Is June just crazy busy for anyone else or is it just me?
I feel like this entire month has just been back to back events. We seem to have birthdays, anniversaries, parties every weekend.
As a self proclaimed home body - this is all just a little exhausting.
You may remember, last Sunday we celebrated my youngest son, Lucas' 4th birthday. I got lots of questions about how we handled his party and if we kept everything keto.
The answer is not really, but sort of.
For the meal, we just cooked on the grill, which is super easy to keep low carb. We had steaks and hot dogs and then grilled vegetables as well. I did serve some extra fruit, but all in all - it was very keto friendly.
The place where we went astray was with the cake.
I had considered making a keto friendly cake. Lucas probably wouldn't have cared at all. But honestly it just came down to time.
It was father's day as well as his birthday and we were busy all weekend. I picked up an ice cream cake and I have zero regrets. We all (myself included) ate the cake during his party, and after that it was over. We didn't let one day turn into one weekend/week/month etc.
I think it's unrealistic to think that myself or most certainly my kids will never have a sugary cake or treat again.
I also do believe that these can be enjoyed occasionally as part of a healthy diet.
The trick is being able to enjoy the moment for what it is, and then walk away, without heading into a downward sugar-filled spiral.
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to how I am going to handle the kids nutrition when they go back to school. I was super inspired by an episode of Keto for Normies where the guest said that he gave his kids a "sugar budget" each day. (This is a great podcast if you are interested in keto diets btw!)
The idea is that they get x amount of sugar grams per day, and they can use them however they want. I really like the concept and I think it's a great way for kids to make their own conclusions about food and nutrition with a little bit more freedom.
If you've tried anything like this, or have any other method for limiting sugar in your kids diet then I would love to hear about it!
On to this week's menu ...
Here are the recipe links for all the recipes that I will be using this week:
- Chicken taco soup
- Hamburger steaks and gravy with mashed cauliflower
- Cauliflower fried rice - We toss in several extra eggs to make this a complete meal. I also like to add shrimp occasionally, but we just found out that my son Trenton is SUPER allergic to shellfish 🙁
- Grilled Chicken - For the veggies, I just spritz them with olive oil and salt and pepper, then toss them on the grill. I usually use zucchini and whatever else we have in the fridge.
- Taco seasoning - For the bowls, we just use cauliflower rice as the base and pile it up with out favorite toppings
- Fathead Cinnamon Rolls - This is our first time trying this. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite and I'm pretty skeptical that this recipe will do them justice, but we shall see.
- Chia Pudding
- Ham, egg and cheese roll ups
- Chicken wings - look for my recipe and method soon!
- Corn Dog Muffins