Another tip: Although you should be getting two to three servings of dairy a day, avoid having a glass of milk while enjoying your chocolate treat. Some research has shown milk can prevent antioxidants from being absorbed and used by the body.
Make sure to wash your grapes thoroughly and remove any stems. Pop them into a freezer bag, and prepare yourself for a treat that tastes too good to be healthy, but is.
In a blender, mix up some fat-free yogurt, skim milk, fruit, and ice. Honey will add a little sweetness, but remember that infants under the age of one shouldn’t have any.
You can even use frozen yogurt for a frosty treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty, like this delicious caramel apple smoothie. For a chocolaty twist, substitute the fruit with fat-free chocolate syrup.
Smoothies are great for a quick breakfast, snack, or as a dessert to enjoy with the whole family.
For example, try using 100% whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Applesauce or pureed fruit can be used to replace oil (or a half and half mixture if you can’t bring yourself to go completely oil-free). And, instead of using the full amount of chocolate chips, try using half of the recommended amount and replace the other half with nuts to add some healthy fat and extra protein.
Cookies may not be considered a health food, but with a few substitutions on your part, you can make them an occasional treat for your whole family to enjoy.
Treat your family to a delicious fruit salad with all of your favorite, in-season fruits. For added crunch and sweetness, sprinkle each serving with honey, coconut flakes, nuts, or a combination of the three. Your kids will absolutely love this deliciously natural treat!
Dried fruit is a great choice for an after-school snack, or the cure for a mid-afternoon energy slump.