My taste tests for December have all been about one thing: moderation. With the holidays around the corner, I know treats are going to be everywhere and my kids know it too. When I asked them what foods they eat at Christmas time, I got a lot of: Sugar cookies with sprinkles on top! Gingerbread! Candy Canes! And even one SUGAR!!!!
Don’t get me wrong – I love sweets as much as the next girl, but I think it’s important to teach my students about self-control and eating treats sparingly. Enter “Sometimes” and “Everyday” Foods. I don’t want to teach kids that they should feel bad about eating Christmas cookies, but I do want them to understand that sugar doesn’t help our brains or our bodies grow, so things like cookies and candy canes are a “Sometimes” food – a food they shouldn’t eat every day.
To get my students up and moving, and thinking more about “Sometimes” foods, I gave every child a food card with either a fruit, vegetable, or sweet on it. If their card was an “Everyday” food, we jumped as high as we could, if it was a “Sometimes” food we squatted down.
Then, to follow up our lesson, we made a treat that’s a little bit healthier: granola bites.
Kid’s seemed to really enjoy them! Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to make them at home as a healthier Christmas treat:
Granola Bites (Makes 30)
½ C Brown Rice Syrup
½ C Peanut Butter or Nut Butter Alternative
1 ½ C Granola
1 C Puffed Rice Cereal
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
In a microwave safe container, add peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Microwave for 1 minute then stir to combine
Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir to combine, then form 1 inch balls with mixture (a tablespoon works well for this)