Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Talkin' about food

This week, in lieu of deeper, more thought-provoking topics, I'm talkin' about food.

As a mom, I think long and hard every week about my meal plans, my grocery lists, how to be creative in food presentation, and how to get veggies from the fridge/freezer to their mouths. Much thought is given every week to figuring out ways to increase the fruits, veggies and protein in my children's diets, while lowering the sugar and salt intake.

I love baking, I enjoy cooking and my kitchen is a place where I spend a lot of time these days. So I'd thought I spend a week (or maybe two.....we'll see), sharing some of the things I've learned in the last couple years about health and nutrition and how I'm trying to incorporate those things into our meals on a regular basis.

Today I want to share two things:

A web site
My absolute all-time favorite web site since becoming a mom: http://weelicious.com/
I'm not sure where or how I came across this site, but it's by a mom who is dedicated to creating healthy recipes for her kids. She has remade a lot of typical foods with lower-sugar or found creative ways to add veggies into recipes. The dishes are kid-friendly and fun to make. I'll share some of my favorite recipes that I've made from Weelicious, but there are so many great ones and she adds new recipes every week!

My conviction
The older I get the more I am developing an awareness for my personal convictions and philosophies about such things as finances, health, family, parenting, etc. When it comes to my kids I have parenting convictions and philosophies about sleep, discipline, finances, healthy living and food. The more books and articles I read, the more research I do, the more I study labels, the greater my conviction about what I put in my children's mouths. Because here's where my conviction lies: the Lord has determined that I am the best one to raise my two children. He has blessed me with the honor and privilege of raising them. It is my responsibility to teach them about so many topics in life and to model good behavior.

I feel a strong conviction about feeding natural, healthy, low-sugar foods to Samuel and Lauren. I feel it is my responsibility to read food labels and know what I am putting in their mouths. Their little bodies need good fat, lots of protein, and a variety of fruits and veggies to grow strong. This isn't every mom's conviction. This is mine. I'm not here to judge or demand others do what I'm doing.

We do eat processed foods, but I try to limit (or at least be aware of!) how much processed foods they eat. I'm not opposed to feeding my children treats on special occasions. But treats (candy, desserts, sugar-laden baked goods) are not a regular part of their meals at home nor their daily diets.

So this week I will share pictures and recipes and my thoughts about food. And I'd love your thoughts and feedback and favorite kid-friendly recipes as well!


Becky said...

I am really looking forward to this series!

Kim said...

My Infertility journey has lead me down a path of researching and studying all foods. As it turns out, my infertility is just a symtpom of other medical issues I have. I have been told by various doctors that all disease starts in the mouth. This changed my thinking and attitude about foods. Eat to live, not live to eat. Over the past year I have learned things that i cannot turn to my back to, most importantly, what the FDA considers safe for human consumption is not neccessarily the same as what most holitic doctors or myself would.

I am so proud of you for taking this responsibility to heart, it will make a difference in your childrens lives. You could be preventing disease just by taking care of this one task.

I cant wait to read your posts and exchange information! Here is a website I refer to often for product and food safety (http://www.ewg.org/)

Niki said...

Not a mother yet, WAITING to be a wife first, however a simple and fun receipe for all ages are my turkey burgers. The kids can get involved by molding the patties.

You'll need turkey mince, one medium sized courgette, 1 medium carrot, 1 onion, salt, seasoning of your choice, 1 egg.

Diced the courgettte, carrott and onion. Mix into the turkey mince with your hands, add salt and seasoning of your choice and mould into meeatballs or patties and dip into egg which is used to 'hold' the patties/meatballs together. Oven bake/ grill for about 30mins or until cooked. Get a large lettuce leaf in substitue of bread, slice a few tomatoes and wrap the lettuce over the pattie and eat like a burger...a really healthy burger.