Tuesday, January 01, 2013

healthy eating 2013

Our time at Kennedy Kreiger did a lot for us aside from getting Will on track for tube weaning. One of those things was to change the way I think about food from primarily thinking about it as a way to get full and feel satisfied to the way most people probably think about it: fueling our bodies to function best. My new mindset makes it easier to eat better, since I now believe that the food we eat affects our health (aside from weight issues).

Here is one recipe for Salmon Fajitas that I loved that was simple to make and everyone liked. I just buy salmon and chicken frozen in bulk from Costco and defrost piece by piece in water when I want to use them. I used to not buy much fresh fruit since it often went bad before anyone ate it, but now that I am including fruit at every meal, after explaining why it is important and that everyone must try one bite of everything on their plates, it is getting eaten. I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream as a topper and it was so so delicious. I actually preferred the taste; I would choose it over sour cream even if it were not way more nutritious.

We have also been eating orange pancakes, which I make with white whole wheat flour and plain greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. I experimented with making orange syrup instead of using maple and I liked that, too (just reduce orange juice with sugar in a pot until it turns to syrup).

I started making chicken quesadillas by sauteing costco mickey mouse nuggets, slicing them and stuffing them in the tortilla with the melted cheese and sprinkling in some taco seasoning. Not brain surgery, but I had always contemplated much more complicated recipes and was happy to see that the kids loved it.

I have been trying to find easy, simple, nutritious recipes that are kid-friendly through internet searches but I would love to hear some tried and true.


Jenny said...

That's awesome! I'm going to email you some of our favorite easy, healthy meals.

Ie Li said...

I wish I could help, but my kids hardly eat anything I make.