When feeding my 8 children, tasty, simple meals are a must. Mention eating Whole30 style and my kids are immediately suspicious. It’s not that my kids are picky eaters. It’s because during my quest for better health (you know, the one have I have been on for pretty much for their entire lives?), I have made them eat some crazy stuff! There was that time that I lined them up every morning, making them open up their mouths baby bird style for the fermented cod liver oil I dropped in. There was that time I went on a trace mineral kick and a zinc pill got stuck in my 10-year-old daughter’s throat when she swallowed it. In spite of compulsively heaving yet vomiting up nothing, I made her wait almost 24 hours before going to the ER because I thought she had the tummy bug several of the other kids had at the time (epic mom fail here!/no worries, she was breathing fine). There was that time that we had just had to put both of our dogs to sleep and, in my grief, I decided it was highly intelligent to force my 2-year-old to open his mouth and eat his lima beans (they are good for you, dang it!). He gagged and flinched as I put the spoon in his mouth and hit his ear on the table, causing a trip to the ER because he split the back of his ear open. And then there was the time that we did the parasite cleanse. I’m not even giving you the details of that one…
So, yea, my kids are suspicious. I have been working on them. Really, I have. It’s going to take a lot for Whole30 to win them over. Fortunately, Whole30 involves lots of foods that they like: fruit, berries (I listed these separate because they are a favorite with my kids!), lunch meat, bacon, breakfast sausage, avocado, tuna, juice, dried fruit, and nuts (they love cashews!). I will most likely be more lenient with the kids than with the adults in my family. You will see some things on the list that, while technically they fit the Whole30 rules, they really aren’t recommended.
Yesterday, I got started categorizing our days and listing out meals. I’ve created a cute, hang-on-the-fridge-worthy printable for you to use during your planning.
After filling in the blanks for each category, it’s time to create a menu plan for each week.
Get your downloadable copies of both forms here: meal-planner-by-category and menu-plan-by-week. You should be able to download and print them. This is my first time doing a printable, so let me know if it doesn’t work.
Tomorrow I’ll share the menu my family will actually be using for this Whole30 on the Little Red Farm Stand Discussion Group FB Page. I am also hoping to share a quick produce buy for my local friends that will have this Friday as a pick up day (just in time for our Whole30 start on the 8th!). Head over and join the FB group and you’ll receive notifications when I post. Four days to go until our Whole30 start and counting! (I apologize for my shorter than usual posts and lateness in posting. 4 of the kiddos are sick with a flu-like illness, so I’m getting to this in bits and pieces. Thanks for being patient with me!)