As a single mother of 3 kids what are some good ideas for healthier eating alternatives?
Topic: As a single mother of 3 kids what are some good ideas for healthier eating alternatives?
November 17, 2019 / By Patti Question:
My oldest daughter is a good about eating what I cook as well as te baby so far, but middle child is very picky she only wants to eat nuggets, mac & cheese, and that's about it.
With the high cost of food what are some healthy and affordable food options? recipies or websites would be helpful
Best Answers: As a single mother of 3 kids what are some good ideas for healthier eating alternatives?
Margot | 8 days ago
I woud.reccomend this cookbook:
"Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs."
You could also try putting fruits in things like muffins. Here are some recipes:
1/4 cup melted margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 ¼ cup diced fresh or canned peaches in light syrup, drained
2 1/4 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Cinnamon Streusel Topping
• 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
• 2 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour
• 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly mix the margarine, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture alternately with the peaches. Thoroughly mix batter until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Grease 10-12 regular size muffin pan sections. Fill each muffin section 3/4 full with the batter. Bake 25-35 minutes until firm to touch or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cinnamon Apple Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup finely chopped apple
Heat oven to 375°F. Combine, flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir just until flour is moistened.
Spoon batter into greased 12-cup muffin pan. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes; remove from pan.
Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins
1 cup of fresh raspberries
1 cup of sugar
1 3 oz pkg cream cheese
6 tablespoons of butter
1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
2 cups of flour
½ teaspoon of salt
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Grease muffin tin or line each with paper cases.
In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese with ¼ cup of sugar, 1 egg and ½ teaspoon of vanilla until completely smooth.
Put to one side for later.
In a saucepan, combine the butter, milk and remaining vanilla stir continually over a medium heat until the butter has melted.
Cool the mixture until warm to touch, then beat in the remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time.
In a large bowl, combine the baking powder, flour, salt, and remaining ¾ cup of sugar.
Add butter and milk mixture to the flour and baking powder mixture and stir until blended.
Add the raspberries and gently fold into the mixture.
Divide the mixture equally among each muffin tin/paper case.
Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture on top of each of the muffins.
Bake about for about 20 minutes or until the muffins are springy but firm.
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Originally Answered: Good weekend meal ideas for kids?
I make a lot of recipes for my family using this websites recipes. All has been really good and easy for kds to eat. Sometimes I substitute lean ground turkey or chick for some of the beef recipes, but in the end, it all tastes good. My girlfriend has a picky stepson, similar to what you explained, and I turned her on to this website and she said she is amazed at how her stepson eats now. I'd recommend that you try first with the cheeseburger pie and the taco macaroni. The mini meatloaf muffins are a hit with kids too.
May I suggest a strong focus at:
* green leaf vegetable (boiled, steamed, stir fried) such as mustard green, kale etc. (every eat some "for Mommy and for your health)
* colored fruits, including bell peppers: into strips for dipping with yogurt, or in stir fries, or in salad (it's beautiful isn't it? and it's good for you)
* roots: carrot, turnips, parsnips, etc. great in making soup (+ ground meat or chicken bones / pork bones + onion ) (Winter: eat this it keeps you warm at night; Summer: eat this it keep your head cool)
* buy whole chicken: a) breasts into strips/cubes for O MAMA nuggets b) thighs + wings + drumsticks for pan fried c) bones for soup with onion, celery, carrots etc.
* buy generic AND use the brand name boxes! lol (yes, it is cheating).
* pasta: 1 pot of 1 pound dried pasta (Barilla or DeCecco) + bacon/pork belly + olive oil + 2 eggs = a family meal.
Once in awhile, use tomato sauce based.
* boiled potato
* cooked rice
* seasonal fish (battered with bread crumb then fried or pan seared and allowed slow cooked + lemon juice)
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Make sure they eat breakfast lunch and dinner but in good time frames and just follow the food pyrimid http://web.mit.edu/athletics/sportsmedicine/Food%20Pyramid.JPG
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Ok, first things first! Make sure it's edible!
Secondly, use meat!
Thirdly, I heard kids need water to survive!
Well, I hope I changed your life today. In your near future, when my answers have caused you to prosper in life, please, look me up and repay me.
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You can make your own nuggets in the oven (even though I don't think breaded stuff is good). Cut the white breast meat of chicken into the nugget shapes and dredge in egg and cornflakes or other breading and bake in the oven.
With three kids you may not want to make your own pasta but you should give it a try at least once. Macaroni and cheese is a complete protien so the little one isn't being deprived of that and the milk. Try to find a fruit she likes and let her 'buy' it at the store.
I strongly suggest if at all possible you try growing some of your own food. Miss picky will probably like watching things like beans or squash or corn grow and may be more inclined to eat them.
If you're in the states look up your cooperative extension service you can get nutrition, gardening and preserving information and even some family living help. Good luck.
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Start with more Veggies and Fruits.
Stay away from white bread.
Start making homemade alternatives for your younger child, but do not cave in. Homemade Mac and Cheese, and nuggets.
The recipes are easy, but it is usually the prep and cooking that turns people off because it takes time. So make time before every meal to properly prepare it.
Lean Red Meat, chicken with no skin, but use spices on it. Use cheese but be smart about it. Dont over do it.
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Get a fresh rotisserie chicken. You can buy tubs of refrigerated mashed potatoes and Mac & Cheese at the grocery store, which you just heat up (they're really good too). You can also buy refrigerated tubs of Lloyd's BBQ beef/pork/chicken to heat up and put into buns for great sandwiches (serve with coleslaw) .... My grandkids love Taco Salad and Chinese Chicken Salad. Buy some Soup Starter and make hearty soups in winter (Beef vegetable, Chicken Noodle) with a green salad (or buy fresh soup from the Soup Bar in your grocery store) ... BBQ lean hamburgers or all-beef Kosher hot dogs ... Make pizza using a Boboli crust (or refrigerated tube of pizza dough) and whatever you like on top. In fact, the pizzas are a good idea for the kids to make before you get home!
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Originally Answered: is caffeine a good way to boost metabolism and give me energy? any good alternatives?
You don't need pills, potions, or powders. That is too much caffeine.
80% of weight loss is diet.
You can eat a healthy diet and lose weight.
You can eat a healthy diet and exercise and lose more weight.
You can exercise and eat a poor diet and not lose and even gain weight.
A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup.
Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion.
I know it goes against everything you've heard but eating lots of the right foods will actually help you lose weight!
Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don't look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
Last, you need to get 7-10 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep and weight gain.
You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate healthy weight loss.
I lost 30 pounds in 5 months by spending my money at the grocery and gym and have kept it off for two years now. 3% of people that attempt weight loss lose it and keep it off for two years. It is not easy. It is a lifestyle change.
Good luck and good health.