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Treats and Sweets for Kids (Guest Post)

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Sweets and Treats

When you’re a health-conscious mum or dad, you already know it’s not straightforward to maintain junk meals and sugary snacks out of your youngsters. Typically it seems like they’re attacking from each angle! From gross sales women to grannies, from birthdays to daycare, it looks like everyone seems to be making an attempt to feed my youngsters sweets.

This summer time my mum invited her good friend Rosanna to cease by to satisfy the grandkids, my sons Dominic (age three) and Oliver (age one). Rosanna burst via the door and instantly thrust a package deal into my toddler’s palms. “It’s a treat for you! There’s a present inside!”.

I grabbed the field of Disney-character formed chocolate popsicles and diverted Dominic’s consideration to the transferable tattoo stickers inside. “Look, Honey. Rosanna got you tattoos!”.

A fast peek on the components as I shoved them to the again of the freezer confirmed what I already knew: junk meals is created from junk. Sugar, corn syrup, excessive fructose corn syrup, palm oil, tricalcium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, salt, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 65, carrageenan…

Later that night I informed Rosanna–a mom of two school-aged youngsters herself–you possibly can’t simply go giving junk meals to toddlers with out checking with the mums first!

“Of course I can!”, she stated. “I knew you’d just take it away if I showed it to you. Besides, isn’t it better to give them little treats all the time? I always have cookies and soft drinks in the house; that way my kids know it’s no big deal and don’t gorge on that stuff when they encounter it at a friend’s.”

Huh?!? In case you haven’t but guessed, this isn’t my logic. That simply means they get highly-addictive junk and sugary meals of their system each day. How is that a good factor?

The best way I see it, my youngsters may have an entire lifetime of getting poor choices thrust of their faces and having to make decisions. I solely have a couple of temporary years throughout which I can (kind of) management what they eat to offer their rising our bodies with nourishing meals, develop their palates to love wholesome meals and educate them about what meals are wholesome.


Every week earlier than Dominic turned three one other mum from the daycare referred to as me. “Our sons have their birthdays on the same day! Yippee! Let’s make a joint party at the daycare. I’ll bring the cupcakes!”

Ugh. Does it need to be cupcakes? With icing? Why don’t I bake them a low-sugar banana bread as an alternative? I recommended. They’re solely turning three…

“Oh don’t be such a killjoy. My kid already gets banana bread all the time; the point is give them a treat! Besides, they’re only mini-cupcakes, not full-sized ones.”

I introduced recent watermelon slices to the party. Half the youngsters have been simply as excited to get watermelon, the opposite half turned up their noses on the concept of consuming recent fruit when there have been cupcakes available.

Am I too militant? Perhaps I ought to loosen up a bit? I referred to as to examine in with my good friend Giselle, a like-minded mum with toddlers. She had some good tackling gasoline for me.

“I hate it when the kids have birthday parties at daycare; they just eat icing and junk and come home all wired! Why can’t they just get banana bread?” Whew! I’m not alone.


Dominic’s greatest pal Ziggy offers some perspective on the matter. Ziggy is three, and is severely allergic to wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Intently monitoring his each chew is a matter of life and dying and has develop into second nature to his mother and father. The excellent news is his mum is a terrific prepare dinner who makes him scrumptious home-cooked meals with a lot of nice veggies and protein. He may get roasted cauliflower and broiled salmon in the future, and grilled zucchini and spicy chilli the subsequent. And he LOVES it!

Though Ziggy’s allergic reactions current a scary actuality for his mum and dad, they’ve additionally been a strong studying device as we attempt to train our toddler about meals and vitamin. Our son is aware of that Ziggy can eat fruits, greens, meat and fish. We get to know elements and apply which meals belong in these classes by enjoying a recreation at mealtimes, “Can Ziggy eat this?”. And it’s simply the perfect sort of peer strain to have the ability to honestly say: “Aren’t you going to finish your brussel sprouts? Ziggy LOVES brussel sprouts, you know. He would’ve gobbled up that whole plate up by now!”

Fortunate for Ziggy, his mum’s repertoire goes past brussel sprouts and consists of selfmade baked sweets that he can take pleasure in. We have been invited over the opposite day for wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, sugar-free brownies (recipe under!). His mum says “Ziggy loves these, but poor kid doesn’t know anything else! We’ll let Dominic be the real judge.” Jury is in… Dominic liked them too! Reality is, any chocolate deal with to take pleasure in with a pal is deal with sufficient.

Best Friends Enjoying a Healthy Brownie

Greatest buddies Ziggy and Dominic sharing a brownie second


As certainly one of my private coaching shoppers rightly identified, “As mums, we’re creating our kids’ relationship with food. My own mother used to say, ‘Come sit and have a nice piece of cake.’ Why nice? But that’s what I remember and hear in my head.”

The purpose is youngsters don’t have a preconceived notion that one thing is a deal with; we adults create and foster that concept. On a current chilly Saturday, my husband and I took Dominic skating at an outside rink. Somebody requested us if we have been taking him for scorching chocolate afterwards as a deal with. Is skating a chore? Does it must be offset with a pouch of synthetic flavour, color and dehydrated marshmallows combined in scorching water? My son has no such notion that skating is accompanied by scorching chocolate. For a 3 yr previous boy, going skating with the household IS the deal with.

