Skip to main content

Kids Mealtime & Food Combining

Because we are primarily a raw and whole food household, kids mealtimes are easy. We rarely argue over meals that the kids don't want to eat; I don't surprise them with new recipes- I stick to the tried, true and simple approach.

I prepare the kids' plates visually- I look for food group representation- protein, carbohydrate & fats, and then I look at the color for nutrient representation. Here is a typical meal for my (almost) 7 year old (those are sweet peas in the pods on the side)

I want to see about 50% of her plate carbs, the remaining 50% protein and fat. I look for a wide palette of color. This meal took about 10 minutes to prepare, basically the time it took to boil the noodles. Everything else was prepped.

 
Seth's meals are just a pureed variation, minus the protein right now which he gets from breastmilk. Because I make homemade baby food I prepare his meals with the same thinking. Rather than feeding him a serving of one food (like a jar of baby food) I serve him small portions of many foods for nutritional balance at every meal. Here is a perfect example- squash, mixed beans, sweet peas, carrots, banana & kiwi.

And here's another- sweet potato with green beans, squash, plum & nectarine with amaranth.


The theory is that different kinds of food have different digestion times, and poor food combining can lead to gastrointestinal difficulties. For example, if an animal protein takes 2-3 hours to digest while an apple takes 30 minutes, eating the 2 together will delay the digestion of the apple, resulting in fermentation of the sugar in the stomach, causing indigestion, gas and bloating. I keep laminated food combining charts on my fridge for constant reference, and I swear by it. Here are some food combining charts you can reference, I just did a quick google:

Picture Chart
Text Chart with Digestion Times 

The last thing I will mention regarding mealtime at my house is that we strive for it to be very low pressure and stress free. There are so many challenges when it comes to a healthy diet, I roll with what works. For example, our family rarely eats together in a structured meal- it's just what works for us. It might take Jenny an hour of grazing to finish the meal above, but she will eat every bite. Rather than try to time all of our eating in sync, with some being rushed and others being delayed, we just do our own thing- low pressure, good eating meal time. Jenny usually watches a movie and grazes; her dad eats quickly and is onto his next task. I am Mama Bear in the middle with the warm porridge. Mornings are challenging because we are on such a schedule for school and I HATE barking "eat, eat, eat" at Jenny. It annoys us all :) Yes we compromise mealtime as family time every day, but I like to think we make it up in other ways, and when we do have a family meal it is a special occasion.

So this is what works for us. Perhaps it is a bit unconventional but my whole family subscribes to a very healthy food plan- meals are relaxed, nutritious and consistent in my house, so I have achieved my goals!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I don’t have a Diastasis- Why is my abdomen still distended postpartum?

I get asked this question all the time! Here is my answer:
Research has shown that 100% of pregnant women will develop some degree of diastasis recti. A diastasis is a lateral separation in the abdominal wall between the recti or “six pack”, due to a stretching of the midline connective tissue or “linea alba”. Although some diastasis will heal postpartum, in many cases a separation will remain without restorative exercise.
Distention from DR will present as a doming in the midline. Women who heal a diastasis spontaneously or through restorative exercise may still find that their abdomens are distended, particularly after a meal and/or at the end of the day. If there is no diastasis, why is this?
This abdominal distention does not occur in the midline, but rather across the entire abdominal wall. This is due to a weakened hypotonic TVA- transverse abdominis muscle. The TVA is the deepest anterior abdominal muscle, wrapping around the midsection like a girdle, with a left and right side. T…

Day 3 Carb Flush- Ketosis

I am on Day 3 of my pre race carb flush. Here is my food plan for today:
Wednesday:
- Coffee & Banana
<--- Left was my mid day post client meal- chicken chunks, red cabbage and spinach in a white sauce, quinoa.

---> Right was my dinner- raw veggies with homemade mayo, bacon (mmmmm), 2 perogies, edamame.

Tonight I had 1/2 pear, cheddar cheese chunks and 3 thick crackers. O yes and this......

Sangria FTW! :)

I am wrapping up the 3rd and last day of my carb flush. Tomorrow I begin to replenish, Friday is the big homemade pasta dinner we have planned, then Saturday is bean salad and regular program pre-race day. I have completely avoided refined sugar even in my coffee (favouring extra milk over sugar). I will continue this until race day and beyond, now seemingly hyper-mindful of glycemic indexes and performance (from race day to every day!).

The Mississauga Half Marathon Clinic at the Winston Park Dr. Running Room store had its last clinic meet on Tuesday. I loved running with …

Nutrition- Soup & Bread!

I could live on soup. Seriously- it is an infusion of goodness full of electrolytes and soluble nutrition. It is hard to f*%$ up soup :) It's a go-to healthy choice. A small serving is very filling. It can be topped with bread, shredded cheese, sour cream or yogurt. It is a 2:00 reheat and great for a fast meal at home. It is a great "healthier" restaurant choice. I order soup all the time! It is delicious :)

Ben made this amazing asparagus and broccoli soup. He brought me 2 containers which = 4 servings for me. I have 2 left for the weekend. It is a jam packing 300 calorie infusion- perfect fuel for training and a healthy food plan. Here is his recipe:
Four cups of each potato, asparagus carrot and broccoli
1 bag of milk
2 cups chicken stock.
I think he blended it.
Serve with greek yogurt.
After adding the cheese I thought it was a bit salty so perhaps 1 cup of stock could be replaced by 1 cup of water? Regardless, this is a simple and delicious healthy recipe to try!