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A Day in the Life: Making Healthy Desserts

As a mother of three, no day is even remotely the same, unless you count the usual basics like cooking a meal, mending a sock, soothing a sore throat, being an advice-giver or being the best possible audience for all the wild stories my youngest son comes up with. The rest is always changing and never dull, so I can’t complain that I will ever be bored in the foreseeable future.

However, there are some routines in our lives that I always enjoy, like our watching a movie together on Friday nights, or going to the park on weekend afternoons when the weather allows it. In my town, it’s usually quite windy, so I always make sure the kids have their windbreaker jackets on, unless it’s summer. They hate being overdressed, but I hate having them catch colds, so as a parent you can never be too careful.

The other day, my eldest son complained about a toothache. This was the first time he has ever had a toothache and he was so upset. Tears on his cheeks, he was crying so loud and I was doing my best to soothe him, telling him that he was going to be ok. And so there we were, my son obviously in pain, but as he was crying, he was simultaneously asking for chocolate! Can you believe it? It was hilarious, but nonetheless, this was a serious matter. I almost immediately knew that I had to handle this with caution, as he’s always been afraid of doctors. I thought, how was I supposed to prepare him for his first visit to the dentist, and more importantly, how was I going to get him and his brother and sister to eat less sugary sweets?

So, I figured I’ll have to be crafty and sneak in a healthier dessert every once in a while. However, organic food can be a little pricey, and when you’re a mom of three, you have to abide by the budget you have. Of course, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy nice things, like the Hamilton watch I got for my husband last Christmas. But there are so many great recipes out there, you just have to find the one that matches your taste buds and your bank account.

I experimented with making a few these past few days, but the one that stood out the most was a simple recipe for chocolate energy balls that the kids actually really liked, and both my husband and I really enjoyed, and it comes together so quickly! You need equal amounts (in cups) of raisins and sesame seeds, and about a third of that amount of cacao powder. Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth, then shape into palm-sized balls and voila! The kids could never tell what was in it and even asked for seconds!

In the end, the scary dentist appointment went well and now I’m hoping my secret weapon will prevent any future upsetting toothaches!