I have people ask me all the time, "So, what do your kids eat?". Well, let's just say they have had to learn to eat in a different way just like I have. They resisted at first but I have taught them along the way everything that I have learned about food and how it affects the body.
When they are not on Phase One, I try to use the "least offensive" rule with them. I find things with the least amount of ingredients. It's amazing the variations of something as simple as potato chips! I do buy things that are already prepared sometimes but I have gotten more picky about what I buy as the time goes by.
A typical day (not on phase one):
Breakfast: eggs- and lots of them!
|Omelets with fruit|
Some days a fresh take and bake Pizza from Whole Foods or Annie's mac and cheese. The days of frozen pizzas, Bagel Bites, Kraft "anything" are long gone. If it is not made by me, it must meet my "least offensive" rule. Fresh pizza from Whole Foods is far less offensive than any frozen pizza(even organic) out there.
For breakfast I buy a organic sausage that is processed but meets my "least offensive" rule. It's already cooked and easy to add to the eggs. Karianne likes it with spinach!
|I can only find this at Harris Teeter|
|Ready in 3 minutes!|
On occasion, the kids will eat cereal. (We can go for months without even having any in the house!) The only brand I will buy is Cascadian Farms Raisin Bran. It is not ok for phase one as it has grains but as far as cereals are concerned, this is one that has the least amount of ingredients and I can pronounce them all!
No longer do we stock up on Cheerios, of every flavor, like we used to. No Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes or even regular raisin bran. Cereal is nothing more than a processed food loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients, genetically modified corn and soy and filled with mycotoxins from the grains. I know....I am a party pooper on this one and many of you will not like my stance on cereals. I have had such a change of "thinking" on cereal. It used to be a staple in our house. Now I realize it is really not healthy at all. Yes, they are all fortified with vitamins but that's because they are so processed they have to put them back in AND it's a marketing ploy to make you buy them and think you are doing eating something healthy. If you can get a coupon for it...that's your clue that you shouldn't buy it! Cereal is cheap, easy, and convenient.....but it is NOT good for you or your kids.
Pancakes and waffles used to always be frozen. I would buy boxes and boxes of them to have in the freezer. Could not wait for them to go on sale or get a coupon for them. I have not bought them now for two years. Once I really read the ingredients in Eggo Waffles...I was grossed out that I fed these to my kids almost every day for years. I tried all the organic ones but honestly, they tasted horrible! And they were still filled with too many ingredients. My kids still love pancakes and so I searched high and low for something that would be in my "least offensive" category. This is the only brand that I have been able to find that has the least amount of ingredients. I don't make them often but they are nice for a special treat like Christmas morning or when on vacation at the beach.
|Almond meal makes for a great waffle|
I also make egg waffles for them and almond meal waffles. (Look on side tab under recipes) We use real maple syrup now instead of the big bottles full of high fructose corn syrup and tons of other stuff I can't pronounce!
|Just eggs poured in a waffle maker!|
|Still better than Kraft...|
They are organic with no use of antibiotics, nitrates, or preservatives. I keep Annie's mac and cheese on hand for a quick meal. It has way to many ingredients but at least it's better than Kraft!
Since we don't typically have bread in the house- when I do they can have an almond butter and jelly sandwich. We use Barney Butter which is just almond butter with a bit of organic sugar and oil. (They just won't eat the plain almond butter, so this is my compromise since we don't eat peanut butter). We buy the Cascadian Farms jelly since it doesn't have all the added stuff in it. They think it's a real "treat" when we have bread in the house and they know that means they get their version of a "PBJ"!
My oldest son has a new favorite meal consisting of stir fry chicken using Coconut Aminos. (I don't typically buy meat that is not fresh, but this brand of chicken again, meets my "least offensive" rule.) It's convenient but pricey. I have only found it at Whole Foods.
|Our new "staple" in the house!|
|Only organic chicken, water and salt|
|We love our hamburger cooker thingy!|
|Parker cooking the burgers|
|They don't even miss the bun anymore! Organic ketchup with no HFCS.|
|Only brand of chips I will buy for them|
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|Amazing that there are only 3 ingredients!|
|Fall in my "least offensive" catagory.|
|Jackson and Parker|
|Karianne- my Wolfpack girl!|