Hopefully this will be the start of a weekly post detailing what Holden and I eat over the course of one day of our week. I promised myself I would do this and be very transparent and as a result I’m sort of embarrassed to share what we ate yesterday. But you know what? Somedays are better than others, getting kids to eat is hard and no one is perfect. Here’s my imperfect day of food:
I start most of my days by oil pulling coconut oil. I’m not actually eating it, but it’s the first thing I put in my mouth. Benefits include healthier gums, whiter teeth and better breath. Yeaassss…
Hubs was running late for work and I was trying to Holden and I out of the house and over to a preggo friend’s house to keep her kiddo company while she’s on restricted activity. Smoothies are quick, easy and full of yummy and healthy ingredients and my kid will eat them. It back fired on us a little, as Holden dropped and smashed his on the tile. Boo
In order to put a little spring in my step, my friend had texted a picture of a box of delicious looking gluten free donuts. When we finally got there, I indulged while we lounged in the sun and watched the kiddos and dogs play together. It was delicious and the weather was gorgeous. Holden also shared one with his friend.
Later we had some snacks as you do when you have wee ones…
And Holden grabbed a day or two old rice roller to gnaw on as well…yum?
In an effort to get something a little healthier into the kiddos, I made a giant smoothie with almond milk, frozen strawberries, vanilla complete powder, frozen spinach, a frozen banana, and several clementines.
Holden thoroughly enjoyed his.
We headed home mid day and Holden fell asleep in the car. I wanted to eat my hand while sitting in the car in the garage while he slept so I ate some garlic pistachios and then took a little cat nap until he woke up. Wow my hands are dry….
We he finally woke up I scrounged around in my poorly stocked fridge. It’s time to go grocery shopping. For some reason I can always get Holden to eat rice so I grabbed some rice, veggies and threw together a tahini, maple and dijon mustard “dressing” for a quick rice “salad”. I also fried a couple eggs to throw on top for added staying power. I’ll definitely be recreating that dressing and posting soon, it was pretty yummy.
Holden asked for cheese by name mid afternoon, I’m not a big fan of mozzarella sticks but they are incredibly convenient and my kid will eat them. Typical mom guilt. At least it’s organic? I know, I know. He also likes the really expensive plant based cheeses that I’d love to give him unlimited amounts of. However, I would go bankrupt since he will eat like $5 worth of fermented almond cheese in one sitting. Time to pull out Miyoka’s Artisan Vegan Cheese and learn how to make my own.
I threw together a little dried fruit and nut bowl snack before hubs got home. Dried cherries and yellow grapes plus pecans. Holden picked all the pecans out of his bowl and he half chewed up the cherries and spit them out all over the floor. I love cleaning up half masticated food *sarcasm*
I also made myself some tea. I love this loose herbal tea I found at Trader Joes. It was a varietal pack and I’m pretty sure it was seasonal, boo. Luckily the ingredients of each tea are on the box and they are pretty straight forward. There might be some custom tea making in my future. I added some local Hammons Honey clover variety to my tea to sweeten it up a bit and some black pepper to help activate the healing properties of the turmeric.
Once Neil came home, he started preparing a Blue Apron meal. His sister gave us three weeks of meals as a Christmas present and he’s been cooking most of them in an effort to increase his kitchen skillz (lol). Too bad he sliced a chunk off his finger with my mandolin almost immediately (who peels ginger with a mandolin?). So I finished up our meal. We’ve enjoyed our meals from Blue Apron, but I wouldn’t call them healthy and they actually take awhile to prepare. Even for me and I’m more well versed in the kitchen. Cooking when there is a toddler in the house just makes everything take longer. So the 45 minutes it was supposed to take, turned into an hour and a half. My other complaint is that they are pretty small portions. It varies per meal but sometimes I look at them and thing “what’s Neil going to eat, because this is enough for just me”. We typically end up having to prepare another side which just adds to the cook time. We plan to look into other services like this so he can continue to hone his skills but I’d like one that’s a little healthier and maybe easier meals.
I forgot to take a picture of our Meyer Lemon-Glazed Catfish with collard greens and cracked freekeh but it was pretty tasty. Get the recipe here.
And last but not least, at some point in the evening the Girl Scout I had bought some cookies from showed up at the door with our order. In a moment of weakness I ate an embarrassing large amount of Thin Mints. Eh, they were delicious. I also gave 2 to Holden, because he has more will power than his mom, he handed me a half a cookie back when he felt he was finished, what?!
That’s it! I wouldn’t say this was a typical day, but maybe not a-typical either. I do my best and some days are better than others! See you Friday for Weekly Wrap Up with some links to what I’m digging for Holden and I this week.