When giving health talks on the Paleo Lifestyle, I frequently get asked to speak about a sample day of eating in our house. What do I feed my daughter vs. myself and my husband? How do I prepare my meals and what tips and hints can I give to help cut down on time in the kitchen? Here is a sample day in our life that I hope answers those questions.
Breakfast in our house is crazy like most houses. Whether it is just you or a house full of kids the end goal is the same— get out the door on-time and looking presentable. Breakfast is definitely an important meal so while it shouldn’t take long to prepare it should be nutritious with lots of protein, healthy fats, and minimal amounts of sugar (so you don’t crash and burn 30 minutes later).
On a weekday I make 1 of 2 staple meals: My Perfect Protein Pancakes (click here for the recipe) or eggs with bacon. These take me a minimal amount of time to make and they are kid and adult friendly. To help myself out I will often make a big batch of pancakes at the beginning of the week and freeze them with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper in-between each pancake. To reheat them I just pop them frozen into the oven (325 degrees) and heat for 5 minutes. They taste just as good reheated.
To help cut down on my bacon cooking time I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put a layer of bacon down. I bake it in the oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes. That way I don’t have to worry about turning it or even have to think about it until the buzzer goes off. While the food is cooking I will give our daughter a piece of fruit to tide her over so she doesn’t die of starvation while she waits.
Lunch is a hodgepodge of leftovers, sandwiches, and easy options. Usually we eat a meat, a vegetable, and some sort of baked good I have made at the beginning of the week. I try to make a loaf of bread or a batch of all purpose biscuits (click here for the recipe) so that we can make sandwiches or toast throughout the week. When you are sending your kids off to school it’s easiest to make a sandwich and include some carrots or another easy veggie option, as well as a fruit (like an apple), and if you have made a treat, that always helps them survive the day (click here for my chocolate chip cookie recipe).
A typical lunch looks like this
An easy dinner favorite for us would be healthy chicken nuggets (click here to get the recipe). These are baked so other than flipping them once you don’t have to worry about them while they are cooking. I usually pair these with steamed broccoli and sweet potato fries (click here for the recipe). If I don’t feel like slicing and preparing the fries I add a second veggie like stove top kale (click here for the recipe) or a simple green salad. I try to always double my dinner recipe so we will have leftovers for the next few meals. It just makes my life easier and doesn’t create too much extra work while I am cooking.
Snacks are usually fruit, a handful of nuts/seeds or a baked good that I made earlier in the week. I try to do most of my baking on the weekends so that during the week it gives us the option to “grab and go” if we are working on a tight schedule. I like to make my breakfast/anytime cookies (click here for the recipe) because they are just sweet enough to help with a craving but are also healthy enough to substitute for a meal. Also we love freeze dried fruit that we buy from Amazon. You can find one of the flavors we like buy clicking here.
I hope this helps you with planning your daily routine. Leave a comment and let me know!
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