Getting kids to eat takes creativity, patience and, sometimes, a bit of luck. 52 Moms Talk Food is my exploration of how inspiring moms make it happen.
Carla and her husband live in Denver with their two young children. Even with a demanding full-time job and a busy family life, Carla appears to do it all seamlessly and successfully. She chatted with me about how she manages picky eating and taking care of herself.
Q: What is your food philosophy?
Carla: We have three rules in our house.
- We do not put pressure on the kids to eat well. My oldest is—and always has been—a finicky eater. We try not to pressure her about eating, which helps mealtimes run more smoothly.
- I never make a separate meal for anyone. I simply don’t have time to make a second meal. Our meals tend to be traditional and easy to make… protein, salad, vegetable.
- Fruit is our #1 snack. We always keep a lot of fruit around. And, the kids love it.
Q: What is your favorite shortcut for getting dinner on the table?
Carla: Anything that helps with time. Grocery delivery, organic produce and milk delivery. I have a friend who is a stay-at-home-mom… she enjoys cooking and her food tastes good. We pay her to make a few of our dinners each week. Basically, it’s all about, “How can I get that extra hour with my kids?”
Q: You are busy. How do you find the time to take care of yourself?
Carla: It’s not easy, but I have a support system in my colleagues. Some co-workers and I work out twice a week–we do cross-fit at the gym. We also have this delicious, fresh super foods juice delivered to our office twice a week. These are splurges, but I feel like I’m doing something good for my body.
MY TAKE-AWAY: I love that Carla has created a support system for her healthy habits. Because as much as many of us (me included) try to manage it all on our own, we are more likely to thrive when we have a solid support system. Carla prioritizes teaching her kids healthy food habits—eating together as a family, low-pressure meals—and taking care of herself. And, Carla has found food short-cuts that allow her to indulge her biggest priority—spending more time with her family.