Meal time hacks!

When my first son was born, 8 years ago, I was the mom who was going to use only cloth diapers, feed him all organic food, and nap only in the crib. I feel like I made a pretty good run at all of these things. But as he started to grow up, he became more opinionated, particularly about what he ate (it still blows my mind that he doesn’t like avocado.) So I had to change my tune a bit. When #2 was born, I was a bit more realistic with my goals. Cloth diapers...when we were at home, and naps...sleep is sleep, right? My approach to nourishing the kids became more about good healthy habits, above all else. I was more open minded and perhaps realistic too about what this would look like- healthy habits didn’t have to mean all organic or nothing from a jar. Fast forward to a few months into having two kids, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Healthy habits took on a whole new meaning for me and my family and my journey to wellness truly began.

I am a board certified health and wellness coach, a yoga teacher, a Mindfulness consultant, but most of all I am a mom who loves to cook and feed her family with the nutrients, the whole foods, that we all need to fuel ourselves to feel good.

Today I have two kids who are both great eaters and reach for whole foods when given the chance (most of the time!), and one newborn who’s nutrients depend solely on what I eat. As a family, we love grocery shopping, mean planning, keeping to a grocery budget, and getting messy in the kitchen...together! There are countless reasons why we are the way we are today. I hate hearing people say that they don’t have time to feed their families well or that their kids only eat chicken fingers. It doesn’t have to be like that!

We are working on a really exciting meal planning project that we plan to pilot for three weeks in November. I have so much more information to come on that, but for now, I want to share with you part one of dinner time tips that just may make meal time a little bit more fun for everyone.

1. Eat a family. Meal time isn’t meant to be a rush. It’s a time to gather together after a busy day and nourish our bodies and our minds by connecting. Does this happen every single day? Probably not, but it’s something to work for.

2. Have table manners. Sit in your chair, don’t lounge, chew with your mouth closed, use your silverware, etc. We expect our kids follow these expectations when they are at school, friends houses, and restaurants. They learn these good habits by practicing them when they are with us, and when they see us practicing them as well.

3. Keep it simple. Dinner doesn’t have to come from a cookbook every night. If you are short on time, raw veggies and hummus can be great side to get the nutrients in.There are so many options you can pick up such as rotisserie chicken, turkey burgers, or roasted vegetables, that have minimal ingredients (which is a good thing!) so add a whole food to that and voila, dinner is served! You can also batch cook on a day when you do have time and have things ready to go. (More on meal planning soon!)

Pick one tip, two if you are feeling it, and commit to it for a week. Leave a comment with what works for you, it makes my day to hear about it! Stay tuned for the second part to this post next week with more tips for creating healthy nutritional habits for your kids.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the meal planning project coming soon, send me message- we may need some guinea pigs!

P.P.S. Some days are for splurging!

About Sarah

Sarah is the co-director of team Bristow, a passionate educator and mentor, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Just like the rest of us, she seeks to grow every day.

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