Simple Family Nutrition

My family is not doing too bad on Nutrition. We practically never go out and when we do, we pick better places with quality food. I wish we had more organic food in the house, but otherwise everyone gets proper nutrition in one form or the other.

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However

My daughter (3.5) and myself like vegetables. My husband and my son (20 mo) prefer meat and potato. Besides that my daughter doesn’t want to eat the same food. After dinner I spend 20 minutes picking up leftovers of dinner from the table and under it as well

Challenge

My daughter (3.5) and myself like vegetables. My husband and my son (20 mo) prefer meat and potato. How do I make sure the meat eaters get their veggies and how do I minimize food waste?A whole and halved red bell pepper

Solution

Instead of putting 4 plates with food on the table, I put 1 big plate on the middles of the table (with everything pre-cut) –  eggs, string cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, and whatever else looked good at the store. I toast whole grain bread and give smaller portions of meat and side dish to the guys. I only tried it a few times so far, but it seems like less food ends up thrown out, since it is not on the kids’ plates from the start. To my surprise my son decided to try new foods – avocado and egg (he wasn’t interested in it before). After dinner is done, I pick the leftovers from the plate and pack it in 2 storage containers along with salad leaves – now it’s a salad for tomorrow’s lunch my me and my husband.

Dare to Go Greener! – Buy Local

Andrea (@notimemom) is back. And she should be back – with the Earth Day coming up I invited her to come back. Why? You’d have to read to find out

Official seal of the National Organic ProgramImage via Wikipedia Earth Day, April 22, is just around the corner and everyone is talking about how the have tried to go green. I have to admit that the earth was not always my first thought when we made changes. In many cases it was a decision to cut back on expenses or waste. Yes, going green can save you money!

I know it is hard to think of organic foods and saving money. Isn’t it amazing what a premium they are sold at? Okay, I am not against organic, but I do not buy organic foods just for the sake of buying organic. Our family tries to eat local. Yes, one more thing to think about but, those organic strawberries on the store shelves out of season might have traveled a long distance. Not only does this mean they have lost nutrients and flavor, but they have left a giant carbon foot print. Yuck. That doesn’t taste quite as sweet. Also, those veggies might have been picked by workers paid next to nothing and under horrible conditions. So, why not ensure a small carbon foot print and fair labor practices by buying local.

Not sure how to get started? Well, I bet if you look around there are some local farms near you. Try a google search for your area if you are not sure, or try Pick Your Own online. Find out what they have to offer. It will be fresh picked, delicious and most of all inexpensive. Even better, look for U-pick and get your whole family involved with choosing your food. My DH just recently went back to work for his family farm so this is a subject close to our hearts. Their farm grows a wide variety of produce. I know there is nothing better than eating food we just picked hours before eating… not days!

Also utilize your local farmer’s market. This usually includes smaller growers in your area. I love to get fresh eggs, fresh baked bread, seasonal treats or plant starts there. Not all are labeled organic, but remember that pesticides are expensive and smaller growers will avoid them whenever possible. When you have a question about the food, ask the grower. They take great pride in what they bring to the market. Their product is their reputation so get to know them with every delicious bite.

So I hope this has inspired you to “dare to go greener” by buying local. It is good for the environment as well as your wallet. Do you buy local? What is available in your area? I would love to hear from you.

Meet Andrea – visit her blog Adventures and All Things Food

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