What can get your kids practicing math, learning about chemical reactions, and following directions? How about working on a team, solving problems, and being creative? I humbly submit that planning and preparing food for the family is a great way for kids to practice all these skills and more. And while, yes, I am biased, I do believe that in a digital age, there is a lot of value in the hands-on, all-senses-engaged practice of cooking. There are many evenings when I get home from work after hours and hours of staring at a screen, and really start to reconnect with myself and my family over chopping vegetables, stirring soups, and sharing conversation. I think kids can have a role in planning meals and nourishing families, regardless of their age or abilities.
Friends, family, and even strangers ask me, “What is the best diet?”
I think they expect me, as a person who studied nutrition for so long, to have The Answer. Is it low-fat? Low-carb? Paleo? Keto? Vegetarian? Mediterranean? And while it would be easier if there was The One Diet to Rule Them All, unfortunately, there isn’t one. What a bummer! We like easy answers, but life so rarely works out that way.
Welcome back to the next installment of our Healthy Meal Plan for Homeschoolers Series for Enlightium Academy. Be sure to check out previous posts on here. In case you haven't realized it yet, in general, I like to cook. I like finding new recipes and creating my own tasty meals to share with loved ones. I am one of those weirdos who even enjoys grocery shopping. But that does not mean I always feel like doing it! One strategy that helps me feed my family throughout the week is by preparing the ingredients I will need before cooking.
Welcome back to the next installment of Enlightium Academy’s Healthy Meals for Homeschoolers series. I am excited to share with you some of my ideas about family budget meals. As a recent college graduate (now repaying loans), I am familiar with the ‘B’ word - budget. When you think of family budget meals, what do you think of? Money? Spreadsheets? Penny-pinching?
Welcome to Enlightium Academy’s new blog series, Healthy Meal Plans for Homeschoolers! As a public health nutritionist, I want it to be easier for families to be healthy at home and in their communities. Food and nutrition are important components of lifelong health. My goal in this series is to share the tools you need to plan and provide healthy meals for your homeschoolers.