Baking is fun and can be a rewarding family activity but not all baking is healthy. There are many unhealthy ingredients found in commercially prepared child foods. The US Department of Agriculture says that food manufacturers should remove or reduce any artificial preservatives, colors or added flavorings. However, they still leave intact the natural nutrients that your children need for proper nutrition.
One thing you may not realize is that healthy baking for kids can also be made from whole wheat. There are many healthy recipes out there that include breads, rolls and cookies. But if you are not eating whole wheat or aren’t baking with whole wheat flour then you are not getting the fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that these other foods contain. Many of these healthy products don’t even have a trace of real ingredients. They are simply a way to flavor the product.
How can you get whole wheat to use in your cooking? It can be purchased in the baking section of your grocery store. If this is not available to you, check the ingredient list of many low fat or low carb products and see if you can find the whole wheat version. Even if it isn’t listed on the label, many cereals and cookies have it listed, so check those as well.
Desserts And Breads
Healthy baking for kids doesn’t mean that you have to use only applesauce in your desserts and breads. A lot of sugar is added to many desserts and breads these days. Instead of using more sugar, try using brown sugar or honey. Not only does it add flavor but it has zero calories, so it’s an alternative to sugar that you can enjoy as well.
Look for healthy ingredients if you’re looking for healthy recipes for kids. Instead of using white flour in cakes, try using whole wheat flour. If oatmeal is your thing, use brown sugar instead of refined sugar. Some healthier choices besides brown sugar and whole wheat are almond, coconut, soy, rice flour and pinto. You can even make a healthy breakfast by adding vegetables like broccoli, carrots, beets, okra and eggplant to your eggs. These healthy ingredients provide an energy burst to help you feel up and going before lunch.
Baking for kids should include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Use high-fiber ingredients like applesauce, carrots, celery and cauliflower in your baking. These are especially beneficial because they help draw out toxins from the body. Another great idea is to bake a variety of items at once – oatmeal cookies, bar cookies, chicken tortilla chips and beef stew among others. This ensures that you’ve covered all of their dietary needs.
Some healthy recipes for kids also call for low-fat dairy, such as low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese. If you can’t find these, look for low-fat or skim milk. For older kids, you might consider adding low-fat sour cream, but be sure to only add a small amount at a time to avoid getting too much sour cream in their mouths. Since kids aren’t used to fat yet, they’ll probably eat a fair amount of sour cream.
Baking for kids doesn’t have to be extremely complicated. You can make lots of healthy treats while still being able to spend time with them and show them off to their friends. Even if you’ve never done it before, you can bake healthy recipes for kids and it won’t take up too much of your time. It’s easy to make tasty and healthy cookies, muffins, rolls and other desserts with just a few different types of flour, baking powder, baking soda and butter. Just remember to bake healthy because the healthier the recipe, the tastier it will be for kids.