I get home from a long day at work and the first question that comes out of my wonderful children’s mouths is “what’s for dinner mum?”
This would have to be a fairly common occurrence in most households with school age children. Our children have just spent the last 6 to 7 hours at school, running their bodies ragged, running their brain cells ragged and probably running their teachers ragged, now they are at home to run us ragged. This is my afternoon on a daily basis, the question from many in the same situation is, “how am I to cater to both their needs and mine? I want to do the best for both of us”
My typical afternoon outlook.
This can be a time to dread, we have to come up with one great and tasty meal for everyone, a meal that everyone agrees to and will adore us for, it’s highly likely that it is something that definitely is not Keto, not on our list as the best option for our Keto Diet and it’s probably by far not a healthy option for our kids.
I can hear the kids now, asking for their favourites, the classics, the quick and not so healthy options like pizza, nuggets, a burger and what child doesn’t like Mac n Cheese. We want them to be more like us, not only to grow up healthy in body but also open to variety and enjoy everything in life. We also want them to understand the journey we are on for our bodies, mind and happiness.
Can’t they just eat the same tasty protein option and salad I’m preparing for myself?
“It’s not as bad as it sounds kids”, “trust me, I’ll show you”
The magic is in the approach
Think about what foods your children do like to eat, what flavours they enjoy most and remember, children eat with their eyes first so what is the meal going to look like on the plate?
Take into consideration, if it doesn’t look good, if it looks too much like a mountain of vegetables, have pungent aromas or a colour that just doesn’t quite look like anything they’ve had before, then they will most likely predetermine that they are not going to like it.
Here lies the challenge, but it can easily be overcome with a little of trialing, researching and tasting along the way.
For almost every commonly called, normal meal as society perceives, is a Keto equivalent, that has the potential to replace your current household menu ideas.
What we need to do is figure out how you can incorporate your meal into what everyone else wants to have.
Some easy options to get the Keto ball rolling
Here’s a few ideas of my evening meals that makes My Life On Keto easier when I want the family to sit together.
You will find that there are many meals you already make that can be turned into low-carb options, here is just one great Keto Recipe Book that will show you tips on how to do this and give you mouth watering options to try.
It’s burger night, you can’t have the bun but you can have everything else on the burger, it becomes a gourmet deconstructed burger, add some extra salad into it, bacon and avocado. Everyone else at the table is still getting their burger on the bun.
Pizza night, it’s the base that needs to change only for yourself. There are a couple of great alternatives to the standard carb filled pizza base.
I still pile on the cheese and some super yummy ingredients onto my pizza, always a lot more than the kids ones. So don’t hold back here.
Taco Tuesday, like the burger, make a plate of everything else that is on the table, just no taco shells or burrito wraps. I add in a heap more sour cream and avocado than the others get, just keep away from the beans and sauces. Try this hot Keto sauce instead. My husband and I put this on almost everything, YUM!!
The classic fall back meal, the one my husband grew up with on the farm day in and day out, the infamous, meat and 3 veggies. This is always the meal in my house that is not well-received, not a new battle for me, it’s the mega vegetable battle. When my “babies” were babies they gobbled down the mushed up vegetables, bowls full of them.
But not now, what happened? They got smarter or something like that, haha. Choose a protein that everyone likes then add the low-carb vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms or corn. There are a number of protein and vegetable options. Check this link for a heap of Keto vegetables.
That’s a wrap for now – just don’t have one as it’s not Keto
All these options mean we can let the family have their normal meals, they are a happy bunch and we get our Keto fulfillment too. The main point is not to complicate the process. Think about what you are already doing on a daily basis, look at little changes to those meals and start with that. All peoples taste buds change, I have found that small experimental dishes now and again are well appreciated.
I’ve collated a number of folders of recipes over the past year, using my family as guinea pigs. These I will be sharing with you, keep an eye out for them under the category “My Top Tastes”.
You can pick up a great book to get you started also, “Keto Made Easy”. Everything can be made keto! That’s the message that food bloggers Matt Gaedke and Megha Barot want to deliver with their new book.
If you would like to know more about any of these meals and any other ways to sway the family leave me a comment.