Healthier treats can be delicious and nutritious.
Children love sweets. Well, lots of adults also love sweets, but kids tend to get away with gorging on them more easily. While you want them to indulge and enjoy their childhood, you also want to make sure that they’re not developing overly bad habits or not indulging in too much sugar and fat. To that end, it’s worth taking the time to think of treats that can scratch that sweet itch, but without being as unhealthy for them.
Here, we’re going to look at just that. Here are some ideas on sweet treats that are a little better for their bodies than the usual, and the substitutes you can make for some of their favorites without too much fuss from them.
A fruity delight
Fruit does have sugar and sometimes it does have a lot. However, where possible, if you’re able to fresh fruits instead of other sources of sugar, you should. To that end, making this baked apple delight with coconut whipped cream is going to result in a dessert that is packed with a naturally sweet flavor. It uses apples, pears, raisins, and, of course, the coconut whipped cream for a delightful mix of fruity flavors that can really be quite moreish, but isn’t too heavy on the calories, if that’s a concern.
An utterly snackable ball of fun
While they might look like fried dough balls, these snack-size treats are much healthier, primarily using dried apricots, dates, coconut, and chia seeds. However, these bliss balls won’t be a disappointment to your kids, at all. Sticky, crumbly, and very easy to make, these can be a good fit for any lunch box or put in a bowl to share with the family after dinner. Some kids might not be as fond as the chia seeds in there. While they do offer a nice texture and a crunch to the balls that make them a little closer in feel to the fried balls that they resemble, they are not necessary at all.
A lighter twist on a classic treat
It’s not an experience that kids tend to get as much, these days, but remember when you could take a handful of change to your corner store and get a little bag of mixed candies? Gummy bears were some of the most popular in those mixes, and they’re one of the few that has remained popular to this day. You can learn how to make real gummy bears, too. What’s more, with the recipe provided, you can even follow the instructions to use ingredients like fruit juice instead of granulated sugar to make a healthier option.
There’s no replacement for chocolate
It’s true. If your child loves chocolate and you give them something that isn’t chocolate while pretending it is, you’re going to hear about it very soon. However, this ground chocolate-based pudding recipe makes sure they get that hit genuine hit that they’re seeking while being much healthier. It cuts out a lot of the fat by keeping dairy out of the equation. Sit them down with a bowl of this pudding and a spoon and they’ll be kept sweet for the rest of the day.
A better brownie
Simply looking at this recipe, you can see the sumptuousness and the flavor coming out of it. Learning to make this marshmallow brownie isn’t too difficult, either, it takes roughly 55 minutes, making it a great weekend treat to share with the kids. Where’s the ‘healthy’ in it, you ask? The complete lack of gluten makes it a lot better for your kids. It’s still pretty high in sugar, however, so you might want to make it more of an occasional treat rather than a regular in the kitchen.
Perfect for those summer days
Few things beat an ice cream on a summer day, but with a frozen yogurt treat, you might be able to trick your kids into enjoying something a lot healthier. The peaches and blueberries bring plenty of sweetness, while the oats of this fruit and granola crisp add a crunch that they will keep wanting to sink their teeth into. A lovely cool treat, but you can heat up the fruit and oats before adding the frozen yogurt if they want something a little warmer for dessert, instead.
Desserts and sweets really can be the downfall for a lot of diets and while treating yourself is important, you should always do it in moderation. The healthier sweets above can help you do just that.