I get asked these questions all the time:
How do I get my kids to eat veggies?
How do I get my kids to lay off XYZ?
- How do I make healthy meals that everyone will eat?
You can see my previous post that addresses some of these items.
But let’s start from the top and break it down.
First and foremost, you know yourself and your family best.
You know your time commitments or what you’re willing to do to make healthy cooking and eating a priority.
These values are the foundation we need to establish. Simply ask yourself:
Do I have time to meal prep?
Do I even want to meal prep?
Would I benefit from meal prepping?
What is my definition of health?
- What am I willing to sacrifice to be healthy?
Answer these questions and you’ll free yourself from any guilt you may have around not having it all together, in addition to understanding the parameters you’re working with to establish a new routine.
If the answer is Yes to most of these questions, let’s begin…..
Stock up on the items y’all love and don’t mind eating on repeat. These may include:
Ground beef or steak
Frozen fruit and veggies
Come meal prep time, simply cook more!
Heat up the grill and grill chicken, flank steak, portobello mushrooms and onions, a salmon filet, foil wrapped asparagus, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers.
Don’t have a grill?
Roast a whole chicken in your oven alongside roasted beets, fennel, and sweet potato. Perhaps even some egg muffins. Or simply make some hard-boiled eggs for on the go protein.
Take that chicken carcass and throw it on your instant pot to make broth, to either sip throughout the week or to make a carrot ginger or minestrone soup (see post from June 14th).
Not into meal planning?
Buy a rotisserie chicken, or easy to heat meals such as frozen items from Trader Joe’s, or use a meal planning program such as Good Eggs, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Acme Farms & Kitchen, or even Uber Eats.
What about hiding those veggies?
Smoothies, soup, scrambles, meatballs, and even chocolate pudding are an incredibly easy and tasty way to get your kids to eat their greens.
These combinations allow you to pack a punch with nutrient dense veggies, with little to no acknowledgement they’re even there. When my kids regularly ask for these meals or treats, I secretly smile knowing all the goodness hiding behind the yum factor.
For example, this meatball recipe was a hit this past week. I typically do some combo of meat and veggies for meatballs, but this time I added some green curry powder and it was fantastic. Delicious and happily devoured even when cold!!!!
½ an onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp butter, ghee, or coconut oil
1 tbsp curry
1 lb ground meat
Preheat oven to 400
Over medium heat, melt fat of choice and sauté mushrooms, onions and 1 clove garlic for about 10 minutes and let cool.
In food processor chop 3 carrots, 2 cloves of garlic and 1 tbsp curry powder.
When the mushroom mix has cooled, add to food processor and mix lightly.
Add 1-pound ground meat and blend again until just mixed. You want to still be acble to see chunks of carrots!
Bake for 30 min.
We ate these babies in a variety of ways, but like most protein in my life it ends up in a salad. Have fun and get creative with how you dish them up. Or simply eat them plain, they're that good!
P.S. I also can’t say enough about organifi. On those days when you feel you’re not hitting your green quota, reach for this dried Superfood Greens Powder. (I'm not an affiliate, just love the stuff!)
Since I have your attention, humor me two more minutes!
As most of you know, I still take part in the 9-5 hamster wheel as a Marketing coordinator for an engineering firm.
To rewind the scene, I’m taking you back to summer of 2003.
Fresh out of college and totally green, I began my career. It was unrealistically easy to get this job. For one of my journalism classes I interviewed an architecture firm, and in turn, they offered me a job. Yeah, ok!
The thing is, they weren’t sure what to do with me. My beloved, quirky Marketing Manager had worked for a number year on her own. Having this young, naïve person in her space, though there to help, was challenging. As a dog lover, she treated me like a puppy. Are you hungry? Should we go for a walk? She was hesitant, unsure, grateful but inexperienced as a leader.
Yesterday my Marketing Assistant joined our crew. Though younger than my original counterpart, I find myself in a similar position. Judging myself as her mentor and leader, judging her as being a new graduate. How much hand holding do I offer? How much do I share? How much does she care? I have two kids. She’s young, free, and grappling with her new-found home in California, as a new graduate, living with her boyfriend and working in San Francisco. Suddenly I feel old. Disregard the number of years, so many life experiences, separate us.
But I was once her.
I had the boyfriend, the new job, the excitement of years before me. Nothing but money and time to burn, and travel adventures to be had.
As a mother, I tenderly look at her and I wonder if she knows what she’s getting herself into. I wonder if this is her dream or just a stepping stone. I wonder, I wonder, I wonder……
And then I’m grateful for the chance to intersect into her life to mentor her. It will take time, as all things do, but I‘m sure we’ll learn from each other.
Perspective is funny like that, and life never fails to come full circle.
Susie, I get it now….