What my one year old eats

What my one year old eats

There is a question that I get asked all the time from mommies with younger babies, that question is: What should I feed him?

I wanted to write this post because I have a system that works for me and I don’t know if  everyone else knows about it. My pediatrician had helped me to come up with this system, it makes it so easy for me to prepare her meals instantly  without having to overthink it or worry if she’s having too much of one thing and not enough of another.
Allow me to tell you first the general idea, then finish with my go to meals in the order of my personal preference.
In my head I have the food divided into: Fruits, vegetables, protein ( mostly animal protein), milk products and carbs, so here’s how it goes:

my baby has

-fruits twice a day,

-vegetables twice a day,

-animal protein once

-carbs in every meal.

-I try to limit milk products since she already has two bottles of milk a day but I mostly fail because yogurt is her true love ❤ 

And here are how most days meals go:

Breakfast

As soon as she wakes up she has a bottle of formula milk then after an hour she has either:
oatmeal: prepared with water and a dash of milk, one mashed banana and any available fruits, followed by a yogurt.
scrambled eggs: with rice, oatmeal or shredded toast followed by a fruit. Does this sound weird? The reason I put oatmeal or rice in it is that Lina refuse to eat bread next to the eggs, so when I put precooked rice or oats in it it doesn’t bother her and she gets her carbs. so it works.
cheese sandwich: followed by a fruit smoothies (apples plus any other fruit)

Lunch

Rice/ pasta/ or potatoes/… with mashed veggies and shredded meat/chicken/fish.  this is so vague because she usually has whatever we are having for lunch. Except when we eat out then I prepare something specially for her.

Sometimes I skip the animal protein when she had had eggs for breakfast

Dinner

Same as lunch but without the meat, so only carbs and vegetables.

Snack

Yogurt, fruits,biscuits, banana, cucumber, grapes, a sandwich,… whatever is availble

Then finally before bed she takes her second and last bottle of milk

So here’s what my baby eats. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments and Bon appetit ❤

Confessions of a meat eater

Confessions of a meat eater

A few months ago I turned the TV on, and there it was… the video that changed my way of thinking about food forever!
It was just a documentary on farm animals. It was filming a cow giving birth. As soon as the calf was out, some men came and took it. The mother, who didn’t get the chance to breastfeed, smell or even look at her baby, seemed lost!  The voice of the commentator said: “this is a milk cow, her milk is meant for us, humans ,to consume. It’s not to feed her children”. The men had put the calf in a truck and the mother was walking desperately behind the truck until she lost sight of it. The commentator continued:” if the calf is a female, it will become a milk cow like her mother, if it’s a male it will be kept alive shortly before it is sent to the slaughterhouse”.

It felt like a slap from reality, like heartbreak, and worst yet, like guilt. I realized that even though L feel sorry, I am a part of the problem!
I know as a fact that I, like most people, eat and drink way more animal products than what I really need. I also know that the increasing demand on animal products is what pushes suppliers to deal with animals in such inhuman ways.
Can you imagine that because we are eating more than we need, the animals are suffering?
It was one more reason for me to watch my animal products intake, other than the health reason I had talked about in a previous post.
Today, I still consume animal products but I’m aware of the quantity. I try to reduce it, instead of cheese or eggs I have fruits and oats for breakfast, and instead of the oats being cooked with milk I cook them with water and just add a dash of milk at the end.
I still have my meatless Mondays , where I get my protein from the better source, plants! Beans, broccoli, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, quinoa, spinach,… are all amazing and healthy sources of protein that doesn’t hurt anybody. I really hope that by cutting down my intake, I might make even the slightest change in the environment.
Did you ever think about how much animal products do you consume everyday? Did you ever think about how it’s affecting the animals and your health? Please leave me a comment, I would love to hear your opinion.

Thank you.

(Oh by the way am writing this with Lina on my lap so would you be so nice to excuse any typos, I will proof read later 😉 )

My One resolution for the new year

I had started this year without any resolutions. Then on the third day, I came across a Facebook post from a little known Egyptian actor. He was talking about starting a plant based diet and how in just 3 months, he not only dropped weight, but felt more energetic and lost a lot of physical problems he had had for years. He said he’s eating a lot of the things he loves, like pasta, rice and potatoes, but also a lot of fruits, vegetables and beans. He wasn’t promoting anything, just sharing something he found very useful for himself. I trusted his story thus was very confused! I thought carbs and weight loss were contradictory.

I had come across vegan youtubers before, who claimed to eat all the carbs they want and keeping their bodies very lean, but I always thought there was a catch, something they’re not sharing… but here was that actor, someone who isn’t a blogger, vlogger nor nutritionist, and still benefited from this calorie-full diet.

After reading further on the plant based diet and the forks over knives way, I realized that most informations I had about food were wrong! That it’s not important how many calories we eat, but rather “how” we eat them.

And although we have AMAZINGLY delicious plant based food in Egypt, I never thought about it as eco-friendly nor healthy. Thinking about ‘Koshari’, ‘waraa Enab’ (which is stuffed vine leaves) and of course ‘Foul and Falafel’ (which is the traditional Egyptian breakfast) I feel sad am realizing this while 2 thousand miles away..

Making these realizations pushed me to make small changes in my dietary lifestyle. taking it slowly, I decided to have one Vegetarian day a week. It’s my one and only resolution for the new year. Started the very next day I read the article, and it was a Monday, so I get to call it “meatless Monday”!

On the very first meatless Monday, I had lots of fruits and a most delicious pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil. Honestly I felt good, I was completely satisfied and didn’t miss having chicken or meat. I later realized I didn’t have enough protein that day. So on the next meatless Mondays I added oatmeal, quinoa, beans, mushrooms so I can get my daily recommended protein. I try not to have dairy products that day but it’s hard for me to cut off milk because I use it In my coffee. Next week I’ll look for some “lait d’amande” in the supermarket ( that’s almond milk)

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My delicious spinach,white beans and mushroom pasta
The reason I wanted to write about this is that this day has changed a lot in my eating habits in the rest of the week too. I used to eat next to Zero fruits, but since I started buying them at least once a week, I eat them. And since I look for beautiful vegetarian plates full of veggies for meatless Monday, I end up eating these veggies all through the week too. I also started monitoring my protein and vitamins intake which is good because I usually never cared about what I eat as long as it’s delicious 😀

If you’re like the old me and you don’t eat enough fruits and veggies I invite you to try a meatless day a week and watch it change your life! Let me know how it goes.