In honor of National Nutrition month, I am sharing our one-week menu as well as my thoughts on the importance of teaching your child how to develop healthy habits that will contribute to living a healthy lifestyle. One of my favorite quotes is by William Londen ,“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
My goal this month is to shed some light on nutrition when it comes to our lives and our families. According to NVCC.edu Nutrition is “the science of food, the nutrients in foods and how the body uses those nutrients. It includes the process of ingestion, digestion, absorption, metabolism, transport, storage and excretion of those nutrients.” As a mother, I want my children to learn how to eat and live healthy from my husband and me. One of the best ways for me to set this example is to model it daily. As a busy, working mom life can get really hectic, so to combat the stress of the day and maintain a healthy lifestyle I plan a weekly menu. Below is a sample of what we eat to stay healthy.
I try as much as possible not to eat processed foods, and sweets and desserts are only luxury during the holidays. I believe that eating food in its most natural state helps the body breakdown the food we eat faster
Idaho nutrition guide for families – This is one of my favorite food resource guides
MARCH – 1 Week Menu
(My kids really like milk, and I prefer herbal tea; but these are just preferences in my home.
|BREAKFAST Soy/Rice Milk & Multi-Grain CheeriosFresh Pears||Soy/Rice Milk & Whole Wheat WafflesFresh Blueberries||Soy/Rice Milk & Whole Wheat WafflesSliced Apples||Soy/Rice Milk & Oatmeal with dried fruit, & a Banana||Soy/Rice Milk & Multi-Grain CheeriosFresh Pears||Soy/Rice Milk & Oatmeal with dried fruit grapes||Soy/Rice Milk & Blue-Berry Pancakes
|LUNCHJuice/herbal teaTofu wrap sandwiches (inside cooked tofu with onions, baby spinach leaves, & tomatoesSliced Apples||Juice/herbal teaHomemade PIZZA with spinach pizzaOranges slices||Juice/herbal teaBurritos (bean & cheese) Cucumber slices||Juice/herbal teaSpinach salad (mix of carrots, cucumbers, avocados, grapes etc)||Juice/herbal teaTVP (veggie protein made to taste like ground beef) whole wheat wrapsSliced carrots||Juice/herbal teaTofu & Stir-frySweet peppers, chives, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, & carrotsSliced plums||Juice/herbal teaQuinoa & mixed vegetablesSliced mango|
|DINNERSoy/Rice MilkSlow-cooked soup. Wide variety of vegetables & tofu that I cooked earlier.Pears
|Soy/Rice Milk Kale greens, seasoned potatoes, and a veggie loafSweet potatoes||Soy/Rice MilkSteamed Broccoli and Whole Wheat SpaghettiGarden Salad||Soy/Rice MilkBrussel-sprouts, Cabbage & CarrotsSweet Corn||Soy/Rice MilkRatatouille/ egglplant StewGarden Salad||Soy/Rice MilkSquash, grilled asparagus, and black bean and brown rice/quinoa with red pepper and beansmandarin oranges||Soy/Rice MilkVegetarian taco-salad.Cucumber slices|
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