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A Matter of Convenience

Thursday, August 06, 2009

It’s not really convenient to plan your meals in advance. It takes a lot of work, including research, depending on your goals. Then you gotta make a shopping list of needed items. If part of your planning includes lunches, you may pre-slice some fruit and veggies and portion them up. That way you can just grab and go.

Since I am currently unemployed it seems like I would have plenty of time to do just that. But then again, the fact that I DO have the time to slice and dice as I go has allowed me to avoid much of pre planning process.

Just the same, while I have not pre-planned our meals, I have pre-sliced and portioned veggies for a couple weeks now. I fill a reusable sandwich container with sliced peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery or whatever I have around. That way, I just grab a container and toss its contents atop a salad, or just use it as a side dish; whatever is convenient at the moment.

The weekly produce bill has gone up since I’ve started doing this, though. Apparently it’s not that the boys have stopped liking their veggies, now that they are teenagers, it’s just that they must be more conveniently accessible. For the summer, the boys are on their own schedule; never up before 10 a.m., never in bed before midnight. Since I am not a short-order cook, they are on their own for breakfast and lunch. Now that it’s convenient for THEM, the veggies disappear twice as fast. Half a container for lunch, a full container tossed into their eggs for breakfast and the other half container for snack.

Next thing you know, I’m on my way to the store again, chopping up and portioning more healthy choices. WOO HOO! I’m definitely not complaining. I’m glad to see them making such great choices. And if it’s just a matter of convenience, and I don’t have to nag at them, I’m glad to help them along.
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    Wow - teen boys eating veggies?? Good for your whole family!
    4297 days ago
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    I can totally relate!!! My boys will eat ANYTHING that is accessible! ANything that they can grab and eat...If they have to do any labor whatsoever...they won't eat it.

    I have been teaching them to cut their peppers, onions, etcl for their lunches. To my surprise...last week they made their own omelets!! It must be a teenage guy thing....

    BTW! I checked out your sparkpage....WTG with the weight loss!!! Keep up the great work you are doing!!! You are an inspiration to me!
    4300 days ago
    Yup yup yup! How well I know.
    My daughter has been staying with me the last few weeks... and trust me when I say there aint no junk in my house... so Im trying to show her about what TO eat... and how breakfast is important. Does that stop her from getting up to go eat lunch with friends (at taco hello!?) nope. But Im hoping the "casual" lessons will start sinking in. She doesnt seem in a hurry to leave either. Which is fine.

    Now if I can just get her to go with me to the gym!

    4301 days ago
    Wow... I thought that disliking veggies when boys become a teenagers was an unbreakable law of nature, lol. I'm not sure my youngest would eat veggies even if I did this (well other than cukes, those she loves). I'm going to have to remember this little trick for this fall for those days I don't drag my butt out of bed soon enough before classes.
    4302 days ago
    I may just stop by! Great job on healthy eating with teens! A really tough task!
    4302 days ago
    Would you come up here and chop up my veggies for me, too, please?? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Hey! How's your garden doing? I have gotten nearly a dozen zucchini (lucky for me I love them - on the grill is the best!) and four whoel tomatoes! My red bell peppers are doing nothing, just growing tall and making pretty flowers that turn into nothing. Maybe I need a second plant....
    4302 days ago
    It's pretty popular at our home too. Moreso with fruits though. Grapes, cherries, melon, and of course, pineapple, all disappear more quickly when pre portioned and ready to roll!
    4302 days ago
    Woot, woot! Sounds great.
    Love me some vegies. Can I stop by your refrigerator and grab some chopped and ready for my lunch?
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    4302 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Actually, that is a great idea. And convenience is everything. I am known for eating out of cans to avoid extra effort. Ha! Can't believe I'm admitting to that. ANYWAY, maybe I should consider chopping up veggies in advance. One less excuse.

    Glad the teens are getting into their veggies. Too many teens are eating badly. Just turns them into badly eating adults.


    4302 days ago
    That is soooo cool that the boys are eating the veggies now that they're easy - SLACKERS. ;) HAHAHAHA JK.
    4302 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Great job on teaching the boys about making healthy choices.

    Also - like you said - convenient. Awesome idea.

    4302 days ago
    you're such a good mom, cutting, prepping, shopping, and keeping on top of things. someday your sons will actually TELL you they appreciate what you do, once they stop chewing long enough....
    4302 days ago
    My girls love healthy food. Almost too much. Is there a local farmers market near you? I am going to check into that around here. Maybe it will offset my increase in veggies.

    Loved your blog.
    4302 days ago
    I'm unemployed now too and should be doing the same thing. I didn't realize you were unemployed. Sorry to hear that.

    I've been spending my time with house chores. I little something everyday then I like to watch Ellen at 3. I've only been off not quite a full week now and I have a feeling I'm gonna get bored soon.
    4302 days ago
    What a way to get the the boys eating healthier:) If it's convenient, they chose Love it.. I need to start doing that too. I love Veggies and Fruits:)

    Great Blog Tam!!!


    4302 days ago
    Get 'em started right at this point in their life and they will establish good habits and, hopefully, not gain weight in the future! Good eating habits are the best defense against obesity! You go, girl!! Good for you!
    4302 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    And the thing of it is, Tam, is that maybe JUST MAYBE this veggie idea will stay in their thick skulls which is a fantastic thing. Good for you, my friend!
    4302 days ago
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