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Dessert is not necessary, as a general rule, to complement the nutritional value of the meal, but on occasions, such as when the child is less appetizing due to the heat, or when recovering from an illness, it can be an ally to ensure that the caloric and nutritional contribution of the child's diet is not altered.
On our site we explain what they are desserts for children who need an extra caloric intake, those top a good children's menu in a healthy way.
The most common is that it is the micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, which are most compromised, although the energy supply can also be worthy of mention at times.
- If the calcium intake is the most problematic, we must incline them to offer dairy products for dessert. Offering dairy for dessert should not be confused with dairy desserts, which generally contain large amounts of sugar, and we should opt for the most basic ones, whether they are cheeses or yogurts, as well as a glass of milk.
- If the child does not eat too many vegetablesIt is a good alternative to offer fruit for dessert, to meet the micronutrient needs that may be compromised. Seasonal fruits are the best option, since, being in the optimum state of maturity, their vitamin and mineral content is maximum.
- Si the problem is that the child does not meet his caloric needs because he eats too little, it is necessary to make sure that the dessert constitutes the extra energy contribution that the child needs. To get a good energy intake, the dessert should contain whole dairy products, nuts and seeds or fruits with a high caloric content, such as avocados, coconut, cherries, mango or banana.
- Covering the three needs, fruit smoothies combine a good caloric intake with calcium and other vitamins and minerals present in fruit, being a very good option to replenish their deposits in the body when an illness is overcome, for example after gastroenteritis.
- If among the fruits that are added the strawberries or other berries such as raspberries or blueberries, the contribution of vitamin C is ideal to keep the deposits of this vitamin full during the winter, ensuring an immune system ready to fight colds. We may not find these seasonal fruits when we want to use them, so we can freeze them when they are in season and have them ready to use when we need them, either in a smoothie or a smoothie with frozen yogurt if we want something more refreshing.
The main benefit of shakes and smoothies is that the fruit is added as such, not squeezed, so it contains all its fiber, vitamins and minerals, being a most complete dessert for children.
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