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5 ways to make kids eat healthy real food that worked for me, while living a real life of a busy mom. | ifoodreal.com

I realized the irony of the shirt and look later. Honestly, he likes green smoothies.:)

 

I have been wanting to write this post forever but honestly was a bit scared my Eastern European practices will be criticized by North American moms. I’m fully aware I’m different to many Canadian moms (“hi”, hockey and school moms) and you have to play by the rules of majority if you want to fit in. The thing is that I stopped caring if I fit in and I kinda feel great about it haha. This year, I vouched to stop being scared of trolls and helicopter parents, and write what I want and think. It is my blog, at the end of the day. So, a big warning – this is not a judgmental post but rather an observational one. I think the fight against judgement has been taken too far – people are scared to say what they think. Especially, immigrants like me, when often it is hard to predict a reaction of a person born in America because we grew up in a different society. Happened MANY times with both me and Alex. Blended societies are not easy. It is hard to be an immigrant, just kidding.:)

So, this post intends to help busy mothers to feed their kids simple real food. Only if they want to because, like many things in life, kids who eat healthy is up to you. Yes, I feel qualified to share my experience re: kids eating healthy because I have never met kids in real life that eat better than mine, and simply because my kids’ friends are a nightmare to feed when they come over. Yes, it is hard!

So, this is what I did for the last 10 years and what has worked for me. You might want to read my clean eating philosophy first – it is just about eating real food, no diets. Keep in mind we are talking about feeding entire family healthy food, including mom and dad. If, for example, my husband wouldn’t want to eat healthy, he would have to cook his own “garbage”, honestly. Health of 3 people over 1 is more important, especially my kids’ health, and my sole purpose in life is not to be a caterer, cleaning lady and babysitter.:) Read more »

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Yes, I went there – I took tuna salad and loaded it with a bunch of fruit, drizzled with tangy homemade full fat yogurt dressing and added a big handful of dill. Now I can eat tuna salad. Here is my beef with canned tuna – it is dry and flavourless. I’m not like my 10 year old who can eat tuna straight from the can, I think it is bizarre. I buy a 6 pack of tuna at Costco for kids’ lunch purposes only. I mix it with Simply…
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Well, hello there. I’m back. I disappeared from here for like 4 days, which is unusual for me. I feel like Friday – Sunday, and even Monday this week, have been a blur. A good blur of happy family life but still a blur of hundred bank/car/mall/paperwork errands, kids’ hockey at 7AM and socializing with a bunch of screaming kids and the most fun adults. Which is all great because this is normalcy you crave once the real life problems strike! We all go through black and white phases in…
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Yesterday was such a great day, not only because it was Valentine’s Day, but because my husband worked from home. I got things done around the house, Alex took boys for a run completely “killing” them, then he took Adam for immunizations and me and Kyle went grocery shopping for our celebratory easy shrimp tacos with slaw. Kids had no school and I took iPads away again, so they were looking for things to do. I have a 10 year old whose dream is to become a hockey…
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Yesterday was a Family Day here in BC, combined with 5 days of no school and previous 2 snow days, feels like there is never any school in this country. We took advantage of a beautiful warm sunny day and went skiing which was fantastic. The drive was beautiful, we skied in sweaters and Alex took over our 6 year old (after my Sunday’s mental breakdown haha) so it meant I could ski like a grown-up. Alex’s verdict was “OMG he never stops talking”. YEP. Today is Valentine’s Day and…
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After a Costco grocery haul last week, yesterday I went to a local health food store to stock up on “rare” items. When I initially looked at this photo and saw $102.05 in the title, I was like “Whoa, health food stores are expensive!”. And they are, and that is why I visit them once in a blue moon to buy specialty items. I would like to clarify, I do not go to health food store to buy teff flour or tapioca starch, but rather too buy non-GMO corn…
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I always buy whole chicken, organic at Costco or from my local farmer, because it is much cheaper than buying chicken parts. All my boys LOVE chicken noodle soup and last time Alex went to Costco, he got a 2 pack of organic whole chickens. I had one left in a freezer and decided to try making slow cooker whole chicken with rosemary, lemon, garlic and pasta. All magic happens right in a slow cooker. Hear me out how. No, I didn’t cook pasta for 8 hours in a crockpot. No…
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Last Friday, before we got snowed in, I went to Costco with my friend, Katie. As I started to stroll the aisles running like a madwoman with a shopping cart, I’ve got this immediate urge to take a photo of every item I was buying and share with you. I had a feeling NOW is the time to share my healthy Costco shopping list of 2017. Sounds dramatic but isn’t anything to do with Costco is dramatic?! This is my Costco in February, probably just like yours, minus…
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We got snowed in, I would say a few feet. I took this picture on Saturday during a walk and snow amount is double that today on Monday. Schools are closed and kids couldn’t be happier (and moms unhappier). Snow started falling on Friday morning, and that is when me and my friend, Katie, decided it was time to go to Costco to stock up on food before we die from hunger. Because it is totally possible in Canada in 2017.

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In a true Thug Kitchen’s style, I should say holy f*** about this one pot chili mac with beer I made from their new cookbook Thug Kitchen 101. It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words. Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food like for right now when it is snowing AGAIN. I’m writing this post and soft snow is falling down on the ground, which means beautiful winter wonderland on one hand, and sliding car and no hockey…
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