I have to say, I am proud of our first week accomplishments. We stuck to our meal plans and were able to significantly reduce the refined sugars and white flour in our diets. Everyone was pretty good about it, except Gracen. She was devestated that she could no longer have Cocoa Pebbles. To be completely honest, I have to admit, I did break down and by her a box of lower sugar, whole grain Honey Nut O's. However, I did not allow her to eat it everyday. I want her to think of it as a treat, rather than a staple. With Christmas treats fresh in their minds, the kids did ask if we could make cookies, so we made the Giant Breakfast Cookies (link to recipe in my meal plan below). We have made those before, and they really like them. Overall, I am happy!
Week 2 Goals
- Learn to make homemade chicken stock. I will be using Kitchen Stewardship's homemade chicken stock recipe.
- Find a cookie recipe without refined sugar that my children will like.
Thanks, Rebekah, for sharing your idea. If anyone else has any ideas or comments about how I can make this series more helpful/useful, please leave me a comment.
- Trader Joes Goddess Dressing (No high fructose corn syrup, 1 carb, no additives or preservatives) - We ate this on salads, but also as a veggie dip and a spread for wrap sandwiches.
- Trader Joes Whole Wheat Wraps (only 4 carbs) - Good for soft tacos, sandwhich wraps, breakfast wraps, and quesadillas.
- Arnold's Whole Wheat Bread (No high fructose corn syrup)
- Trader Joes Sunflower Seed Butter and Almond Butter - Even my picky children give these the thumbs up.
- Stevia - An all natural sugar substitute that we use in coffee, tea, and mix in plain yogurt and cottage cheese.
- Cashews - Everyone in our family loves a handful of cashews for a yummy snack.
Cottage Cheese and Fruit Salad
Giant Breakfast Cookies
Hard Boiled Eggs and Fruit
Trader Joes Soy and Flax Flakes
WW Bagels with Turkey Bacon
Pioneer Woman's Egg in the Hole
Almond or Sunflower Seed Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Tunafish Salad with WW Pasta
TJ Chicken Strips
*Items I serve with these - mini peppers and dip, celery and almond butter, fruit, plain yogurt (with stevia) and granola, giant breakfast cookies, cheese sticks, pickles, broccoli and dip, dried fruit bars, Whole Food's Veggie Straws (not really the most healthy, but kids love them for a treat)
**Saturday and Sunday - Leftovers or Quesadillas
Spaghetti Squash (WW pasta for kids) and Turkey Sausage with Marinara
Turkey Vegetable Chili
Mediterranean Steak Salad
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Oven Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
Seared Tuna with Sesame Seeds over Mixed Greens (kids will have ww mini bagel pizzas)
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How did your first week go? Did you accomplish your goals? Did you learn/find anything you would like to share? I would love to hear from you!
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