String cheese, apples, peas, lunch meat and a Satsuma, this one was a hit. The kids LOVE those little oranges :)
We aren’t huge Valentine’s Day people, probably because my birthday is two days before Valentine’s Day, pretty much every year :) But this year, I actually did something special. Made a gluten free pizza for the kids, and I even bought them all Valentine’s. I even made Chris a card, and had the kids make each other cards after they finished school. It was a busy day, but it was fun making it special for the kiddos.
Here’s my pizza. I’m not bragging, I just felt the need to post about it because it may not happen again any time soon ;)
Well, I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day, and that you get the chance to share your love with those special people in your life.
FYI-we made this for the kids but made something else for Chris and I, mostly because I think it would have upset my stomach. The kids really like this pizza and it’s fairly easy to make, I use the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free pizza crust mix. It’s a fun alternative to buying pizza, and a lot healthier for them!
Hopefully no one ever accuses me of giving my recipes names that are too short! ;)
It’s my birthday! I’m 35 today and you know, all I REALLY want is some Haagen Dazs Rocky Road ice cream? But I brought in my birthday in the ER with my hubby and baby Jack, the doctor thinks I have gall stones. Sooooo…I think it would be wise to hold off on the Rocky Road, and maybe stick to a healthier option like these paleo muffins for example (hint, hint!) They are awesome by the way, and now that I have 24 adorable silicon muffin cups, we may be enjoying muffins around the Burns household a little more often! Continue reading
To be honest, one of my kid’s favorite things to eat is a Green Smoothie! Such a great and easy way to some of those wonderful leafy greens into their tummies :) I try to give them one 3 or 4 times a week. Coconut milk, banana, frozen berries and greens (I even use kale sometimes and they still love it!) Just try it, as long as you have a good amount of sweetness, they probably wont even know!
How about you, what ways do you “sneak” veggies they have a hard time eating into their diets? Would love to hear some tips here!
My goal in feeding the kids is to get some protein, veggies, and fruit and some healthy fat. We’ve got carrots, and cucumbers, some lunch meat, and a half of a banana. Some kids will require more food than this but I’ve found that this is enough (especially if I added some cheese or cream cheese or yogurt to the mix), as long as they’ve had a good amount of protein for breakfast, with a good amount of healthy fats (coconut oil, bacon, sausage, eggs). My kids (ages 9-2) will eat this or just a little more than this for lunch, no snacking between lunch and dinner so that they EAT their dinner. :)
And dinner is a whole other story, right now we are just talking about lunches. Sometimes, like at the end of the month, I’m just scraping things together to try to find enough to feed the kids that don’t include grains. Other times I let the kids go “shopping” in the fridges (we have one on our back porch too), to help us decide what veggies they want on their plates today. We usually feed everyone the same thing, but sometimes I give them a few choices it just depends on what we have, how much time we have and what mood mommy is in. :)
I’m all about being healthy, but sometimes I just don’t have time to feed my kids the most healthy meal. Which is why I haven’t made my other Paleo Banana Pancake recipe very often, there are just a few too many steps and they take a long time to cook, the end result is that they tasted amazing but they kind of fall apart really easily…so I tweaked the recipe this morning, and they were just as tasty as my first recipe, they held together so much better, and they cooked just as fast as my whole wheat flour pancakes. We’re all pretty happy today!! Continue reading
Okay, we thought the Paleo Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies were amazing (and they are), but these ones were even better! It was one of those parting-of-clouds-hearing-angels-singing moments.
These cookies are so easy to make, maybe a little too easy! You just follow the recipe for the Grain Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, omit the cocoa and add an extra 1/4 cup almond meal, that’s it. I added shredded coconut instead of coconut flakes this time and we all liked that better as well.
Such a great healthy treat, and no stomach ache afterward :)
After the new year we decided to take the dive and start to really make strides to helping our children eat more healthy meals. I’m not afraid of my kids getting fat, but I know that they eat too many grains. So around the first of January we ditched the bread and tortillas and it’s been a pretty smooth transition, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at their adaptation to less bread and more meat and veggies. We don’t seem to have issues with dairy so our children still eat dairy and we do some white rice and a few gluten free substitutes here and there to give them a little treat.
Lunches are the hardest for me, so I thought I would take some pictures and share here some of the examples of our “Healthy Kid Lunches” with all of you. Some of them go over really well, some of them not so well. Hope this inspires some of you wanting to make some changes in your kid’s diet. And we’ve noticed positive changes in some of our children’s behaviors which is really encouraging! Here is lunch #1
Baby Carrots, Summer sausage, sweet peas with dill dip, slice of cheddar and a slice of gluten free flax seed bread from Costco (which the kids LOVE by the way!)
We had our first real snow yesterday, and the kids were pretty pumped about. Like a good mom, I made them some hot chocolate to go with their grain free chocolate chip cookies, I mean these kids had been working hard all morning, building slightly muddy snowmen and climbing our dirt pile over and over again to slide a hill covered with less than a half inch of wet snow. It’s hard work but it’s part of being a kid.
We sat down after lunch, I let the kids all pick out their favorite coffee mug, each got two small cookies and a cup of cocoa. Aidan comes to me with his plate of cookies and asks, “can I use your camera mommy?” When I asked why he says, “I want to take a picture of my cookies and cocoa, oh but can I borrow one of your cookies? I will let you eat it when I’m done.” Why of course you can son! It was a proud moment for me, in which I realize that my son doesn’t only NOT think I’m weird for stopping everyone from eating so I can first take a picture of our meal, but he thinks it’s normal, even cool. I feel so accomplished, I’ve passed my weird fetish of taking pictures of food on to one of my offspring. One down, six to go.
Here is the first photo he took,
Then he realized he couldn’t see the cocoa in the cup so he adjusted his perspective for this shot
Love that boy! I definitely see a potential foodie in the making.
And I leave you with this convo with Connor.
Connor-”can we have TWO cookies mommy?”
A couple minutes later, still thinking about how many cookies he will be eating and probably wishing the cocoa would heat up a little faster.
Connor-”Mommy, you can have three cookies because you’re a mama.”
My sentiments exactly!
Here’s a picture of my little Cait refusing to eat the yummy squash I was trying to feed her. But isn’t this kind of what we do when thinking about changing the way we eat?
It was about a year ago that Chris convinced me
kicking and screaming, to give up grains. I think my exact words when he suggested that we try this grain-free diet called “Paleo” were, “I don’t WANT to live like that! I want to enjoy my food, and I LOVE bread so what is the point in living if I cant ever eat the foods I like?” Okay maybe I didn’t say that last part, but that is kind of how I felt. Continue reading