Two weeks of school are done. As far as meals go, my biggest challenge has been Thursday night soccer practices. Big A has them at 5:30 to 7pm. So we were eating after practices but that seemed too late. So last week I tried having dinner early and the kids weren’t that hungry because it’s hard to skip a snack after school (Big A is done at 2:30).
I think I’ll try to keep the afternoon snack small and aim for a small dinner before practice and allow for a smoothie or something when we get home. This week I’m tweaking a recipe with fish sticks made with tilapia (so far I haven’t been too successful) and trying this awesome looking slow cooker dish!
For more meal plan inspiration, check out Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking This Week?
Monday: Have it Your Way Tacos
Tuesday: Pasta with Roasted Summer Beggies (before summer is officially over) and fruit
Wednesday: Kids’ choice
Thursday: Fish Sticks, green salad and fruit (kids make their own which includes fruit and veggies)
Friday: Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken with rice and fruit.
More ideas from Cooking Light…
What About the “How” of Eating in Schools
I’ve been hearing a lot lately from parents about their kids not being allowed to eat a certain item at lunch or that they are pushed to eat their healthy foods first or are asked to eat an acceptable amount (you can go play after taking two more bites). A reader of mine recently wrote in with her dilemma:
I went to our parent teacher conference last night. She in front of all the parents was explaining the rules and advising parents to pack healthy lunches with no more than one sweet and no pop. Then she explained that they will encourage the kids to eat their healthy food first before they can eat their sweet.
Katja Rowell recently touched on this topic on her blog, focusing on how parents may not always agree with the way nutrition is taught in schools:
Teaching our children to feel good about food, meals and cooking, and their bodies is vitally important to many parents. However: that may look very different for me and my family than for the author of this document, or for your family— and don’t we all have a right as parents (isn’t it our exclusive right as the document asserts) to those different beliefs?
It’s clear to me that we need to be mindful not just about what children are eating at school, but how they are being fed and administered nutrition information. While some parents may be comfortable with one approach, others may not.
If you’re feeling uneasy with what or how your child is being fed or taught nutrition at school, the best approach is to start with honest communication. Let teachers know how you feel, but most importantly why.
Fearless Feeding is a great resource because we not only get into what and how to feed kids, we also discuss why in terms of child development. We showcase appropriate nutrition education for each stage of development based how children think and learn.
Has anything like this come up at your child’s school? And if so, how have you handled it?
I have started writing for SheKnows.com as one of their nutrition experts. My first article, 5 Ways to Rev Up the Child’s Brain for Learning, discusses the latest research on how to get children’s minds ready to learn.
On WebMD I respond to a letter written in the Journal of the American Medical Association about the relentless search for the perfect weight loss diet in terms of carbohydrates, protein and fat, and why it needs to go. The title of the post: Is the Ideal Diet the Wrong Goal?
Speaking of the craziness in schools, KJ Dell’ Antonia at the Motherlode discusses how some parents are getting letters if the lunches they pack aren’t healthy enough! How would you feel if you got this letter???
I was recently interviewed for the Parent Savers podcast, only 5 minutes from my house. In this podcast, I talk about healthy feeding strategies and respond to two moms’ questions. I was happy to hear one of the moms tell me a lot of this information was new to her.
And here’s the latest review of Fearless Feeding on An Apply A Day Nutrition.
Well, that’s it for today. Have a great week!