I always thought I was a strong individual.
Strong both physically and mentally. Shoot, 6 months ago I delivered a kid without an epidural. (Not by choice. It’s important that I put that there.) And my husband jumped right back into working 14 hour days while I manned 2 kids under 2. One being a really, really needy crybaby newborn. (I’m his mom. I can say that.)
The point is … I’ve got a hypothetical “pair” if you will.
Well, here I am going about life and raising kids and a husband. Sending my hot Marine off to work each day whilst I man the home front. I take care of the children, clean up the house, do some projects here and there, bake, cook, kiss booboos, chase children who refuse to get dressed, feed a bottle here or there. But then one night, about three weeks ago, my sweet, adorable 21 month old went to bed. And then she woke up …
AS A TWO YEAR OLD.
Lawd help me. Day after day after day I question my sanity. I wonder if there’s something wrong with my parenting. This strong, independent woman has been defeated by a blonde hair blue eyed monster.
Each morning I sit next to her and I eat my oatmeal or whatever else I have the time to shove down my face, and I beg and plead with her to take one more bite. “Just one more bite.” I’ve tried it all. And I keep coming back to a saying that our pediatrician always told our mom when we were growing up, “Kids don’t starve themselves. They eat when they’re hungry, and they won’t when they aren’t.” So … I pressed on. But I still presented her with food each morning and tried to get her to eat at least a few bites.
But again I’m dealing with a
monster toddler so needless to say my efforts weren’t fruitful.
Lo and behold we get this gig working with Alphabits cereal and my husband, the all brilliant one, decided I should try something in the breakfast category. Afterall, Alphabits ARE breakfast food. Plus they were on my mom’s (and now mine) list of approved cereals growing up. Why? Because cereal has A LOT of sugar in it and lacks many essential nutrients that kiddos need. Alphabits is low in sugar and has a good dose of the “healthy stuff” to power your kiddos through the morning.
By the way … Have you ever seen a toddler hopped up on sugar? Well, let me tell ya, not a good time. So if this little girl is eating cereal she’s eating something like Alphabits so we don’t have a sugar high followed by an even worse sugar crash!
Moms, Dads … Raise your hand if you’ve (unsuccessfully) attempted to give your toddler cereal? With milk? Anyone? Crickets … I must be a moron. Or desperate. So after much debate I did land on making breakfast bites. Only I had to make them so my toddler would actually eat them. That meant pulling out the big guns. And by big guns I mean … All the things she loves.
1) Cereal (Alphabits)
2) Peanut Butter
4) Dark chocolate (I know, I know. Just keep reading.)
I present …
These are no-bake. They’re super easy. They’re packed with healthy stuff ON TOP of the healthy stuff found within the Alphabits cereal. And your toddler will hopefully eat them.
Don’t be afraid of mixing peanut butter and pumpkin. It’s a match made in heaven. I assure you. Just trust me.
And if your toddler eats them come back and tell me. We can hold each other and cry together in our small victory.
Oh and when you go to purchase your Alphabits make sure you take this COUPON with you!
Well, I’m off friends! I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving full of safe travels and delicious food. I have much to be thankful for this year, and I hope that you do as well! Thanks for reading today. And thank you to Sverve for inviting us to work with you!
BREAKFAST BITES W/ ALPHABITS
*makes 13-15 bites
2 cups Alphabits cereal
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seed
3/4 cup peanut butter, melted
1/2 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dark chocolate, melted
1) In large bowl mix cereal, old-fashioned oats, coconut, cranberries, flax, and chia.
2) In a separate bowl mix melted peanut butter, sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree. Mix well.
3) Pour liquid mixture over ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
4) Portion with a cookie scoop (I used a 3 tablespoon scoop) and roll firmly in your palm. These require firm pressure in order to maintain their shape.
5) Spoon a small amount of dark chocolate (about the size of a nickel) onto parchment and place your rolled bite on top. This will help hold the bite together, add a little extra yumminess, and will save you from having to dip! Allow these to set up and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
***The Domestic Four is being compensated by Sverve for our time in creating this recipe and subsequent blog post. All opinions are our own.***