Three Healthy Dessert Recipes For Happy Kids
Kids love sweets. The trouble is, their favourite treats are full of sugar, and studies have shown that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and even worse, diabetes. That doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert though. Here are three healthy recipes that will tickle your kids’ taste buds and soothe their sweet cravings.
1. Summer Smoothies
Fruit is the perfect alternative to unhealthy sugary treats. You and your kids can have some fun preparing Summer Smoothies together with this quick and easy recipe. All you need is half a banana, a 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt, a cup of diced fruit such as mango and pineapple and a 1/4 cup of milk (Nido 3+, almond, cow’s milk, etc). You can even add a little bit of honey for some extra sweetness. The next step is to pop all of that into a blender until it is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve cold.
2. Chocolate Oranges
Oranges are a wonderful source of vitamin c, which means that they help your kids keep winter flu bugs away. Instead of serving up oranges on their own, why not turn treat time into a creative experience and make these yummy. Chocolate Oranges? You’ll need some melting chocolate, a pocket of oranges (peeled and separated into segments), kebab sticks and some ground up nuts, coconut shreds or even sprinkles for decoration. Start by skewering the orange segments onto your kebab sticks. Next, you’ll need to melt the chocolate. When it’s ready, pour into a bowl so that your kids can dip their orange segments in themselves. Let them choose what they want to sprinkle on the treat as decoration. Leave your creations to cool and enjoy!
3. Honey Popcorn
Popcorn is easy to make at home. It’s a healthy snack that is also a great source of fibre. Sweeten things up with this delicious Honey Popcorn recipe. You’ll need 3 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil, 3/4 cup of popcorn kernels, 2 tablespoons of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and some salt to taste. Heat oil in a pot and add your popcorn kernels. A great way to involve your child is to let them count the seconds between pops (you’ll know your popcorn is ready when there is about a one to two second delay between pops). Transfer popcorn to a large bowl, drizzle honey over and mix evenly. Add your cinnamon and salt to taste and enjoy.