This week is Spring Break in Arizona. While our schedule will not be impacted much some of my friends will have their kids home a little more than usual during the day. A few of you may have a house full of extra kids too. If you have school aged kids (who are in school all day, as opposed to home schooled) you may not realize all of the eating they will be doing this week.
I’d like to encourage you and maybe even challenge you to have healthier options available for them. We have teenagers who live in another state and I can guarantee given the choices of a bag of chips, ice cream, and cookies they wouldn’t consider a “healthy” snack. However they do love healthy food. They get excited about a big bowl of fruit, smoothies, homemade baked goods which are almost always healthier than their store bought counterparts. I don’t think you need to deprive your kids of all the junky, unhealthy snack food they will beg you for, there is a time and a place for those but they shouldn’t be the only stuff they eat.
If you work and have to leave your older kids home alone I know your options are limited. I will never try to make you feel bad for doing the best you can! Someday’s the best I can do it getting my 3 year old to eat a banana before bed because he doesn’t want dinner. Last night he ate half and pb&j and half a banana. No 4 course meal here.
Meal Suggestions for Kids
- Hummus and Veggies/tortilla chips
- Bagels with nut butter and fruit
- Bean Burritos
- Bean Dip and tortilla chips
- Roasted or Baked Potatoes
- Bagel or Pita Pizza’s
- Anything in a tortilla
- PB&J (there is nothing wrong with PB&J)
These are just easy and yummy foods that your kids may like. All kids are different and some go through a really pick phase. Most of these meal ideas are easy to throw together and older kids could even do the cooking. If your kids are on Spring Break hopefully they will not have homework. This could be a great opportunity to do some cooking with your kids. Or if the weather is nice pack up an easy meal for a picnic.
Breakfast this week will be oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, toast and cereal.
Lunches will be leftover split pea soup, dinner leftovers, and some of the meal suggestions from above.
Snacks are usually fruit, smoothies, hummus, toast, or muffins.
Monday: Another attempt at a Lentil Loaf, this time with quinoa, Dirty Mashed Potatoes, and steamed asparagus
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner! Pancakes, Breakfast Stir Fry, and Smoothies
Wednesday: Spicy Chopped Salad
Thursday: We may be having company over so this day hasn’t been decided
Friday: Lettuce Wraps and leftovers
What are some of your favorite Plant-Based Meals for your kids?