One of the things I have been doing a lot of lately is speaking to groups of people (mostly moms)and sharing ways to incorporate more fresh foods into their families diets. I demonstrate a few recipes and let everyone sample each one.
I share ideas that have worked for my family.
I LOVE doing this because it always turns out to be such a great time!!
I always get the same question every single time-
“What do you eat?”
“What do you feed your kids?”
I always joke that I do not “cook” -instead, I “assemble!”
So, here are some pictures of our favorite things-this is not ALL we eat, nor is this the only foods we eat…..it is just the things that seem to find their way into our days most often!!
We love green smoothies
We go through lots of oranges for fresh orange juice
A yummy snack is banana, sunbutter, ground flax, maple syrup
My kids favorite lunch is kale salad
Lots of fresh fruit set out for my kids to indulge in whenever they want
We love salads-although this one was my lunch…my kids won’t eat tomatoes in their salads…go figure!!
Lunch time for my kids is always an assortment of fresh fruit, veggies, and some sort of protein.
They don’t always eat everything on their plate…they pick and choose and sometimes they trade with each other, for example my daughter may not want her cantaloupe that day but my son will eat it. He may give her his coconut for a trade.
If there is leftovers from lunch I usually save it and serve it for dinner…if something still doesn’t get eaten then I will use that cut up fruit in a smoothie or I will freeze it for a smoothie on another day.
This day they ate carrots, snap peas, dried blueberries, cucumber slices with homemade dressing, 2 olives, a Bubbies pickle, banana with sunbutter and drizzled chocolate and sprinkled with ground flax seeds
On another day they had cantaloupe, dried blueberries and dried coconut flakes,cucumber slices with dressing, apple slices and sunbutter, and a Bubbies pickle
We love our green juice too!! This one is apples, spinach and limes!!
Another lunch example is kale salad, watermelon, carrots, sunbutter and homemade lemon slushies
I love to use neat containers to serve my kids food in. It makes it fun for me and them!! When I have 5 or 6 sections to fill up it forces me to think of ways to fill them. Then my kids have a ton of choices to choose from. Our on the go lunches might look like this: carrots, sprouts, strawberries, mango, plum, apple slices, sunbutter and almond butter, and a vegan brownie
I love to use these plates because they are in the shape of a color wheel!!!! These are cool because each section comes out so if my kids don’t eat something I can just pick up that section and cover it and place it in the fridge. Once dinner rolls around I can just pull it out and put it back on the tray. It also makes it easy for my kids to trade!! They can just pick up a section and trade for another!!
Here they had sugar peas, apple slices, tortilla chips, kiwi, mango, and sunbutter
Here they chose from banana slices, honeydew, homemade salsa, blue corn tortilla chips, cucumber, and pomegranate
I try to make sure that my kids have a ton of exposure to fruits (which are calorie dense) and most veggies. There are times that I make something that doesn’t go over well, or that they just don’t eat.
What are some of your or your families favorite meals???
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