Sunday before school starts at Whole Foods market is where I found myself after church this morning. I interviewed each of my 3 children ages 9, 7, and 4 about how we could make them and me happy with the food they'll be consuming this week back at school. From the moment I walked in I saw over 6 moms I knew all trying to accomplish the same thing.
I'm known around town as a Health Coach and healthy eater so naturally I was asked questions and my cart caught a few eyes. What did I have in there you ask? Lots and Lots of veggies and fruit, some good high quality meats and things to make my homemade staples like almond milk, granola bars and salads for me and my oldest.
I"m proud of you Moms out there that are giving it a go with healthy options for our families. We have a lot of control and power to really create a healthy future for our children. There are countless diseases that have links to processed high sugar, high fat foods. You go girls for making a step in the right direction! They may go eat some junk somewhere else but my motto is keep it clean at home.
The most common question I'm asked is how do I have enough time to do all the cooking. I really don't have any more time than any other mom of 3 who's running her own business, taking care of a family of 5 and her own health all at the same time. I make sacrifices and prioritize! To me there's nothing more important than taking care of the body and brain I live with each day.
Certain days and times I prep food for chunks of the week, say Sunday night through Wednesday and then the end of the week into the weekend. My kids know when Mommy's prepping don't come buggin! Teaching independence right. I've learned to prep, chop, clean and organize on Sunday afternoons and again on Thursday. Yes I get support from my husband for this "time" and hats off to you honey.
So I'll leave you with this hopefully motivational talk. Please keep trying to introduce health to your babies. It's really hard to go against the tide of junk but if enough us do it then it will be the norm. Not to say they can never indulge that's part of life right and an important thing to teach as well. So as you send off your kids tomorrow know you tried your best and have faith that it will work.
What I did tonight: prepped and cleaned berries and fruit for snacks, made almond milk, cooked a double duty batch of turkey taco dinner (recipe below) so that we have dinner for tonight and tomorrow and made a large salad for my lunches. I timed myself it was exactly 1hr and 23mins not too bad for getting me quickly through to mid week.
Double Duty Taco Meat
2 lbs organic ground turkey
1 each red and orange peppers
3 cloves crushed garlic
half yellow onion
Small bunch of steams of cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon adobe seasoning
To your taste celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin
I cook this in a cast iron or ceramic pan. Start with a small amount of EVOO, garlic and onion, then add peppers chopped small as to trick your kiddies (hiding veggies). When that is sautéed then add turkey meat and seasonings. Cook chopping up into little pieces as you go with a wooden spoon. All done.
I made beans on the side tonight I used Eden Organic BPA free canned and sped up my process.
Tonight we had tacos with the above with some quick made gauc, salsa and a small salad
Tomorrow we will use it for a nice burrito or burrito bowl for me.
I promise you I don't slave in the kitchen!
Oh and tonight I also listened to Kool and the Gang Radio on my Sonos to keep me going! I danced my way through the prep! Groovy