Sugar can be bad news when it comes to oral health, and it should be consumed in moderation to avoid cavities. But that doesn't mean you have to neglect your sweet tooth! Try these 5 low-sugar sweet treats instead.
The following sweet treats and snacks are kid-approved, quick and easy to prepare, and low in sugar. They’re also more nutritious than your average pre-packaged sweet treats!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
The only ingredients necessary here are strawberries and semi-sweet chocolate. Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave, stirring at short intervals until smooth. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate about half way up, then chill in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. Sweet, healthy and refreshing in equal measure!
Frozen Chocolate Bananas
This is similar to the above, only frozen. Slice up a banana, melt some semi-sweet chocolate, dip, and then freeze.
Yogurt parfaits can be fun for younger kids, because they get to select their own toppings. Choose plain or low-sugar vanilla yogurt, and then liberally sprinkle on whatever toppings you choose. Some suggestions: sugar-free granola, nuts, fruit, coconut flakes, and semi-sweet chocolate shavings.
Smoothies are refreshing, sweet and surprisingly filling. In the pitcher of your blender, add...
- ½ a cup of plan or low-sugar vanilla yogurt
- ½ a cup of milk or juice
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of frozen fruit (any kind – the sky’s the limit!)
...and blend until smooth. Yum!
First, toast a slice of whole grain bread. Top it with some butter, a hearty sprinkle of cinnamon, and a pinch of sugar (a little is okay once in a while!) or a little honey. Serve with a glass of milk for the added calcium.