In May my twin daughters were born and we now obviously have very little free time. As a result I’ve been cooking much less, relying on delivery (pizza etc.) and frozen food FAR too much.
I wouldn’t mind so much for myself because I know in a year or so things will calm down and I’ll be able to get back on a good diet. The problem though is my older daughter. She’s only 8 and I’m afraid of what this is doing to her. In the last 2 months instead of her normal active self, she’s become lethargic and disinterested in playing outside preferring to watch TV (since she’s on summer break, I’m at work all day, and her mother is pre-occupied with the newborns, this is very easy for her to do).
We’ve talked about this and have come up with the following:
[ul]No more “snacks”. This is completely my fault , lately when I go grocery shopping I buy FAR too much comfort junk like cookies and chips.[/ul]
[ul]FAR fewer pizzas and heavy foods for dinner.[/ul]
[ul]No more than 1 hour of TV a day. If she’s bored she can either go out and play or she’ll get put to work around the house cleaning etc (which she’s actually pretty happy to do).[/ul]
[ul]More exercise. We’ve agreed that every evening either my wife or I will spend one hour with her be it playing catch, jogging riding bikes, etc.[/ul]
SO – help me out;
What “snacks” can I keep around for a growing girl? I’m thinking carrot and celery sticks maybe with some fat-free dressing?
What can I cook for dinner that’s relatively fast, low in fat and includes a good amount of veggies (some protein is appropriate as she’s still a growing kid so it doesn’t need to be vegetarian though that’s OK too)?
Any other suggestions?
She’s not real picky but keep in mind I gotta get an 8yo girl to eat his stuff[ul]