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Trick your kids! How to disguise healthy foods as desserts

October 14th, 2013
(The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker from Kohl's turns frozen bananas into frozen yogurt).

(The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker from Kohl’s turns frozen bananas into frozen yogurt).

By Brittany Anas

Sometimes, you’ve got to be a little sneaky to get your kids (and spouse — if we’re being honest) to eat healthy. Use your parental superpowers to boost the nutritional value of your kids’ after-dinner desserts or weekend snacks. They’ll see sweet treats. You’ll see nutritional value. Everybody wins.

Here’s five healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Let’s just call it playing dress up with fruits, veggies and other good foods.

“Fro-yo.” Skip the frozen yogurt shop that could double as a candy store with all of its sugary toppings. The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker turns frozen bananas into frozen yogurt. Add in berries and nuts to give it extra flavor and you’ll have a more natural “fro yo” treat. It’s on sale for $51.99 at Kohl’s, where you can also get an extra 3.5 percent Cash Back. If you need help coming up with some ‘Yonanas’ combos, check out these recipe ideas. Berry chocolate for the kids? Mojito Yonanas for mom?

(Read more articles about Kohl’s here).

“Shakes.” Or so you call them. But, really, it’s a fruit-packed smoothie — boosted with some bone-strengthening milk and protein-packed peanut butter. Blend up a banana, some plain, low-sugar yogurt, ice, two cups of milk and two tablespoons of peanut butter.

“Crepes.” Spread nut butter on a whole-wheat tortilla. Slice up strawberries and sprinkle them in the wrap. You can also use other fruits your kiddos love — like bananas or peaches. For a wow factor, sprinkle on a little bit of powdered sugar.

“Sundae.” Build it with low-fat strawberry yogurt, layers of berries and granola. A little dollop of whipped cream, a few sprinkles or a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips can go a long way in dressing up the parfait and making it look like it legitimately came from an ice cream parlor.

“Banana split.” Split open a banana, stuff it with strawberries and crushed pineapple. Add a few dollops of whipped cream and sprinkle on nuts and chocolate chips. Let kids fill their own banana splits, if you’d like.

We’ve also turned to for a few healthy snacking tips. 

  • Don’t offer snacks to your kids too close to dinner or lunch time.
  • Discourage mindless snacking. A good “house rule” (for everybody) is to always sit down at the table when eating — whether it’s a meal or snack. Don’t let your children eat in front of the computer, while watching television or snack from a bag of chips while playing a video game.
  • You can expect smaller children to eat smaller portions — but maybe more frequently than their older siblings.

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Brittany Anas is a newspaper reporter, which she says is basically like going on a professional scavenger hunt every day. She became hooked on fashion in the early 1990s when her mom sewed her a pair of MC Hammer pants and matching headband. Brittany lives in Denver, Colorado and loves spending time with her southern gentleman of a boyfriend and their pot-belly pig-gremlin mix that the rescue organization described as a “Boston Terrier.” She fancies polka dots, Detroit Pistons basketball and brunch. Brittany blogs at and Twitters from @BrittanyAnas. Find her on Pinterest or ping her on Google+.

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