So what’s a food-conscious dad or mum to do when the world is making an attempt to feed your child icing and dehydrated marshmallows? Listed here are some concepts.

Prepare dinner together with your youngsters

The cool factor about that is that it routinely builds in a number of benefits, specifically that you simply’re cooking at residence, main by instance, and educating your youngsters about components. Dominic acquired his personal whisk, spatula, tongs and lettuce knife for Christmas and likes to “help” me prepare dinner. The trick lies in determining forward of time which jobs you’re snug with them doing. Dom washes carrots; mummy peels and chops; Dom dumps them within the pot and stirs. I crack the eggs, Dom whisks and shakes in salt and pepper; mum pours the eggs within the frying pan, Dom may help stir together with his personal spatula.

Kids are often pleased to eat the identical factor the grown-ups are consuming, particularly once they helped make it. So that you get somewhat extra rosemary sprinkled within the pot than anticipated. Huge deal. I sprinkle the reward on thick, too. You need to see Dom glow on the dinner desk once I ask my husband, “Isn’t this stew delicious? Dom made it.”

Should you minimize it, they may come.

My good friend Michelle is the mother, fashionista and avid baker behind the meals and trend weblog Roasted. She all the time has some scrumptious fresh-baked cookies or cake round the home. It’s all selfmade goodness, and she shares together with her two-year previous son carefully, however her actual secret to offsetting the treats is prepping wholesome snacks prematurely. She leaves out plates of carrot sticks or apple slices and finds that her son (and husband) will simply as quickly seize a few of that as snack on baked sweets.

Outline treats that aren’t sweets

A sticker goes a looong approach. You get to assist brush the snow off the automotive tomorrow morning! You get to skip shampoo tonight. Sure, you’ll be able to put on socks to mattress. Yet one more episode of Zoboomafoo for you!

Typically a child deserves a reward, and–let’s face it–typically a father or mother wants a bribe. Work out some treats and rewards that work for you.  

Decide sweets you ARE snug with

Give my child a dried fig and you’ll blow his thoughts. A recent date and you’ll have a greatest pal for life. When he needs raisins in his cereal or oatmeal (stone reduce, ‘natch) I let him decide how many. He thinks he’s an actual bandit, asking for “Three! No, no, four raisins! I want four!”. I typically even let him add one other 4 (gasp!) and he seems to be the very definition of the cat that swallowed the canary.

Simply have a cookie already!

And simply to point out it’s no massive deal, some days simply have a cookie already together with your child. For no specific purpose. Not as a reward, a prize, or a bribe. Simply cuz. Only a good ol’ shared cookie second with mum.

About Maxine Grossman

Maxine Grossman Personal TrainerMaxine Grossman, Private Coach, is a mum of two toddlers, private coach and nutrition-conscious meals fanatic in Montreal, Canada. When she’s not channeling her creativity into creating new exercises or new recipes, she’s utilizing it to barter together with her three yr previous, Dominic. Study extra at



This recipe is from The Minimalist Baker. 

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour

1/2 cup gluten free flour mix
half cup oat flour (floor from Gluten Free oats)
2 Tbsp coconut flour
half cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/four teaspoon sea salt
2 tsp every baking powder & baking soda
1 medium ripe avocado
1.5 medium very ripe bananas
1/four cup + 2 Tbsp honey (or sub maple syrup, agave if vegan)
1/four cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 Tbsp white vinegar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Place a rack in the midst of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 levels F and butter an eight inch spherical baking pan (or eight×eight rectangular pan) with vegan butter. Toss with some white rice flour (or different GF flour) to coat the sides and take away extra. Put aside.

Add avocado and banana to a big mixing bowl and mash.

Add honey (or maple syrup or agave), vanilla, coconut oil and stir. Measure out 1 cup almond milk and toss within the vinegar. Let set for a minute or two then add to the combination and whisk.

Subsequent add baking soda and powder and combine vigorously to mix.

Add cocoa powder, salt, gluten free flour mix, and coconut flour to a sifter (reserving oat flour because it’s extra coarse) and sift over moist elements. Whisk vigorously to mix.

Final, add oat flour and stir as soon as extra. Style a bit to see if it wants extra honey. Then pour into the ready baking pan and clean the highest with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 40-48 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clear. Cracks on the highest are high quality and truly good. The sides ought to be pulling away from the edges simply barely.

Take away from oven and let cool within the pan for 1 hour. Then, loosen the edges with a knife and place a plate on prime and gently flip over. Repeat with one other serving plate so it’s right-side up. Mud with cocoa powder (non-compulsory) and serve instantly. Refrigerate if holding longer than a couple of days. Freeze for even longer storage.

Frosting is actually not vital. It’s very wealthy and fudgy by itself.


If you pull the cake out of the oven, it can appear to be it’s not finished within the middle. That’s wonderful, it’s. Plus, it’s egg-free so it’s fantastic if it’s a bit fudgy within the center. Nevertheless, prepare dinner for 5 minutes extra when you’re involved. Cooling within the pan for 1-2 hours will end “cooking” it and will let it set.

Serving measurement: 1 piece Energy: 314 Fats: 14 g Carbohydrates: 48 g Sugar: 15 g Fiber: 10 g Protein: 6.5

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