A Day with The Mini Foodie

Hi Everyone!

Now that schedules, school, and sports are in full swing, I have been cooking up a lot of great, healthy on-the-go snacks and meals. Ever since I have started this blog (3 years ago) I have been sharing my favorite recipes and lunch ideas, so I thought it’d be interesting to what I eat in an average day. Now that I am up and out earlier in the morning for school, it is especially important that I eat nutritious and healthy food throughout the day!

Of course, this is just one example of what I might have- please keep in my mind that I did not make anything special or out of the ordinary for this day! Also, I play multiple sports and usually have breakfast around 6:30- something that may not be normal for some people!

What are some of your favorite daily recipes? Please stay tuned for an upcoming post on my recommended lunch containers (by age). Enjoy!

Breakfast: (around 6:15-30 am)


I had a green smoothie made with banana, mango, pineapple, plain yogurt, spinach, and coconut water for breakfast, alongside a piece of whole grain toast with 1-ingredient peanut butter and chia seeds. This is the whole wheat bread from Vermont Bread Company, and is my favorite brand. 🙂
Lunch: (around 11:15am- we have early lunches!)


For lunch I had ww pita, mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and carrots with balsamic onion hummus (only 7 real ingredients and the best I’ve found!) along with an apple ring/pb sandwich and a Siggis brand yogurt.

Afternoon Snack (3pm):

Before volleyball practice, I had peeled snacks brand dried apples and a whole grain brown rice cake topped with peanut butter.

Other small snack:


I was hungry after practice, so I had a handful of almonds to hold me over.

Dinner: (7:30 pm)


For dinner, my family had this salad with strawberries, goat cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and a drizzle of olive oil for the dressing.

Treat:


After dinner I had some homemade hot cocoa (made with whole milk, pure maple syrup, and raw cocoa powder).

How to Have a Healthy (or at least healthier) Holiday Season

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m posting some tips for the holiday season. As you know, the holidays are filled with parties and celebrations, which most of the time consist of sugary, processed food and artificially-made treats. Though it is hard to believe, there are many ways you can stay healthy throughout the holiday season. Read on for my tips in staying healthy this time of year, and happy holidays!

 

  • Stock your house with real, organic food- Because you are consuming so much sugar at parties and away from home, try to keep only real food in your pantry. By eating healthy, organic, and local foods most of the time, your body will be able to balance out the processed treats.
  • Pick one treat at parties- At holiday celebrations, there are typically a wide variety of dishes. Stick to one treat at the party, instead of sampling all of them. This way, you can enjoy a sweet dessert, while limiting your intake of processed food.
  • Offer to host the gift exchanging or family party- By hosting the joyful celebration, you have the chance to prepare a real food meal for your guests. Everyone will have the opportunity to taste-test your creations, and by making all of the food you will know what you (and your guests) are eating. No worries about suspicious ingredients here- you are making it yourself! Added bonus: your guests might not even notice they are enjoying such a wholesome, healthy dish.
  • Create fun (and healthy) holiday traditions- Each year, my family has holiday traditions we enjoy. Admittedly, some of them are not quite considered to be good for you, but this year I’d like to start another (healthier!) tradition. It’s very important to keep old traditions, which are equally as fun, but adding a new annual activity (think of a yearly Christmas walk/run or a family smoothie-making breakfast) is also great.
  • Don’t “forbid” treats- By forbidding sugar and all things sweet, most people (especially kids) want it even more. Instead, follow the one-treat rule (as mentioned above) or just talk about the importance of healthy eating. When a certain food is forbidden, chances are it will be eaten more often than if it wasn’t foridden.

 

Have a happy, healthy holiday! 🙂