Friday, July 13, 2012

Sometimes, we eat junk.

I'd like to report that we eat 3 squares a day with two snacks, every day. I'd also like to have you believe that we always eat organic and never eat junk.

 But, that would be a big fat lie.

We DO eat junk. I am sure there are households who don't, and I envy them. But alas, I'm human and I can't even do 1/2 of it all well, much less all of it.  Sometimes, we eat junk.

 By junk, I don't mean just food I don't make, but it's also food that's not good for us. Miss Moo loves Cici's and prior to our realization that she was gluten sensitive she earned trips there from time to time. We eat at Chick-Fil-A much more than we should - my guess is once a week there for a while. And I haven't mastered Mexican meals like the joint 1.5 miles away dishes up - so we eat there when I really, really want Pollo Fundido.

So, yes. We eat junk. I strive to keep the junk to one thing a day. Moo found a Berenstain Bears book at the library that she fell in love with and has been added to our library at home. She can explain the difference between good food and junk food thanks to our efforts and Papa Bear. If she asks for more junk in a day when she has had a marshmallow or yogurt, she responds correctly to being asked what too much junk can do to her body. That helps me feel like less of a real food failure.

I have begun making meal plans and this has helped me tremendously. Going on one big trip to the store once a week is much better than a trip daily for dinner goods. It also help Drew to know what is going on with dinner when he starts his work day. Planning lunches and dinners also gives me a break in planning leftover days. It's a system that works here and you might consider using at your own house.

I don't plan breakfasts because the girls and I are grazers in the mornings. Some days fruit, some days toast and cream cheese, it just depends on the day. Lunch and dinner are planned for daily and the plan stays on my fridge.  Here is an example of a week's meal plan.

Lunch  - pizzas, apple sauce, carrots
Dinner - Spaghetti, salad, cucumbers. watermelon


Lunch - grilled ham and cheese, Veggie Booty, bananas
Dinner - Shrimp and grits, salad, cantaloupe

Lunch - Shrimp and grits, cheese, watermelon
Dinner: London broil, wedge salad, peas, yogurt

Lunch - chicken "nuggets", peas, mac and cheese
Dinner -  BREAKFAST! :)

Lunch - Butter noodles, cucumbers, berries
Dinner: Barbecued chicken, grilled corn, grilled veggies, risotto

Lunch - chicken, grapes, cheese, baked beans
Dinner - Farmer Johnson's

Lunch - hot dogs, veggie booty, rest of fruit share
Dinner - Burgers, fries, beans salad, brownie bites (?)

Some weeks I plan a meal out, other weeks I don't. It just depends on what is going on in our world and how much time we will get together as a family on the weekends.

From time to time now that I have a plan, I'll take pictures of dinner and post them along with recipes and tips.

What do you do to plan for food? Do you eat junk?

***I started this post about a month and a half ago. The picture of Miss Roo is from tonight's feast :)

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