For so many people, the start of a new year is a time to begin fresh and make resolutions. But, now that I'm a mom of 2 kids in school, back-to-school time is almost like the start of my new year.
With one child in Preschool and another in Kindergarten, I have a little bit of time where I can refocus and get organized. Isn't it amazing how even 4 hours a week when your child is in preschool can feel like such a special gift. 4 whole hours! What's a mom to do with herself? Work and household tasks take up a huge chunk of time, but getting my entire family eating healthier is also a huge priority.
Here are some things that work for us, and might work for you too:
1) A friend of mine gave me this tip about baking cauliflower. If you cut it up and toss it with a little olive oil, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and bake it on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes the kids love it! Ever since I started making cauliflower this way, it has become one of my kid's favorite vegetables. I think because it's not green, they don't even think about vegetables while they're eating it.
2) Giving kids the chance to grown their own vegetables, herbs or even go apple picking at an orchard is a fun way for them to learn about natural eating. We've been growing carrots and herbs which my kids love to pick. If you don't have a lot of space or don't think you have a green thumb, start with herbs (like basil and oregano) and go from there.It's an easy way to add flavor without lots of extra calories and you'll be surprised at how easy it is.
3) Dip, Dip, Dip! It's such an easy way to get kids eating raw veggies. I always make my kids their own little plate of veggies and dip in the late afternoon or before dinner if they're asking for a snack. Their favorite dips are hummus and ranch dressing, but sometimes I make my own yogurt dip as a healthier alternative.
Sometimes, I think my 5 year old son eats more than my husband and I. But, luckily, my kids are so active that they are able to maintain healthy weights very easily. Now, if only it would be that easy for me!
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