I have been studying health and wellbeing as part of my university degree recently and it has been a real eye opener to the problem of children being overweight and obese. One thing contributing to this is the advances in technology (I was shocked to read that the average child in the UK spends 6 hours in front of a screen per day) and obviously food plays a part. I am not the healthiest foodie mummy but I encourage my children to eat a balanced diet with the occasional treat. I have shared a typical weekend with the boys and what they eat which will hopefully inspire you and give you a good idea of a routine for them. The boys are 6 and 9 years old but if you are interested I will do a post about what my 23 month old step-daughter eats in an average weekend too, please comment below if you would like to see that.
I collect the boys from school and get ready for the drive back to Derby. I give them both a carton of apple juice and a packet of Mini Stars biscuits for a snack
Tea is a little later than usual as we have a long drive back to Derby but tonight Ste has made us ‘Pizza Crumpets’ for tea. We picked up some large sized crumpets and spread some tomato puree mixed with a little tomato ketchup on them and added grated cheese, hot-dog slices and me and Leo had some Worcestershire sauce to top them off. They were delicious and the boys loved them! The boys had some squash to drink with this.
Leo chose an Oreo hot chocolate and Riley had a choc-banana milkshake (using the powdered Nesquik in milk, I just added a spoonful of each). They also both had four chocolate coins from their Christmas stash.
Breakfast today was waffles served with strawberries and banana and some chocolate sauce. I had this too and we all wolfed it down, delicious. The boys had a yoghurt drink with this and a cup of squash. I generally leave a jug of squash on the side for them so they can fill up and drink throughout the day.
Riley asked to have one of his kinder eggs from Christmas so I let him have this for a snack and Leo has a chocolate lolly penguin.
Today we have come into town to do a bit of shopping and we decide to have lunch in BB’s cafe in the Intu Derby centre. Leo has a large sausage roll with some cheese and onion crisps and Riley chooses a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich with some ready salted crisps. They both have a fruit shoot and eat every bit (apart from a couple of bits of crust from Riley.
We have taken the boys bowling for a treat and let them have a small slush puppy each while we are there.
Tea tonight is spaghetti bolognaise. I don’t use a jar but make my own sauce.
You will need
1 carton of passata
2 tbsp tomato puree
One beef stock cube dissolved in a small amount of water
How I make it
I brown the mince and then throw in an onion and a coupke opf cloves of garlic. Add the ingredients shown above (I do it to taste, you may want to add slightly more or less of the ingredients), stir together and simmer for twenty minutes.
I served this with linguine pasta and garlic bread. The boys had a yoghurt each after this and drank a smoothie.
Tonight Riley chose a choco-banana milkshake again and Leo had a white chocolate and strawberry hot chocolate.
I made a cooked breakfast this morning. Riley had a sausage and tomato ketchup sandwich and Leo had bacon, sausage, chopped tomatoes and bread. They both had a smoothie to drink.
We went to meet the boy’s cousin at a play centre and they had a jug of juice to drink while they played.
Roast dinner time! The boys ate roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots, leeks, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing. Leo has gravy but Riley doesn’t. Both have squash with their dinner and afterwards have one of the chocolate caramel cupcakes Leo made with me while I cooked dinner.
Hope this has been a helpful and interesting post to read. As I said above, please let me know if you would like to see a similar post on what my 23 month old stepdaughter eats in a weekend too.
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