Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Well another festive season has been and gone and so begins the chapter of a new year. Squee!!! How exciting!
But first… I need to grinch about something.
WARNING: This blog post may offend some people, but quite frankly I hope it does so it opens your eyes and mind to the reasons why people choose not to give their kids sugar / junk food.
Over the christmas holidays there are many tempting “treats” and “sweets” out there. Yes I do succumb to these things and a glass of wine or two, maybe even a cider over this period, I’m no saint. I try to stay well behaved and this year was my best year yet I feel! I also try very hard to get my kids to stay away from lollies, sugar, cakes, desserts and things as these tend to be everywhere you look during christmas. I mean my kids are 1 and 3, they don’t need to have all that crap anyway!
But my question is, why is it people persecute parents for actively excluding “treats” and “sweets” from their children’s diet? Why is it so hard for them to refrain from force feeding my kids sugar? I’m not being mean by not giving my kids crap food. I am being a parent. I don’t want my children to be on a sugar high and have to endure the lows of a crash an hour later. I don’t like it when they are clutching their bellies screaming that it hurts when they have had too much dairy. It’s my choice to try and give them good food that doesn’t make them feel bad or act out of character. I’m not perfect and occasionally they will have stuff that isn’t great or paleo. But for goodness sake, respect that we as parents are trying to educate them on healthy choices and show them that you don’t need to have junk to enjoy food. There is absolutely no reason to go against a parents request and give the kids junk food.
I don’t understand what people think they are giving children when they give them blue or red lollies, bowls of ice cream and cake and chocolates before nap time. You are not giving them a treat, you are giving them a ticking time bomb of crazy behaviour, upset tummies and no nutritional benefit at all. So if I say “no” to giving my kids something, please respect that I am doing it out of love for my child and their health. If you want to show them love through food, give them nutritional food that will help them to grow into healthy human beings. Better yet just give them hugs and kisses and show your love that way.
New Years always holds that air of new beginnings and fresh starts. I haven’t made any resolutions this year as I tend to only break them. BUT, I will be setting some personal and training goals and hope to work towards achieving them by the end of 2015. For many people, new years is also a time to reflect on where things went wrong for last years resolutions. I know several people who have vowed to become more organised and prepared with their nutrition so that they don’t resort to grabbing something unhealthy when they are in a rush.
My friend K-star who trains with me at CrossFit Iron Lion, is a beautiful, generous, kind person who is ALWAYS running to and from events, work and family. She literally sometimes runs, not kidding. Good thing she loves to run!
K-Star made these mini quiches for our athletes for a CrossFit competition late last year. They were such a convenient, fully loaded, nutritious snack that travelled well. I thought, what a bloody good idea K-Star! She won’t mind that I share the recipe for everyone to use! Right? :p
What You Need
- Roasted Sweet Potato (I always roast several on my prep day for the week but you can find out how to do it in the Stuffed Sweet Tats recipe)
- 8-10 eggs
- Chopped bacon that has been semi cooked
- Diced red onion also sauteed slightly
- Baby spinach chopped
- Pinch of sea salt
What You Do
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius
- Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases (fancy ones – see picture)
- Press a spoonful of roast sweet potato into the bottom of each muffin case
- Lightly cook your bacon and sauté your onion
- Place the bacon and onion on top of the sweet potato in the muffin cases
- Place the chopped spinach on top of the bacon and onion
- Put your eggs in a blender with the pinch of salt and blend for 15 – 20 seconds
- Pour the egg mixture evenly into each muffin case. Don’t over fill!
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until egg is cooked.
Makes 12 mini quiches
You can virtually add any ingredients to the quiches like leftover shredded chicken, smoked salmon, mushrooms, asparagus or broccoli. There is no limit to the combinations.