Health-ified Rice Krispies (nut-free, gluten-free)

Health-ified Rice Krispies (nut-free, gluten-free)

Well, my fave snacks as a kid are coming full circle. When I was younger, one of the healthier packaged ‘treats’ my parents would buy was Rice Krispie Squares. I use the term ‘healthier’ very lightly here, but in comparison to Joe Louis, Half Moons, and Twinkies, Rice Krispies seemed to be the better option. I haven’t had one in years, but when Sienna pulled a box of the Made Good Crispy Squares off the shelf at the local health store, I got a little giddy.  I shouldn’t admit this, but I was itching to try them (after a weekend of birthday celebrations and slices of birthday cake, the sugar cravings were real). I bought them ‘for her’. I had a bite. I couldn’t think about anything else that day! I became obsessed with finding my own version of a Healthy Rice Krispie Square.   I wanted a Rice Krispie treat that had protein (because it subdues the blood sugar spike from the sweeteners).  One that would be perfect for the odd school snack (no nuts), and ideal for picky eaters (the crunch factor goes a long way for kids - here are some other healthy crunchy food ideas). Turns out this recipe is quicker and waaaay less messier than it’s traditional counterpart. If you have brown rice syrup it will hold a little nicer, but the honey worked well enough over here!  It’s just a little more crumblier than the original version. My obsession ended with this new school-safe snack for my girls and yours too! Healthy Rice Krispie Square Print Health-ified Rice Crispy Treats A simple school-safe snack and a...
The secrets to making a kid-friendly salad

The secrets to making a kid-friendly salad

I cried a lot in those first few years of motherhood. Virtually every day, and at every meal.  It was hard trying to feed a little girl who was tiny (not on the growth chart kind of “tiny”) yet wouldn’t eat. There were many sad tears shed when she would hold food in her mouth for-e-ver. Or when I would make something I KNEW she would like, only to have her push it away. Or when I had to chase her around with a spoon. But any parent with a “picky eater” knows there are happy tears too! There are three distinct moments when I can recall wanting to cry, and shed tears of joy (for a change!).  (1) When Sienna ate meat (sausage) - a whole one - after struggling to get her to take a bite for ages. That was a few years ago, and now she eats and loves all meat.  Even the gamier ones like lamb. I’m still shocked. (2) When Sienna told me she was hungry.  Our daughter had NEVER told us she was hungry, and didn’t have much of an appetite.  I know now that much of that was a result of the negative associations she had with mealtimes/food (because anxiety –> leads to increased adrenaline –> which leads to a decrease in appetite). The day she asked for food and said those four magical words “I am hung-y mommy” was probably one of the happiest moments of my life.  Keith was home and we both looked at each other in utter disbelief. That’s when I knew we were doing all the right...