It is clear that dessert is one of the attractions of lunchtime, and children are always waiting for something sweet as the final culmination, but it is also proven that sugar is the number one enemy in childhood.
In an attempt to avoid offering our children sugar-laden desserts, we can be limited to fruit, which, although it is the best option, the healthiest, and it is also sweet, can be boring if not enough variety is offered.
1- Yogurt with nuts. Yogurt, natural and without sugar, is an easy to digest dairy since, being fermented, it does not contain –barely- lactose, being even suitable for intolerant people. The presence of lactic acid bacteria is beneficial for the intestinal microflora, helping to maintain its balance. The bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract are in constant communication with the immune system, constituting an important part of the body's defense system. Nuts provide fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, such as selenium, magnesium, copper or zinc, and mono and polyunsaturated fats, the healthiest. They also contain phytonutrients, with antioxidant function, beneficial for the health of cells. Unfortunately, this dessert is not suitable for children allergic to cow's milk protein (CMPA) or those allergic to nuts.
2- Smoothie. This name is given to the yogurt mixture, usually frozen, beaten with fresh or frozen fruits. To all the benefits that yogurt provides, we add those that fruit, vitamins, minerals and fiber provide, above all, so it becomes a very complete and appetizing dessert, especially when the heat is on. This option is not suitable for APLV.
3- Fruit smoothie. In a very similar way to the smoothie, the fruit shake contains milk and fruit, and therefore fiber, vitamins and minerals, which, like vitamin D and calcium from milk, are very important for growth. As it contains milk, it is not suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to cow's milk protein.
4- Fruit foam. You can easily make this dessert with a powerful mixer and frozen fruit. If you use ripe enough fruit, such as strawberries and bananas, and get enough air into the mix, you don't need to add sugar to make it a children's favorite as it resembles ice cream. As a precaution so that it does not oxidize, you can add a tablespoon of lemon or orange juice.
5- Banana and oatmeal cookies. The combination of ripe bananas with baked oatmeal in the shape of a cookie can become a sugar-free sweet to use when we want to offer something more exotic. In the same way, pancakes can be made with this same mixture, but adding an egg. In this case, the dessert would not be suitable for those allergic to eggs.
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