So far we’ve hit two big bumps along our junk free journey: school/sports and ADHD. To be honest we hit the bump of school and sports and fell right out of the apple cart into the junk river. Yep, just when we were hitting our stride on our journey life started to speed up and the junk started to creep back in. Not a good thing when you’re writing a blog about eating real food!
As our kids started getting into school it seemed that every other day they were being given candy and treats. You might expect this for birthdays – but for “learning” opportunities too, as in “here are some skittles to help you learn math”. They were also surrounded by junk food during sports from the snack shack to the well meaning parents who brought cookies and Gatorade as after game snacks. If you have kids, you know the drill. They started dipping their toes into the river of junk and before we knew it they were completely swimming in it. As they started eating more junk, I stopped blogging as much because all of a sudden we weren’t living what I was learning!
An ADHD SOS
About this time two of our boys were diagnosed with ADHD and all of a sudden it snapped things back into focus. Continue reading
I know Wednesday is better known as “hump day”, but because it splits the week in half we’ve unofficially named it “Split Day” in our house. Of course, this special day comes with a special snack: Banana Splits! These may not be exactly what comes to mind when you think of banana splits, but they are delicious, healthy, easy to make, and easy to eat! Perfect for a hungry after school crew!
Just cut a strip out of the top of the banana, fill with peanut butter and top with chopped strawberries, and mini chocolate chips -or any toppings you like! If you want to make these ahead of time just brush some canned pineapple juice on the banana to keep it from browning. I like pineapple juice better than lemon because it doesn’t affect the taste as much. You can also fill a small spray bottle with the juice and just spritz the banana.
Every day when I pick my boys up from school they come running over begging to have friends come home with them. Which means, until recently, every day at 3:15 I’m gripped by PLAY DATE PANIC! It’s not the extra kids I mind, it’s more a question of “what do I feed them?” Because, as all parents know, after school they are starving.
Here’s a delicious way to start the morning and set you and your kids up with energy that lasts all day. It combines super foods like quinoa, chia seeds, nuts and berries and leaves out all of the artificial ingredients found in similar foods like flavored instant oatmeal. And, one of my favorite things about this dish, it can be made the day before so it’s ready to go in the morning. Just heat and serve.
I love everything about Thanksgiving- from the decorating, to the cooking, to the eating (ok, maybe not the clean-up)- but one thing I don’t love is the idea of chemicals and “manufactured food products” masquerading as my favorite foods.
When you’re planning your meal, I’m sure you’re not planning on cooking with and serving “Sodium Bisulfite”, “Partially Hydrogenated Oil”, “Pyrophosphate”, “Disodium Guanylate”, “Disodium Inosinate”, “Propyl Gallate”, and a slew of other unknown items. However, if you’re using one of these boxed options you’re serving all of this and more.