Back to school, back to school. YUCK.
The YUCK is not because the kids will be back to school – I love when things are scheduled and we know where we have to be and when – and I think that my kids are both secretly glad to get back to school, see their friends and get back to their sports teams. THe YUCK is because we have to get up early (quite a chore especially for my 7-going-on-16-year-old daughter), both kids will have homework and we need to start packing lunches again (my most hated task, even more than applying sunscreen). YUCK.
The lunches are the worst part (for me). Towards the end of last year, I really let lunches go – pretty much threw whatever we had in the house into a bag, and quite a few times I recall running to grab bagels before the bus came for the kids in the morning. Dinner, well, that’s another topic that we will not even discuss.
I read online often about people who cook once and have lunch and dinners frozen for the whole month. I am sure it saves a ton of time during the week, but spending 18 hours in one day cooking to prepare for that is not something that I could ever do. I also read about people who cook gourmet (or what seems to be gourmet) dinners for their family every night. Although I’d love to, that’s also not something I can or have time to do. Most nights, my kids could be found eating typical kid food that takes 5 seconds to make (mac & cheese, hot dogs, chicken nuggets), but this is also bad because these are all processed foods with a ton of not-so-good-for-you ingredients.
The past few weeks, I’ve spent some time doing some (more) reading and as a family, we’ve decided to make some healthy changes in the way we eat. We are not going to become vegans or cut out sugar 100%, but we will gradually be making small changes that I hope will be positive. Some things we are doing
- Try to eat organic whenever we can,
- Pack healthier lunches,
- Eat more fruits & vegetables (also preferably organic),
- Read labels on the foods we are eating,
- Discuss making better choices when it comes to food.
So today we did our food shopping at Whole Foods and our fruit bowl is full and colorful!
I even packed good lunches for the kids. Two points go to me for (a) giving them healthier food and (b) doing it before 10pm tonight.
Each kid got a mix of organic blueberries & raspberries, a hard boiled egg and a fruit applesauce. The kid that doesn’t eat bread got organic turkey rolled with unprocessed American cheese and the other got the same turkey and cheese on organic whole wheat bread, plus a Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Brownie & Oat bar.
Before I start patting myself on the back, I still need to pick out outfits, label school supplies, pack the backpacks and fill out the school paperwork. Fingers crossed I am done before midnight….