Can I be real with you right now?
Social media and blogging do my life NO justice.
I’m a real mom, with real exhaustion and real issues just like everyone else.
We don’t live off of kale and elderberry syrup, my kids love cake and cookies and ice cream as much as every other kid I’ve had the honor of knowing, and we don’t eat 100% clean all day every day.
One reason being that I’m only human, and between recipe testing, working from home, homeschooling and caring for my own family 24/7, sometimes I just want to go to Chipotle.
The other reason being that I don’t want my children growing up to be orthorexic and guilt driven in regards to food. I want them to understand that food is meant to nourish and heal you, but it isn’t supposed to be this regimen that consumes every part of your life.
You can eat the cupcake and still love yourself, that’s part of being alive and abundantly blessed.
Donuts are trendy now, it’s okay to eat them, just be mindful you might struggle to control yourself in about 15 minutes. (A dialogue I often have with my very food sensitive 4 year old who has presented extreme symptoms of mixture of Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and Sensory Processing Disorder).
On that note, i also want them to be very mindful and aware of how certain foods make their body feel. We openly talk about this and we do it as often as opportunities present themselves. Every food impacts us differently so we learn about our own dietary intolerances and talk about ways to help our bodies thrive while still enjoying the foods we eat.
B A L A N C E, Warrior Mama, it’s so so important.
Restriction of fun foods is something I never recommend to my clients, but instead finding mindful ways to nourish through them without labeling them as “bad” and educating them about what ingredients we used, what they’re for and if they promote healthy cells or not.
This “birthday cake” oatmeal I’m about to share with you is fun yet nourishing treat that I love for kids, so long as your child is tolerant of organic grains. If not, substitute with quinoa or chia pudding!
This recipe is A LOT of fun with A LOT of nutrients mixed in.
BEWARE>> There’s actually food dye (the horror ) in this via the sprinkles, but they’re one of my son’s FAVORITE things and the metals in the food dye are in trace amounts with this quantity. Pick and choose your battles mamas!
HEALTHY BIRTHDAY CAKE OATMEAL
1 cup cooked Steel cut oats (Quinoa or Chia Pudding are great grain-free substitutions)
1/2 tsp maca powder for a wide range of vitamins and minerals
2 fresh,sweet strawberries bursting with enzymes and vitamin C
Dash of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 tsp REAL maple syrup
A pinch of stevia
Cook oats accordingly, mix in maca powder and sweetener, top with strawberries and sprinkles!
*I also add shredded coconut and chia seeds for added fiber and detox properties! Not all children can handle these textures though.