High Protein Snackin’

I’ve been conducting a snack experiment for the last couple of weeks.  Let me explain….  This year I’ve taken a part-time job as a preschool assistant teacher.  I’m working with 4 and 5 year old children in a pre-kindergarten class.  The lead teacher and I have noticed  (as all teachers notice) that the children’s behavior, attention, and participation fluctuates from morning to morning.  Some exhibit those changes more dramatically than others.  We often ask: “What did you have for breakfast this morning?”  The answers are usually carbohydrate foods that are highly refined and processed…..frozen waffles, donuts, cold cereal….  Some students do mention fruit or eggs.  So I decided to bring a high-protein morning snack every Friday for a month.  Today was the 3rd Friday in the experiment.  The purpose of the experiment is to observe any evidence that this high-protein snack calms and focuses the children by balancing blood sugar.  And yes, we have seen evidence that behavior and attention  improved for the remainder of the morning after the snack.  I started with  almond butter, honey, protein powder, and hempseed snack balls.  The second week was peanut butter, honey, hemp oil, brown rice crisps balls.  Today we enjoyed oat flour, peanut butter, protein powder, banana, and chocolate baked bars.  The kids named these bars “chumpsies” ???  If nothing else, they have learned to try and enjoy something different…something that doesn’t come in a wrapped package with an expiration date of 2050!  Scoot on over to my Recipes page for the oat flour baked bar recipe 🙂

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