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How the Foods You Eat Affect Your Child’s Anxiety

Did you know that the food you eat can make your anxiety better or worse? There are some foods that really can make you feel more anxious. While doctors, scientists and nutritionists can tell you exactly how that happens, it probably won’t come as a surprise to find that there are some foods you should simply avoid serving to your child. If you guessed these culprits are foods with added sugars, fast foods or processed foods, you are 100% correct.

Don’t despair! If your child has a sweet tooth, I’ve found some wonderful, kid-friendly recipes your child is bound to enjoy. The Closet Monster Battle Kit has a chapter devoted to exploring healthy alternatives to high sugar, high fat foods. I will be posting a tasty recipe monthly on this blog, so be sure to come back for the treat-of-the-month and KNOW that it will not fuel your child’s anxiety. That’s good for you too.

Our first recipe comes from onegreenplanet.org

Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge (No Sugar!)

This recipe is a special treat and super-delicious. An adult is needed to help make this.

Tools and utensils you will need:
High speed blender or food processor
Measuring cups
Small sauce pan
Square baking pan (lined with parchment paper or thin layer of coconut oil)

Ingredients:
1 cup Medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup of coconut oil
1 cup smooth, natural almond butter or natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
2 cups raw cocoa powder
1 to 2 pinches of Himalayan salt
Optional: pecan or walnut pieces

How to make this:
Soak your dates in hot water for about 20 minutes to make them soft and sticky. (Keep the water in case you need to thin the mixture while blending.) Melt your coconut oil in the small sauce pan over low heat.

Place all your ingredients, except the nuts, in a blender or food processor and blend until soft and well combined. You may need to add some of the saved date water if it is too thick to blend. Stir in the nuts (or sprinkle them on top once you’ve spread the mixture in the pan).

Spread evenly in a baking pan. Refrigerate at least an hour - overnight is better. Cut into small squares. This is best if kept refrigerated.

Article Author: Valerie Ostara is the world’s first Closet Monster Battle Coach and founder of Sound–Mind.ca, an educational and coaching organization dedicated to defeating the anxiety monsters that lurk in the closets and under the beds of our children’s minds. Through our effective and empowering strategies, children and parents learn the skills and self-management techniques guaranteed to bring peace of mind.
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