Healthy Desserts Your Children Will Love
Dessert: every kid’s favorite meal. While it is typical for kids to want the least healthy, best tasting foods for dessert, as parents we want to have our cake and eat it too. Here’s our list of desserts that serve the dual purpose of tasting delicious and keeping kids healthy.
Yogurt (Greek or Regular)
Whether it’s frozen or not, yogurt it is a delicious, healthy alternative to creamy desserts like ice cream. Try to get plain yogurt and add healthy sugars like fruit and honey to the mix. Experiment with toppings to find the combo your kids won’t throw on the floor.
In many parts of the world a sliced orange, mango or pineapple is considered a top shelf dessert. As summer rolls around in Indianapolis, fruits like strawberries and blueberries are coming into season and are the perfect end to a big summer meal. In the fall, try local apples and pears.
Chocolate (Yes, Chocolate!)
Chocolate is only unhealthy if it has a lot of milk and sugar in it. When you go to the grocery store, look for dark chocolate. Low-sugar chocolates aren’t bad for you and may even provide health benefits. Did you know that dark chocolate is good for your heart? It’s true. So let your kids indulge in a little chocolate after dinnertime.
Finally, if you want something healthy that will keep kids cool and calm nerves on a hot day, try a smoothie. Break out the blender, grab some fruit, yogurt, peanut butter, some of that dark chocolate we mentioned earlier, or any other healthy treat your family loves and toss them in.
Congratulations! You just turned one of the least healthy parts of the day for your kids into one of the most. Don’t forget to reward yourself with a tasty (and healthy) treat from the above list. You deserve it.