My three year old son calls granola bars, "golden bars." Hence, these babies.
I am currently inspired to try more grain free baking and dishes. I have nothing against grains... I like grains actually, but I am feeling that they may be causing us a little bit of harm. Specifically milled and baked grains.
Since the moment my daughter entered this world, she has been a busy body. When she was an infant we bounced her on an exercise ball in a full swaddle while shushing loudly to calm her down (it was exhausting). As she grew a little older, she continued to be demanding, specifically of how we carried her around: always forward facing. My sister in law said it perfectly, "she uses adults as a vehicle to get around." True story.
I've always put this to her temperament. However, this year, in grade one, she is having difficulty focusing and sitting still. And her amazing teacher doesn't require them to sit still for long periods of time either, but the time she's required to focus is challenging. I am not surprised by this at all.
So instead of panicking, I am looking at her diet and her internal eco-system. That's right, her gut and bacteria. Now, I don't think this all has to do with her diet, I do believe that part of it has to do with being at school full days, feeling mentally tired and of course, just being a busy little person.
The easiest place for me to start is with her diet. She of course eats well at home, isn't exposed to much junk food but the ONE thing that started screaming at me was 'grains.'
My daughter is a carb-aholic.
This kid LOVES carbs more than anything else on the planet. It's all she would eat if I let her. And just to verify, she doesn't eat processed grains except for baking that I put in her lunch. So it's time to change it up and start experimenting.
Grains can feed brain fog, poor concentration and can screw around with your blood sugar levels. All things I believe to be contributing to Story's success at school. So instead of grains, it's time to double up on brain food: F A T. Plain and simple.
Protein is also a factor as it's really important in keeping a balanced blood sugar, but fat is fuel for the brain. Why? Because the brain is made of fat. Actually every cell in our body is made of fat. Deprive it of fat, especially in child hood, and it's going to be an obstacle in optimal development. Basically, the brain needs fat to function properly.
Another consideration is that protein and fat are grounding, meaning they keep us here, focused and can slow us down. Whereas raw foods and grains, can be uplifting, giving us energy. And trust me when I say, my daughter is not short of energy. Like ever.
As for her eco-system, fat and protein will not feed any unhealthy bacteria that may be lying around looking for food. Unhealthy bacteria feed on sugar and grains as they turn into sugar in the body, hence perfect bad, unwanted bacteria food.
Time to feed her brain and keep her grounded, especially at breakfast and at school with high fat treats that she will eat. That's key... she needs to eat it. So we made these golden bars, and yup, she loved them.
The golden bars are full of fat and protein. They are also sweet, chewy and... basically so delicious that you should probably make a double batch as they wont last long. This single batch lasted us less than 24 hours. And my husband wasn't even around the partake in the guilt free indulgence.
- 1 medium apple, cored and chopped
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup nut or seed butter (or mixture of many!)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips ( I used Krisda Stevia Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)
- Shredded coconut for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a high speed blender, blend an apple, pure maple syrup and nut butter until smooth and creamy.
- In a large bowl, transfer the wet ingredients. Add almond flour, shredded coconut, chia seeds and baking powder. Mix together. Add chocolate chips and mix until even they are evenly distributed.
- Transfer batter to the baking sheet and top with shredded coconut. Bake for 25 minutes, until edges are a golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting... that is if you can wait that long!
I would love to hear from you. Do you feel like your child needs more fat in their diet?