Story of a Housewife: Ashley Corbett

what health looks like in our family

My daily routine, with 3 kids, revolves around 3 meals and a lot of snacks. Throw in one extremely picky eater and meal times could easily become a stressor. Being a Registered Dietitian, my knowledge of what types of food are necessary at specific times of the day along with keeping track, in my mind, how many servings of calcium/carbohydrates/iron-rich foods/types of fats/etc., that each kid consumes can be… {big breath of air in} exhausting! But, God has equipped me to fully meet my kid’s needs, in this area, just as He has done for you! While I enjoy talking about and practicing nutrition, my family is not perfect with our food choices. My kids eat “treats” and the occasional fast food meal - my husband jokes with me about “do you want any coffee with all that cream?”. And let’s not talk about when it’s time to order Girl Scout cookies…. #busted. I don’t spend extra money on organic food and I don’t purposely choose non-GMOs. So, what ‘healthy’ looks like in my family may not look like the same ‘healthy’ that is in your family but, I will share what I do to ensure that my family eats healthy. The very first thing is establishing a healthy self-worth.  

Our culture is practicing “Willful Blindness” (definitely when it comes to God’s Word) – defined as “information they could and should have but have elected not to know” when it comes to achieving and maintaining health. We see it daily. We are affected by the culture around us. How often do we look at these photo-shopped, bikini ladies and think “if only my body..” or “I would feel better if I looked like..” or “I shouldn’t eat this because they said it causes fat storage blah, blah, blah”. Take a moment and think about how this affects us. How does it effect our parenting? Or, even worse, think about if our kids begin to think this way… Our children may be tempted to believe they are not healthy/pretty/sufficient/handsome/important/useful/precious/vital/enough unless they “do” what our culture tells them. So what is healthy in our family? It has to start with a good foundation.

As parents, we are to impress God’s Word on to our children ALL the time (Deut. 6:7). This includes continually expressing their importance and value to the Lord and His kingdom, just as He created them. Explaining God’s love for them and how He shows them His love. Explaining to our children that they were created for a purpose – one only they can fulfill through the Lord. Teaching them that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Helping our kids understand who Jesus is, what he did while walking on this Earth and where He is now/what He has planned! Let’s face it – if we don’t know our worth, we (as humans) will find it wherever we can. We will seek approval from anything and the world offers {temporary} acceptance at a high cost. So, once our family lives like we truly know where our value is, we can then incorporate healthy eating without all the mumbo jumbo from our culture. 

The government actually created a useful tool to help Americans understand how to eat healthy. This tool is called MyPlate (www.choosemyplate.gov) which was created to replace the food guide pyramid with the intent to help us understand that we can truly eat from each food group at each meal, without consuming excessive calories.

Initially, it took some time to teach my children what each food group was, its importance and what types of foods can “fit” into the groups but, once they understood, my kids were able to help think of food items that meet MyPlate to create our meals. My goal is to instill good eating habits that will help my kids when they are older (we all want that right?) but, I also want them to know the importance of true health, not just momentary results.

Some of our favorite recipes usually incorporate several of the food groups which makes meal times super easy (and quick!). I want to encourage you to remind yourself as often as necessary of your value to the Lord as well as adopt your own method of simple healthy eating that can encourage your kids to make good food choices. Check out one of our favorite recipes:

“Hulk” Muffins – found on ‘The Green Forks’ blog (www.greenforks.com)

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour

¾ cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

¼ cup canola oil

¾ cup milk

1 (6 ounce) bag fresh baby spinach

½ cup mashed banana (from about 1 to 2 bananas)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl: flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a blender, place oil, milk, and spinach. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until completely puréed. Add banana and vanilla; blend on low just to mix.

Pour puréed mixture into dry mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until completely combined.

Fill muffin cups about full and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    

 

 

Ashley is a wife and mother of three living in eastern North Carolina.  She enjoys crocheting, teaching, gardening, running and being a chicken mama.  You can find more of her days over on Instagram.