Your kid is a picky eater. It’s makes meal times more difficult. Perhaps you’re even cooking more than one meal to accommodate his or her needs while also trying to enjoy your own food. Who can stomach chicken fingers and fries 6 nights per week?… Only the kid who’s chucking food onto the floor every single night, that’s who. I know, it’s stressful. It’s frustrating and now not only are you concerned about your child’s health, yours is now in jeopardy. One cannot survive on chicken fingers and fries alone! To avoid going down a parenting rabbit-hole and trying to “fix” the picky eater in one blog post (simply impossible), let’s put children and their needs to the side and focus on you.
You may be feeling like your child is running the roost when it comes to dinner (breakfast, lunch and snacks too if we’re being honest, right?). You can skim through my website and find ways to help your picky eater overcome his or her own hurdles and I strongly encourage you to do that but that takes time and I want to enlighten you, today. Right now.
I want you to dedicate one meal or snack to yourself. Maybe you have the luxury of a meal or a snack away from home, maybe you work outside of the home, maybe the kids are in school, day care, or maybe the afternoon nap is your child-free time. It doesn’t matter what work-home structure you have, a meal or a snack for YOU can be a turning point for bettering your health, both physical and mental. We’re going to call this “The Self Care Meal”.
This one meal or snack without the kids is your time to get as many nutrients into your body as possible. You can have an ‘adult’ meal (chicken finger free, my friend) once per day. And you should! A woman can only stare at alphabet-shaped-food for so long before she goes crazy!
An elaborate meal is not necessary. I make most of my own food in under 15 minutes when I’m working from home and feeding myself. I look at it as a time to enjoy what I like and what I wouldn’t necessarily make for my family. I put things together that I forage from the fridge and I make sure the meal is full of nutrition. I feel good about my meal and my physical body when I do this. This meal freedom will make YOU feel better because you’re now eating at least 1 meal per day that is solely for you, something you enjoy AND it’s fuelling you for the rest of the day. This is a new form of self-care and I want you to embrace it.
Please try this simple act of self-love, self-care and self-nourishment. Take this time for you to care for your body and mind. Eat in peace if you can. Make this work for you. Take a picture of your meal so that when your kids wake up, come home or you return home you can have a conversation about your healthy food and how much better it makes you feel. Educate your kids on healthy food so that you’re a role model for them. If you can’t do that right now, don’t. Just eat for you. The rest will fall into place later.
Below you’ll find some 15-minutes or less meals that I typically make for myself whenever I’m working from home and cooking for just myself. The majority of these meals are leftovers, reheated and paired with something fresh on the side. Some of these meals have recipes (click the image) and some do not because they are ‘throw together meals’- meaning, you use what you have on hand and you don’t complicate it! Put it in a bowl, add some greens, you’re good to go!
Leave me a comment down below and let me know what is something you make (or plan to make) for yourself this week for your solo-meal (wine doesn’t count. That’s not a meal. Yes, it comes from a grape which is a fruit, but no you’re not fooling me with your glass of cabernet fruit salad. It doesn’t count. Sorry.)? The Self Care Meal is yours for the taking, treat yoself!
Potato-less Beef Stew
Mixed Greens with Bacon and Broccoli Sprouts
with a simple dressing
Jalapeno Cheddar Egg Muffins
Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Chilli with Jalapenos and Gluten-free Baguette
Creamy Tomato Soup and Romaine Salad
Leftover Ribs, Sautéed Peppers and Mixed Greens
Apple, Kale and Feta Salad
Apple Fennel Salad
Salmon Salad on Gluten Free Bread with fresh Parsley
Please feel free to comment down below if you found this blog post helpful. I’d love to hear your feedback on the “Self Care Meal”- I hope it gives you a glimmer of hope that there is life beyond nuggets and fries 🙂 Talk to you soon,