I am the type of mom that feels guilt about my kids having too much sugar, so I always make or buy whole grain breakfast foods (I love the Van’s frozen waffles with protein). Then, I never want to put too much syrup – and I’m a Canadian girl at heart so really maple syrup is the only way we fly at my house. I won’t be including a hearty pancake recipe here, so if you’re looking for something more pinteresty, keep hunting. This, my friend, is far more complex. See chart below:
Naturally, I don’t want their delicious whole grain pancakes swimming in syrup but there’s always the whining for more syrup, which drives me wild. I have therefore cultivated a complex maneuvering for applying the sweet stuff, and, today is your lucky day because I am going to share with you my Syrup Strategy in this:
HOW TO PUT ON
VERY LITTLE SYRUP
BUT MAKE YOUR CHILD THINK YOU PUT ON
VERY MUCH SYRUP
Step 1: Always cut French Toast, Pancake or Waffle before applying syrup. Otherwise, the syrup may be absorbed before your child begins eating, resulting in the demand for additional syrup.
Step 2: Make sure your toddler witnesses the application of syrup.
Step 3: Ensure that a good amount of your pour ends up on the plate so they can see that the breakfast delicacy is, in fact, swimming in syrup.
Step 4: As you pour, exclaim “Oops! A lot came out! I hope you don’t mind having TOO MUCH SYRUP!”
Step 5: Indulge their sweet tooth later in the day, when it’s convenient for you – comfortable in the fact that you carefully calculated and controlled their syrup intake that morning.
And there you have it, dear happy mamas – a solid strategy for maintaining control of your home’s syrup situation.