Yesterday Gage got out of bed at 3am and woke us up to ask if he could watch TV and have a snack. And when the obvious answer of “nope” became apparent, he threw an epic screaming and kicking fit behind his closed bedroom door. In the same room baby Paul sleeps in. At three AM in the morning.
Sometime just shy of 6am he got up again and instead of asking for permission to watch TV and have a snack at 5:47am, he learned from his previous foolishness from a couple hours ago and went directly downstairs to help himself to whatever he found in the pantry, which happened to be a whole bag of chips and multiple granola bars.
I only know this because he left a trail of wrappers from the kitchen to the basement TV.
You guys, my kids are weird about food. They never want to eat meals, only wanting snacks. Sometimes when I’m really exhausted from the day (always!) I tell them we’re having a “snack” dinner. Snack dinner is the same as non-snack dinners. Only I use the word “snack” in front of dinner.
And according to 4 out of the 6 members of my family, my cooking really doesn’t taste very good. Snacks are great, main courses are disgusting.
But behind all my apparent crappy cooking, a mind game is being played out on the plates of my four children. See that main course compartment of the plate? That’s called the nope zone. I could probably put a piece of cake in the nope zone, and it would go untouched. Because main courses are nasty.
They also won’t eat veggies or any type of starch not covered in cheese. But yesterday I had made popsicles during the day, and the kids knew it. I promised if they ate their whole meal, they each could have one after dinner.
IF THEY FINISHED THEIR WHOLE PLATE. (including the nope zone, which had held a non-spicy pulled pork taco.)
Piper ate her whole meal (she’s my best eater by far). Nola ate her whole meal after 90 minutes of me telling her to “take another bite”. Gage refused to eat any of his dinner (and didn’t get a popsicle), and baby Paul didn’t eat much either but since he’s a baby I gave him a popsicle anyway. Because neeked babies eating popsicles are adorable.
But don’t think it was any popsicle. Oh no way. It was a kale popsicle.
“mommy why is the popsicle green?”
“never mind, don’t ask questions, just keep licking…you’re starting to make a sticky mess”
Pineapple Kale Frozen Yogurt Popsicles:
(all my quantities are complete estimates, which is totally cool in the popsicle world, you can’t screw it up, I promise.)
- a hearty bunch of kale.
- a couple cups of pineapple. (I use the frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s)
- a cup-ish of plain whole-fat yogurt.
- 3-4 tablespoons of honey.
Throw all ingredients into the blender, and puree until smooth.
The key is to puree the mixture super good. I’m fortunate enough to have a Vitamix, but a standard blender works really well too, just turn it on high and let it go for a few minutes, until you see no “bits” of kale.
Pour mixture into molds (absolutely any mold will do, although the Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds are my fav. They’re a great size for little mouths, and can be frozen just one at a time if desired. )
Go ahead, create dessert out of those veggies. And beat the nope zone once and for all…