WE LOVE PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE SANDWICHES.
Yes, you read that right. CHOCOLATE. Go ahead and cringe, but then go compare the sugar content on your jelly jar and your chocolate syrup bottle and I think you might be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
So it happened one day when Princess asked, “Mommy, can I put chocolate syrup on my peanut butter sandwich instead of jelly?” (I think she was about 5 at the time.)
“No,” I replied (I mean, of course I did – what kind of mother am I?)
“No, I’m sorry, honey. You probably won’t like it and I don’t want to waste a sandwich, and it just doesn’t seem right anyway.”
And then Big Daddy adds: “Why not? You just don’t want to let her try it because YOU don’t think it will taste good. She might like it.”
Grrr, well when you put it that way… And then, between gritted teeth. “Okay, then, fine.” Besides, I rationalized to myself, it probably has less sugar anyway. (And in most cases, it does, since you don’t have to use very much.)
So about five minutes later I heard, “Mommy this is delicious!” And it’s been a favorite ever since. And for a girl who didn’t initially like peanut butter at all (or most other sources of protein besides chicken), well, hey – she’s eating peanut butter!
So now we have peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches quite often! And hey, guess what? … They’re REALLY good. 😀
Note: To add the chocolate, squirt about a tablespoon of syrup on the slice of bread and slowly smooth it around with a butter knife. If you add too much too fast or spread too fast it will spill over the sides and that’s just a waste of perfectly good chocolate. 😛 The bread does soak it up to some extent so you could add too much chocolate if you aren’t careful. Unless you want yours extra chocolately, in which case, go right ahead. 🙂
2nd Note: Yes, they do make a chocolate spread, Nutella, which we heard about after we started making these. However, for some reason, my kids didn’t like it. I will say this, it was thicker and harder to spread and much, much sweeter. I prefer the syrup too.
So I know that isn’t all that incredible but if you need your kids to eat more protein, it’s worth a shot! I’ve also used chocolate syrup to get my kids to drink more milk (just don’t add TOO much), eat more fruit (dip apple or banana slices in it – just limit the amount) and as an alternative to syrup on waffles – okay there is absolutely NOTHING healthy about that, but hey we were out of syrup! (My mom is cringing.) I’ve used peanut butter and chocolate mixed together on graham crackers, again to dip fruit in and shucks, I think the kids have even licked it off the spoon. My favorite? Chocolate syrup in my coffee. 😀
So there it is. The power of chocolate. It works for me!
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