It’s no secret that children tend to like sweet things more than savory ones. This is thanks to the way that their bodies work when they are young, with sugars being easier to digest than proteins inside a child’s stomach. Of course, though, this doesn’t mean that you should fill your child with sweet things with wild abandon; this should be a careful and measured activity, and you should take special care to make sure that you don’t give your little one too much. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to make desserts healthier, giving you the chance to satisfy your kids while keeping them healthy.
Focus On Fruit
Fruit tends to be naturally sweet. While it is sugars that create this sweetness, most fruits are packed with fructose, rather than glucose. This is a healthier form of sugar, giving you the chance to take advantage of the sweetness of fruit without putting your kid’s health on the line. There are loads of fruits out there, and the odds are that your little ones will like at least one of the options available in your local stores. Fresh fruit is better than preserved options, though it will be good for them to be eating fruit no matter the form that it comes in.
Bake & Create
One of the issues that come with mass-produced cakes and other desserts is the ingredients found in them. You don’t need to use loads of preservatives, sugars, or fats to make a delicious dessert, and making your own at home can be a good way to avoid the challenges that come with store-bought desserts. You will need to spend some time looking for the right recipes to do this, with options like this apple cinnamon muffin recipe being a great choice for those who want a treat that comes with health benefits. Most kids won’t know the difference between this and a store-bought snack.
While you can make dessert healthier, this type of treat shouldn’t be a daily thing. It can be all too easy to develop bad habits in children when they are young, and this can make their life hard once they are able to choose the food they eat for themselves. This makes it well worth taking the time to moderate the food you give to your little ones, with desserts being reserved as a treat that you all enjoy once or twice each week. Not only will this ensure that habits don’t form, but it will also make it even easier to make your desserts healthy.
As you can see, there are loads of ways to make desserts a healthy part of life. It’s always worth working on elements of life like this, giving you the chance to foster good habits in your children, while also improving their health in the process.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.