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Healthy and Delicious Desserts for Babies and Toddlers
What makes a Dessert Healthy?
I'm always on the look out for healthy and yummy deserts to feed my baby and toddler. Obviously fruit and yoghurt are the obvious choices but can get a bit boring after a while so here are a few simple recipes to make more interesting treats for your little ones.
The main principles of healthy eating for babies is that food should be:
- Reasonably high in fat- they need it at this age to help them grow
- Low in Salt
- Low in Sugar
- Contain some form of nutritional goodness- vitamins and fibre from fruit, dairy from yoghurt etc.
- 1Packet of sugar free strawberry jelly
- 500ml of full fat Greek yoghurt
- 500 ml of full fat fromage frais
- 200 ml boiling water
- Mix jelly with 200 ml of boiling water and stir well until dissolved
- Add yoghurt and fromage frais to a bowl and add jelly. Mix together until combined
- Leave to set in fridge for 1hour
Instant Ice Cream
- 500ml of Full Fat Greek yoghurt
- 500g frozen fruit
- 1 tsp of honey to sweeten (optional-don't feed honey to a baby younger than 1)
- Place yoghurt, frozen fruit and honey if using into a blender
- Blend until well combined
- Serve straight away
- This can be kept in freezer for up to an hour but is best eaten straight away
- Tablespoon of oats
- Chopped dried fruits- dates, cranberries, sultanas, apricots etc.
- Full Fat Yoghurt
- Honey, maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)
- Get a glass of plastic beaker if you'd prefer
- Put a layer of dried fruit at the bottom
- Cover with a layer of yoghurt
- Cover with a thin layer of oats
- Repeat the above three layers
- Add a final layer of yoghurt and sprinkle with cinnamon, some more chopped fruit and a drizzle of honey etc. if desired.