Easter treats for childrenMarch 21st, 2018
Easter can be a very difficult time for children who suffer from allergies or if you are wanting to control how much sugar your child eats. Commercially, Easter treats for children focus on foods like chocolate eggs and bunnies, marshmallows and mass produced hot cross buns. These treats line supermarket shelves and are advertised on television which add to the desire to indulge. As a society it is hard to escape the constant pull of sugar from every direction.
Hearty Health pride themselves in making sure all children in child care are included when it comes to eating delicious clean healthy food. “The key is to make sure kids don’t feel like they are missing out” says Hearty Health owner and qualified chef Russell Chasteau. “We have found that as long as kids are still involved and eat tasty food, they are happy and feel involved”. Russell has had many years’ experience working with children’s food and says a big part of the equation is allowing occasional treats.
Easter is a time of celebration and, as much as we don’t want to admit it – sugar has crept its way into most Easter treats for children. “It is up to us as care givers to manage this intake and make sure that we reduce sugar and processed food as much as possible and of course stay vigilant with allergens” continues Russell.
How do we reduce sugar at Easter when it is everywhere? Russell suggests it is all about offering delicious alternatives such as homemade dips, fresh seasonal produce and basically clean nourishing food. “It can be as simple as dishing up meals which are more appealing for children” he says. “Try making the shape of a rabbit on a plate using carrot sticks, tomatoes and cheese or a treasure hunt with apples and bananas for something fun and different”.
Our favourite Easter treats for children
Replacing highly refined sugar with its natural counterparts is also a good start for the occasional treat. Honey, maple syrup, molasses, dates and fruit purees provide a sweet taste without using refined sugar.
Our favourite and easiest Easter treat for children (and parents) would have to be our decadent chocolate slice. It is perfect for working mums and dads who want to make a quick treat for their kids while still watching how much refined sugar they digest this Easter!
The kids will love helping out too – so roll up your sleeves, pop on an apron and it is as easy as 1,2,3!
Hearty Health Chocolate Chips
*gluten/grain free, refined sugar free
1 cup coconut, desiccated or shredded
1 cup cacao powder
1 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup any organic dried fruit (I had apricots in the pantry)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
2. Pour into to a grease proof paper lined slice tray and for some extra fun and festivity – sprinkle with hundreds and thousands
3. Place in freezer until set and slice into chunky portions that look like fat chips to serve – yummo and filling too!
Note: this chocolate is best kept refrigerated
More Easter treats for children – keep an eye out for our delicious homemade hot cross buns that are baked from scratch in our Hearty Health kitchens and will be delivered to all our valued Hearty Health child care centres next week!
Happy Easter from the team at Hearty Health.
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