Yesterday, I wrote about how my kitchen is important to me as a mother. Things seem to run smoothly and the operations of our house seem to be calmer, and more peaceful, when my kitchen is put together.
The word for today is:
Let me preface this post by saying I am not a nutrition expert, but I loved my close friend giving me this word for the day. I have taken several nutrition courses as part of my tenure in college, and learned some basic, rudimentary links between emotions and eating during my social work program. But, most of what I have learned has been through hours upon hours of personal study.
I have also noticed, while I have small children beginning to feed themselves, I become a little stricter on my nutrition – I try to eat a healthier balanced diet.
What does that look like for me?
Usually, for breakfast, I try to have a protein, a carb, and some fruit. If I have to choose, I try to have a protein. One of my absolute favorite breakfast dishes to prepare, and eat, are my breakfast burritos – which consist of an egg, some salsa (my latest kick is my homemade salsa), a sprinkle of cheese, wrapped in a tortilla. If I’m feeling the need, I might add some sausage, but I don’t add that all the time.
My loneliest meal of the day, I think is lunch. I say it’s lonely because my son usually eats his own version of something, in between playing. Even on the weekends, when we eat lunch at home, my husband usually does his own thing, while I do mine. So, I have learned to really eat what I desire for lunch – something that will be healthy and yummy.
Dinners are the meals I plan. If I get to do nothing else in preparation for the week, grocery shopping centers on what I need to make my dinners. I always try to have extra protein, some sort of carb (depending on the carb intake for the day or week), and some veggies. Fruit may, or may not, be part of the meal, depending on how family members have eaten during the day.
I’m not going to spend time talking about the reason for healthy eating – you can find that on other sites. But, I will say I love experimenting with making my dishes colorful. I also love knowing what I am feeding my children are good for their brains and bodies. I love being able to tweak recipes (I don’t cook with salt, given my history of gestational hypertension and severe pre-eclampsia) to address medical/health needs of my family members (my son had a “higher than normal” lead count at one point in his life).
Nutrition is fun – to read about, to study, and then to implement!
I also enjoy working in a space which allows me to spread out and create! Many of these meals take time – think upwards of an hour (or more) to prepare. So, they definitely are not for an easy “on the go” family; that said, if I needed to, I could prepare much of these meals on Sunday (or one day a week), and then reheat them to have “on the go” throughout the rest of the week. I’m slowly learning to prepare on Friday for our weekend, since those are usually the days where I backslide on nutrition.
What are some of your favorite foods to prepare? How does nutrition play a part in your household?