Parents have always had the struggle of trying to get children to eat healthy food. Kids are surrounded by unhealthy options at grocery stores, through their friends and through ads on TV. It is a difficult task for parents to try to convince the child they must eat a healthier option, especially when you have a picky child.
It’s even trickier for parents to get their kids eating a healthy dessert. Dessert is meant to be delicious and a treat after a healthy meal, so how do you also make the splurge part of the meal a little healthier?
The key is to find your child’s favorite sweet treats and change the ingredients to make them a little less bad for your kids without them realizing it. Here are some of the best recipes for a healthy dessert for kids.
If you child is a chocolate lover, they would love a brownie sundae. It seems like an innocent dessert that could not possibly be healthy. This recipe can be made healthy by making your own brown recipe and choosing a lower sugar ice cream and toppings.
If you prepare the dish yourself, your child won’t realize you chose a sugar free caramel sauce or a fat free whipped cream. Try a healthier brownie recipe, top it with a lower sugar ice cream and toppings, and serve it in a beautiful bowl. Your child won’t notice the healthier ingredients in one of their favorite desserts.
One great healthy brownie recipe is a Fudgy Cherry Brownie, which is made with mashed avocado rather than using vegetable oil. The ingredients include:
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ cup cola
- ¾ cup baking cocoa
- 2/3 cup of dried cherries
- 2 oz of organic dark chocolate
As you can see, the ingredients are much healthier and still come up with a delicious chocolate result.
If your child is a fruit lover, or even if your child doesn’t care for fruits, making a fruit dessert is a great way to get your child eating healthier. Fruit is great for kids and naturally contains sugar. Some fruit dessert ideas include Stuffed Fruit or Pop Up Bananas.
A Stuffed Fruit is where you simply choose a fruit, normally an apple or pear, and empty part of the center out. In the middle, you can add marshmallows or other delicious sweet stuffing options.
Pop Up Bananas are simply a peeled banana dipped in melted chocolate or other favorite dip and then frozen. Put them on a Popsicle stick before freezing so your child can eat it like a Popsicle.
Another fruit idea is to make a Confetti Yogurt Fruit Dip. Choose any fruit and cut it up. Add sprinkles into vanilla Greek yogurt. Then, your child can dip their fruit into the yogurt.
Most people love pies. Pies are great because you can much so many different flavors. This is another great way to get your kids eating fruit, by making a healthy apple or strawberry pie recipe. If you go with a chocolate or vanilla flavored pie, also use this opportunity to substitute healthier ingredients your child won’t notice with the strong flavor of the sweet topping
Do your kids love Sour Patch Kids candy? Try making Frosted Grapes and your kids won’t be able to tell the difference. The recipe is to take Jello mix and grapes and shake them together in a Ziploc bag. Put them in the freezer and the result is grapes that taste like candy.
Another thing to keep in mind is if your child helps you prepare these meals, they will have more fun with it. Show them how to make their own snacks (using your healthy ingredients) and they’ll start to learn how to follow a recipe.
There are plenty of ways to get your kids eating healthy desserts without realizing it’s healthy. They’ll love the taste and they’ll be getting something healthy that’s mom-approved.
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