It's no secret that most children love sweet treats. Have you ever seen a group of kids squeal with delight at the sight of a birthday cake? Or how about that whiney voice they put on every time you go past the chocolate aisle at the supermarket?
It seems that our love affair with sugar starts at a young age, which can be a problem given the rates of childhood obesity in Australia.
The good news is, not all sweet foods are bad for you. Health conscious parents may want to take note of these suggestions for healthy sweet treats. The kids will love them, and you won't worry so much about their waistlines!
Many parents tend to avoid sugar-free candies due to the presence of artificial sweeteners. However, Xylitol is a natural substance found in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables, so you can rest assured that it is safe to use. In fact, research even shows that Xylitol is good for dental health!
Xylitol candies are a favourite among both parents and kids. We stock two options - the SparX candies, which are small little 'dots' high in flavour, and the Dr John's Candies, which are hugely popular in the United States and come in a variety of flavours including chocolate and vanilla caramels and fruit lollipops.
Homemade iced chocolate with Stevia
If you are looking for a way to ensure your kids get their daily dose of calcium, then make them a homemade iced chocolate for a sweet treat.
Instead of purchasing pre-made hot chocolate powders (which are often full of sugar or artificial sweeteners), try making up your own. Simply mix two to three teaspoons of pure cocoa powder with one teaspoon of Stevia powder and add milk.
The ratio may depend on the cocoa and Stevia products - don't be afraid to play around until you get it right.
Naturally Sweet baked goods
If you are one of those parents who love baking, then see if you can whip up some healthy muffins or slices for your little ones.