It started about one year ago and we noticed our daughter having lack of endurance.
So let’s starts with, when I was pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 30 weeks and delivered my daughter at 38.5 weeks. Which left me doing meal tracking, dietician appointments for education, check ups, insulin every single night before bed, walks up 3 flights of stairs 3 times a day and pricking my fingers 4 times a day to monitor my sugar levels.
When I delivered my daughter they educated me on the chances and risk of becoming diabetic later on in my life or any time in Gracies.
I did not worry too much and just continued on with life as a new mom.
Here we are almost 4 years later and noticing that as she is getting older, her endurance is not growing with her like we THINK it should be. Now this is not some serious means for concern as she is a toddler and they are all over the place. But we also don’t want to be parents that neglect something that may need attention.
Just so happens this week we plan to take her in and have her sugar levels tested. Cover our bases and go from there.
We don’t believe in medicine outside of insulin if she needed it, but we aren’t worried about that being an issue. We are actually on the road to considering it being a REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA. Which is hard to diagnose in kids from our understanding, but again she has all of the symptoms.
We won’t self diagnose, which is why the doctor visit is coming and we are definitely looking forward to hearing what the pediatrician does say or if we even need to be concerned. I will be sure to keep you posted on her and what happens.
So lately I have been reading my butt off about all sorts of things that pertain to toddler foods and proper nutrition. Ideas on how to cook and snacks to make. Since we are a vegan/plant based family and I am completely dairy intolerant, we have some specific pallet eaters.
My daughter is VERY picky as I am sure a lot of other toddlers are also. It always seems to be one thing only keeping me from a successful meal or snack. She will even be on a total kick of let’s say, apples and peanut butter. So I go and stock up on what’s needed and different kinds just for her to be over it in a week. I’m learning. Ha.
Well these little bars I literally just whipped up and I measured nothing. However I am confident by explaining you can nail this recipe and even dress it up if you want!
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 2.5 cups Rice Krispies
- 1.5 cups Dark chocolate morsels or chips
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond milk or milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup Peanut butter
- Chocolate Protein/meal powder (I used Beachbody’s chocolate meal replacement powder with 16g protein per scoop and used 1/2 of one scoop since they are for a toddler)
I am guessing on those measurements by my eye. Just like I had mentioned I didn’t actually measure originally.
How to make the bars:
- Get a large bowl and pour your Rice Krispies into it. Set aside.
- Melt your chocolate/peanut butter in a double boiler. You can place a small pot inside another with water and melt the mix this way. I do not suggest the microwave.
- Stir frequently as mixture melts.
- Once the mixture is melted, add in your milk and protein/meal powder. Mix and combine well.
- Pour your melted mixture over the Rice Krispies and fold together. I used a silicone spatula.
- Once full mixed and combined, lay and press into a large glass/metal baking dish. ANY SIZE. It’s up to you how thick you want them. The thicker they are the longer you freeze them.
- Top with coconut flakes or whatever you’d like. Chia seeds, hemp hearts or even drizzle more peanut butter on top.
- Freeze for one 1-2 hours or until hard. Cut with buttered knife for easy slicing. Keep refrigerated for better keep or on counter top for up to 2 weeks.
TODDLER AND VEGAN APPROVED.