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Feeding the Little Man

Happy Wednesday! Although I can’t say I am happy to wake up to rain. While I have been known to run outdoors in a little bit of drizzle, running in actual pouring rain on a random Wednesday is not going to do it for me today. Unfortunately. Elliptical it is (blah).

So many of the blogs that I follow participate in WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday). I love this concept and it is so fun and educational (at least it is to me!) to see what others around the blog world are eating. It is a great way to learn about new recipes and meal ideas and also helps stimulate your own ideas to flow based on what you like. I thought it would be fun to list my own recent meals, as well as the meals that my son has been eating lately.

It is so important for parents to instill healthy eating habits in their children at a young age. It is up to us. They aren’t old enough to drive to the supermarket, do the grocery shopping and prepare their meals. We need to do it for them. It is part of raising our children. And if we don’t buy a healthy variety of food, how will our children eat it? How will they know that they may actually like broccoli, sweet potatoes, avocado and blueberries if it isn’t in the house available to them on a daily basis?

Research has shown that it takes repeat exposure of a new food for kids to decide that they may actually like something. Remember when they were babies and you sat with the jar of carrots and peas? More of it ended up on the high chair (or in my case on the walls, in his hair and across the room). But you stuck with those jars every day, trying all of the varieties and eventually it ended up in the their little mouths and they liked it. We need to do the same with real food that doesn’t come in jars.

My son is a good eater. I am raising a man and men like to eat and can eat a lot! I now understand the saying, “He will eat me out of house and home.” It is so important for me to make sure I am giving my son filling foods that satisfy his appetite and are healthy and enjoyable at the same time. I always have available the following foods and meals in any given week:

Breakfasts:

Steel Cut or Old Fashioned Oatmeal,Whole Grain Waffles from Trader Joes or Whole Grain English Muffins with Natural Peanut Butter or a Scrambled Egg

Lunches (sent to school):

He loves sandwiches so I always have on hand Applegate Farms Turkey Breast which I put on Ezekial Bread with some lettuce, hummus from Trader Joes and some pickles (he loves pickles!).

His lunch period is late (1:00 pm) and they have snack time in the class room first. To combat the massive hunger, I typically divide the sandwich in half and give him part at snack and the rest at lunch. I put a snack and bottle of water with each half sandwich.

Some snacks always on hand are natural applesauce, light popcorn from Trader Joes, Organic Valley 100 calorie cookie or a nonfat yogurt, string cheese, fruit and various chips from Trader Joes.

Dinners:

I always have the following foods available to make dinner for my son:

Trader Joes now sells frozen individual boneless chicken tenders (hormone/antibiotic free!) that are always ready to be cooked any way you want. I use these tenders a number of ways and will provide recipes in a separate post!

In the pantry:

Whole Wheat Pasta, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Organic Beans – Kidney Beans, Black Beans and Chick Peas are delicious and healthy and my son will eat them! I always have them on hand and use them in a variety of recipes.

Organic Soups, Amy’s Oragnic products, Bell and Evans Chicken Nuggets, Gardein and Dr. Praeger products are terrific to have on hand for quick easy meals in between sports practice and other obligations.

I know it can be hard and time consuming to cook a fresh and healthy meal every night, especially with hectic schedules.

In addition to providing some easy recipes, I will do a separate post on easy meal preps for the week so nutritious and delicious meals are available quickly to you throughout the week.

What foods can always be found in your kitchen?

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