Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So...if you eat clean...What do your kids eat??

That is a question I get a lot! Transitioning into a cleaner diet meant that my kids and my husband had to go along with me! They didn't have much of a choice! I do the grocery shopping. Although my kids and husband have more "treats" thrown into their week....I would like to think that we all eat a fairly clean diet.

I want my kids growing up with healthy ideas about food. I don't want them to stress about every bite that goes into their mouth....worrying if it is healthy or bad for them. I want them to understand what it feels like to be hungry and what it feels like to be satisfied. They drink water most of the time, and they know they are not allowed to drink soda or sugary beverages, and you know what, they're ok with that.

More importantly...I let my kids be kids! I don't keep junk food in my house but if they are out and cookies or ice cream are given to them....I don't stress! As long as they eat a clean and healthy diet 80% of the time....I am happy with that!! :)
****Banana Almond Butter Wraps with mini dark chocolate chips****

Here are some things that my oldest 3 (ages 6, 5, & 2) eat on a regular basis
  • Fruit and more fruit (strawberries, bananas, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, mango, mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, apples, watermelon, pineapple )
  • Bread (Ezekiel toast or Whole grain pita pockets) 
  • Organic applesauce
  • Greek yogurt (Plain or organic vanilla) **I add fruit and honey**
  • Organic string cheese or cheese sticks
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Honey Nut O's
  • Peanut butter sandwich (Ezekiel toast with all natural peanut butter)
  • Cucumbers or Carrots
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Water/Almond milk or Skim
  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins
  • Raw almonds
  • Popcorn 
  • Whole grain crackers or organic crackers (Triscuits)
  • Cheese Quesadilla (Whole grain tortilla and low fat part skim cheese)
  • Annie's White Cheddar Cheese Mac and Cheese
  • Frozen Banana Ice Cream (Frozen bananas pureed in blender with milk) or Shakeo ice cream
  • Pancakes made with 1 small banana and 1 egg- Cooked like a pancake and topped with fruit and pure maple syrup
  • Egg Salad or Tuna Salad on Pita Bread (one of their favorites)
* I try to buy Organic as much as possible.

I make a variety of different healthy dinners and I serve the kids whatever I cook! Often I substitute turkey products in my old hamburger recipes (also turkey bacon in place of regular bacon). If they are hungry they will eat it and they almost always gobble it up!

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