Just say NO to the warm, sweet, buttery toast that you make your kids for breakfast!
It’s one of the hardest things to do… making foods for others that you cannot enjoy for yourself. This morning, I made my son cinnamon raisin bread—toasted with butter. My daughter had organic, gluten-free waffles. I myself still won’t eat those waffles even though they are “gluten-free”—it is still processed and goes against my own rules for eating. However, I will not deprive my kids of these foods. Not yet, at least….
My kids are six and ten years old. I cannot abruptly and drastically change the way they eat and deprive them of their favorite foods. We have had discussions on why mom and dad have decided to eat more healthy, fresh, “clean” foods and why we’ve decided to cut out grains and processed foods. Our son, the oldest, shows a lot of interest in making these same positive changes… but when it comes down to it, he still can’t yet let go of his toast. My daughter, the six year old, has no interest whatsoever in eating “healthier.” She wants her cakes, cookies, and white bread! So, we are taking baby steps. Hence the reason we choose organic waffles over Eggo waffles…
The goal is to get everyone on the same page. First and foremost, what mommy and daddy are doing—eating healthier—is a lifestyle change and not simply a “diet” that may or may not stick. We want the kids to know this, know why we are doing this, and know and (hopefully) want to choose to do it for themselves. In the meantime, we will gradually make little changes, offering more healthy choices while decreasing the unhealthy options.
So for now, I will have to suffer through prepping some of those foods that were hard for me to say goodbye to… the buttery toast and pancakes that I grew up with. We will get them transitioned to the homemade, alternative recipes to replace these goodies…. eventually :)
If only I would have made this lifestyle change sooner… when they were babies or even before then…. this process would have been a lot easier! It’s true, wheat is addictive! My kids are wheat addicts and I’m a recovering addict. There’s hope yet, it just takes time and effort.
Before I went grain-free, I would indulge in a “peanut butter Wasa cracker.” This is a simple concoction that consisted of peanut butter spread onto a Wasa Sourdough cracker and topped with a bit of honey. It also happened to be my hubby’s favorite snack. Needless to say, when I went grain-free, so did the hubby. And the Peanut Butter Wasa Cracker ceased to exist. Sadly.
It’s been about a month without our favorite treat, but it seems like an eternity. Never fear though…. for we have discovered a recipe for a sweet cracker to replace our Wasa. It’s made of flax, of course! The recipe was found on the SparkRecipes website. The photo above shows our first attempt at this cracker recipe. It took a lot longer than 25 minutes to make the crackers crisp…. and I think I see a food dehydrator in our future somewhere. Nevertheless, I think this flax cracker recipe is a fine substitute. I used honey instead of stevia (and I only used 1 teaspoon as I knew that I’d be making my hubby’s favorite treat with these crackers—which is already sweetened with peanut butter and honey). Overall, I am satisfied with this sweet flax cracker recipe. I may make some tweaks next time, but it’s nice to know that going grain-free doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite treats!
Chicken breast, Cauliflower rice, eggs, & avocado. Perfect for the day I had today. High protein, high fat, & low carb. Just the way I like it!! I’ve converted to a paleo lifestyle for only about 2 months & she’s already got it down packed!
Side note: A lot of people wonder how to make cauliflower “rice” & it’s super easy.
1) cut & boil the cauliflower until tender
2) In a bowl add black pepper, sea salt, & garlic powder to taste (or whatever you like in your “rice”)
3) Mash the cauliflower with a fork for the rice like consistency.
Must try! Growing up, we ate rice pretty much with every dinner! I don’t miss it *that* much, but my dinner plate looks kinda lonely without it… sometimes. Cauliflower “rice” looks like an excellent stand-in :)