I always enjoy watching ‘Eat in a Day’ videos on YouTube. But when I see three perfect, complicated meals laid out on a beautifully made up plate, I’m like, right I don’t have time for this! It inspires me though to make more of an effort when it comes to our meals, but in a sort of light version. A busy-mom-who-is-not-an-amazing-cook version, if you will, for a weaning baby. So if you want to see a realistic ‘Eat in a Day’ mommy and baby edition, keep reading!
For breakfast I made oatmeal for Isaya and muesli for myself. I used to love oatmeal too, but recently I find it a little too heavy in the morning. I made Aya’s oatmeal with almond milk and put some (frozen) raspberries, strawberries and blueberries on top. She loved those! I had my muesli with soy yoghurt and berries. I don’t drink coffee, but I love to drink chicory coffee in the morning. This is a natural, caffeine free “substitute” for coffee, made from the roots of the chicory plant. I also had two glasses of water and Isaya drank tea. Before her nap I breastfed her. After her nap I made a smoothie with strawberries, banana and soy yoghurt, which we shared.
For lunch Isaya had toast with vegetarian sausage spread. Isaya loves it, but don’t like meat substitutes that look and taste too much like meat, so I had a veggie burger. Isaya drank water and I craved a Coca Cola. Because Isaya is weaning from my breast, I gave her a bottle before her afternoon nap. I used to breastfeed her before this nap as well, so the bottle doesn’t always go down well. But this afternoon she loved her oat milk. she woke up I gave her an oatmeal raisin cookie, which we ended up sharing. I enjoyed some mixed nuts and we shared some dried fruits. Isaya loves raisins, cranberries and dried figs and apricots. We both drank tea.
Isaya loves veggie burgers. It is often the only thing she wants to eat in the evening. There is a great variety of veggie burgers I can offer her but of course I want her to eat other things as well. One way to ensure this is to make ‘dips’. I will put white beans and barley or couscous in the blender, with whatever vegetable is on the menu that evening, add some olive oil and voila: a lovely dip for her burger. Another way is to take these ingredients and make my own veggie burger. This way I know she is getting everything she needs and there is no fuss. Tonight I made a veggie burger with zucchini, mushrooms, paprika, couscous and white beans. We had a salad on the side (Isaya loves olives) and I made some extra couscous for myself. We both drank water with our meal. Before bed I breastfed Isaya. Once she was asleep and I knew didn’t have to breastfeed her for another five hours, I opened a bottle of red wine. I poured myself a glass, filled a bowl with potato chips and crawled on the couch with some Netflix.