…and make him eat good food!
I know some of you out there are like me and a little nutty about food. I’m totally anti “food” that’s just add water and eat for dinner. Now don’t get me wrong, we’ll still have those bad for you (but oh so tasty) Little Debbie snack cakes around the house…but for “real” food? It’s got to be immediately recognizable as food. Like an actual fruit or vegetable. Or a cut of meat that looks like, well, meat…and not a pieced together mish mash of meat pieces.
Anyhoo, here are the ways I try to stay on top of feeding my fam the good stuff:
- Eat fresh foods. I have the world’s biggest junk food tooth. I won’t say sweet tooth, because it goes well beyond the sweets, because I like the salty’s too, lol! But to balance it all out, I put a lot of effort into making sure that we’ve got healthy and tasty options prepared and ready to go in the fridge. Our dinners are always made with real food and we typically have fresh veggies and fruits in their for munching and snacks.
- Cook. That’s obvious right? I should have said, cook in large quantities. I’ll make a couple of meals at a time, because I don’t know about you…but my job has me working like a field slave. So I don’t have time to come home everyday talking about making dinner. When I cook, I usually make enough for a couple of lunches and dinners to come from one meal. I’d prefer to cook fresh everyday (and I do when I’m off in the summers…thank you academic calendar!), but that’s just not an option while I’m working.
- Learn. My mom is a good cook and she made healthy meals for us when I was growing up, so she set a good example. But once I started learning about food and what it does for our body…I got serious about eating good stuff. Michael Pollan’s books have been super helpful for my learning why crappy food is crappy and why I should eat the good stuff. That may sound silly, but when I’m faced with choice of Micky D’s or homemade…his books have helped bring me back from the fast food ledge.
Anyhoo, I’d love to hear what your household (whether you cook or it’s your hubby) does for food. Do you talk about cooking and how you eat? Or do you secretly make the fam eat healthy? Do your kiddos like healthy or no?