With all the sugary snacks and drinks and the high fat content in fast food today, it’s important for us to provide our children with healthful desserts. Obesity in children is at an all-time high, and our children need to know there is a great-tasting alternative to ice cream and candy. When we make healthful desserts for our kids, they have to look good and taste good or our kids will not want to eat them. Here are a few tasty ideas that you can make for your kids.
Most kids like yogurt, but even some of the yogurt on the market today is filled with sugar, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Purchasing the best quality yogurt is a good start but not usually that appealing to the kids. Try mixing in some fresh fruit, either with a blender or crushing the fruit and then mixing it in the yogurt. You can choose your child’s favorite fruit, and it will be that much better. Other yogurt ideas that kids love are putting it in the freezer, making fruit and yogurt smoothies or adding layers of granola.
Cold Fruit Desserts
Fruit is naturally sweet, and with a little imagination in the dessert making, they won’t even miss all that sugar. Mixing a frozen banana, 3/4 cup of pineapple juice and ½ cup of fresh strawberries in a blender is called a Pink Flamingo. This frosty dessert is all-natural with no added sugar and tastes great.
Cut up apples with a side of peanut butter is a popular dessert for kids. It’s full of protein, fiber and vitamins, but they don’t have to know that. If you’re child doesn’t like apples, use bananas instead. Make your own whipped cream by placing a mixing bowl in the freezer until it’s very cold. Put some heavy cream and a teaspoon of Splenda in the bowl, and mix with a mixer. Place a dollop on top of fresh strawberries and blueberries for dessert. Suspended fruit in sugar-free Jell-O is always a favorite after dinner. Cubed or in a cup, this is a good way to get kids to eat fruit.
Easy Fruit Crisp
Fruit crisps are a crowd pleaser and easy to make. You can use the child’s favorite fruit and place it in a baking dish. Make a crisp of a cup of granola mixed with a cup of flour, 1/3 cup butter and ½ teaspoon of allspice. Drizzle 2 tbsp. of honey over the fruit, and place the granola mixture on top. Place it in the over for 30 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees.