My sons were young athletes and grew so fast that their muscles and bones didn't keep up with their physical needs. The result: Their doctor kept saying to give them vitamins, fuel for growth, and make sure they ate enough calories. As a body builder myself, I was very cognizant of caloric intake needs when the body is extremely stressed. These guys were physically working at peak while trying to grow!!! Hmmm??? They needed more fuel: the kind that builds bone and muscle! Mom (Grandma Paulie) and I put our heads together and used a very old scratch recipe of hers with, at the time, very innovative changes.
These are a good old fashioned brownies from my own childhood that Mom and I used "new" ideas during the early 80s to add mega doses of natural supplements such as wheat germ for vitamin E for blood flow and oxygen transport, powdered brewers yeast for B complex and powdered bone meal for calcium. The chocolate masks any taste that kids might not eat, and the wheat germ made the texture a little course so the grainy additives weren't noticeable. My kids could eat nuts, so I added as much as I could cram into these yummy bars to add trace minerals, and peanuts for protein. Carob powder can be substituted if a child has issues with chocolate, but today, dark chocolate is a way to add antioxidants.
These are easy and kids eat them so fast, they'll never notice what you stuff into them to help them grow. Although they may wonder why you just smile as they scarf down "junk food"!
I put my granddaughter's name on this recipe. She didn't need the additional fuel, but had many sensitivities to artificial additives in many modern foods. These not only allowed me to add things she needed, but allowed her to snack without having adverse reactions to things she didn't need to be eating.
|Melt together over hot water : 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate|
|(microwave at small increments ok) 1 cup shortening|
|(you may replace the chocolate squares with 3/4 cup cocoa powder or carob powder according to package directions and increase shortening by 2 tbsp.)|
|Beat in: 2 cups sugar|
|Sift together and add in: 1 1/2 cups flour|
|1 tsp baking powder|
|1 tsp salt|
|Mix in: 1 cup broken nuts (1 1/2 if you are boosting nutrition)|