Healthy Thanksgiving Treats: Cook with Your Child to Take Their Mind Off Thumb Sucking!

Healthy Thanksgiving Treats: Cook with Your Child to Take Their Mind Off Thumb Sucking!


Around the Holiday season it can be difficult to make sure you’re doing right by your child’s health. With so many sugary snacks and crunchy treats you’re most likely not only worried about their waistline, but their dental health too – especially if thumb sucking is also an issue.

So, here are three healthy Thanksgiving treats you can bake with your little one which will not only take their mind off thumb sucking, but not be damaging to their health in the long run either. All of these recipes can be prepared whilst they’re wearing their thumb sucking gloves, so what are you waiting for?

Sweet Potato Chips

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than root vegetables, and these sweet potato chips are high in vitamin A, low in fat, and good on the teeth.

Simply peel and slice the sweet potato finely – you can use a mandolin or use the slice function on a grater. Get your little one to spread the potato slices in a single layer on baking sheets, and spray lightly with a low-cal cooking spray. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and pop in the oven at 400F for around 20 minutes. Yum!

Apple Cranberry Crumble

This is a low-sugar version of a classic Thanksgiving pie, morphed into a yummy crumble pudding.

Peel, core and cube around 3lbs of apples – a mix of cooking and dessert varieties work well. Pop in a pan, and get your little one to add a couple of handfuls of fresh cranberries, juice of half a lemon, and ½ tsp ground cinnamon. When the apples begin to soften, taste, and add a little stevia or other natural low-cal sweetner if needed. Put the filling in an oven dish.

In another bowl, mix 1 cup oats, 1 cup no added sugar muesli, 2tbsp baking fluid (such as Flora Cuisine) and 1tbsp stevia sweetner until it makes a light crumbly topping – you can add in some crushed pecans too if you like. Sprinkle the topping over the apples, and bake at 350F for around 30 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and fruit completely soft.

Serve with low-sugar frozen yoghurt or vanilla yoghurt for pudding!

Turkey Pizza Roll Ups

Great as a savoury snack or as a post-holiday lunchbox treat to motivate school children, these are a yummy way to use up leftover turkey, or even pre-Thanksgiving to get a taste for it.

Take a can of bread/pizza dough – try to find a low sugar and fat one if possible – and spilt into 8. Roll each bit of dough into a rough square about 1/4in thick, and top with a thin slice of turkey (leaving a ½ in boarder at one end), a sprinkling of cranberries and a little low-fat grated cheese. Roll up towards the edge with the boarder, and stick the end down with a little milk.

Put all your completed roll ups on a lightly greased baking tray with the sealed end on the bottom. Bake at 375F for around 20 minutes until risen and golden. Store in an airtight tin to keep fresh.

Do you have any teeth-friendly treat recipes for Thanksgiving?

Bio: Louise Blake is a new mum and aspiring writer. She loves cooking and can’t wait till her son is old enough to get involved in the kitchen. She currently writes for Classroom Carrots giving helpful advice for parents.

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