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3 Healthy Desserts That Your Kids Will Love!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, and pediatricians in Phoenix, childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 30 years, and pediatrics care has had to accommodate this problem. It means more sick kids who need pediatrics care, and more unhealthy adults in the future. There are many factors that play into obesity, but diet is one of the major contributors. Pediatricians in Phoenix, and nationally, recommend drastically reducing the amount of sugar that children consume. Here are a few sugar-free desserts that kids will love. They’re so healthy, that even sick kids under pediatrics care can have them.

Avocado & Kale Ice Cream

There’s nothing like kale to pack in a lot of nutrition per serving, including calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and A—all vitamins that help keep kids from getting sick. The only problem is that it can be hard to get kids to eat it. Try it in this ice cream treat, and they’ll be begging for more.

You’ll need:

1 cup coconut milk

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 avocado

1 cup frozen kale or spinach

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

½ cup plain yogurt

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender, then freeze for 2-3 hours.

Apple Wedges

For a fun and interactive dessert, try cutting apples into wedges and spreading cream cheese, almond butter, or apple butter on them. Decorate with raisins, nuts, berries, or other dried fruits or seeds. This is a dessert that kids can help make, which always makes it more fun, and tastier, too. Apples provide a sweetness and tartness that is very satisfying when coupled with the healthy fats of nut butters or cream cheese. Apples, including the skin, provide vitamins like C and A, and essential minerals like Potassium, Manganese, and Magnesium, recommended by pediatricians in Phoenix and nationally.

Chocolate Pudding

Dates are a wonderful alternative to sugar. They are naturally sweet, yet are full of minerals and vitamins and easier on the body than sugar because they are a whole food. This pudding uses dates as a sweetener, and coconut cream as a fat.

You’ll need:

1 can coconut milk

5-6 dates, pitted

Baking cocoa

Strain off coconut cream from top of can. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!

Eating well is key to staying healthy, minimizing sick days for kids and pediatrics care in general.

Posted in Blog on October 31st, 2014