Thursday, February 16, 2012

Healthy(er) Eaters

One of the things our family has changed this year is the amount of sugar we consume.  We've eliminated store-bought juice and other sweet drinks and we only have sweetened cereal one morning a week (Saturday, so I can sleep in), instead of almost every day as we did before.  This is because we continue to eat baked goods and occasionally a bit of candy and I want that to be our only(ish) sugar source.

Greg says our breakfasts should always contain fruit or vegetables so we've started having
  • carrot-fruit juice (fresh squeezed) or fresh orange juice
  • fruit smoothies
  • vegetable salads (think raw broccoli, tomatoes, radishes, pickles, pepper, onion, hard boiled eggs, cheese blitzed in a food processor mixed with a little mayo) Sounds gross, tastes...healthy.
  • fresh fruit salad mixed with yogurt
  • Grapefruit or pineapple or other good fruit everyone likes
along with our toast or eggs or oatmeal etc.

It's great.  I feel much better in the mornings now.  And it's kind of nice to actually make something for breakfast instead of defaulting to cereal, and for it to be something that will contribute to my kids' health (unlike syrupy pancakes, muffins, scones etc., which I'm only "allowed" to make on Wednesdays, to be eaten along with a vegetable/fruit side.)  

And one of the greatest bonuses of our new breakfast plan?  

Juice and smoothie mustaches.

Oil story: Last week Aaron was carrying a small folding chair and tripped, folding the chair and smashing his  hand in the frame. He wailed and screamed while I opened the chair up to remove it, smashing it worse in the process.  I ran and stuck his fingers under cold water and went to get the frozen peas.  He continued wailing and screaming through the whole process and after a minute I tossed the peas aside and grabbed my lavender oil and gently rubbed a drop on his fingers.  He stopped crying immediately.  I applied it again a little while later.  He had no bruising or swelling and no further pain.  I use lavender whenever I stub my toe badly or a child drops a magnet from upstairs and it lands on my foot (ouch!) or I hit my shin etc. (I'm a spazz) and it gives instant pain relief and I, an easy bruiser, never get bruises anymore.  LOVE lavender oil.


Carolyn V said...

I've started doing green smoothies in the mornings or smoothies with spinach. I can't believe the difference it has made! Not if only I could get my kids on board. ;)

L.T. Elliot said...

I ought to do more smoothie-ness. Especially because of those cute mustaches! ;)

Erin said...

I really should start doing this. It takes extra time in the morning, and I feel so lazy! Cereal is so easy. But, then again, I'm starving like one hour later so I'm sure the kids are at school as well.

I should get some lavender oil. How do you give your kids the On Guard? I tried to give them a drop in water, but it made them sick and they refused to drink it. Do you put a drop on the bottom of their foot or something? We need to get healthier around here.