I believe that setting a good example for my kids is one of my most important jobs as a parent. This includes all aspects of living healthy, including a good diet. Food habits are started young, something I have no doubt noticed when sitting around the dinner table with our little ones. Many tactics have been exhausted to get them to eat those very important staples such as vegetables and fruit.
I have been very fortunate that my kids do in fact enjoy most good foods. And, for some of those “green things” or “slimy stuff” they would rather not choke down: here is a great tool that ALWAYS works for me. I simply tell them that those foods are very important for growing big muscles – like the Hulk! (Perfect analogy for my 5 year old!) And, if they take a bite and flex their arms, Mommy swears I can see those muscles growing!! I think we have made as big of a deal out of those scrawny arms as the day our kids became diaper free! I can only imagine what it would look like to someone peering into the dining room window and seeing us take turns flexing and feeling everyone’s biceps (followed by hooting, hollering and clapping as we all scarf down that side of broccoli). As silly as it sounds, it works. I know my kids are getting the nutrition they need. And if my son believes he will wake up tomorrow with green skin and torn clothes, who am I to stand in the way of his dream?
That being said, I am constantly in search to find healthier alternatives to the “junk food” staples my kids also love. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a household full of sweet teeth is a bit of a challenge. So, being creative in the kitchen is something I have learned to master. The first step to this process is to steer clear of certain items at the grocery store… if it is not in my pantry, I can’t use it. This goes for things like sugar, oil, candy, etc. And prepackaged sweets, of course. I made a promise to myself this year that I would not eat one single piece of Easter candy… so far, so good – despite the fact that our candy dish is now overflowing with beautifully pastel wrapped little morsels from heaven. The chocolate craving proved to be a bit too much today so I decided to do a little research and found a perfect solution! Did you know that you can actually google “healthy cookies?!” They ARE out there, and we are trying a new batch today.
Say hello to what I have named “Low Calorie Chocolate De-lites” – a chocolate cookie with zero percent sugar, zero percent oil, zero percent butter… and one hundred percent delicious! Granted, they are no Reese’s peanut butter egg, but hey – when you are desperate for a little sweet, these are perfect! And, unlike a Reese’s peanut butter egg, these also lack another yucky junk food ingredient… guilt! So, bake up a batch today and enjoy!
Ingredients : Low Calorie Chocolate De-lites
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup egg whites
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3.5 oz package sugar free chocolate pudding mix
Preparation: Low Calorie Chocolate De-lites
Combine everything a bowl, form (with hands) into small round cookies, place on cookie sheet and press with fork. Bake 10 min.
Even though our house may not be stocked with Little Debbies and ice cream, my kids can still enjoy a little “junk” every now and then… Shhh, its our little secret!
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