“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”

by Anna Thomas

Good food brings people to a table. To laugh, to share stories, to engage in conversation. The stigma that healthy food can’t possibly be delicious is one that I feel needs to be broken. Wholesome, nutrient-rich, healthy food that fills us up and pleases everyone’s tastes is possible.

I have a confession to make. Before I became a Mom, I had idealistic views of what mealtime would look like. Kids eating their vegetables, being open to trying new foods, conversations around the table with everyone happily eating their foods, and “knowing” that if all they are given is healthy foods, they will only eat healthy foods.

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Then I had three kids and reality sunk in. School lunches, birthday parties, sleepovers at friends homes, visiting family, and just the nights when life throws you a curve ball and I either don’t have the energy or time to make dinner …..these are all times that my good intentions with my family’s nutrition has been challenged. I’ve also had my share of food fails. The wrinkled, turned up noses are a tell tale sign. The meltdowns at the table and flat out refusals to touch their plates. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve introduced peppers and brussels sprouts, they still won’t touch them. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only vegetables my son has eaten in the last two years are carrots and broccoli.

Basically I had to come to a compromise. I looked at the bigger picture and took a deep breath. Through trial and error, I’ve learned what works for our family. While they may not clean their plates each meal, most of the time they are still getting delicious food that keeps them healthy.

And let’s get real for a moment. We have and enjoy our treats. Healthy ones and ones that aren’t so healthy. For me, it’s about balance and being totally okay with not being perfect. It would be great if we could eat a 100% organic, local diet but as a Mama to three kids, a wife, an entrepreneur, and carving out time for myself….there are times when simply getting a meal on the table is a win.

By me relaxing a bit on what I know to be ideal nutrition and instead focusing on quality nutrition 80% of the time…my kids are still healthy {and happy} and as a parent, I keep my sanity. Win, win.