Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How We Eat?!

So, as I've mentioned previously, William was hospitalized in December at 2.5 months old with pneumonia, and he's been sickly ever since. He constantly has congestion, cough, wheezing, etc. He catches a cold regularly, and he has had seven ear infections since this all started. We decided to move forward with tubes in his ears in August, because we didn't want to continue to do antibiotics or allow him to suffer. Anyways, after he got sick, I started to realize that how we eat affects our overall health. Grant also has some allergies, and I want to provide the best nutrition possible for our family.

I started on the Real Food/Clean Eating approach in January, and it's been interesting and a great learning experience for us. Like most people, we aren't 100%, and we eat out and eat at the houses of our friends and family, but we try hard. I try to shop the perimeter of the grocery store, and I try to avoid most processed foods. My kids still eat popsicles, and they still eat goldfish, but we are trying to be as healthy as we can.

I started with the 100 Days of Real Food website, and we just went from there. We eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and we enjoy meats and whole grains. We don't do gluten free, because my husband can't do rice, so we do enjoy whole grains. We eat Ezekiel bread and English muffins, and we all enjoy that.We also cook with a lot of almond flour or coconut flour rather than your typical grain based flours.

Here is a typical day for us...
Breakfast - Ezekiel bread with Almond Butter and Fruit, typically apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges, bananas or raspberries. We eat lots of fruit, and my kids love all varieties, so this is a no brainer, and we eat this for many meals.Weston loves bars, and he eats Barbara's brand bars.

Lunch - Sandwich meats, Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets, Cheese, Fruits/Vegetables, Pancakes/Waffles, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Trader Joe's Hot Dogs

Dinner - I try to cook a variety of foods, but we some of the regular items on our dinner plate are quesadillas with whole wheat tortilla shells, pizza with whole wheat crust and homemade marinara sauce, spaghetti with whole wheat noodles and homemade spaghetti sauce, grilled/baked chicken with a wide variety of vegetables. We've also tried a number of great recipes from some of the different websites below.

Snacks - Nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts), Fruits (same as for typical meals), Raw vegetables, Applesauce, Yogurt, Raisins, Popcorn, Whole Grain Crackers (we eat a lot of triscuits), cheese, yogurt, beef jerky (my 2.5 year old LOVES it!).

Here are some websites that we utilize regularly, and I use to get new dinner recipes/ideas
- 100 Days of Real Food
- The Gracious Pantry
- Clean Eating Magazine
- Skinny Ms.
- Heavenly Homemakers

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