Monday, August 4, 2008

August 4th - What Mama Eats

Often when people hear that I am gluten free AND a lactose-sensitive vegetarian, they ask me "Well, what on earth CAN you eat?" My answers vary depending on my mood & how the question is asked, but the simple answer is that my meals are actually quite varied, colorful, and healthy.

Today for example, as I "prepared" lunch for the kids this is what I made for myself. Yes, in essence I created three different lunches, but it took me less than 5 minutes to have them ALL ready to go. And even on a day when I am actually baking, it is easy to pull a small portion of whatever we are having just before adding the meat and/or cheese for myself so it isn't nearly as hard as it sounds to make sure that we all have what we like, and what we can safely eat.

My lunch today is a handful each of carrots & grape tomatoes. Normally I would have these with a nice dollop of hummus to use as "dip" and to act as my protein, but I ran out last week, so I'm splurging on two pepper-jack cheese sticks cut into nibble-sized blocks. Alongside this I have a serving of Flat Earth Chips, and some red & green grapes. Isn't that a pretty lunch? And I'm not "missing out" on ANYTHING!

August 4th - A Rare Treat

During the summer, it can be a battle to get the kids to eat. So our finger-food lunches really come in handy. We tend to have more raw fruits & veggies, and less "comfort foods" and there are days when lunch may be little more than several wedges of melon, with a scoop of cottage cheese.

Today we are having a few rare treats. Two all-natural meat sticks, a pair of string cheese sticks, and a triangle of grape tomatoes are resting in the large container. (my son of course opted for carrot sticks because tomatoes are "evil") Above them is a serving of Goldfish crackers, (with my son choosing Flat Earth chips as a Gluten-Free option) and red & green grapes.