the story of the R bar.
My little Ez James is 4 1/2 (don’t forget the 1/2, if you are talking to him) now. When he was about 2, his favorite snack became those Quaker Oats Granola Bars. They were cheap, easy to have on hand and in the car, and he could eat them on his own with little to no supervision. I actually put them in a container on a lower shelf, so he could grab one whenever he felt hungry. He was pretty self-sufficient once he got out of the crib.
This child, with a large vocabulary, couldn’t manage to say granola correctly though. It actually sounded like “arl” bar for a very long time. It is now just “R” bar, and my little 1 year old calls them the exact same!
i ruined their lives
Once I began my personal journey to food freedom, all the food in the house became suspect, and these were one of them. These favorite snacks are just okay. They are filled with ingredients I wish they weren’t. I have tried all of the organic, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30 options, and none of them meet what my boys crave in these things.
So I set out to make them something super clean, but mainly delicious, so they would beg for them too. My mentality for feeding kids, especially this young, is they are going to ask for food when they are hungry. My boys eat ALOT. I mean breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack…it never ends. I try to feed them more at meal times, and that hasn’t changed anything. So if they are going to snack, we are going to have delicious and nutritious options.
One time, to test a theory of him just wanting to eat sweets, I told Ezekiel we only had roasted broccoli left. He said, okay! So there he sat, at 7:45 pm (past his bedtime), eating roasted broccoli for a snack because “his tummy was growly.”
These are going to be perfect for a breakfast when you are running out the door, snack time, school lunches (right around the corner!), and even for your friends and significant others. My husband loves them, and consequently everyone he shared them with at his office too! They aren’t as cheap as a $2 box of quaker oat bars, but they are totally worth it in taste and nutritional value, and I bet your kids will think so too.