Wednesday, 27 June 2012
I have gotten lots and lots of comments about how healthy we are. And I started to think that it's important to raise healthy children. I am doing so many things differently from my parents that I thought I might blog about it. We are FAR from the perfect examples, and I know we have a far way to go. I hope this doesn't come off as "I am more righteous", but I do have a true passion for raising healthy children.
I grew up on a LOT of processed foods and we do occasionally give them to my children out of convenience but couple it with fruits and vegetables. We very rarely ate fruits and vegetables growing up because of the cost. We also were not enrolled in sports because of the time with four children and the cost, my parents just couldn't figure it out. So, I understand there are confounding factors. The thing is to find what works for YOU and your family.
This is what works for us:
Non Organized Activities:
- Park with playgrounds
- Walks around the neighborhood
- Playing "Simon Says" and using things like jumping jacks, running in place, etc.
- Walking around the zoo
- Playing in the pool
- The girls go to a Little Gym class once a week. Isabel goes to a Dance/Gymnastics combo and Caroline gymnastics.
- I find camps for them to do, dance camps, gymnastics camps, sports galore camps, circus camp, etc.
- They will be taking two tennis lessons a week for a month.
- During spring, they will do one competitive sport. It was soccer last spring. Possibly soccer again, but we will see what they ask to do.
- They are taking swim lessons twice a week during the summer months.
- Greek yogurt and fruit
- Oatmeal and fruit
- Cereals made with grains
- Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese
- French Toast
- Scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
- Breakfast cookies made out of bananas, oat, raisins
- Occasionally they get pop tarts, but we are getting better about this. Pop tarts are our convenience food for when running behind on the on the go mornings, but now I've been making breakfast cookies and freezing them and taking them out of the freezer the night before the hurried mornings.
Lunch Meals: (These are their favorites, with variations between the sides)
- English muffin cut in half, topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese baked and fruit.
- Hummus with carrots and cucumber, fruit, cheese
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, fruit
- Turkey and cheese sandwiches, carrots, cucumber
- Roasted turkey or pork, steamed rice, broccoli
- Tomato sandwich, goldfish, apples
- Cucumber sandwich, broccoli, yogurt
- Garden salad and fruit
- Baked chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese
- Vegetable soup and crackers
- Chicken nuggets or Chef Boyardee. Served with fruit and yogurt. Or a handful of blueberries and carrots and cucumber.
Dinner Meals: (These are their favorites, with variations between the sides)
- Meatloaf, steamed veggies, rice
- Stir fry loaded with veggies, steamed rice, fruit
- Whole wheat pasta, ground beef, tomato based sauce (ziti, spaghetti, lasagna, etc), garden salad, green beans
- Cheese ravioli with zucchini in a garlic sauce, garden salad or cheese ravioli with black beans, salsa, corn, and Mexican cheese
- Grilled salmon, rice, green beans/zucchini/squash
- Grilled shrimp, salad, fruit
- Chicken and stovetop, steamed veggies
- French onion pork chops, steamed veggies
- BBQ chicken, salad, mac and cheese (a rare treat!)
- Lean pot roast beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, green beans
- Grilled steak, garden salad, rice, peas
- Tacos, corn salsa, fruit
- Chicken, broccoli, pasta
- Delivery: Thin crust ham and pineapple pizza. Or Chinese pick up.
I know there is plenty of room for improvement but feel like we are on the right track. I know there is no way we can cut out convenience food all together because we are so busy and sometimes I just get overwhelmed and can't get to stuff I normally would. I am running out of ideas of wholesome, healthy meals. Any suggestions?