I WANT A CUPCAKE!!
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)
- 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
- 3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks, frozen
- 1/4 cup milk
Yields: 2 servings
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.