Parenting during the holidays is never easy. Everywhere you turn, there are sugar-laden treats tempting your little ones and undermining your efforts. With Easter and Passover just around the corner, it’s a good time to share some tips for teaching your children how to indulge wisely. As a dietitian and mom, I believe that the key to raising healthy eaters is moderation. Here is how my family practices moderation, so we can indulge in occasional treats (like the Spring Sunflower Cups, below!) without worry.

Everyday foods are healthy foods.

Making the healthy choice an easy choice is important- for kids and parents! In my house, this starts with meal planning and keeping plenty of nutritious options on hand. We stock our refrigerator with washed, sliced fruits and vegetables that the whole family can easily enjoy. The pantry is filled with snack-sized portions of dried fruit, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and whole-grain crackers.

Avoid using food as a reward or punishment.

It can be tempting to use food to encourage or discourage behavior but it’s not a great idea. Rewarding with treat foods simply puts that food on a pedestal and increases your child’s desire for it. Keeping a neutral attitude about all foods will help kids learn moderation and decrease the chances that they will become adults who are constantly “rewarding” themselves with food.

Be a good role model.

What happens when YOU overeat? As parents, our actions speak louder than our words. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and try not to show signs of guilt or make a big deal out of your own indulgences. We are all human and food is something to be enjoyed, not vilified.

When it’s time to indulge- choose wisely! 

When it is time for a little treat, be sure it is something truly delicious! These simple, allergen-friendly Spring Sunflower Cups are the perfect addition to your springtime celebrations.  Naturally portion-controlled and made with high-quality Gerbs Dark Chocolate and Homemade (or store bought) Sunflower butter, they are worth the splurge!


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Spring Sunflower Cups
These delicious, no-bake, allergen-friendly treats are the perfect addition to your spring celebrations! The key to this recipe is creating a "piping bag" using 2 gallon-size plastic bags. Check out our no-fuss tips for clean piping!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Sunflower Cups
Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups Gerbs Dark Chocolate Chips 2.5 cups = 1 lb bag Gerbs' chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1/4 cup Gerbs Sunflower Seeds (for garnish)
Materials
  • 2 gallon-size plastic bags
  • 40 mini cupcake liners
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Sunflower Cups
Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups Gerbs Dark Chocolate Chips 2.5 cups = 1 lb bag Gerbs' chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1/4 cup Gerbs Sunflower Seeds (for garnish)
Materials
  • 2 gallon-size plastic bags
  • 40 mini cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. Heat chocolate in microwave-safe bowl for 2 minutes or until melted smooth. Let cool slightly.
  2. Place cupcake liners on a cookie sheet.
  3. Line two tall glasses with a gallon-size plastic bag. Scoop all of sunflower butter into one bag and 1/2 of the melted chocolate into the other. Remove liner from glass and twist bag to secure closed. To begin piping, cut a small hole in one edge of each bag.
  4. Pipe enough chocolate to cover the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  5. Pipe a layer of sunflower butter on top of the chocolate layer.
  6. Refill the chocolate bag with remaining melted chocolate and pipe over the sunflower butter. Smooth tops of each cup using the back of a small spoon, if necessary.
  7. Garnish each cup with a few sunflower kernels and cool in the refrigerator.
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Written by Sennen Conte

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