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Hello 2017! Is it treating you well? This year, I’m committing my family to eating more fresh, organic, and less processed foods. As the main Safeway shopper in the house, they have no say in the matter. Luckily, while my kids do love a good fast food meal, they also LOVE fruits and vegetables and I’m not saying that just to pull on over on you. Nine times out of 10 when I ask Blueberry what she wants for lunch, she says “apples, and a banana, and a grapes.” Fruititarians.
Anyway, want to clean up your diet too? Here are a couple tips to make it happen.
Breakfast and Lunch
At breakfast and lunch, you should eat some fruits or vegetables. Duh. But how to make sure you get them? Well, while I’m cooking, I give the kids a bowl full of fruit. It may be grapes one week, apple slices the next, whatever. Just tell them to sit down and snack while you cook up their eggs or whatever. At lunch, do the same! My kids love baby cucumbers (or keiki cukes as they’re called in Hawaii). Slice them up with some sweet peppers and you’re off to the races! I like to make sure they get a lot of protein in with their vegetables so hard cheese, sliced lunch meat, or baked chicken breast is usually on the menu. If they really want a salty snack, air popped popcorn with some sea salt is always a winner.
Dinner should be colorful. At least half the plate should be something other than white rice. We like to either gently sauté or steam our vegetables if they’re not being incorporated into the recipe. For recipes that need added vegetables, I always look to the color wheel. Having red sauce with noodles? Throw in some green zucchini. Orange curry? Peas pair great. Adding complimentary colors will make your dishes vibrant and you’ll be adding in more vegetables.
Making Produce Normal
So often you hear tips for how to “sneak” veggies into meals. My philosophy is that if you make it the norm when they’re young, they won’t be shocked later. Don’t get me wrong, my kids still put up a fuss sometimes but they eventually come around and taste those Brussel sprouts. I feel it’s a disservice to puree a vegetable to death and mix it into mac and cheese. And eating well starts at the very beginning. Plum Organics® is the nation’s number 1 organic baby food brand and their Grow Well® Infant Formula is organic, GMO free, and has no added corn syrup solids. The most abundant carbohydrate in breast milk is lactose so they only add cow’s lactose from certified organic cows.
Grow Well Infant Formula is available on the baby aisle at Safeway. While you’re there, you should check out their organic produce section, it is really impressive! If you have a little one here or on they way, log into your Safeway account and print this coupon for $5 off! Just click the picture below and you’ll be ready to save.
So what are your food goals for 2017? How are you incorporating more organic foods into your baby’s and your diet?