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Being a mommy doesn’t always mean sacrifice…Part 2

Posted Oct 09 2013 7:17pm

After a good nights’ sleep last night, I feel much better today! I was just one exhausted pregnant lady yesterday !

To continue on from my  previous post  last week, being a mommy doesn’t always mean sacrifice of yourself or your identity. It is about finding balance without letting yourself get lost in the midst of your family. We, as moms, wear many hats… chef, problem solver, soother, listener, nurse, nurturer and for some, the CEO of the household. But, one of the most important and influential roles is feeding our families.

I’ve always loved to cook ever since I was a little girl, thanks to the wonderful role models of my mom and grandma. They exposed me to the kitchen which developed my love for it. They not only taught me how to cook, but they taught me the importance of nourishing my body with healthy foods. My grandma always said, “You only have one body, so you need to take care of it!” Her statement has resonated with me throughout my life, motivating me to maintain a healthy lifestyle, staying fit (even at times when I’m tired and don’t feel like working out) and modeling healthy habits for Keenan (and baby #2).

When Keenan started eating solids, I made all of his food, cooking fresh produce that we picked out together (he in my ergo carrier). As he got older and could pick out the produce himself, he started helping me load our basket with fresh fruits and veggies. I always ask him to name the fruits and veggies that he sees and we talk about how we are going to prepare them. It makes grocery shopping fun and keeps him occupied!

When it’s time to cook, Keenan loves to get the step stool and help. He washes veggies, tears lettuce for our salad, adds spices, stirs and mixes. He’s a wonderful little “Sous Chef,” as we call him! Since he loves to help us “cook,” he is even more excited to try the food he helped make. Fortunately, he is a good eater, but he kind of has no choice, as we only make one meal at night. He has to eat what is served. I don’t know how some moms make different meals for their kids. I think I would go crazy! Not only does it take more time and work to make separate meals, but what are they modeling for their kids?

Baking with a toddler

Mashing bananas for banana nut muffins!

Being a healthy role model for Keenan and baby #2 is one of my most important goals as a mother. I want to do everything I can to help them grow-up and lead a healthy lifestyle. But, does it mean I have to sacrifice myself (and be a slave to the kitchen) in order to be that role model for them? Not at all! Taking time to make and eat healthy meals, working out and doing other things that help me be my best self only shows them how important it is to take care of yourself. I watched my mom and grandma be tremendous cooks, eating and cooking healthy food, exercising daily and more importantly, investing in themselves (inside and out) to be their best self for our family. It certainly made an impact on me, because ignited my passion for cooking, fitness and health at a very young age!

You might be thinking how you can make healthy meals for your family when you are a mom who works full-time outside of the home and all you can think of is getting some kind of dinner on the table as soon as possible. Cooking nutritious foods doesn’t have to take a lot of time, effort and money; it only involves a little planning and organization.

Taking some time on the weekend to plan out the week’s meals before you go grocery shopping can help save a lot of time during the week, but also money, as well. Buying fresh fruits and veggies to have on hand for you and your family to grab for quick snacks is easy. Lastly, take an hour or two out of your weekend to prep for the week. One of the things that I do every Sunday is wash my lettuce and spinach and have it ready to eat in sealed tupperware containers in the fridge (I like to buy a head of lettuce and a fresh bunch of spinach instead of in bags to save money). I also make a batch of hard boiled eggs and if I have time, some muffins or an extra batch of pancakes to freeze for quick breakfasts.

Involve your kids in the prep, so they can look forward to what they will be eating in the week ahead, but most importantly, so they observe you investing in your health so you can be your best self for them.

Peeling hard boiled eggs!

Peeling hard boiled eggs!

Being a mom and your family’s chef (among many other roles!) doesn’t mean you have to through in the towel and forget about who you are. You can still be yourself while being a mom and nourishing your family (and yourself!). I like to think that my role as my family’s chef  has enriched my life, made me healthier and has helped me gain a new sense of identity.

Since today’s post centers around food, I’m still linking up with Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday . If you haven’t already, head on over to her blog to check out her yummy eats and adorable little girl!

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

When you were growing up, did you have any healthy role models that you looked up to? If so, who were they?

If you are a mom, what roles do you fill?

How do you involve your kids in the kitchen?

 

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