What happens when you embark on a plan to get healthy as a family… and then you go out of town for five days? And not just to ANY town, but your HOME town where you are surrounded by fun and festivity for a family wedding?
You fall off the nutrition bandwagon, that’s what. Healthy eating is challenging enough. Healthy eating while on vacation should be enough to qualify a person for sainthood.
The good news is that even though my husband and I spent the last few days stuffing their faces with comfort foods, our smart kids still remember what they had started learning last week on ZisBoomBah. Better yet, when we arrived home from our trip, there were two ZisBoomBah placemats waiting for us in the mailbox! Anna and Kellen were so excited! The placements look just like the Pick Chow! game on the website. They have a picture of the same cute plate, separated into the different food categories it takes to create a healthy five-star meal. What a great visual reminder to keep right in front of your family in the kitchen!
On our first day back from being out of town, it was back to work and school and our normal hectic routine. After work, I picked up the kids and headed home, knowing that I still had errands to run later. It is usually moments like that when fast food is so tempting! Instead, I pulled out the ZisBoomBah placements and asked six-year-old Anna to help me build a meal that was both healthy and fast. And bless her heart, we hadn’t been to the grocery store yet (it was on the to-do list), so there wasn’t a whole lot of anything “fresh” to choose from!
It didn’t matter. Within five minutes, Anna had decided on a dinner of fresh apples with a scoop of peanut butter to dip them in, canned carrots, canned corn, a few small slices of cheese, and a cup of milk. When I looked it up on the website, it wasn’t a five-star meal. (I think it would have been better to add in a green veggie. Grilled chicken instead of peanut butter probably would have rocked it.) But I certainly don’t think it was a bad meal! And the coolest part was that I don’t know if my kids would have wanted to eat this combination if I had put it together myself. But because ANNA had planned the meal, they were thrilled with it! Go figure.
Happy kids, happy mom. Who knew you could throw together a fairly healthy meal in minutes without doing any major planning or even cooking? Not me. I thought it had to be an ordeal to be good for you. Maybe soon I’ll start trying to cook actual recipes!