Healthy Easter Treats
What treats can you make your grandchildren when their parents have put them on a strict diet – one without sugar?
Many children and adults are required to maintain a diet without sugar all of the time, every day of their lives. It’s like a culture shock for a person used to eating sweets to change over to a healthy way of eating without sugar. But imagine if everyone agreed to live without sugary foods. That would change everything, wouldn’t it? How would candy, bread, dessert, and everything-else-loaded-with-sugar-in-it companies make it? They would close their doors.
I love sweets, and so does my toddler granddaughter. So when her mom asked me to not give her anything sweet during my next visit (how do you NOT eat anything sweet on Easter?), I started looking up recipes I can make for her.
Supporting my daughter in cutting down sugary treats for her toddler reminds me of when my mother helped me in my teenage years when I went on a strict diet without sweets and bread. One day I got so dizzy that I fell into my closet. That day is when my mother put her foot down and said I could not get up from the table until I ate a piece of bread or potato. I ate a slice of plain bread.
One of my favorite “desserts” Mother made me when I was on diets was a pear dessert (see recipe below). It was a healthy snack and satisfied my dessert cravings.
Fresh Pear Dessert
- 1 can sliced pears
- 2 teaspoons Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
- Open can of pears and drain.
- Place two pear halves in a bowl.
- Put a teaspoon of Mayonnaise on top of each pear slice.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
Option: Use a fresh pear, peel, take the seeds out, and cut in several slices. Top with Mayo and shredded cheese.
Until this day, I love that fresh fruit dessert. Maybe I’ll include that on my special treat list for my little grand.
If you feel inspired to share a treat that would be a good Easter sweet or snack substitute for toddlers, I’d love to know about it.
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