No More Chocolate for You! A Simple & Healthy Easter Brunch Option
Apr 13, 2017
As I am writing this I just polished off four Reese’s eggs. They were in the back of a closet in a grocery bag knotted twice as a self-imposed deterrent. I waited until the last minute to purchase Easter basket candy for this very reason. I have good intentions every year, and every year the kids don’t get Reese’s in their baskets because I eat them. It is what it is.
My point: this time of year we are inundated with sweets. My goal this week was to find a family friendly Easter brunch dish to counter the high consumption of chocolate, jelly beans and Cadbury eggs. In addition to being a crowd pleaser, it is also packed with fruits and vegetables and makes a healthy snack.
So put down the peeps and check out Fruit & Veggie Sheet Pan Pancakes!
This is pretty easy to prepare and does not require any odd spices or hard to find ingredients. After grating the carrots and zucchini I thought I might need to shred them into smaller pieces to further disguise the addition of vegetables. It turns out, my kids did not even notice, so I would suggest not spending too much time on this the first go around and just see if your picky eaters even notice or care about the veggie addition.
I was pretty happy with the finished product. If following the recipe exactly the pancake bars are not very thick. The next time I make this I am going to double the recipe for a thicker bar result. If you want something light, you can just prepare as the recipe recommends.
Family Dinner Progress Report: a few months into this blog journey I am noticing a shift in the kids’ reaction to the food that I make. Both of them resist foods that are mixed together. When I prepared this dish I was really happy to see that my oldest son didn’t even question it and tried it without complaint. This is progress. In the past when I was tired it was really easy to give in and just make what I knew they would eat. I’m finding the more I venture out of their comfort zone the easier this process is becoming over time.
I’m finally getting to the point where I am focusing on the long-term goal and not just the easy fix of the moment. Our pizza intake has declined and our fresh foods consumption is up. As you read this blog each week and look for new ways to find meal solutions for your family, know that the consistency pays off. Even if you are only able to be consistent one day a week, it will make a difference in your family’s eating habits and lead to an improved evening routine for everyone.
I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend. I wish you warm weather, big smiles, belly laughs and time to just enjoy the moment. For me, I feel my children’s childhoods slipping through my fingers and I treasure these times. Next year, my son may not come to the same logical conclusion that the Easter Bunny is a hybrid rabbit/human who reports to Santa in the North Pole. So I will enjoy today: the snuggles, chocolate and grass stained Easter outfits, and the glee of finding an Easter egg in the tree.
A Marketing Mom Striving to get out of the Fast Food Lane and into the Grocery Aisle