Hey y’all; happy Monday! Poor David was up for most of the night coughing so neither one of us slept our best. Still, I’m proud to say I made it to the 5:00 AM bootcamp for posterior day (leg, glutes, upper back). I got home and ate a banana and some cottage cheese. I’m counting macros (inconsistently, but back on the bandwagon today) because I was so surprised at how much I was apparently under eating. I’m not sold on it yet, but find it interesting and am planning a post on my experience with it at some point. Now I’m sipping tea, writing this post, and hoping that this Earl Grey has what it takes to power me through the day on roughly 4 1/2 hours of sleep.
I still take a lot of pictures of food, and though I share a lot of them on Instagram stories (you can follow me here), I haven’t found a way to really share them all on the blog, so I’m just going for a casual “this is what my kids have been eating lately” post.
For reference: Hailey just turned seven years old and is a historically good eater. Kaitlyn is four and more discerning, yet I feel like has really been coming around with eating. Three cheers for consistency? She’ll still ask for pasta at every meal and to “taste” the sugar from the pantry 12 times a day, but for the most part, she’s eating pretty well lately.
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Healthy Kid Dinners
Dinner is usually the same for all four of us, though I might change it up slightly by deconstructing it or changing up toppings for the girls. I made (and bought) a lot of veggie burgers over the summer because they are so easy, but my girls aren’t big burger people. Still, a little side of ketchup goes a long way and burgers, whether on a bun or cut into dippable bites, are an easy main to pair with roasted veggies.
I haven’t found a way to make baked potatoes that my kids really love, which is why I usually dice and roast them. However, I added sliced cheese to the potatoes for this dinner and encouraged them to eat them like doctored up potato skins and that seemed to work pretty well. I also find more success with salmon when I use this recipe or if I stick to giving a small portion.
I keep the Seeds of Change and Ancient Harvest microwave packs of Quinoa and Brown Rice on hand for quick and easy sides in a pinch. I used a pack for the meal below, and though there are a lot of vegetable sides, it came together pretty quickly. I make my green beans like this, bake the sweet potatoes, then mash them with a little butter and maple syrup, and roast the Brussels sprouts with salt and garlic powder for about 25 minutes.
I made copycat CAVA bowls for dinner one night and it was one of my favorite meals I’ve made recently. The girls both really liked all the components (though they were luke-warm on the falafel) and it made for a fun flavor switch up for dinner. Cedar’s Tatziki is my go-to and it’s such a delicious dip to use on Greek night!
Like I mentioned, my girls love pasta. I must make Pinch of Yum’s Red Pepper Cashew Pasta at least twice a month. The whole family loves it. I also mixed in some purple cauliflower florets this time to keep Kaitlyn on her toes. She approved!
New Kid Food Products
I’m a sucker for samples and recently they were handing out samples of these onion ring wannabes made from pureed beans and veggies. Hailey and I thought they were pretty neat, so I snagged a bag. I still give them a thumbs up, but Kaitlyn wasn’t wild about them. You win some; you lose some.
I have been loving flax milk lately- I use it for smoothies and I put it in cereal or pancakes for the girls. The KIND kid bars have been a favorite around here lately, too, especially the chocolate chip flavor. I also snagged some pancake puffs from Good Food Made Simple just for fun and wow, they are SO good- light and fluffy and the perfect size for little hands. They have a banana flavor and a plain, and while both are good, we all recommend going with the original.
Healthy Kid Lunches
Lunches at home have been really whatever I have in the fridge and feel like throwing together. We have a lot of snack plates for lunch, which is an easy way to get veggies in for the kids. Their favorite raw vegetable to eat (preferably sipped in ranch, but will eat it plain too) is purple cabbage! I share this just as a reminder to switch things up on them because you never know what they’ll like. I discovered they liked the crunch of purple cabbage quite by accident when I was out of all other veggies one day.
I have to pack lunches for the girls for co-op, which is one day a week. I’m still working on improving my lunch box game for two reasons: first, I almost always forget until the last minute and secondly, since I usually grocery shop on Fridays, Thursdays are the day we are down to slim pickins in my house.
And that’s it! A peek into what the kids have been eating recently. I’ve been holding off of soups and stews because it’s still 85 degrees here for the most part, but am looking forward to when the weather cools off a bit and I can pull out my slow cooker and simmer soups on the stove. Does anyone have suggestions for family-friendly soups and stews? I’d love to try a few new ones this fall!
For fun, tell me- what is your child’s FAVORITE meal?