I'd like to start here by saying that I think there are times that conveniences are a big blessing. I am not against using paper plates during stressful times or whipping up a quick treat from a box mix. I don't always carry Ball jars around. Sometimes I buy water bottles. I have even suggested to overwhelmed mothers of young children utilize some of these conveniences. Seriously, I prefer cloth diapers but when I had three in them at the same time my husband insisted we purchase store bought diapers. I don't in any way feel guilty about that. We also used mostly paper plates at that time and ate a lot of boxed macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Rather than spend all my time cleaning I enjoyed my babies.
Contrary to some opinions and ideas, it is possible to be healthy without wearing yourself out. Here are a few ideas to help. Learn to streamline your meals and cook simple things:
- Eggs - Fried, Scrambled & Boiled (You can boil a whole dozen eggs once a week and keep them in the frig to pull out throughout the week. Good nutrition.)
- Oatmeal - Quick oats can be bought cheep and in can be purchased in bulk to save even more. Boil some water. Put 1/2 a cup of oats in each bowl and pour a little boiled water on or microwave the oats with milk for a minute. Add a spoonful of sweetener and sprinkle with a teeny bit of cinnamon and you have a wonderful breakfast.
- Rice - You can cook a large pot at one time and warm up helpings through the week for lunch or supper by adding different meats and vegies to mix things up.
- Beans - Another large pot to put with the rice or wrap in a tortilla.
- Biscuits - The Rumford Baking Powder can has a wonderful and very simple recipe. Everyone loves fresh biscuits right out of the oven. It really doesn't take any longer to whip up than a box mix and tastes so much better than refrigerated. I do splurge on frozen sometimes though.
- Yeast Bread - It took me years to get up the nerve to learn how to bake homemade bread. It was so intimidating. Now I kick myself for not learning earlier. I can make a loaf or a pan of buns faster than we can run to the grocery store and get back home. As a matter of a fact each of our girls could do the same before they turned 15. It's easier than you think.
- Fruit - Rather than spending the extra money on packaged treats keep fresh and dried fruits around for snacks.
Most modern conveniences aren't a detriment to health, but nutrition is very important. Don't skimp here. Children growing up on pop, chips, and boxed cereal end up with a myriad of health problems besides behavioral issues from erratic blood sugar. Save these things for movie night treats and birthday parties.
Do you think you would like to attend a class on learning to cook simple foods like this and make them into simple meals? Do you know a young mother or a teen with several younger siblings who might appreciate learning more? I'd like to know how much interest there is. Please leave a comment.