Great amounts of sugar can be detrimental to children at any time of the year, including Easter. Sticky jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, while popular, can help cavities form in your child’s teeth.
Dentists in Portland, Oregon Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental suggest using creativity during this time of year to present kids with these healthy and fun snacks!
A Smoothie a Bunny Would Love
Smoothies are an excellent way to fortify a child’s diet in a fun and easy way. To help your kids be as healthy as a bunny, start this smoothie off right with 1 cup of milk and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cooked carrots. Add 1/2 cup of yogurt (flavored as desired) and 1 tablespoon of honey – blend well with ice!
Experiment with different foods and flavors to customize smoothies. Add spinach or kale to the mix for additional veggies. A scoop of vanilla protein powder can add a slight sweetness, along with fresh or frozen fruits like bananas, strawberries, and blueberries.
Play With Your Food
Salads are basically combinations of vegetables or fruits that are healthy and delicious. To make them a little more fun for your kids this Easter, prepare a variety of fruits and vegetables that your kids can cut into different shapes.
Present a large lettuce leaf as the “canvas,” and have your kids create different kinds of bunny or Easter salads using the fruits and vegetables on hand. For example, a slice of pineapple can be the start of a cute bunny face. Apple slices can form the bunny ears, and cut olives, cucumber or carrots can be used to make a bunny nose, eyes, and whiskers. Help younger children cut out the shapes they need and watch the healthy creativity unfold!
Healthy Treats in a Nest
At this time of year, nests are made from a combination of chocolate and coconut, which doesn’t make the healthiest of snacks. Make your own version using shredded wheat and all-natural coconut to dress up a healthy dessert.
Take five to six large shredded wheat pieces without the coating of frosting and crumble them into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup brown or organic sugar (if desired) and 3/4 cup of coconut. Mix together and add 1/2 a stick of melted butter to start (you may need to add a bit more).
Once combined, press the mixture gently into muffin cups to form the shape of nests. Bake them for ten minutes at 350 degrees. Once they’re cooled, remove them from the pan and fill with fresh fruit or yogurt for a delicious treat!
Portland Oregon dentists and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage parents to take this opportunity to make healthier Easter treats for kids to help them take care of their teeth. For an appointment to see Dr. Todd Beck or Dr. Jacob Morrow, call 503-236-1449 today!