Somewhere along the way, our friends got the impression that our family eats healthy. While we do strive to only eat natural “clean” food, the truth is, we kinda suck at the whole balanced diet thing.
How long can one really survive on Christmas cookies?!?
So one of my new year’s resolutions is for our family to eat healthier.
But it’s gotta be simple! These are our baby steps.
Protein with Breakfast
We’ve been stuck in the cereal rut for oh, I don’t know. FOREVER! I know breakfast is important, but loading up on sugary cereal, even if it is organic, is probably not all that beneficial. So I chose a simple goal. More protein! Whether it be eggs, Greek yogurt, or something a little fancier like a breakfast casserole, we’re finally starting our mornings right! And I haven’t gotten much kick back from the boys! Win-win.
Fruit with Lunch
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to convince my oldest to eat anything other than PB and J for lunch. If we’re out and he eats something different, he immediately makes a PB and J for a snack when we get home! So while I wait to tackle that Everest, I am insisting that they eat some fresh organic fruit WITH lunch. Takes a slight bit more effort on my part, but I feel so much better knowing that their getting at least some nutrition with lunch!
One Healthy Snack
This has been fun. Usually, I’ve let the boys fend for themselves with snacks. They’re home with me all day and I haven’t set up a consistent “snack” time. But now that I’m trying to be more intentional, I’ve been initiating snack time. Big difference! Our go-to so far has been green smoothies. Trust me, if my picky kids call them “Frosties” then your kids will love them too!
Veggies with Dinner
Dinner time is crazy. My husband gets home at all hours, the kids are on their worst behavior, and I just want to be done. I hate having to fight with the kids to get them to eat veggies. And I’ll admit it, I don’t want to eat my broccoli either. But I know there are exciting and delicious vegetable side dishes, so I went on a hunt. Now I try and make one every other night. (The nights I don’t, I make sure the main dish is veggie loaded.)
So now that I’ve thoroughly shamed myself by publicizing our family’s horrible eating habits, I hope you can learn from us and try these simple steps.
Have a healthy new year!!!