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Toddler Dance & Protein Truffles

January 31, 2018

Vegan Protein Truffles

yields 10-12

 

These are super filling energizing no-bake treats that are ready in minutes! Oh and vegan. And gluten-free. And soy-free. I also have a version without protein powder if you so desire. Either way you'll be ready to power through that ballet class–whether you are 2 or 20! (Or *cough* 31).

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup vanilla and greens vegan protein

1/4 cup gluten-free oats

9 dates

1/2 tsp vanilla 

1/2 tsp cinnamon

water

 

Directions:

 

Mix, opt melt vegan nondairy/paleo chocolate chips until smooth then swirl on top with a spoon, freeze and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

 

Alternate option w/o protein powder:

 

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup coconut

9 dates

1/2 tsp cinnamon

water if needed

 

Same directions, add water if needed for mixture to come together. Make your own vegan chocolate by melting coconut oil and whisking in maple syrup and cacao powder to desired taste/texture and chill. Top with freeze-dried fruit or even vegan sprinkles for a fun treat!

 

 

Did I mention they are extra good after ballet class? Maybe skip the chocolate if you're letting your kid eat one before dance class...or the teacher might hate you.

 

 

Ballet class for toddlers:

 

These can be adorable, chaotic, fun and (truth time) expensive.

 

I like to do the occasional studio or facility activity with the girls, but dance classes are impromptu, hilarious and free at home. If you'd like to get your little ones engaged and hopefully tired out, I recommend this strategy:

 

 

 

To get them ready/focused

 

1. Get a different outfit or dance specific shoes little toddler ballet shoes,

and put them on to signal the new activity/dance time.

 

2. Put on some fun kid-friendly dance music and either change the lighting or invest in a fun light accessory (think disco light ball, Christmas lights, etc).

 

3. Roll out yoga mats or move a rug for a smooth floor area.

 

 

Now for the dancing:

 

1. Perform and name the moves. Ask them to repeat and praise enthusiastically and encourage them too to create their own moves.

 

2. Keep it moving: toddlers will lose interest quickly (duh) so don't keep them on one move too long and lay on the imagery (flip your hands like a pancake!, etc).

 

3. Say what you're looking for (i.e.: I see great jumping! Lovely jumps!) and suddenly you might have leaping toddlers giggling around.

 

4. Use distraction if they are wandering: "We're dancing right now! It's dance time. I'm making a balloon with my arms! Can you show me the shape of a balloon too?, etc).

 

5. Remember to have fun and let them be silly! Take lots of photos ;)

 

6. If all else fails, go to YouTube and turn on the Barbie Pink Shoes Ballet music video. The girls were enthralled and it makes them get up and twirl every time, without fail. Cheesy? Yes. Effective? Very.

 

 

 

 

 

 Get these adorb ballet shoes here!

 

 

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