So I could go into this whole long diatribe against modern American busyness…
About how we run our kids around to do all the activities, because we’re afraid if we don’t they’ll be deprived, or wounded at their core, or emotionally stunted. Or they won’t get into a good college because they haven’t done enough activities, relative to their peers. And then they won’t get good jobs. And then they’ll be poor and sad. And they won’t be able to drive their own kids to all the activities.
And that wouldn’t be fair, and life is all about fairness, so…
But anyhow, while we’re doing all the activities, we aren’t home very much to cook and eat healthy meals. The wisest thing to do would be
stop. doing. all. the. things.
The second wisest thing would be to make the most of the time you do have at home, and make healthy (er) choices. For me, the er has come quite slowly, and every year I learn a little more, but here’s where I’m at right now:
(Sorry, I know this is lame–taking a pic of my fridge…)
1) 1% or 2% milk for the family, and I tell my son milk isn’t a water replacement.
2) Always have pickles. Pack them, take them, eat them; they’re cheap, they’re good, they’re healthy (although my neighbor would disagree that the kind with dye is no good–she gets the dye-free).
3) Roast a whole chicken in a crock pot every weekend. Eat it for dinner one night, then lunch on the leftovers for some lean protein.
4) Buy all kinds of fruit–mix it up every week–and then keep the fruit at eye-level, not in a drawer. And don’t be afraid to tote it around. Be like, I will eat this banana first, and then if I’m still starving, mayyyybe I’ll swing through the drive-thru. (But you won’t. You’ll be full.)
5) Eggs are your BFF. Actually, I don’t have eggs there….they’re on the counter…
If you can at all be at home to make omelettes a few nights a week, do that. So inexpensive, so healthy, so filling. I make sure to have a bag of little ham bits on hand, plus a jar of chunky salsa, plus some cheese (and hot sauce for the resident masochist). Lately I’ve been taking out a few of the yolks before I whisk the eggs. Why not?
6)I don’t eat wheat, but my kids do, and I get them lavash for sandwiches. The pieces are huge. Just one half slice has only 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, and 5 net g carbs. And my kids usually only eat 1/3 of a slice. They make turkey or pepperoni rolls. I find the lavash at Wal-mart right in front of their deli case.
7) I keep a bag of flaxseed in my fridge and mix the seed in peanut butter, and whatever else–when I remember. Extra fiber, yay! I saw at the grocery store that you can now buy little flaxseed single packs, for when you just cannot be apart from your flax. Heh.
8) And in my pantry: new favorite post or pre-workout snack: pear halves in pear juice. If I eat half a can, that’s 60 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium, 80 mg potassium, and 12g carbs. They’re yummy, and I could do much worse.
9)And lastly, one thing I do a lot (like 2-3 mornings a week) is just drink a thermos of hot tea with a tablespoon of liquid coconut oil mixed in for breakfast. I pretend I’m in Tahiti while I’m drinking it. So good. As long as I’m mindful of my healthy fat intake over the course of the day (because this is my main fat for the day), my body is quite content digesting the MCTs for a meal. I’ve never been a big breakfast person, like ever. I know, I know, I know. But I don’t really feel hungry until mid-morning. And then I like to, basically, have five snacks throughout the rest of the day. That’s an ideal day for me. Like one long tapas situation. My family is not on the same page.
So that’s all I got for now. Maybe this could give you at least one idea? Maybe not? What do you do to keep it healthy? What are your staples? Healthy discoveries?