Did you know that adults and children have different nutritional needs? I do my best to follow the “If it fits your macros” (IIFYM) method of eating. Simply, my diet is based on the percentage of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats I eat in a day. It’s much easier than counting calories for sure. I try to eat at 40% proteins, 30% healthy fats, 30% complex carbs each day.
I don’t always succeed but I do more often than not. (I really love Krispy Kreme donuts.) My eating habits are meant to fuel my gym habits. Though it would be nice to be thin and svelte, I am much happier being strong and healthy!
Children need 50-60% of their diet as carbs because they expend more energy as they grow and play. Low carb and low fat diets are not healthy for kids.
Plus, there are just things that I make that they won’t eat. I really try not to stress about their lack of interest in brussel sprouts because I refused to eat them until I was in my mid-twenties. (I hated them and now I love them!) So I am sure they will acquire better taste as they get older. (*updated on March 2018 – my kids LOVE roasted brussel sprouts!) I just keep introducing new foods and sometimes they try it and like it.
That being said, it gets annoying to make “two” dinners each night.The best way to ensure that a single meal meets all of our needs is to make it customizable. Cooking two dinners sucks! Click To Tweet
Luckily for me, Pork Chop and Pea have completely opposite tastes in food. When you add in all of Pea’s food allergies, things get really fun around here.
The easiest meal for me to customize for all of us is hands down, the mighty taco.
Pork Chop likes tacos because he loves cheese.
Pea prefers poultry to beef, can’t have dairy, but loves lettuce and tortillas.
I love taco salads!
Our Totally Customizable Taco Night
Before you head to the store, make sure you check Ibotta for rebates. I find avocados and taco shells on there all the time! Saving money is way better than not saving money.
Lean ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken (This time I used grassfed beef.)
Ro Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilis
Green Leaf Lettuce
Green Bell Pepper (optional)
Sour Cream (optional)
Marinate chicken tenderloins in Kraft Italian Dressing for at least 15 minutes.
Grill chicken, cube, and set aside.
Brown lean ground beef with the seasoning from the Old El Paso Dinner kit as directed on package. Set aside.
Cube the avocado
Using the remaining “fixings” to build your taco!
Pork Chop likes soft tacos with beef and lots of cheese.
Pea likes soft tacos with grilled chicken, lettuce, and green bell pepper.
I like tasty salads.
It’s a Flavor Excursion!
Quick and easy meals like this one are perfect for soccer nights. I love it because I can always use the leftover meats in my lunch salad the next day so the food doesn’t go to waste.
My second favorite place (after the gym–according to my bff) is Publix and today kicks off their digital coupons
Be sure to visit Publix to find out about the sale and to get your digital coupons! One of the reasons why I love Publix so much is because of their awesome sales (especially those BOGO deals) and great coupon policy. I go there for the excellent customer service, the clean store, the dependable food quality and the store’s proximity to the gym and my home. When I use the digital coupons and shop the sales, my grocery bill is even lower than it is when shopping discount stores.
Want more easy dinner ideas for sports nights?