What healthful sweet treats can I give my kids that they will truly like, according to a nutrition scientist?
I want my small children to eat healthy foods, but they, like other youngsters, enjoy sweets, biscuits, and cakes and complain if I offer them fruit and vegetables, so I resort to giving them ‘naughty’ sweet treats to keep them quiet. What healthful snacks and sweets can I offer them that they will enjoy?
“If your children are old enough to comprehend, it might be beneficial to agree with them what kind of snacks and sugary treats they can have, when,” says Anne de la Hunty, a senior scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.
“Giving kids a variety of healthful foods to choose from might also give them a sense of control. When it comes to younger children, it’s important to establish expectations and appropriate eating habits right away. It’s also crucial to avoid using sugary snacks as a reward for good behavior or a bribe to stop bad behavior, as this only serves to increase the appeal of these foods.
“Treats like candies, cookies, cakes, and sugary drinks should be minimized in the diet in general, but they’re especially crucial between meals because they can encourage tooth decay. Restrict sweet foods (such as dried fruit and cakes or biscuits) to mealtimes, and limit sugary drinks to one or two days each week.
“Because these meals are high in calories, consider serving them in smaller portions – if you’re buying packaged snacks, look for ones that are around 100 kcal per portion or less.
“A few of snacks each day is good, and healthy snacks can supply essential nutrients. However, too many snacks raise the risk of their eating more than they require, so limit them to two snacks each day. Plain popcorn, breadsticks with hummus, rice cakes or oatcakes, plain crackers with a bit of cheese or peanut butter on toast, as well as fruit and vegetable sticks, are all good healthy snacks.
“Healthier sweets include banana bread, malt loaf, fruit jelly, fruit scones, and teacakes, which you can create with your kids. (This is a brief piece.)