What We Eat
Research and lists are my MO (clearly). But coming up with a menu that works for us has been difficult. There are tons of resources available and it doesn’t help that I’m in nursing school. When you know too much, it can be more terrifying than it is enlightening. Food started to become my enemy. I want so badly to give my kids the very best and it started to feel like there is no such thing. The earth provides it, but mankind destroys it. So instead, I shifted my perspective to maintain balance and consistency in our diet. We do not live in a world free of toxins and no body cannot handle a new fad diet every other month.
As much as I would love to be completely plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and organic 100% of the time, that’s just not realistic. Not for my tastes & preferences, nor for my budget. So instead, my objective when it comes to feeding my family is based on a balanced love for healthy foods, not an obsession.
There is so much research on the links between diet and livelihood and I want to create long-term healthy lifestyles in my home. That starts from Day 1.
Whenever people ask me how I get my kids to eat so healthy, I always tell them: “Your children’s taste buds are not your own!!” While dishes may taste much better with additives, it may only be because you’ve been conditioned to crave certain foods and habits over your lifetime that you aren't even aware of. A huge indication that your diet is leading you to illness and disease is if your parents or grandparents eat pretty similar and suffer from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or any otherwise preventable diet- and lifestyle-related diseases.
The secret to getting my kids to eat is that I feed them. There is balance, we do enjoy sweets and baked goods, but the majority of our plates are fresh fruits & veggies. I cannot keep berries or bananas in the house! I want them to enjoy real food and real food doesn’t require salt, Adobo, butter, or being fried!!!
I believe that if I am able to present my kids with healthy choices a majority of the time, when they grow up and stand in the grocery aisle by themselves, they will be more familiar with the healthy choices and reach for that. I want my children to be familiar and comfortable in a healthy lifestyle!
That being said, I wanted to share what we eat on a regular day. I add different things to different dishes, so it’s hard to just make one basic menu, but here’s a general map…
Oatmeal - I prefer almond milk, I may berries or bananas, maybe some flax seed meal, and honey or maple syrup
Organic baby cereal - I like to mix it with almond milk and I’ll add frozen organic wild blueberries, chia seeds, and flaxseed meal
Maggie’s crepes - these are made with eggs, but I fry them using coconut oil and I’ll either make a fresh berry puree or add some hazelnut spread and any type of fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, berries, bananas, apples…)
Vegan pancakes - this one is pretty basic, with just a bunch of little swaps that make all the difference. I can then add all kinds of things like berries and spreads to make them unique to that morning.
Mommy’s morning shake - I like to make a mix with almond milk, plant-based protein (preferably chocolate or mint-chocolate), banana, and ice
Hummus or guacamole - I like to cut up veggie sticks and serve with some hummus or fresh guacamole
Fresh lemons and limes - my kids love them as much as I do, but I don’t give it to them too often because it can damage the enamel on their teeth
Tzatziki with Ezekiel pita
Guacamole toast - I made a whole post about it a few months ago
Banana - the all time go to in my house is bananas or blueberries, my kids would eat an entire banana patch or a blueberry field if given the opportunity
Fresh fruits & veggies - some ideas are carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, cantaloupe, mango, watermelon, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, apples, oranges, tangerines, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
Ritz crackers - I don’t know what it is but my boys love Ritz crackers so I started buying them and if I give them a few crackers with a medley of fruits they are completely satisfied
Kale salad - it’s safe to say that I am a complete kale salad addict, I add a garlic paste to a sauce that I make and it makes the perfect blend of salty and crunchy
LUNCH & DINNER
Veggies and tofu stir fry - with a side of brown rice or quinoa
“Pizza” on a whole grain wrap - I just add some pasta sauce, a ton of veggies, spinach and/or alfalfa, sprinkle it with crumbles of a veggie burger, and bake it then I sprinkle feta or vegan cheese
Pita pocket - I like to put some alfalfa sprouts, a spread (tzatziki, hummus, or guac), and half of a veggie burger patty, but I can get as creative or as plain as I want
Veggie fajitas - I make it pretty basic, but I add a veggie burger patty or two to my veggie medley and then in a whole grain wrap
Shrimp tacos - I love Kylie & Karrueche’s recipe
Whole grain pasta - sometimes I use pasta sauce, or just some garlic and olive oil, but my boys love pasta!
Spaghetti squash - garlic and olive oil
Salmon - I really love baked salmon with some quinoa or orzo, I haven’t had it in a long time, but I always get wild caught salmon and that’s really important to me
Homemade electrolyte drink
Fresh squeezed orange juice