June 1, 2010
Here's how a typical day goes for us. Need I say...Everything is either organic or grown naturally and locally as often as possible? :)
Eggs, toast and some kind of fruit like an apple or banana.
Steel cut oatmeal (no sugar - they prefer a little salt and butter) with raisins
Plain organic yogurt with honey
Green smoothie - usually involves apple, pear, banana, frozen mango or strawberries and LOTS of spinach. We use water as the liquid and no sweetener. The fruit is super sweet and it tastes awesome!
Homemade pizza (with a lot of veggies and goat cheese)
Cut up veggies, goat cheese and other finger foods
Usually more fruit of some kind but sometimes special "cookies" that involve mainly oats, honey, eggs, veggies like carrots and zucchini, apples, raisins, nuts etc.
or popcorn with trail mix stuff
Amazing stuff made by my husband - lots of veggies with meat or lentils.
When I write it out, it sounds like so much food. But, they only eat a little of everything and they DO-NOT-STOP-GOING all day! Plus, I believe in teaching them to listen to their bodies when it comes to food. I refuse either to force them to eat everything on their plates or to refuse them food when they're truly hungry. That said, I'm not into wasting food - so if they don't finish everything and they're full, I'll put their leftovers in the fridge for a later snack. Also, if my oldest is too "full" to finish veggies, she definitely doesn't get dessert - even though it's usually made with fruit.
Anybody have other healthy snack ideas for growing munchers? Please share!