Today I thought I would photograph everything that my children ate throughout the day and share it here. Obviously their menu changes daily but I thought it would be interesting to see what a typical day of eating looked like:
Breakfast:Elsie's breakfast - my reluctant cereal eater! Elsie had full-fat Rachel's organic Greek style set yoghurt with 1 chopped apple. She doesn't really like either porridge or wheetabix, although she would probably eat something chocolate and sugary if I let her! Haha What she does eat also tends to change, as something she enjoys one day turns into something she hates the next. Elsie is probably my most 'fussy' eater I suppose, but I don't make an issue out of it, I'm just happy that I can get a few "healthy" things into her along with the rest!
Jean, Max and Iris eat the same breakfast EVERY day without fail - organic jumbo oats with organic full fat cows milk and 2 cubes of Green and Blacks dark chocolate. Iris has her chocolate mixed in to her porridge whilst Jean and Max prefer theirs sprinkled on top.
Jude doesn't like porridge or yoghurt and will occasionally eat weetabix but today he asked for a pancake. I make the above by blending 2 whole eggs, 1 banana and 1/2 cup oats and cooking the batter in a frying pan on low until golden brown and cooked through. It is really yummy and super filling.
Today I made some marmite on toast which I just put out on the table for all to share. I think they all had some of this.
Iris had a few strawberries - her absolute favourite fruit!
Jean and Max had a easy peel clementine (I like them all to eat a portion of fruit at breakfast).
Water is always on the side for the children to drink. Every time I allow drinks at the table we end up with a flood of toppled over cups so now I simply do not risk it! Haha
Jean made some loom band braclets for a friend and as a thank you was given a bag of Haribos. She shared them out between the 4 older children. It actually took her a really long time to do as first she sorted the sweets into their individual groups before splitting them 4 ways! She is a stickler for equal rights!
We walked into town to run a few errands and each child grabbed an apple apart from Jude and Elsie I think... Iris ate hers down to the little stalk, seeds and all!
The children were asking for all sorts by them time we reached town, so whilst I was in Holland and Barrett I picked up some rice cakes with yeast extract. They went down a treat! All children enjoyed them and the whole packet was gone within minutes! I always carry water bottles and they all needed a drink after munching on these!
By the time we had gotten home Iris had fallen asleep. I took advantage of her napping and made a cooked meal of chicken, broccoli and tomato pasta. She had woken up by the time it was ready. I served it with some garlic bread.
Iris didn't eat much of her food (probably because she had only just woken up when I was serving it). She did however polish off these crisps! I know skips are not ideal but I believe in allowing my children every food in moderation. I don't make a fuss over foods and overall I know they are healthy in both mind and body.
Next I made the children a green smoothie - this is something that features a lot in our house! I would say at least every other day I make some kind of smoothie. Today I added avocado, spinach, orange juice, lime, bananas, mango and water. Again Jude isn't a fan but he does finish it eventually (although there have been a few incidents of smoothie accidentally on purpose spilling on the floor)!
Lastly I made some sandwiches which they ate with some kettle chips (not Iris). Jude, Elsie and Iris had marmite and cheese and Jean and Max had peanut butter.
That's it! Looking back over these pics it's quite astounding how much such little children can eat! They are all under 10 years old yet they can put away mountains!!! Haha I enjoyed documenting this and if nothing else I have learnt that they eat probably far too much marmite!!!