We are big fans of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I love what he is trying to accomplish in the schools, but do you know what I love even more? I love that it challenges me to think about the food I eat and the food I feed my kids.
Cause really, Mac and Cheese 4 times a week isn't impressive to anyone.
So, Mike and I have been inspired. We have started making small, baby steps, in the food department. We didn't go out and start buying all of our food at Whole Wallet (oops, I mean Whole Foods), but we are trying to make healthier decisions. Here are a couple of steps we've taken in our own food revolution.
1. Offer as many food groups as possible at each meal-- Sounds simple right? Yeah, will it also sounds obvious if you want to be healthy, but can I tell you how many times I am guilty of just throwing something on the kids' plate and hoping they'll eat it because it is just way past naptime and they are screaming (and most likely I am stressed cause I have a million things to do and don't want to take time to prepare something thoughtful).
2. I eat lunch with the kids-- For a long while, Lacey and Miles were eating separate foods. (i.e. baby food and solids). Well, we are past the point of that and they eat the same things. But the thing was, I wasn't eating what they were eating. I was waiting until nap time to eat in peace, or skipping lunch all together. I realized however, that when I started to make a meal that we would all eat, it became much more well balanced and colorful. I don't know about you, but soy chicken nuggets from TJ's get really old, really fast.
3. Make it from scratch- We make bread, pizza dough, cookies, and recently chicken nuggets, from scratch. First of all it's cheaper, it's also healthier, and the kids actually prefer it!
4. Talk about fruit and vegetables-- I am not going to let Lacey or Miles be the first grader that doesn't know what a tomato is. Please, I was so embarrassed for our country that day. Since then I have worked a little bit harder with her on learning what everything is. Play food helps make it much easier!
What can you do for your own "food revolution"?