We all know that sugar is bad news when it comes to oral health, and that it should be consumed in moderation by children and adults alike. But if you need a quick fix that will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth without giving it a cavity, here are some suggestions for you!
The following sweet treats and snacks are all kid-friendly, quick and easy to prepare, and though sweet, are low in sugar. They’re also more nutritious than a lot of the sweet treats available at the grocery store. Win-win… win!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
All this takes a pint of strawberries and some semi-sweet chocolate. Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave, stirring periodically. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate, and chill in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. These are delicious, sweet and refreshing in equal measure.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas
Same idea as above. Slice up a banana, melt some semi-sweet chocolate, dip, and freeze.
This one can be fun for younger kids, especially if you allow them to choose and add their own toppings. Choose a plain or low-sugar vanilla yogurt, and add a range of toppings. Some suggestions: sugar-free granola, nuts, fruit, and semi-sweet chocolate shavings.
Smoothies make for a refreshing, sweet and filling drink. In the pitcher of your blender, add
- ½ a cup of yogurt
- ½ a cup of milk or juice
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of frozen fruit (what kind? The sky’s the limit!)
And blend until smooth. Yum!
Toast a slice of whole grain bread, and top it with some butter, a hearty sprinkle of cinnamon, and a significantly less hearty sprinkle of sugar (a little is okay once in a while!). Serve with a glass of milk for the added calcium.