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!
- 1.5 Ripe Bananas Sliced and Frozen
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- Add the ingredients to a high speed blender and whizz until smooth.
- For a chunkier version, separate the strawberries and add some pieces at the end.
- Serve with a strawberry slice or your favourite topping (chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, raw chocolate brownie etc.)
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!
Mixed Berry and Spinach Smoothie
- 2 Handfuls Loosely Packed Spinach
- 2 cups Frozen Mixed Berries
- 1 cup Plain Greek Yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt if dairy free)
- 1 cup Whole Milk (or soy, almond or coconut milk if dairy free)
- 1 tablespoon Honey (or to taste)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and whizz until nice and smooth. If you want it extra cold for the Summer months, I often add some extra ice.
- Pour into cups and enjoy.
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!