All my children are back at school this week. Yay! Just take that in for a moment. All of them. Back at school. It does mean that I have to make school lunches again and soak the countless white school shirts, but it’s worth it.
Why I get SO Excited about School Mornings
- My house stays clean for a couple hours every day.
- I get to drink my cup of tea while it’s still hot.
- I can catch up on work and writing, and ….
- the thing I love the most is that I get a few quiet hours without anyone asking me even one single question.
Meal Planning Tips for Healthy Eating
- Write out a Meal Plan every week. You can get a free Weekly Meal Plan Template here.
- Try and double up the quantity of at least two dinner meals during this week so that you can pop them in the freezer to use when days turn upside down. This week I will be doubling up on Chicken and Vegetable Soup (One freezer meal for Emergencies) & Beef Stew (We had this for breakfast the next day)
- Keep your snack box stocked up for easy lunchbox making and after school snacks. This week I made a batch of Peanut Butter Biscuits, Superfood Energy Bars and Wholewheat Banana Muffins.
A Couple Things about my Meal Plans
- We try and eat Real food at least 80% of the time
- Some days we may eat a treat (like the Vanilla ice cream we had on Friday night and Sushi on Sunday).
- I use regular, everyday ingredients that you can find in most stores.
- We are a real family so yes .. there are definite regularly featured recipes that will show up in my meal plans. I try and cook at least one or two new recipe a week to add a little variety. Sometimes these make it to the blog. Sometimes they don’t.
This weeks Clean Eating with Kids Meal Plan:
Breakfast: Homemade Peanut Butter Granola with milk or yogurt
Lunch: Egg and Mayonnaise sandwiches, Superfood Energy Bars, Popcorn and fruit slices
Dinner: Chicken and Vegetable Soup (Extra portion to Freeze)
Snack: Fruit or vegetable slices
Breakfast: Banana Pancakes, yogurt & Maple Syrup
Lunch:Tuna and Lettuce Pockets, Banana Muffins, Apple Slinky
Dinner: Chicken & Vegetable Pasta Bake with wholewheat pasta
Snack: Fruit / Peanut Butter Biscuits
Breakfast: Leftover Beef Stew toasted sandwhiches
Lunch: Tuna Pasta Salad (cooked wholewheat pasta, canned tuna in olive oil, cucumber, tomato and mayonnaise), Superfood Energy Bar, Fruit
Dinner: Honey Soy and Sesame Chicken Stirfry
Snack: Rye Crackers with Cucumber Slices and Humus
Dessert: Not so clean ice cream and canned peaches in fruit juice.
Breakfast: French Toast, Banana and Maple Syrup
Lunch: Roast Chicken, Rice, Vegetables and Gravy
Dinner: Leftovers and fridge raid.
Breakfast: Scrambled Egg, Bacon & Fried Tomato on Rye Toast
Lunch: Sushi (while we were in town)
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Pieces, Salad & Potato Bake