Ever go on a diet where you were forced to measure and weigh every piece of food that you put on your plate? We’ve all been there. The problem with that is it’s hard to stick to! What if you’re at a restaurant? At a friends house? Or you just don’t feel like washing all of those measuring cups? Life get’s in the way of even our best intentions. But what if we told you that you can still control your portions, no measuring, weighing, or label reading required. All you need is your hands. In our CYCLE Kids curriculum we call this “Hand Signals for Food.” Below is portion size shown in four simple pictures.
Nothing says festive and fun like a DIY (Do it Yourself) Taco Bar. It’s a great way to get your kiddos excited about veggies and helping out in the kitchen. Not to mention it’s super easy to do. Once you try it, it’s likely to become a weekly dinner tradition for your family to look forward to! Something as simple as a taco bar can plant a seed for a healthier mealtime routine.
In our last post we gave you a few tips on how to create an easy and effortless weekly meal plan. This week we’re giving you some more tangible tools: two make-ahead meals, a complementary shopping list, and a step-by-step guide on how to prepare these ingredients ahead of time.
We recommend taking some time at the beginning of the week to chop and marinate (see our specific guidelines below) so you can prepare both of these recipes in a pinch. Each recipe serves 6-8 people so you can enjoy it with the whole family, or store the leftovers for later-in-the-week lunches.
Have you ever tried to stick to a meal plan? What about planning all your meals for the week on Sunday, only to find that meal you made is so not what you want to eat on Friday? Meal planning does not have to be as difficult or time consuming as you think. It’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. I’m sharing my 5 rules to planning killer meals below so you never have to resort to takeout (unless you really want to) again.
Doing your homework and studying hard is only half the equation. More and more research is pointing to a healthy diet being one of the most significant factors of academic outcomes. Your child’s (and your) food choices can make or break them when it comes to focusing in the classroom. Try sneaking some of these foods on-to their breakfast plate, or into their lunchbox, everyday to help increase their focus and energy levels and eat their way to A+ grades.
Jam-packed schedules and long to-do lists always leave us craving more balance in our lives. For some of us, finding balance might be finding inner-peace through quiet meditation, for others it might mean finally having an empty laundry basket. Whatever your balance looks like, we encourage you to take the first step to finding it by balancing your plate. Yes, your plate.
This is the type of chili that satisfies every winter craving. It's hearty, savory, easy-to-make comfort food. If you served it at a party, your company would certainly not be disappointed. In fact, they'd probably ask you for the recipe and tell everyone they knew about "the time my friend made the most amazing chili... it had sweet potatoes in it!"