Often in society there is a natural progression towards an 80/20 Rule. In business, 80% of your time is spent serving 20% of your customers. 80% of capital is owned by 20% of the population. In class, the teacher spends 80% of his or her time with about 20% of the children.
Well, the good news is, it works with food and nutrition too! Eighty percent of all food your child eats should be nutrient dense and deliver health, mind, and emotional benefit. Twenty percent should be just plain old fun!
Honestly, if your child only eat salads, sure they can be delightful, but your child will not remain vigilant if there are no treats whatsoever. They WILL cheat. They will get food from the kids at school, the neighbours’ house, their friends’ houses. They are clever and resourceful when it comes to food and getting what they want.
While staying away from your child’s personal no-no foods according to the elimination diet or the ART testing, try a treat here and there. I personally love to make black bean brownies. They taste decadent and rich, but they have no added sugar. They are sweetened with dates! The kids have no idea! Honestly, most of my adult guests do not know or suspect either!
Peanut butter or almond cookies are a great treat, as long as your child is not sensitive to peanuts, almonds, egg, or raw organic cane sugar.
Mix one cup of organic unsweetened nut butter, one grass fed egg, and 1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar. Spoon onto parchment paper in dollops of 1 tbsp, and bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack. (I love the easy recipes!)
Yes, there is a small bit of unprocessed sugar here, but it is our 20%. I have tried to substitute raw honey, or xylitol, but the end result was flat and not as delicious. If anyone has better success with a healthier sweetener, please comment below. In our house, we keep organic raw cane sugar for the occasional peanut butter cookie, hummingbird food, and for fermenting the kombucha, as the bacteria need sugar as a food source.
Homemade fruit rollups are wonderful too! Blend fruit in a vitamix, lay out on silicone mat, bake as low as oven will go for 4-6 hours! Cut and roll up in a bit of unbleached parchment paper. I like to tie a pretty ribbon or string around the roll up. Makes it more special.
Homemade cacao can be nutritious and serve as a delicious treat! I use chaga tea as my base, real cacao (superfood), chia seeds (superfood), raw honey (superfood), and cashews in the vitamix. Creamy and oh so good!
If we keep the amounts of treats (glycemic index relatively high) to a minimum 20%, it might serve as a nice as a treat after a healthy stir fry or dairy free zucchini lasagna.
When planning out your meals, exclude all known allergens, but add in a treat here and there. Your child will more likely remain happy on the nutrient rich diet you give and reap incredible benefits, both mentally and physically.
Allowing a treat now and again can certainly help your child be happy and…