Do you ever fall in the packaged food rut? We are there.
Ever since we discovered my son’s allergies I’ve been relying on packed food for often. BA (before allergies) we ate a lot of beans, grains, fruit, and veggies with a constant supply of nuts and nut butters. We cut out all beans since he showed some intolerance to those tested but are hoping to reintroduce soon. We also had to remove several grains, some veggies and fruit and all nuts. That leaves me a bit perplexed but my son is feeling so much better and his skin is looking and feeling great. He has had a few cross-contamination episodes that have caused flare ups but I really want to establish and healthy baseline so I can accurately gauge the effect of foods we reintroduce.
I’ve been attempting sun butter sandwiches with gluten-free bread but he will only take a few bites. Sometimes he will tolerate the bread but never the sun butter. I’ve tried a few different brands to no avail. He will occasionally eat sun flower seed kernels.
He loves GF noodles and will happily eat them anytime they are served. I’ve never liked serving my family a lot of pasta but it is an easy food for a 2 year old.
I’ve also been giving my kids unsweetened applesauce, mostly to get them to take their probiotic (it’s a powder that needs to be mixed in something). I also load it with chia seeds and hemp seeds.
I don’t consider any of those too bad, my only concern is they take up a large portion of their calories instead of whole food. My biggest concern is the large number of products like fruit strips, GF cereal and cereal bars I’m now buying.
I’m hoping to move away from those easy convenience foods and back to whole foods, while also avoiding those foods my son has an intolerance too. If you have tips or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. You can see the full list of the foods my son is avoiding here.
- Overnight Oats (for me)
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- GF Muffins
- Toast with fruit and sun butter
- GF Cereal
- Veggie Stuffed Pita
- Veggie and Hummus Sandwich or Wraps
- Garden Salad
- Baked Potatoes with Steamed Greens
- Veggies and hummus
- Chips and avocado
- applesauce with seeds
- Quinoa and Green Bean Stir-Fry with a Sweet and Savory glaze
- Steamed Veggies over Rice with a Faux Cheese Sauce
- Italian Bake (Skillet Style) with a salad
- Mexican Rice with Optional Beans, Marinated Mushrooms, Salsa and Guacamole
I’m trying to add more greens to my meals. We have 3-4 meetings this week in the evening so I may not be cooking much but I’ll have a plan on the days I can.
Have you taken a Meal Planning break this summer? I’m always tempted too and I may from time to time but I always do better with a plan.