healthy kids puddings(14 Posts)
Just like most DCs, mine love puds and the sweeter and stickier the better. I'd love to finish meals with just fruit, and do so quite often. This generally results in DS leaving the table as he doesn't want just fruit and DD then follows. Mind you he'll stay for seconds if its apple crumble and custard or lollies. DD still isn't that interested, she prefers savoury foods, though she loves salty things unfortunately.
Do you clever mumsnetters know any healthy puddings I could do for the kids? I feel I have a really limited range of good for you puds and the kids are getting bored of all of them:
yogurt / frubes
jelly made with tinned fruit and the juice from the tin
In one large bowl or several small individual ones place an assortment of fruit in layers (e.g. I may use drained tinned peaches, fresh strawberries and green grapes). Crumble over a few amaretti biscuits and top with natural or vanilla yoghurt.
The original recipe suggests a spoonful of soft dark brown sugar sprinkled over the top which then melts on the youghurt to make a syrup but that is optional
My DCs have loved this over the years. If you do it in a sundae dish you can see all the layers and it looks nice too
eves pudding, it's like apple in an apple crumble but with a sponge topping. OK not the most healthiest but yummy.
Handful of frozen berries blizzed up with some Greek yogurt
Fruity jellies (make sure it's the tins of fruit in juice not syrup and avoid pineapple or wont set)
Faux crumble - with amarettis over apricots is particularly nice.
Depending on your custard it's not necessarily bad - dairy, can be semi/skimmed milk if you're avoiding the cream based ones.
lollies (or if you have an ice cream machine, sorbet) made with fruit juice/blended smoothie type fruit.
The veggie-cakes in Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache
Some supermarkets ( I know Waitrose do) have these bags of frozen fruit like a bag mixed up of mango, kiwi, pineapple. Takes a couple of hours to defrost and we often have that with yoghurt and unhealthy icecream.
Puddings are not meant to be healthy but neither are they meant to be everyday staples. Make apple crumble, trifle, sponge and custard etc., but just do it once or twice a week and serve yoghurt or fruit the rest of the time.
Agree with cogito, you don't need a pudding every day. I'm not sure it's a very healthy habit to get into tbh, regardless of how healthy the pudding is. If your ds doesn't want food then he's clearly not hungry and if he's not hungry then he doesn't need more to eat <killjoy emoticon>
Frozen grape kebabs (let them warm up for 5 min before eating though, or they stick to your lips) are a favourite in our house.
And I just made 'sorbet' (granita really) with freshly squeezed apple juice which went down well. We have a glut of apples, so there'll be more to come...
I also make little layered puddings in cheap wine glasses with stewed fruit, a blob of yoghurt and then a ginger biscuit crumbled on top.
Many thanks there are lots of ideas here for me to try. I don't do puds everyday but they are a good way to get fruit into DS, not always an easy thing to achieve. I know the kids would both like stewed fruit, yogurt and ginger biscuits and fruit kebabs are something I used to do years ago but have just fallen out of the habit. And baked apples would be good too, DS loves apples. Puds are good for skinny active DS who needs high energy foods or his ribs get too visible. On the other hand they are not good for DD who likes to sit and imagine things, but isn't keen on running around.
I often do a fruit fondue, with loads of chopped fruit and either melted marsbar sauce or butterscotch sauce in the middle. My two love fruit anyway but they adore this.
Core and peel a couple of apples and put in a pan with a little butter. Squeeze over the juice of half an orange and then add a teaspoon of sugar to make a light syrup.
Serve with a blob of ice-cream
Poached pears. Peel and core 4 pears, put them in an oven dish. Squeeze over the juice of an orange (leave the 2 orange halves in too) hand put in a cinammon stick. Put in the oven at 180 for an hour. Serve on its own or with ice-cream or frozen yog. Delish
Another and healthier way of getting DCs and, anyone actually, to eat fruit is to give it as a starter or cut up daintily on a pretty plate when they come in from school that way you get all the goodness from the fruit.
If you eat it after a meal (although it's traditional i know, apart from melon) It digests faster than the meal which means it can give belly aches, spots, arthritis etc.
Then if you're giving fruit before the meal you know they've eaten healthily and you can occasionally give them a proper dessert like dark choc. pudding or whatever.
banana custard with a few hidden choclate buttons fruit dairy and 3-4 buttons is hardly the same as chocolate biscuit, the hot custard melts the chocolate a bit, a variation is banana with hot coconut milk( from tin)
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