“Teet, Teet.”  Even my 2 year old knows how to ask for a treat.  My five year old?  He is fully aware that cookies, ice cream and candy are the jewels of his culinary adventure and he starts working deals for them as soon as he gets out of bed.

Eli:  “If I eat my breakfast, can I have a treat?”

Me:  “No, probably not right after breakfast.” (insert patience and love)

After breakfast.

Eli:  “Can I have a candy cane?”

Me:  “No, you can have 1 treat after lunch if you are good between now and then.”

Eli:   (insert drama)  “Ahhhhh mooooommmmm, after lunch is tooooo loooonnng away.  Can’t I just have a li-tt-le bit? ”

Me:  “No you can’t.”  (insert slight irritation)

Eli:  Trying to be diplomatic.  “You know I don’t mean all of the candy canes?  Just maybe a little teeny bit of one.”

Me:  “Yes, Eli.  I am fully aware of what you meant.  And the answer is still the same.  Please go play and quit asking me about this.”

Lunch time.

Eli:  “So, if I eat my lunch, can I have a treat?”

Me:  “Yes, you can have a treat.”

Eli:  “How many can I have?”

Me:  (here we go…) “One.”

Eli:  (insert drama)  “Oooonnnnlllllly one?  Why only 1?  Is Emme going to get more than one?  Why is Emme going to get more than me?”

Me:  “Eli, Emme will not have more than one.  And one is enough.  That’s why only 1.”

Dinner time.

Eli:  “Are we going to have treats after dinner?”  AHHHHHHHH!  Seriously?  Did I feed him crack accidentally?  Because this is a daily occurrence.  Yes, I know my parenting skills need to sharpen slightly but it also shows how addicting sugar is.

I actually try not to be too rigid because I don’t want them to be the children that are so deprived of treats that they start hording them when they are older, but I also am not going to let them eat as much as they want.  Seriously, I think there should be a TA for children.  Treats Anonymous.  They could all sit in there and discuss how much they love candy and cookies and how they cannot figure out why they are not allowed to eat them at every meal, how they dream about them and the different ways they try to finagle a few extra in each day.

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Alas….I am forever in search of better options for treats.  Surely there are some healthy treats that taste good, but won’t send their blood sugar through the roof or at a minimum have good ingredients that provide some nourishment?  (And no, the egg in cake and cookies does not count).

So, today I am actually introducing you to one of my favorite blogs, PinchofYum.com.  This is probably my favorite food blog by far!  Take a gander, I think you will enjoy not only her recipes but their humor as well.   As much as I would like to claim these delicious recipes as my own, they belong to a much more accomplished blogger.  But, I do think you will really enjoy them.

Specifically, I made 3 of their Healthy Holiday Treats and took them to my running group.   Now, before you think runners will always like healthier options, this is absolutely not true.  We all love our sweets and given the choice, most will choose the decadent option over the healthy, runner or not.  BUT to my amazement, ALL 3 of these healthy treats holiday treats were devoured.

So, if you are wondering what you can make for the holidays AND not feel super guilty BUT also feel a bit decadent, these should do the trick.  It just goes to show you that healthy can taste good.  I even, wait for it…..let Eli and Emme eat one of the Salted Chocolate bars for BREAKFAST.

If you want to make all three, here is your shopping list:

  1. Coconut oil:  You can find this in the health section of most grocery and you can also start using it in the place of butter.  Its a little pricy but lasts a long time.
  2. Natural peanut butter
  3. Dessicated coconut:  I actually have no idea what that is, nor was I going to travel to multiple grocery stores to get it.  I used natural, unsweetened coconut that you can find in most grocery stores.
  4. Dark chocolate chips:  two bags if you are making all three recipes
  5. Honey or pure maple syrup
  6. Whole oats
  7. 1 cup almonds or pecans
  8. Raisins
  9. Whole dates:  Look at the ingredients.  It should say “dates,” not “dates, sugar, blah, blah, blah.”  You want real, plain, natural dates.  They don’t actually have to be whole, but those are the ones I found that did not have the “sugar, blah, blah, blah” in them.
  10. Vanilla

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites (AKA just like a Mounds candy bar!)

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls (AKA healthy version of Buckeyes)

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Healthy Sea Salt Chocolate Bars

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Merry Healthy Christmas!

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