Every grandparent likes to spoil their grandchildren a little; being able to dote on your children’s children is just another fantastic part of being a grandparent. However, while it’s nice to be able to treat your grandkids to the odd treat every now and then, what you don’t want to do is get into the habit of feeding them sweet treats day in, day out. Otherwise, they will come to expect them.
Children who eat a lot of sweet foods, such as cakes, biscuits, chewy sweets, and chocolate, are twice as likely to be overweight or obese as they grow up. They are also twice as likely to develop type two diabetes, and many other health problems, for that matter. It’s all well and good treating your grandkids to the odd treat, but for the most part, it’s important to stick to healthy snacks.
The good news is that healthy snacks can taste just as nice as unhealthy ones, it’s just a case of getting a little creative with what you serve your grandchildren, that’s all. For healthy snack ideas and inspiration that any child is sure to love, read on.
Change how you serve fruit
A lot of kids think that fruit is a boring snack, but that’s just because of how it’s often served. To make fruit more fun, and a snack that your grandchildren actually look forward to eating, get creative.
Consider grilling fruit and topping it with a spoonful of natural honey as a delicious snack. You can do this with sliced apple, banana (leave it in its skin), pineapple, mango, or pear. For cooking apples, remove the core, stuff with sultanas and a teaspoon of honey and bake in the oven until soft and golden.
Or, how about investing in an ice cream maker and making your own homemade sorbet? There are plenty of recipes for healthy sorbet, many of which use honey for sweetening instead of sugar, so it could be worth looking up some of these.
Another way to make fruit more fun is to blend it into a smoothie or milkshake; whether it’s a strawberry milkshake or a banana one, swap dairy milk for oat or nut milk and add a sprinkle of oats to it, to make a more filling snack or breakfast.
Get creative with drinks
Healthy snacking isn’t just about food; it’s also about drinks. A lot of kids navigate towards fizzy drinks, but the problem is that these are either packed with sugar or sweetener, neither of which is very good for them. So when it comes to drinks, you may need to get a little more creative.
Water should always be the go-to drink that you offer your grandkids, as it’s the healthiest option. However, a lot of kids aren’t keen on water; to make it a more interesting drink, flavoring it is often the answer. Whether that is by infusing fresh fruit into water at home or buying bottles of ready flavored water, such as watermelon flavoured water, for instance.
There are various brands of flavored water to choose from, many of which are sugar and sweetener free, so make sure to pick one of these as your go-to option.
Baking doesn’t have to be unhealthy; there are numerous ways that you can make baking that little bit healthier. There are many recipes for cakes such as lemon cake and chocolate cake that use yogurt instead of butter, for instance.
There are also plenty of recipes that use reduced amounts of sugar or no sugar at all, instead using honey or fruit to sweeten them. Baking healthily is possible; it’s just a case of finding recipes that have been adapted to be healthier, that's all.
It’s all well and good spoiling your grandchildren every so often, but you don’t want to overfeed them sweet treats, as this may end up having an impact on their health. Instead, take note of the ideas and inspiration above, and you can make healthy snacks more fun for your grandchildren.
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