Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Meal Plan

Here's what the Terebessy's are eating this week:

Everything listed has been adapted to be gluten and dairy free! If you have substitution questions, ASK!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites (I used gluten free oats, dairy free chocolate chips) 70 calories in one, makes 34.

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Flour Muffins 200 calories in 1 muffin. Makes 12

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad (I used SO delicious plain dairy free yogurt)
Nitrate Free Ham/DF Cheddar slices on wraps or crackers
PB & J

Baked Lemon Thyme Chicken, GF Noodles, Roasted Broccoli
Crock Pot Mongolian Beef with brown rice, peas
Pulled Pork Stuffed sweet Potatoes & Salad

We eat leftovers for dinner every other day.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Make School Mornings Smoother

I have two high-spirited little girls. It only takes a little glitch in the schedule to cause a meltdown. I know I'm not alone in this. Over time, following these strategies, I've been able to make most mornings very smooth and scream-free.

Set out the week's clothes on Sunday. I do this with one of those hanging cubbies.  My 8 year old daughter and I often have disagreements about clothes. I pick them out Sunday (down to socks and underclothes); she looks over them and if she's happy with 3 out of the 5, I'm happy with that. She can deal with the other two days. If she's not happy, I'll try to adjust, but doing it this way really eliminates arguments during the week. She doesn't love jeans so we do jeans once a week - no complaints allowed…Get it? I head off arguments before they start, this way.

Labels help kids know what to put on.
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Get up before the kids, even if it's just 15 minutes. I need 15 minutes minimum to wake up. I prefer to wake up at least an hour and a half early so I can read, exercise and shower before they rise. I'm MUCH more pleasant and they feed off of my mood. Plus, I can go to the bus stop without looking haggard (which still happens some days!)

Divided ziplock lunch trays!! Around here, these little divided containers are only a few dollars for two of them. It eliminates rushing around for baggies and containers. I try to plan and cook ahead, but I find that my daughter loves "lunchables." Since she has food allergies, I buy/make ahead things she can eat and separate them into compartments and it's so much easier. They are also spill proof! I also re-pack her lunch as soon as she gets home from school while she empties her book bag so it's ready for the next day.

Keep kids' toothbrush & toothpaste all together in their rinse cups.
Doing it this way allows kids to grab everything at once and cuts down on time.

Play music! I always forget this one, but when I put my iPod on the dock and play something uplifting, all of us have better attitudes.

Shut off all electronics 10 minutes before you have to leave…or eliminate them altogether in the mornings. Then make sure book bags are packed, shoes and coats are on and you can do a once-over to make sure you're not forgetting anything!

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