Healthy sweets? Going to friends who have small children and would like to buy them some healthy treat. You go to the store, stand in front of a shelf with sweets and after a dozen or so minutes of searching, discouraged throw a packet of colourful chewing gums and chocolates into the basket … It does not have to be that way!
Children love the taste of sweet
Already in early age, a growing fetus perceives a sweet taste as a taste of safety. At the same time, the bitter and sour taste is seen as the flavours of danger. No wonder, nature prepares a small person for proper recognition of food, mother’s milk is sweet, fruits, fresh vegetables, germinated cereals – excellent foods. However, most of the naturally occurring poisons, including spoiled food, have bitter and sour flavours.
Of course, in adulthood, we eat a sour and sometimes bitter taste, but these are learned behaviours that have little to do with our natural predispositions. This is a significant conclusion
Children left alone cannot eat well.
Children are much more likely to choose a sweet taste. This can lead to the emergence and consolidation of bad eating habits. Today, most readily available foods are highly processed, contain large amounts of sugar and other artificial substances that improve taste, aroma, colour and texture. In highly processed sweets everything is artificial, soluble fruit gum did not even lie near the fruit. The high content of pure, chemically obtained sugar along with dyes, antioxidants and artificial flavours is the worst thing we can give to children.
About how important to the health of the child is what we feed him, we wrote more in this article. But it is so lovely to give your child something that will taste good. Fortunately, we do not have to try to eliminate everything that’s sweet at all costs.
Healthy sweets – give to children?
The principle is elementary, taking into account a healthy child, not having any food intolerance, everything will be natural and unprocessed.
Any food that has been produced by nature and in a natural form delivered to a child will be good. Best in the most recent form, broken straight from the bush, or dried up.
Fresh, locally grown fruits are the healthiest sweetness that we can treat children. Fresh seasonal fruits are a vitamin bomb, but not only. They contain a lot of fibre, micronutrients and improve the resistance of phyto-ingredients and antioxidants. Also, on hot days, the fruits perfectly quench their thirst, because they mostly consist of water, the most healthy, easily absorbed – structured.
Yes, I know, not all children and fresh fruit seem attractive enough to sweeten the bitterness of failure when, for example, they expected soluble fruit gum … There is a way to do it, it requires some extra work, but what is not done for children
Fresh seasonal fruits are a great base to make delicious healthy and attractive looking cocktails (shake) and nutritious smoothies, here are some examples
- Cocktail, blackberry shake
- Tropical strawberry cocktail
- Smoothie currant, cocktail
- A healthy blackberry smoothie
Or, if you have a little more time (fruits must freeze), you can prepare a nutritious and healthy ice cream sorbet from blackberry and chokeberry
Drying is one of the oldest and best methods of food preservation. The fruits are particularly susceptible to drying, they retain almost all minerals and most vitamins, and the evaporation of water further concentrates the sugar contained in them, creating a natural and healthy sweetness. It would be difficult for me to believe that a child will not like dried dates or bananas.
Do not worry about the high content of natural sugar, it is mainly fructose, which has a relatively low glycemic index (it is absorbed more slowly). Also, minerals and vitamins contained in dried fruits ensure proper, healthy digestion and assimilation of fructose.
Nuts and seeds
If someone else thinks that he has no healthy fat, let him look at nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are “a time capsule that for thousands of years of evolution nature created for its plants. Thanks to this “tiny little capsule, but the most valuable part of the plant, it is able to survive for hundreds of years, that when the right time comes, when favourable circumstances arise, sprout and yield.
What would you take with you when going on such a trip? What would you put in your backpack knowing that you have limited capacity? Of course, only the most valuable, just what has the highest amount of nutrients compared to volume and weight.
That’s why seeds and nuts are such a valuable source of food, they contain healthy fats, protein, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and phyto-ingredients. Nuts and seeds in a particular way strengthen the human immune system, I wrote more about it in the article How to survive winter or few words about immune system?
Although they do not meet the principle of natural local cultivation, they are an exciting alternative (especially in winter) for seasonal fruits.
And many other tropical fruits, despite a long journey, still contain a lot of nutritional value and are attractive to kids (my children love grenades). You just need to wash them properly after the trip.
Also, tropical fruit is perfect for preparing healthy and tasty dishes. In our kitchen, we often use bananas to sweeten ice cream, desserts or cereals are eaten for breakfast.
And if you want to give chocolate to your child,
Then you can try to prepare beautiful chocolates in 15 minutes according to the recipe found at this link. They are delicious and healthy, and most importantly they do not contain a whole lot of unhealthy additions that can be found in shop chocolates.
If you are not a fan of self-made chocolates, you can finally buy chocolate in the store, just pay attention to black chocolate, no aromas and a minimum of 70% cocoa content.
To the health of children of our friends, friends, and therefore also to what we give them while visiting, we should approach as we do with our own children. Of course, there is often a temptation to take shortcuts, to be easy … We rationalise in our mind “after all, if they eat something like that, then nothing will happen to them. Of course, from the one time, nothing particularly bad will happen to them, but how many such “one time?” will be there? How many people come to visit and accuse children of junk food? Do you want to be another such person?
Another issue is the situation when you are going to visit friends who are quite liberally approaching the principles of healthy eating. Should they make them happy by force? This is a very individual issue, depending on your relationship with friends so each situation will be different, it will require a different approach. Although Tatiana, if she buys something grocery, it’s never a sweet tooth and no child has been disappointed. Contrary to appearances, children like dried fruits and nuts very much and are pleasantly surprised, because usually, they get sweets from others.