So I’ve got this child…
She’s 100% sassy and tell’s it how it is, and right now it’s completely working against me.
Literally every single morning when we wake up this is the conversation Boo and I have:
Me: “Boo, what would you like for breakfast?”
Boo: “I want chocolate milk.”
Me: “How about we start off with something different. Would you like a smoothie instead? “
Boo: “NOOOOOO! I WANT CHOCOLATE MIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLKKK!!!” (Followed by throwing herself onto the floor, screaming…louder…and louder…)
Did you know I start off everyday with a headache?
Despite my best efforts in trying to hide all things sugary and sweet from my wee littles, I know that the subject…and the food…is unavoidable.
So where do we draw the line? Do we say yes to a little bit of sugar? Or do we just avoid it at all cost?
Here’s my take on it:
Life is about living and enjoying. I would be lying if I didn’t say that eating a rich piece of chocolatey cake on a special occasion didn’t make me the happiest girl in the world. I definitely wouldn’t ever want to deprive my kids from experiencing the joy that comes from eating delicious food.
But to me what makes ‘treats’ so enjoyable is that they aren’t something you eat everyday, that’s why they are special.
My goal is to teach my children to not fear food, or worse yet…stuff their face with cheetos and ding dongs at school when I’m not looking because they have been deprived at home.
Hopefully I can teach my kids the value of food, and how it’s best when it’s natural and wholesome. But that on occasion, a cookie isn’t going to hurt.
That cookie is meant to be enjoyed and savored…
And if you are a mom like me, with a child like Boo, then you know that asking Mom for a cookie can sometimes be a daily battle.
Which is why we have things like ANYTIME cookies…
Something a little sweet that we don’t have to feel too guilty about.
And something that can help avoid any tantrums at all cost…
Let’s be honest…THAT alone is completely worth it!
Anytime (Veggie) Cookies
2 1/4 c. spelt flour
1 1/2 c. oat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. garam masala
dash of salt
1/2 c. coconut oil
3/4 c. coconut sugar/date sugar
1 c. finely grated zucchini, or 1 c. finely grated carrot, or a combo of the two
1 TB. vanilla
1/2 c. of either the following: blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, etc.
1. Whisk flours, oats, spices, baking soda, and salt together.
2. In a separate bowl whisk egg, oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla together. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Fold in 1/2c. desired add in. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Press down dough with fingers so it flattens a little bit.
3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.
My favorite way to eat these is to keep them in the freezer, then I reheat them, add some almond butter on top…and well…then I eat like 5 more.
It’s all about moderation.