Perhaps the hardest part of being a parent in America, or the first-world for that matter, is getting children to eat healthy. There is a constant assault on kids from advertisers with bright colors, cartoon characters, and celebrities to attract their attention to unhealthy foods. Go look at the packaging of the big name brand items compared to the organic counterparts and you can see a noticeable difference. The packages may say “all-natural” but there is NO government regulation that declares what is natural. However, the organic label goes through testing and a series of certifications. What’s a parent to do? How do we get our kids to eat healthy when they are use to eating bad food? Time to get back to basics…basic food sources.
The fight to change food is best started young. I allowed myself to believe the lies of the food industry. I didn’t think that the foods they ate were “THAT” bad when their bodies are young and full of energy. I WAS WRONG. The food you eat now becomes the building blocks of your cells. Everything you consume becomes part of you as it is digested and absorbed. Granny was right, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.”
I had a huge fight, and sometimes it is still occurs, with my kids about the foods they eat. We ate the Standard American Diet (The SAD diet)! I started by changing from name brand foods to organic and non-GMO certified brands. I also started having them preparing foods with me in the kitchen. My kitchen is messy more than it’s clean…but that’s okay because my kids are taking control of their eating habits.
Here I will share some of their favorite recipes for desserts that they make with me guiding them and supervising. Why start with desserts? Because desserts are some of the funnest and easiest items to prepare.
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These are delicious and gluten free!
Pineapple Dole Whip and Strawberry Dole Whip from Dashing Dish
These are cool and refreshing! Additionally, they are dairy free!
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Chef Savvy
These can be gluten free if you purchase GF oatmeal. Also, we have substituted almond and cashew butter for the peanut butter as healthy alternatives.
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from The Creative Bite
These are my personal favorite! I like making these for my lunch box so that I’ll have a little snack on the go!
School Safe Granola Bars from Black Bean Bandit
If your child’s school has a band food list, these granola bars are PB, GF, and dairy free.
Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal Bars from Hummusapien
These vegan and gluten free oatmeal bars are great to have when you know your morning is going to be hectic.
“Ice Cream” Made of Only Fruit from Paint Brushes and Popsicles
I use my blender to make this. My kids love strawberry, banana, and blueberry on a hot day!
Homemade Fruit Leather from Our Best Bites
Organic fruit leather can be expensive and the rolled-fruit snacks can be full of processed food items. Our Best Bites offers a great healthy alternative.
Paleo Skittles from Joyful Abode
These are a great alternative to the candy. Sweet yet REALLY all natural from your kitchen!
Paleo Graham Crackers from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
The hardest part of finding out one child was gluten intolerant was finding safe alternative foods for him. These gluten free and dairy free graham crackers are delicious…and my picky kid approved!
Apple Chips from Mom Prepares
My kids go through apples like you wouldn’t believe! In the fall we buy apples by the 40lb boxes AND we pick them at local farms. I make apple chips as health alternatives to chips while still getting that fun crunch! (Oh yeah, we also make apple sauce. I’ll find that recipe later on…it’s packed away in a box.)