment to the stand mixer.
Add whip on a low speed to start gently.
As it starts to fluff up add the cacao powder and maple syrup.
Once fluffed, remove and place in a bowl.
Serve it chilled with fruit cuts, melon wedges or unflavoured crackers.
Using this chocolate tofu whip.
This vegan creamy ( yet no cream) Chocolate tofu whip is an absolute protein-rich option for all age groups. Serve the dip with melon wedges or a platter of fruits. The recipe is wonderful to stay in the Fridge for a week so works as a quick snack anytime. You can use this whip to layer up a parfait, ice a cupcake or dip in some cookies as well. Simple toast dip even a banana tastes wonderful with this chocolate tofu whip.
Here are a few toddler-friendly recipes that you may want to try
Pinacolada popcorn – most kids love popcorn and this is a safe pina colada for them.
Vegan Vanilla cuppies – kids love a great cuppie, here is ours.
Jack O lantern quesadillas – this fun to make pumpkin wraps are perfect for Halloween.
Veggie filled cheese muffins- the best way to hide a ton of vegetables and make a great make-ahead breakfast / Snack.
Chocolate crackles- Ever pleasing chocolate crackles are a very toddlers dream.
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