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There is no denying that what I eat each day is directly related to what my kids eat (and also the mood that they are in!) and while I try to ensure that I’m eating the ‘right’ things and getting all of the nutrients that I need to keep me healthy (and keep me going!) I know there is a lot more that I can do to improve on this.
Although a few (ok, lots!) of the recipes I share here are certainly not for anyone who is watching what they eat. Generally I try to eat a pretty well balanced diet which includes plenty of protein to keep me full (and help to stop me snacking on all of my baking) and fruit and veggies.
While I generally have the best intentions, often things like a cranky baby (who has been ‘teething’ for the past three months now!!), breaking up warring siblings or getting held up at school drop off and picks ups can lead to me reaching for not so healthy food choices. I do try to prepare well balanced meals for all of us in advance but I also like to bulk up our meals and use foods and products which give us a big nutrient kick wherever possible.
Adding extra veggies to our family favourites such as lasagna, sausage rolls, meatballs etc is one way of helping all of us boost our plant based diet, but so is using plant based milks such as coconut, soy and almond milk. These milks can easily be added/substituted into our meals/drinks throughout the day and are an easy (and delicious!) way of including calcium into our diet and help add more plant based foods to our day without any added artificial colours, preservatives or flavours.
I’ve got no problem admitting that I’m a curious (ok nosey!) person who can never resist learning more about what people do during their day and what they eat – especially other families. I’m pretty confident that I’m not the only one who is like this, so today I decided to share what the my boys and I eat for a whole day.
Our Day on a Plate
Our baby boy wakes for a feed and I drink from one of the boys drink bottles (which tastes a little funky to be honest) that I find on the couch to help wake me up.
The baby is back to bed and I get up to enjoy a little peace before the chaos begins. I make my first coffee of the day with two shots of espresso and topped with almond milk in the biggest mug that I own to help get me going.
The two older boys are now awake so I make a Banana and Berry Smoothie (with 300g of Vitasoy Coconut Milk, 1 frozen banana, handful of frozen strawberries, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of oats) for Mr 5 and I to share and Mr 3 eats 2 slices of toast with ‘Nanny’s Jam’ (aka my Mum’s homemade Apricot Jam) and half an apple.
Mr 5 steals a piece of toast from his brother’s plate so I make a slice for him – which he doesn’t eat.
Baby boy wakes up looking for food, I’m still making Mr 5’s school lunch and we nearly need to leave so he eats a banana in his highchair while I finish getting ready.
Home from school drop off and it’s a small bowl of oats before a quick feed for the baby before he goes back to bed. Mr 3 and I decide to make Coconut Pikelets for morning tea for something a little different. We use our favourite pikelet recipe and use coconut milk and add ⅓ cup of shredded coconut to the mixture – yum! He wants to put his fork into his ‘special pancakes’ so that I don’t steal them while taking photos…. Never work with a three year old!
Baby is still asleep and Mr 3 is playing outside, I attempt to make a coffee, but the sound of the kettle boiling is the signal the baby needs to wake up.
Lunchtime for Mr 3 and baby boy. They are having leftover pasta with sausage (chicken for bub) and veggies from last night. My lunch is then their leftovers and a chicken, avocado and cheese quesadilla that cooks (and sort of burns) while I get their lunches sorted. Mr 3 steals half of my quesadilla and declares it to be ‘very yummy’ and he then backs that up with some blueberries and a piece of homemade muesli slice.
Baby is back to bed and Mr 3 is watching a movie. This time I am able to pour my coffee and take a couple of sips from it before the baby wakes up cranky. I grab a mini Maltesers Easter Egg (ok two!) from the pantry to eat as I go upstairs to get him.
We are now sitting in the car waiting to pick up Mr 5 from school. I’m feeding the baby while Mr 3 snacks on a coconut pikelet with strawberry jam leftover from this morning and I’m drinking an almond milk iced latte I made before bundling the boys into the car as we were running late for pick up – again.
Mr 5 declares he is ‘starving’ the moment he walks in the door so he has a coconut pikelet with half a banana and a small bowl of yoghurt for a snack. Mr 3 isn’t interested in afternoon tea and the baby is happy to suck on a rice cake.
It’s dinner time for the kids (yep really!) and they are having lamb cutlets and veggies. I make a small smoothie with 150ml soy milk, ½ a banana, blueberries and some chia seeds to keep me going.
The two older boys are asleep and it’s time for my dinner while feeding the baby. I’m eating the leftover veggies (plus a few extras!) and lamb cutlets as it’s an easy meal to eat one handed on the couch.
The baby is in bed asleep and I heat up a couple of the coconut pikelets from this morning and eat them with strawberries and a few slices of fresh peach.
So there you have it, our day on a plate. It may not be the most balanced diet (although it was pretty low in chocolate for me which is always a win!) but by eating fresh fruit and vegetables where possible and using plant based milks, we were able to increase our plant based foods and help give us all the energy we needed to get through the day. For more information about plant based milks visit the Vitasoy website.
What would your day on a plate look like?