I graduated in Health Studies from university. So, I’ve been all about staying healthy from an early age.
I always thought that I would never give my child junk food like all the candies and crap that is given to kids during halloween.
Unfortunately, there can be disagreements between my wife and I when it comes to this. She says it’s only once a year. But, for me, it’s not just once a year. There are birthdays, Chinese New Year, parties at daycare, and other events that makes it seem like children are always given junk food.
And why do adults make the kids think all this junk food is a treat? It makes no sense to me. The food is filled with so much artificial crap, some of it is not really food to me. Food is grown. This stuff is made in a factory.
There is so much artificial colouring, flavouring, and preservatives in the “food” too. Why do adults make the kids think this stuff is a “treat”? And particularly at such a young age.
It makes me laugh when I hear or read lines like: “Be an adult” to someone else to imply to the other person to be mature or logical, or to be more orderly.
I mean, really, adults kill, rape, start wars, steal, brutally beat people, do human trafficking, and so on. Being an adult doesn’t really mean much to me – and there is especially not much weight to maturity, sensibility, or orderliness.
Anyways, I digress. The point of this post is about how I discovered a way to give my daughter “treats” without feeling bad about myself for giving her junk food.
I looked up how to make chocolate and I discovered it only takes 3 or 4 ingredients! Can you believe that? I couldn’t. Because when you look at most chocolate treats they are filled with so much junk, it’s very scary. I can’t believe it’s allowed to be given to kids.
Take Kit Kat for example:
Milk chocolate (sugar, modified milk ingredients, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whey powder, lactose, soya lecithin, polyglycerol polyricinoleate, natural flavour), wheat flour, sugar, modified palm oil, cocoa, sodium bicarbonate, soya lecithin, yeast, Natural Flavour.
Dark chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, milk ingredients, soya lecithin, salt, artificial flavour), wheat flour, sugar, modified palm oil, unsweetened chocolate or cocoa powder, sodium bicarbonate, soya lecithin, artificial flavour. May contain salt and/or yeast.
Seriously, reading the ingredients seems so ridiculous to me, I don’t really understand how people can give this stuff to their kids, even if it’s just “once a year”.
It just doesn’t make sense to call this a treat. Why would giving this crap to a kid be a treat??? To degrade their bodies at a young age is giving them a treat??? For who, the graveyard?
If you haven’t looked up how to make chocolate already, this is really all you need:
Just heat up the coconut oil, then pour in the cocoa, stir it until it’s smooth, add some honey and a teaspoon of vanilla, and you’re done.
It’s done in about 5 minutes!
I couldn’t believe how easy it is. And my daughter loves it. I can give her as much as she wants. I don’t, because I need to use it as leverage, but, I won’t feel bad giving her much more than the crap treats that are made by Nestle and other “food” manufacturers.
Now, I don’t need to compromise with my wife either. My wife is happy that I’m giving her a treat and not “depriving” her of kids treats, and I feel fine even if I give my daughter as much as she wants, which I still don’t.
Anyways, if you want to give your child a treat, homemade chocolate like the one I mentioned above is so good. And it really is a treat. The health benefits of each ingredient I listed above is actually a treat to your body.
Take cocoa, the main ingredient, for example. It has huge amounts of polyphenols which are anti-oxidants and are good for lowering blood pressure, lowering blood cholesterol, and lowering inflammation.
It also may help reduce cancer, promote skin health, manage diabetes, and so many other health benefits.
Coconut oil is the second largest ingredient in making chocolate and it has health benefits such as potentially helping you manage weight, kill harmful bacteria and viruses, protect your skin and hair, increase your good cholesterol, promote healthy heart health, and possibly aid in reducing seizures and Alzheimer’s disease. Now, that’s a treat.
The third largest ingredient is honey. And honey has anti-oxidants that are good for your health including to help your blood cholesterol, heart health, healing wounds, and managing coughs. Once again, this is what I call a treat.
So, as you can see, giving homemade chocolate to your child can be a treat, especially compared to giving the popular treats like Kit Kat or Smarties.
Not only are you truly helping them grow and nourish their bodies, I do feel good about myself that I made the food for my daughter. And she does a happy dance everytime I give her my homemade chocolate.
Now, my next fatherly task is to look at how to make other junk foods myself so that she’s eating more healthy and I don’t have to “deprive” her.