I’m the first to admit it – my children’s meals and snacks would never be ‘Instagram’ worthy. There aren’t any smashed avocados on toast with accompanying Chia smoothies at our place on any morning. And this isn’t because I don’t want to give them this kind of goodness. No, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-healthy foods. If anything, I’m really trying to be the complete opposite of this. But, the reality of actually doing this consistently vs. what actually happens? Well that’s a different story.
If I had to show you my child’s ‘day on a plate’, would it pass a nutritionist’s stringent tests? Would they frown and tut or would I get at the very least, a pass? Well let’s test it, on a completely random day on a weekday when I have to be in the office by nine in the morning and deliver three children to three completely different schools by half past eight, in Melbourne CBD.
Let’s see, shall we?
This is my son’s ‘day on a plate.’
In our household, breakfast is the easiest meal of the day. Why? For two reasons:
1) They love it and,
2) It’s dead easy.
Pour some cereal into a bowl, add some milk and they’re already on their way to fulfilling their day’s nutritional requirements. Sure, by the time he’s eating this he really should be in his school uniform but I’m not exactly up to fighting him on this before I’ve had at least two cups of coffee myself…
Here’s where I admit that there was a point in time, and out of pure desperation, that I filled his lunch with dry taco shells as I’d run out of bread or sufficient foodstuffs. This is how it is sometimes as a parent, especially towards the end of a school year. BUT, seeing as this is the beginning of a new school year, I am (sort of) on the ball. I’ve been shopping and although yes, that’s white bread with vegemite, and no the muesli bar is probably not all that great for him, this is his morning tea and lunch.