Gone are the days where I could wake up with my odd green smoothie and walk around all morning unaware that it had left a green unibrow as it's mark. Usually this is because I am staggering out of my bedroom circa 5am with a one year old on my hip and 3 year old in tow or have been up for at least an hour by that point with no way to drink the smoothie via the respirator. As every health care provider knows....what happens behind the n95...stays behind the n95 all day long. This has made me come to terms with a new set of bylaws for nutrition planning for myself and my family: one meal.....may the odds ever be in your favor.
Now, I have to make sure my meals are palatable to every family member, the right stage for every family member (hello stage one for several months), and somewhat nutritionally sound. We are Costco members as well as urban famers so this means using some of our bulk foods combined with some form of seasonable produce. This usually means my kids eat things you would have never have expected ie pickled beets and mom eats more pasta and oatmeal then ever before. Not the best solution for my post baby and covid body but we are making the best of it. If I have learned one thing in the past several months; it was to roll with it.
To give you an idea of a meal plan circa February 2021 for our family here it goes: breakfast is sheet pan pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes with oats and whole wheat, lunch is left over dinner Costco pasta with pumpkin, canned tomatoes, garbanzo beans with meat balls with a side of garbanzo bean, raisin, nut, beet, spinach salad, and dinner is homemade hummus and veggies with veggie burgers a la tapas style. Snacks are usually a combo of fruit, cheese, cheerios, or peanut butter. Dessert can be homemade chocolate hummus with fruit, fruit with yogurt, or for valentines...homemade whole wheat sugar cookies heart shaped (I am quite liberal here with my definition of heart....could be more akin to the avian three chamber version).
So, welcome back and thanks for reading and I hope you got a laugh out of this one,