I recently read a post about being an “anti-goldfish mama” and I totally get it! A few months ago our toddler went through a phase where she wanted to eat nothing but crackers. She didn’t limit herself to just Goldfish Crackers, but it was one of our options in the cabinet. In order to combat this almost two-week phase we had to remove all crackers from the house. So began a very challenging two weeks!
In the beginning she would pick at two of her meals, eat a decant amount of the third, and want nothing to do with her bedtime snack. For me, it was a particularly challenging time, as I worry heavily about her nutrition. The thought of giving into her at times crossed my mind because I was concerned that she wasn’t getting enough to eat. Then I quickly remembered that crackers hold NO nutritional value. Caving would have demonstrated two things I have been working hard to combat as a parent.
- If I hold out long enough, eventually Mom will cave and give me what I want. (This can apply to so many things in a the mind of a toddler and I didn’t want to start that battle.)
- I don’t need to eat health. (For me this is huge! I really want our daughter and future children to understand the importance of nutrition and how it fueling our bodies.)
My only option with all those thoughts in mind was to continue our strike on crackers! So with some tantrums and shed tears from both my daughter and myself, we stayed the course and made it through. The moment she left the cracker phase was a true relief. She was finally indulging in all her meals again!
After an experience like this you’re probably expecting me to say, ”We no longer give her crackers.” Well, I am here to tell you that simply is not the case. Yes, after my experience I can understand complete why someone would be “anti-goldfish.” While they hold no nutritional value, they still have a place. For us, it’s that extra special treat during Sunday morning service!
For all of you mamas shaking your heads – just wait, there is another option. One night while pinning meals and snacks for my toddler I came across a healthy cracker recipe. I have used it many times and it’s a great recipe! But I have to be honest – it is time CONSUMING! It takes me about 2 hours from start to finish, but it does makes over two hundred crackers. This can last us a few weeks, which is so worth it!
I don’t have a small, cracker sized cookie cutter as the recipe recommends. At first, I just pulled the dough apart! Don’t do that, it takes way too long!! Instead, I now use the collar piece of a piping bag. So if you don’t have a small cookie cutter, I suggest using whatever you have around the house.
You may notice from the photos that my crackers have a green tint to them. My secret ingredient – SPINACH! If you were in my kitchen right now helping me bake recipes for my toddler, the one thing you would notice is that all the pancakes, muffins, waffles, smoothies, etc. are GREEN! Spinach is one of those great vegetables that has no flavor, so it won’t alter the taste of what you’re preparing. It’s a great way to sneak in those veggies for your on the go toddlers!
What is your child’s go to snack?
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