Breakfast - I would eat something (quick and easy) when I arrived in the office, around 8:30. Most days it was either yogurt with granola or a pop-tart (or two.) Hey, I'm being honest. Every Friday, someone would bring in bagels and on occasion, there would also be donuts. Still being honest, I ate everything. Even the cream cheese. But not all in one sitting. (I've always lived by "everything in moderation.")
Lunch - I need to eat lunch at noon, otherwise, I'm especially grumpy. (As opposed to normal grumpy.) During the winter months, I brought my lunch almost every day because I didn't want to have to go outside unnecessarily. I would bring a sandwich or leftovers. Whatever I could pack quickly the night before, because there was zero time in the mornings. If I didn't have a yogurt for breakfast, I would sometimes have one for lunch with some fruit (banana.) If I bought lunch, I had a handful of places that I liked. There was Salvatore's for pizza (they have a tomato, spinach and feta pizza that is delicious) or a greek chicken wrap. Some days, I went to the cafeteria, which was in a different building, for the salad bar. If I wanted a sub, Pace's was down the street.
Snack - Because Rich and I were eating dinner late (usually between 7:30 and 8:30), I needed a snack in the afternoon and I can tell you now that I wasn't eating anything like carrot sticks.
Dinner - The earliest we arrived home was 6:30 and because there was no way the girls would wait that late to eat dinner, Grammy would feed them earlier. We tried to keep these meals basic due to not having much time.
It has been much easier to eat healthier now that I'm home. I can keep my lunch small because I know that I'll be eating dinner by 6:00. That was a bit of a transition for the girls and they still require a snack (or two) to make it that late. They were used to eating dinner between 4:00 and 5:00. There will be a night or two where we'll need to eat earlier once dance starts up again. Another big transition is having the girls eat what we eat and that leads me to meal planning.
I've been trying to prepare meals that everyone will eat, which hasn't been easy. I wouldn't exactly call the girls picky eaters. They are always willing to try new foods, but for the longest time, they were in the habit of deciding what they wanted to eat. This came from Anna's (and Emily's almost) diagnosis of failure to thrive many, many years ago. I had to explain to my grandmother how you can no longer just place a plate of food in front of your kids and if they don't eat, they don't eat because then you'll find yourself with the "failure to thrive" label and a nutritionist asking how many food choices are offered at meal times. This is the Failure to Thrive generation.
Here are some of the meals I made last week that went over well:
- Roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots (also roasted in the same pan)
- Baked ziti, roasted broccoli and garlic bread
- Chickpea patties, roasted cauliflower and lima beans
It took a few tries before I figured out the best way to make and cook chickpea patties and the first time I made them Allie announced, "Well, that was a disaster," but the girls really like them now. That was my first time roasting cauliflower and I thought it was delicious. The girls ate it up as well. I think we are going to try roasted cauliflower and chickpea tacos. (Sorry, Rich.) I sort of dread meal planning right now so this week, I asked the girls for their input. I also need to spend some time searching for new recipes.
I've continued to run three to four times a week. Mostly three. I'm still not running very fast or very far so I haven't been sharing. Word on the street is that you need to run an 8 minute mile marathon or you're not "inspirational." I once had someone tell me that running a 10 minute mile (after they asked me how fast I ran) was "respectable." That always stuck with me. So if you run slower, it's not respectable? (This is me being normal grumpy.)
When I run during the week, I'll head out after I clean up the dinner mess. After the girls return to school, I'll change back to day running. We still have a month of summer vacation left. A month!