Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject with a group of 8-10 year old girls. A local mom saw me on Fox News Rising and contacted me about talking to her daughter’s girl scout troop. How could I say no? After all, Troop Beverly Hills is one of my favorite movies.
But first… what I ate Wednesday…
Green tea and banana.
Two egg omelet with peppers, onions and Jack’s salsa. Half a grapefruit on the side.
In the morning I hit the gym and did this circuit by Jen and biked for 20 minutes or so.
Simple salad with lettuce from outside my porch(!), carrots, peppers, onions and Newman’s Balsamic dressing. Turkey and chipotle gouda on Ezekiel bread with avocado and spicy mustard.
As Hailey napped, I got to work in the kitchen experimenting making Chocomole for the girls.
I sipped decaf and came up with an easy combination-
4 ripe avocados
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey (more or less depending on taste preference)
*optional- splash of milk (1-2 Tbsp)
It looked creamy and tasted pretty good. I say pretty good because I don’t think I could eat an entire bowl straight and pretend it was real chocolate pudding, but it was sweet and smooth and ready for tasting.
My 19 month old approved! Hailey ate about 12 finger licks, demanding more after each lick.
The meeting was an hour away, so I snagged an early makeshift dinner before taking off.
Carrots, hummus and leftover spaghetti with whole wheat noodles.
Not long after setting up, it was time to get going. Some parents were concerned the girls wouldn’t try anything once they saw what was going into the snacks, but my whole mission was to open their eyes to more adventurous snacks, so with caution, I moved forward.
I am used to feeding a toddler, so a gaggle of girls was a new challenge. Most had favorite vegetables, but there was one who seemed to dislike all food unless it was ribs or ketchup.
I started by making the smoothie sans spinach. The girls tried it and really liked it. Then, I let them watch me pull out a handful of spinach and blend it into the smoothie. Gagging, eww-ing and shrieking ensued. I challenged them to be adventurous and try the, now green, smoothie. Most of them obliged, which impressed me. They were split half and half on who said they could taste a difference.
The kale chips weren’t a big hit- not surprisingly because I actually agreed they weren’t great. I had to buy premade ones, which aren’t nearly as delicious as homemade. The dried mango, however, was devoured.
The smoothie went over pretty well and the ranch dip was a HUGE success.
The girls gobbled up cucumbers, carrots and red peppers and even asked for more.
Finally, it was chocomole time.
Everyone was so excited about dipping the strawberries in the chocolate that I didn’t even have time to add the sprinkles, which I brought for a little added fun. One by one the girls devoured the strawberries dipped in chocolate pudding, asking for more. Once everyone had tried it and agreed unanimously how delicious it was, I revealed the secret ingredient—— the avocado.
Total melt down. I’m talking falling over, pretend gagging, screaming and laughing.
There were a few who sincerely seemed interested in trying the recipes at home and a few who sincerely looked like that wanted to hurt me for tricking them into eating avocado. Overall, though, the evening was a lot of fun and the girls earned their snack badges.
I earned cookies
At what age to you think a child is the pickiest?