Sundays are typically grocery day in our household. On ideal Sundays, we start our day off off at church then stop by Whole Foods on the way home. Depending on the length of our grocery list, we either ALL go in and take over the store (sorry Whole Foods) or I hop out of the car while Alex drives the kids through the downtown parking garages (their favorite). Buckling/unbuckling three car seats is no joke.
What We Eat
We keep a fairly simple diet. With the two of us working full time and three kids, there’s no room for anything beyond simple but I’d argue that simple and delicious are not mutually exclusive.
My and Alex’s meals generally consist of a base of raw greens with other veggies added, topped with protein and finished off with avocado. Sometimes we add cheese, nuts or seeds too. The kids’ meals are similar but we add in jasmine rice or sweet potatoes for them. We all eat the same foods, though we sometimes present the kids’ food differently for them (ex: dicing spinach up into tiny pieces and mixing it into their rice, rather than making it their base).
Here’s a typical weekly haul from Whole Foods:
- A few types of greens: kale, arugula, spinach, spring mix and/or romaine
- Broccoli & cauliflower
- Cucumbers & Peppers (kids love them with ranch dressing)
- Avocados, avocados, avocados
- Bananas (kids)
- Black Beans (kids)
- Brain Octane Oil
- Goat, Parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese
- Almond milk
- Almond butter (this kind is a great, non-WF choice!)
- Raw nuts (macadamias, cashews, almonds)
- Frozen Berries
- Other fresh/frozen fruit
Alex typically grills 2-3lbs of meat to last us a few days and after the kids go to bed, I wash and prep all the greens/veggies so that they’re ready for use throughout the week. We make large batches of rice so that we always have that on hand too.
By mid week we’re usually in need of a few items so I use the world’s greatest mom hack, Instacart to get us what we need. Instacart is an app based subscription service that allows me to do my grocery shopping virtually. I select all of my items on the app (it even remembers my favs) and within two hours, IT’S AT MY HOUSE (!!!). There is no greater thing, you guys. You can have groceries delivered anywhere that the service exists so I often use it when I travel for work. Instead of going out for a meal, I have stuff from Whole Foods delivered to my hotel.
Instacart has been a game changer for our family. No one paid me to say that, it’s the truth. I’ll sing their praises all day long. If you want to try it, use my code to get $10 off. And Instacart- if you’re reading this and you want to pay me to sing your praises, I’m all yours.
I’ve never been one to meal prep or make freezer meals but lately I’ve been freezing cooked, extra food and it’s been so nice to have. My experience has been that rice, chicken thighs and ground beef freeze and thaw very well. I need to remember to do this more often (note to self!).
I find that I fail most often when I’m not prepared. If I get hungry and don’t have something healthy on hand, I tend to make poor food choices. Having good food ready to go makes it easier for me to make a good choice about what I eat.
Dinner Time Philosophies
When it comes to family meals, we have a couple of philosophies:
1. Everyone eats whatever we serve. We are not short order cooks. If the kids don’t like the meal, they understand that their options are to eat what was served or to to wait for their next opportunity to eat, which is breakfast the next day. One of Alex’s favorite lines is “you don’t have to like it to eat it.” This has worked for us!
2. We don’t make our kids finish all of their food. Yes, really. We don’t want to train them to ignore their satiation signals (the messages your belly sends your brain to let it know it’s full!) in order to follow rules. They do have to finish all of their vegetables though, and they only get dessert if they finish their entire meal.
I’d love to hear how your families eat! We sometimes get in a rut, especially for the kids’ breakfast so would love some fresh, healthy ideas!
Photo Credit: Bri Watkins Photography