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Healthy Options To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth

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Healthy Options To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth
If you're looking to satisfy your child's sweet tooth, Kulze suggests trying fresh fruit smoothies, or light ice cream topped with berries. Homemade "healthy" cookies are all good alternatives to store-bought pastries and candy.

Kulze suggests avoiding processed foods with additives, particularly food dyes and refined carbohydrates and sugars. "The worst choices here would be donuts, pastries, cupcakes, cake, candy (especially those with lots of food dye), sugary kids' cereals, Lunchables, pancakes (waffles [white flour-based]), soda and other sugar-fortified beverages (fruit drinks, sports drinks) and white bagels," says Kulze.
Consider these calming foods for kids next time your little one is craving something sweet:
  • Peaches – The peach contains a natural sedative that can help alleviate stress and anxiety to help calm and relax the mind. Next time your hyperactive child wants a sugary treat, hand him a peach instead.
  • Berries – When kids are feeling hyper or wound up, a bowl of berries can do wonders. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries contain healthy antioxidants and vitamin C, plus they help prevent a boost in cortisol — the "stress hormone" produced by the adrenal gland.
  • Oranges – Give a child an orange to peel. The few minutes it takes for him to slow down and do it will be calming in itself. Plus, the vitamin C and muscle-relaxing potassium also will do him some good. Apples and bananas are also good sources of vitamins and minerals that can help calm your hyperactive child. All-natural applesauce is also a fantastic choice.
  • Dark chocolate – So it's not as sweet as milk chocolate, but dark chocolate is a lot healthier. It can help reduce cortisol levels as well as lower the levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine — which make kids (and adults) anxious and nervous.
  • Ice cream – Not any ice cream. Soy alternaive - vanilla bean ice cream. Make sure it's made from real vanilla beans. Vanilla is known for its calming properties.
Calming nighttime snacks
Next time your hyperactive child wants a snack before bed, reach for one of these calming options:
  • Whole grain crackers and peanut butter
  • Oatmeal topped with bananas and walnuts
  • Chopped fresh peaches warmed in the microwave and topped with a little soy or almond milk
  • Whole grain English muffin topped with melted casein-free soy cheese
  • Smashed bananas on whole wheat toast
If your nighttime routine is anything but dreamy, Cyrus Schwartz, father of three and president of Mountainside Farms and ZenSoy, says, "Before bed, children should always avoid caffeinated beverages, candy, high-sugar fruit juice and ice cream."