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My toddler has a sweet tooth, what are some healthy ways to satisfy their cravings?

Hi everyone, I am a mom to a toddler who seems to have a never-ending sweet tooth. I try my best to limit her sugar intake, but she constantly craves something sweet. I feel bad denying her treats all the time, but I don't want her consuming too much sugar either. Are there any healthy alternatives for her to snack on that can satisfy her cravings? Thank you in advance!

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germaine.gleason

Hi there! I can definitely relate to this as I also have a toddler with a huge sweet tooth. One thing that has worked for us is offering fruits such as berries, grapes, and sliced apples as a snack. Sometimes we also add a bit of yogurt as a dip for the fruit which adds a little bit of a sweet taste while also providing some protein. Another option we have tried is making smoothies with natural ingredients like spinach, banana, and almond milk. This way, my child thinks they are getting a treat while also getting some essential nutrients. What are some healthy snacks that other parents have tried to satisfy their little ones' sweet tooth?

samson.botsford

Hello everyone! I can totally relate to this as I also have a sweet-loving toddler. One thing that has worked wonders for us is making homemade energy balls with natural sweeteners such as dates, nuts, and coconut flakes. These balls are not only sweet and flavorful, but they also provide a lot of energy to keep my little one going. In addition, we also make smoothies with spinach, bananas, peanut butter, and a dash of honey as a treat. If we ever feel like indulging in some chocolate, we opt for dark chocolate, which is a healthier alternative. I hope this helps the other parents here!

dalton.schneider

Hello, as a mother of two, I can understand the struggle of managing children's sweet cravings. One way that has worked for me is to make bites out of dried fruits combined with oats and honey, which gives them the sweetness they crave in a healthy way. I also make fruit bowls with a sprinkle of cinnamon, which they love. They are also fond of baked goods such as zucchini or banana bread made with minimal sugar, and a hint of maple syrup, agave or honey. When my kids are craving a treat, these options have done the trick, and they still get the energy boost they need. What are some other low-sugar, healthy options you have tried?

harber.malcolm

Hi everyone, I used to have a similar problem with my toddler where he always craved something sweet. But I stumbled upon a simple solution - making desserts with healthier ingredients. For example, I would make a homemade fruit and nut granola bar with ingredients like rolled oats, almond butter, and raisins. Or, I'd make a chia seed pudding using almond milk, chia seeds, and a small amount of honey. My son would love these desserts as they contained natural sugars and they were much healthier than store-bought desserts that are high in added sugars. Another idea that has worked for us is making homemade popsicles, using pureed fruit and yogurt. What are your thoughts? Do you have other dessert ideas that have worked for your child?

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