I take a lot of things into consideration. I know our babes are being cared, for, loved, enjoyed, snuggled, tickled, taught, and most of all fed… but I also know kid tendencies and what they would choose if they knew what was really in the food I make them.
Sneaky Mama in the kitchen!
It is not abnormal for me to cook two different meals daily for dinner. I’ve been doing this for about as long as I remember, even before kids. With my lifestyle change I have learned a great deal about food. Symptoms, side effects, and all that’s in between. Sadly I learned the hard way as most of us do.
Disclaimer: Everything I write about is from my OWN personal experience, I do not have any dietary professional training. Any advice you feel could be helpful I’m grateful,… but you have been warned.
My babes are carnivores, wheat & dairy eaters. Yup.. there I said it.
Soph is quite picky, texturally, consistency, and she sticks to what she likes. END OF STORY.
Hayden on the other hand eats like Soph, & like me. He will enjoy my trail mix, dried fruit, fruit, veggies & alternative baked goods.
My goal is to get as much GOODNESS (raw goodness) in them when I have them under my roof as possible. This task is not always an easy one, good thing I’m stubborn and motivated.
I have been involved with a cupboard of different types of flours, and I love that I have a choice.
I react to wheat.
Symptoms: Bloating, heaviness, tummy-aches, high yeast in body, influx in eczema, dry skin.
Wheat is in everything (I struggle avoiding it completely as if you read every label, wheat, dairy, and soy are in everything), so I embrace the kitchen and USE IT. Yes that thing that has a stove, a fridge, and a sink… it’s meant to be used, not just to heat or reheat…
Enter Pancakes. Like most my babes LOVE pancakes. It’s easy to buy the pre-made dry mix and just add milk/water.. but honestly it’s basic ingredients that should be in everything pantry, or in mine, alternative ingredients.
What most use- What I use
Wheat flour- Almond Flour, Brown Rice Flour
Sugar- Honey or Cinnamon
Baking Powder- Baking Powder (I honestly don’t know if there is an alternative)
Egg- 1 TBSP Chia Seeds + 3 TBSP warm water= Combine until thick
Oil- Apple Sauce (homemade) OR OMIT (Oil is not my friend)
Milk- Here is the tricky one, I have tried almond milk (not a fan in baking), regular yogurt (might as well use reg milk)… next on the list to try is Greek Yogurt, OR USE Banana(mashed)
Salt- Omit or be minimal
Why Do I need alternatives? Because who likes watching their kids eat wonderful fluffy pancakes and you can either kill yourself after you eat the regular ones, or you try your damnedest to create something you can ALL enjoy (without your littles knowing).
Now don’t take me for a parent who doesn’t allow their babes to enjoy a hotdog and juice box. I’m not that hardcore… but everything in moderation. Remember the days when you used to get a half a cup of something 1 day a week and you savored every single sip because you knew that was all you were getting. Try and bring that back.
REAL food CAN be extremely tasty, and if your babes push their plate away today, doesn’t mean they will tomorrow.
MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO.
Next in the test kitchen: Homemade “Chips” OVEN baked, not fried.