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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Fun Alternatives for Your Child's Sweet Tooth

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Dr. Boustany
Woman dental assistant showing young boy patient an x-ray at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaYour child's smile and happiness are equally important. Their sweet tooth has to be satisfied at the same time. Junk foods have been a common trend amongst our young generation, little do they know their dangers. Parents may find it hard to choose the best alternatives for their children's sweet tooth. Some easy-to-make and healthy treats for young ones are mentioned below.

Fresh Fruit and Nut butter

They are nature's sweet treats and an excellent choice. You can prepare it in two ways, apple slices with almond butter, and bananas with peanut butter. They provide protein and healthy fats. Fruits like berries and watermelon, grapes have natural sugar and are healthy for the child, and can be blended into smoothies. Introducing your child to such healthy foods would be a healthy treat that your kids will enjoy.

Frozen Treats

Instead of buying your kids ice cream, opt for some homemade treats. Frozen fruit skewers, frozen yogurt, or frozen fruit juice will make a healthier treat. Cut the fruit and skewer it on a stick and place them in a freezer. The child's favorite fruit will always be the best option. You can also blend frozen bananas with other fruits. This will make a delicious alternative. You can sprinkle coconut on them for a more delicious treat.

Yogurt Parfaits

It is nutritious and yummy. A spoonful of low-fat yogurt can create a fun dessert by layering it with fresh fruits. Then you can top the treat with crushed nuts to provide a tasty treat. It is also a good source of calcium and protein.

Dark Chocolate

It has a high cocoa content that contains less sugar. It also has various health benefits for its antioxidant properties. This can be used as an occasional treat.

In conclusion, you are to moderate your child's sweet tooth. These alternatives mentioned above promote a balanced approach to treats and will help your child develop healthy and enjoyable eating habits.

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