GOOD/FUN alternatives to birthday sweet treats (and don’t say a tooth brush!!)

by: Sandy Johnson, RDH, BA

Every parent wants to give their kids something special on their birthday. But not all parents appreciate the copious amounts of sugar and food coloring.

But there are alternatives. Instead of cupcakes, cake pops or cookies, how about try one of the below ideas? Your kids’ teeth will thank you.

  • Fruit Kabobs: Put a variety of colorful fruits on a kabob stick and use yogurt as a dip. These can be fun and look pretty without all the added sugars.
  • Frozen Fruit Bars:  Make your own frozen smoothie or 100% juice bars, and your child will surely be a hit, particularly in the warmer months when a healthy Popsicle is just the ticket!
  • Yogurt Covered Pretzels or Raisins: These do have sugar, but with the pretzel or raisin, they are getting more nutrients than in a donut, so it’s certainly a more healthy alternative to the usual.

What are some alternatives that you’ve used for sweet treats?

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