I WANT A CUPCAKE!!

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Especially around the holidays – do you ever hear your child shout this?  Of course, everything in moderation but sometimes after the third or fourth cupcake/cookie for the day it needs to stop!  Here are some other foods I found my two-year-old to enjoy instead of all the junk.

  • dried mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries and cherries)
  • fresh fruit (grapes were a hit)
  • mashed potatoes
  • pretzels (without the Rollo and M&M)
  • turkey
  • rice
  • corn
  • broccoli (fun to dip!  Ok, broccoli does need some fat in order to absorb the nutrients)

Here are some others to not forget about:

  • whole-grain cereals (to off set the M&M I will throw a few M&Ms into a bowl of whole-grain cereal)
  • popcorn (great source of fiber)
  • freeze dried fruits and veggies
  • frozen fruits – grapes, bananas are wonderful!
  • use 100% whole wheat breads and pastas
  • cut sandwiches into shapes (triangles – ask “how many triangles are there?)

Saw this on the Rachael Ray Show – a Banana “Ice Cream” Fakeout (I have done something similar but I have used 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen bananas, 1/2 cup 100% juice)

Watch the video too

//www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/banana-ice-cream-fakeout/

      Ingredients
      • 3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks, frozen
      • 1/4 cup milk
      • Yields: 2 servings

        Preparation

        In the bowl of a food processor, purée the frozen bananas (adding the milk in small increments as needed to loosen the mixture up) until whipped, about 2 minutes.

        Serve the “ice cream” immediately with your favorite toppings.

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