It is always a challenge to find a happy balance between allowing your kids to have treats but maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the same time. Our kids are constantly bombarded with junk food at parties and even school events. I don’t want to deprive my child of tasty treats but I want her to grow up to be healthy and have a good relationship with food. Therefore, my rule is that my daughter can eat the junk food outside of the house as long as she eats healthy food while she is in our home. It seems to work well and she doesn’t feel deprived.
In order to help parents out, I thought I would share some of the healthy treats my daughter loves at home. Also, if you decide to make these when playdates come around then you are also helping other kids eat healthier too and they may even go home and ask their parents for healthier treats (I live to dream!). Here are some of her favourites:
Strawberry Nice Cream must be the easiest treat to make. It’s just frozen bananas and strawberries. The bananas whizz up beautifully into a lovely creamy consistency and you can mix whatever you want into them. I’ve made chocolate nice cream by just adding cacoa, and adding honey, salted almonds just takes its to a different level!
Mixed berry and spinach smoothie is a nutrition powerhouse with high nutrition from the berries and spinach mixed with probiotic loaded yoghurt and protein loaded milk. It’s a filling and healthy snack. The kids won’t even notice the spinach in it either!
This tahini spread on apple is to die for. Tahini, or sesame paste is a nutrition powerhouse and is a great source of calcium for growing bones. Paired with the apple takes nutrition to another level. My daughter loves this treat!
It is always a challenge finding treats to take to nut-free schools, but I think these black bean, chocolate raw protein balls fit the bill beautifully. Black beans are loaded with nutrition and are a great source of protein and fibre. These are really filling snacks that are great for growing kids. These snacks also are great pre and post workout snacks for parents. They tick all of the boxes!
Fresh fruit and avocado chocolate dip provides a rich, yummy pudding which is balanced nicely with the freshness of the fruit. Avocados are loaded with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and fibre – another nutrition powerhouse. Turning the avocado into a yummy pudding is a great way to introduce kids to them. My daughter doesn’t particularly like avocado but she loves the pudding.
There is a bit of a misconception amongst parents that kids need energy food i.e. refined carbohydrates. However, kids need the same things adults do only in different proportions. A diet high in refined carbohydrate and hydrogenated fats will lead to health issues such as diabetes and heart disease later in life (and maybe while they are still in childhood). Therefore, ensure your child has a super nutritious diet loaded with fresh fruit and veg, fibre, healthy fats and protein.