Monday, July 16, 2012

Plate of Veggies and Fruit, BLT Salad

One of my most frequently asked questions is "so what DO you eat?"
I don't know why but I actually struggle to answer that question.  Mostly because I have a hard time trying to connect with the traditional diet since we don't eat turkey sandwiches, string cheese, and mac 'n cheese.

Here is what our typical lunch looks like:

The kids eat a variety of fruits and vegetables for lunch.  Today I sliced avocado, yellow heirloom cucumbers, stone fruit apricots, and a tiny amount of homemade burrata mozzarella (note that my children shared this plate). They love to munch on the plate of snacks.  I also made them a Hot Apple Pie Smoothie adapted from

Hot Apple Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup organic cream-top milk
2 T maple syrup
2 T honey
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1 t vanilla
1 T almond butter
1 apple, cored (peeled if you don't have a high speed blender)
8 ice cubes

Blend on high speed till the perfect consistency.

Mike and I shared a BLT salad - which the kids ended up eating too.

BLT Salad
4 slices cooked organic nitrate free bacon, chopped
1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
8-12 small cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 green onion, chopped
1 T vegannaise or mayo (I use the grapeseed oil one)
Avocado, sliced

It has taken me a long, long time to get used to our lunches.  I have a long standing history of meat based meals. Where the whole meal is centered around what meat will be eaten. Sandwiches were a staple -every day. But as we've cut back on the amount of processed grains we eat, sandwiches have become less common.  We usually eat sandwiches 1-2 days a week but not more that that.  So the other days are hard boiled eggs, fruits, veggies, etc.  What I had to say to myself every day is that if my kids only eat an apple and a cucumber they have had better nutrients than they'd get from a bowl of macaroni and cheese.  That always makes me feel better!

Keeping it real! Kathy

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