Building a Balanced Plate: A Mom's Perspective
By Melinda Assaf, Kardish Owner and Mom
As moms, we wear many hats, and one of the most important roles we play is being the chief nutritionist for our families. It's a job that comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when trying to ensure every meal is as nourishing as it is appetizing. In this blog, I want to get real with you about the trials and triumphs of feeding a family well. Let's dive into some honest and actionable advice that I've learned as a mother.
Choice is the Spice of Life:
I've learned that a 'choose-your-own' approach at mealtime works wonders. A table laden with a rainbow array of vegetables empowers my kids to try new flavors willingly. They're more adventurous when they're in the driver's seat.
Lead by Example:
Yes, being a role model is key. When my kids see me enjoying wholesome foods, they're inclined to follow suit. It’s not just about eating the right things; it's about sharing meals and making those moments count.
The Power of Together:
There's something magical that happens when we eat as a family, without the distractions of the outside world. We play the "grateful game," sharing one thing we're thankful for each day. This positivity makes for happier meals and less picky eaters.
Protein as Priority:
Whether it’s a hearty bean stew or a lean chicken breast, we make protein the star of our meals. It's the fuel that keeps us going. And for days when we fall short, Kardish protein shakes are our delicious backup.
Veggies with Everything:
Even on a pizza night, we keep the veggies coming. It's not about perfection; it's about persistence. And when it comes to drinks, water is our go-to. We save the sugar for truly special occasions.
Stress Less, Nourish More:
When life's pace picks up, I don't fret. A jar of nut butter, a loaf of whole grain bread, and some fresh fruit or veggies can be a meal in minutes. And let's not forget the power of a good old-fashioned omelet or salmon cakes made from canned salmon.
Whip Up Simplicity:
Short on time? Whip up a smoothie or a simple dish like wholegrain bread with nut butter and banana, or eggs on avocado toast. Quick, easy, and satisfying.
Smoothies with a Stealth Health Kick:
My secret weapon? Smoothies. I sneak in veggies where kids least expect them. Beets and red cabbage vanish into berry-flavored whirlwinds. And for an extra health punch, I add a scoop of Kardish Berry Real Greens. Start small, and watch their taste for nature's candy grow.
Fiber for the Win:
We sprinkle seeds like hemp, flax, or chia onto just about anything, and the kids love it! It's a great way to boost fiber and keep everyone regular, especially when blended into smoothies.
Remember, building a balanced plate is a journey, not a destination. It's about making thoughtful choices without losing your mind over the occasional pizza night. Keep the dialogue open, the veggies constant, and the meals shared. Here's to nourishing our families and ourselves with grace and flexibility!
Stay nourished and joyful,