2018 was one crazy year for the Frack family. From watching our little Ellis grow into this extraordinary, smart and sassy toddler, to us buying our first house and tackling remodel after remodel. With that came a lot of late nights, fast-food and eating super unhealthy.
As a wife and mother, I knew that I needed to help our family make better health choices and be more conscious of what we were eating and how we were eating it, especially with our little Ellis.
With her being at the stage where she wants to help me cook and bake, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to allow her to help meal plan her and our meals with me! She is also in the picky stage of eating and I thought if I could make her food look fun and feel exciting, she would be more opt to eat it. So today I am sharing what we have been doing differently in the kitchen with Ellis, Dakota and I’s meals.
1. MEAL PREP.
Meal prepping is simply preparing some, or all of your meals ahead of time. By doing this, it not only saves you time, but it helps ensure that you are eating healthier and more often with the proper portion sizes. Before I was making huge, unhealthy meals and putting them in oversize containers, causing all of us to overeat and be super wasteful.
I secretly have a touch of OCD, so meal prepping was something that was actually exciting for me. I began meal prepping for Dakota at night and for Ellis and I in the morning. Since her and I stay at home and usually eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and snacks, I typically meal prep ours for the whole day and the next several days. Meal prepping has truly transformed the way we eat!
2. GET THE RIGHT CONTAINERS.
This was something that was HUGE for us. I would always over stuff our old containers full of unhealthy food or sometimes they didn’t have dividers and all of the food would be touching and mixing, yikes! Thankfully we stumbled upon Sistema® containers. They come in all shapes and sizes with various compartments for snacks, soups, sandwiches, salads and more. Not to mention, most of the containers come with either yogurt cups, dressing cups, or plastic utensils. This was especially helpful for Dakota at work and Ellis and I venturing out of the house, or going to the farm.
Dakota and Ellis love having their food organized in different areas too, and Ellis especially loves the ones that have a lift out tray and has other fun compartments underneath.
Ellis’ favorite containers are the Sistema® SmallSplit To Go Container and Portion Pods! These are great for all of her snacks and taking on the go. We love putting veggies and fruit and in the split container and goldfish and crackers in the portion pods. I love how convenient these are and how they fit perfectly in our backpack without taking up a lot of space!
My favorite is the Sistema® Salad To Go Container. It has a removable tray for the toppings, so they stay fresh and crisp until you are ready to toss them in with the lettuce/spinach. It also has a container (with a lid) for your dressing and a snap on fork and knife. All their containers are locking lids too, so we don’t have to worry about them making a mess or spilling!
3. GET CREATIVE.
For Ellis, when food looks fun, it is way more fun to eat! We have been getting creative with just simple cooking utensils around our house. We love cutting out shapes and sizes using cookie cutters or our mandolin. Since we have been doing this, she has been now eating healthier foods that she normally would not! She also loves the colors of the Sistema containers and picking our what containers she wants use. This allows her to help and feel included in making her own meals!