Day 1 of 100 days with no sugar or processed foods

Our first day of no sugar or processed food is coming to a close, and it went well!  I really think we’re going to be able to make it 100 days.

What we ate today:

Breakfast was these whole wheat pancakes  reheated from yesterday (with a slight variation, honey instead of sugar).  They were served with warmed frozen organic raspberries and strawberries and chunks of pear.  These are always a huge hit, so we made a triple batch yesterday, and they kids fought over the last one.

Lunch was whole wheat bread with hummus with a side of rainbow carrots and green peppers.  This was a flop, and the kids ate only a few bites… but I’ll chalk that up to having soooo many pancakes for breakfast.

For dinner, I made chicken, bacon, bean, cheese and veggie quesadillas.  I threw these together with things I had around the kitchen.  On the side, I served some avocado.  The kids had a few bites, but weren’t wild about them.

The snacks they got today were popcorn with salt and plain yogurt with leftover raspberry and strawberry sauce from breakfast with a touch of honey.

So far, I have found planning and prepping in advance are making the biggest difference to feeding the crew.

The prep I did: Yesterday, when I had a few minutes, I threw a pack of organic bacon into the oven at 350 (all spread out) for about 20 minutes.  I used some bacon for quesadillas, I’ll use a little tomorrow for macaroni and cheese, and the rest is frozen to use as a topping for pizza this weekend.  First thing this morning, I threw 3 chicken breasts in the slow cooker with a little salt and pepper, and shredded it around 4pm.  Half of that went into quesadillas, half will be a pizza topping, along with some veggies I chopped.

The planning: during the month of december, between all the craziness of the holidays, I put together a 7 day meal rotation that suits my time constraints (three itty bitty kids), our preferences, budget and fits the rules of the 100 day challenge.  The meal plan is posted in my kitchen, and although I love to cook on the fly… these days, if I don’t prep and plan… we don’t have dinner!  So I’m hoping the convenience of sticking to the meal rotation will overcome my desire to be spontaneous.

Business trip, the good, the bad and the ugly

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Daddy was away a couple of days this week, and I am thrilled this business trip was short… we all miss daddy when he’s away.  Let’s just not think about the trips to come….

The good: Daddy is a super hero *love* and suggested we get a cleaning lady …actually, we needed a cleaning crew, to be exact.  So, I daringly thought, while the crew cleans our house, I’ll take the 3 kids to Tim Hortons (mmm donut). I had absolutely no idea how taking all the kids to a very very busy cafe would play out… I was afraid… very afraid… would they all start screaming? … would Caleb have to go pee?  What would I do with the other two?  (bathrooms are not designed for double strollers).  Would we annoy people so much that we get thrown out??  On the way, we went over and over what good manners I expected over lunch, and I may have threatened the kids that they wouldn’t get a timbit donut if they didn’t follow the rules.  20141016_11522620141016_115213

And miracle of miracles, they were unbelievably well behaved.  The two “big” kids sat in their seat, and quietly chatted, and ate all their food, without throwing anything on the floor (well, not on purpose).  Caleb even said grace for us.  Of course, I got about 10, “you sure have your hands full” comments… We got one, (I swear I’m not making it up) “you should get a mother of the year award to have such nicely behaved kids”.  … I’d be concerned about getting prideful … but read on.

The bad and the ugly:  Later that day, as I was patting myself on the back for being the world’s best mother, with perfectly behaved children… (guess where this is going).  I started nursing Belle, and Caleb decided it would be a fun idea to open a new bag of diapers and dump out every single diaper. …Well it was a blissful 8 minutes when the house was sparkling clean.  I looked on absolutely helpless as this mess was going on.  ….the only thing I could do was snap a picture.

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… my face as this was happening, is the “ugly”, if you were wondering.