Kids and Food
This may come as somewhat of a surprise, but I do not love to cook. Let me elaborate. I do not love to cook while my kids are melting down around me, and I'm under pressure to get something delicious and visually appealing onto the table in under 30 minutes. I do, however, love good food. I love fresh, clean, organic food, and I love it even more if somebody else has made it for me.
When my husband and I first got together, his fridge was always empty, save for a few giant water bottles he kept in case of emergencies. I was living with 4 roommates and had a small designated corner of the fridge that I could call my own. In my pre-motherhood years I was not cooking on a regular basis, there were no regular mealtimes, I would grab to go and eat as I pleased. Now I find myself responsible for 3 meals everyday for the rest of forever. Even when I'm not cooking, I'm thinking about where the next meal might be coming from - it's a somewhat constant dialogue in my head and it's exhausting!
I was talking with a friend who recently started introducing her daughter to solid food. "Food is SO hard!" She exclaimed. Our conversation got me reflecting back on those early years of parenthood - the hours I would spend making puree that never got eaten, the development of my snack-packing skills, the stress of wondering how I was possibly going to have a meal for 4 on the table by 5:30, and then learning how to pack a lunch that wasn't just a PB&J sandwich everyday.
Thankfully, our children don't start out needing anything more than milk, and when food is introduced it happens slowly and simply. But then, pretty quickly, things begin to develop into something much more complex, and we blunder along trying to find the skills we need to keep up! I have been inspired by so many fellow parents and instagram feeds that have helped me cope with the ever evolving food needs of my family. I may not love to cook, but I like it well enough, and I'm passionate about serving our children the healthiest, cleanest, most nutritious foods we can!
Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of blogs centered around the idea of Kids and Food. I'll be sharing my tips on how to set up healthy eating habits, how to make almost any recipe healthy, how to shop for the best quality ingredients, how to pack snacks, and how to throw together delicious meals in under 30 min.
Please follow along and share with anyone you think might need a little inspiration.