I’m a 37-year old stay-at-home mother to two rambunctious boys, ages 3 & 5. I usually eat what my kids eat, which has actually translated into me eating a lot better than if it were just me by myself. It forces me to cook balanced meals and eat vegetables. I try to serve them protein, grains, fruits and vegetables at every meal. We really don’t eat a lot of meat – I don’t like handling it or dealing with the remnants after cooking it. Therefore we only eat meat when my husband cooks it, which turns out to be once or twice a week. As a substitute we eat other sources of protein such as beans, lentils, and quinoa. We also try to eat organic whenever possible. I believe there are just too many pesticides and chemicals in foods today not to. Yes it’s more expensive, but as a mom I want to give my kids the best foods possible.
8am Breakfast – Oatmeal w/cinnamon and agave syrup, and a pear
10:30am Snack – Banana
1:00pm Lunch – Almond butter & jelly sandwich, celery w/hummus
4:00pm Snack – Handful of cashews & prunes
6:30pm Dinner – White organic quinoa w/broccoli & black beans
9:30 Snack – Corn flakes with vanilla almond milk
Breakfast – We usually have oatmeal for breakfast when I am not rushing to get the kids to preschool. The kids love it and so do I. It is very filling and of course nutritious! We use agave instead of maple syrup because it contains less sugar.
Morning snack – For their morning snack I always try to give the kids fruit. I read somewhere that it is better to eat your fruits in the morning so that you burn off all the sugars during the day. I used to give them a cereal bar but they are processed and loaded with added sugar. I now try to serve raw foods as often as possible and limit processed foods.
Lunch – This is my alternative version of peanut butter and jelly. If I tell the kids it is almond butter, they won’t eat it. I do feed them PB&J with actual peanut butter, I just alternate them. That way they have more than one nut butter in their diet. I’m waiting for them to figure out that they taste different, but so far so good! Our standard vegetables for lunch are carrots, celery, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes. Today was a celery day. My oldest will not eat celery or carrots without something to dip them in. That dip is usually hummus – if we run out he will settle for peanut (or almond) butter.
Afternoon snack – I usually get hungry in between lunch and dinner so this is a standard snack I have. It cuts my hunger and is healthy. This is a snack the kids love as well. Some other dried fruits we eat are apricots, raisins, or cranberries. The kids also eat almonds,
peanuts, and pistachios, but cashews are their favorite.
Dinner – I try to alternate the sides and get away from having pasta and rice all the time. My kids would eat pasta every meal if they could! I really try to limit rice (or rice cakes) to one serving a week b/c of the arsenic. Quinoa is great – they kids actually like it and it is a
complete protein. I cook it in vegetable or chicken broth to make it more flavorful. My kids will eat broccoli raw or cooked, but I really only like it cooked. They like to sprinkle parmesan cheese on it to make it tastier.
Late snack – I know it’s bad to eat too late but I am usually hungry at night. My go-to snack after dinner is cornflakes with almond milk. I drink almond milk because I am lactose intolerant. I’ve tried other alternatives like Lactaid milk and soymilk, but my current favorite is the vanilla almond milk from Trader Joe’s. It is low in sugar and actually tastes good.