“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17 MSG
By: Jennifer Mullen
So it has been five months since I wrote Permission to Be Imperfect. In that post I listed my five New Year’s resolutions, one of which was to develop healthier eating habits. In the past five months I have lost 30 pounds by just calorie counting. (That is a post for another day.) Today I want to focus on the secondary purpose of that resolution: modeling healthy eating habits for my kids!
My daughter was getting into a habit of expecting a treat after every meal or every accomplishment. I knew we had to make some changes. Because my daughter is still young, it is the perfect time to make new cooking traditions and to teach my daughter how to choose foods that would make her body strong.
Instead of making peanut butter cookies with lots of added sugar, we tried this super easy recipe I saw on Dr. Oz. My daughter calls them Monster Heads. (By the way… watching Dr. Oz is not something I would have done before the New Year.)
What you will need:
You only need two ingredients in a one-to-one ratio. I did one cup of each:
1-Uncooked Oats (Good source of whole grain fiber)
2- Peanut Butter(I used the natural Jif)
You can add other things!
I didn’t have enough Jif so I added some crunchy peanut butter. Also, I found half of a bag of chocolate chips in my cabinet left over from our Christmas baking. Before my New Year’s resolution they would have never made it past January in my cabinet! So, to make it more like a treat we added a 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. You could also add dried fruits, nuts, or honey. You may want to try this recipe with almond butter or sunbutter. If you do, let me know what you think.
Measure and mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Be prepared to get messy!!! This is a great multi-sensory activity for your kids. Also, what is great about this is that you can eat it right out of the bowl. I am one of those mommas who deny my children the joy of eating raw cookie batter in fear of salmonella poisoning!
Then we rolled the batter up into balls and placed then on a glass dish. Dr. Oz said to put them in the fridge over night, but we could only wait two hours. They did have a better texture the next day, but we enjoyed then just the same after nap time. We served them in cupcake holders.
This activity provided great a opportunity to explicitly talk to my daughter about healthy treats. I told her that the peanut butter has healthy fats that help her brain work and proteins that will make her muscles strong. I explained to her that God made oats to give us energy. I also pointed out that we did not add sugar because we don’t have to have sugar to make things yummy. She ate these for a snack or as a protein replacement at mealtime.
This recipe yields 14 Monster Heads.
1 serving: 150 calories, 10 g carbs, 2 g of dietary fiber, and 5 g of protein