passionate about healthy food and helping my kids make wise decisions about food. My kindergartener's class does snacks at noon since their lunch is at 10:30, but I'm not really crazy about letting him eat the snacks because they're not really what I'd choose for my kids. But we also want to equip Samuel to make good decisions for himself and not just dictate to him what to eat blindly.
So what we've been doing lately is sending Samuel to school with a snack and telling him that he is allowed to choose between my snack or the provided snack. If he chooses the provided snack, however, that will count as one of his desserts for the week (we allow two usually), depending on what it is, of course. (Yesterday they had applesauce, and that didn't count.) And we tell him that it may not be worth it, because when we have desserts at home they're homemade by Mama and much yummier. (What? They are. For reals, yo.)
So the other day the snack was Oreo cookies, one of Samuel's favorites. But after school he told me that he chose to eat the apples or whatever it was that I sent with him instead. Then he looked up at me with the sweetest little face ever and said, "Mommy, do you think we could make some Oreo cookies at home?"
Oh.My.Gosh. Of course we can! How proud can a mommy be?! He gets it!!! He gets it!!! He gets it!!!! I was overcome with pride.
We made them this afternoon using this recipe from Smitten Kitchen (the same place I got the recipe for homemade Goldfish crackers). Mine didn't come out as pretty as hers, but next time they will! (For the record, I used coconut oil instead of shortening, and it was great!)
Can you tell I'm happy about this. FTW!!!