Being a parent is a tough job. Setting rules, help your children become well rounded and limiting bad behaviors can be grey area. In our house, we LOVE electronics. TV, video games, and tablets are everyone’s go to activity when they have free time, but its up to the parents to decided when too much is too much.
My eldest son has ADHD and one of the traits that comes along with his personality is addictive behavior. It began with video games. The tantrums, the behaviors and the actions that would occur after a session lead to its disappearance. Just when I thought we were on the right track (limited gaming as a reward), his addiction moved on to another task; TV.
As a parent, you hate taking away an activity that brings your child so much enjoyment, but when they become uncommunicative zombies, its time to interfere. With three children, I can’t very well take away TV from one and not all, so I had a trial run last week. I made a decision that nobody would watch TV during the week days. It is a common rule among many friends, so I hoped it would inspire new hobbies and likes.
The week started off rough with tantrums and misbehavior. Nobody liked the idea of finding something ‘else’ to do. Quickly, they learned time moved very slowly when they choose pouting over productiveness. Crafts, colouring and drawing were a few of the activities they indulged in, but by far my favourite was baking!
From cookies with frosting to cupcakes to fudge, the kids had fun researching a recipe and trying to recreate it themselves. I must admit that participating on the sidelines was tough, especially when I knew that I couldn’t enjoy any of the fruits of their labor. When my son had me pull out an old family recipe for macaroons, I realized they could easily be adapted to a gluten free/keto recipe! The heavens opened and this keto struggling mom was given her just dessert!
Keto Friendly Macaroons #GF
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp of sweetener (I used granulated Truvia)
- 3/4 cups of almond flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of melted butter, but not hot
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups coconut
- 2 tbsp baking cocoa
1.. Beat eggs until nice and foamy
2.. Add sugar to egg mixture and beat until thick and fluffy
3.. Add almond flour and baking power. Fold into mixture.
4.. Stir in cinnamon, butter, vanilla and coconut until well combined.
5.. Separate the mixture in half. Add baking cocoa to one half and mix.
6.. Scoop out 1/2 a tsp of each mixture (cinnamon and chocolate) and place side by side on a baking sheet.
7.. Bake at 325 F for approx 20 minutes until the white side begins to brown.