It’s been a while since I’ve done an Oliver’s Eats post, so I thought I’d share some photos of Oliver’s daycare lunch for tomorrow. Daycare lunches have become rather formulaic. Almost without exception, they will consist of:

1. Leftovers of the main course from the previous night’s supper. We follow a meal schedule at home, so this usually means that he gets some form of chicken on Tuesday and fish on Thursday. What can I say? We are big fans of routine and predictability :).

Leftovers from the main course of the previous night's dinner.

Chicken stew with mushrooms and asparagus.

2. Avocado. He adores it, and I know that if he eats nothing else (which, well… basically never happens), he will still get a good 250 to 300 calories in him.

Oliver eats an entire avocado almost every day. It's an easy source of healthy calories and essential fats.

Oliver eats an entire avocado almost every day. It’s an easy source of healthy calories and essential fats.

3. Vegetables. Sometimes I pack leftover vegetables from the previous night’s supper (e.g. steamed carrots and broccoli), or sometimes he gets fresh, raw veggies.

Orange pepper pieces and yellow tomatoes.

Orange pepper pieces and yellow tomatoes.

4. Fruit. Oliver loves his fruit. I usually include two kinds of fruit, preferably — but not always — of two different colours.

Grapes (halved, as per daycare rules) and strawberry pieces.

Grapes (halved, as per daycare rules) and strawberry pieces.

Before daycare, Oliver eats a breakfast of two eggs plus fruit and/or avocado. He skips the daycare’s morning snack time, per my request, since we like to keep his schedule and routine relatively the same at daycare as it is at home (he is not normally accustomed to having a snack in the morning).

The food I send for him covers both lunch and afternoon snack, and I have specifically asked the daycare to reserve some of his main dish or avocado to be served at afternoon snack. They used to only serve him fruit in the afternoon, and by the time I’d pick him up at 5:30, he was ravenous and cranky!

The whole kit and caboodle.

The whole kit and caboodle.

9 responses to “OLIVER’S EATS

  1. It’s simple. You, the parent, model the behavior you are trying to reinforce in the child. If you eat healthy and have a healthy lifestyle, then there is a greater likelihood that your child will as well. I love it…How about sharing your Chicken stew with mushrooms and asparagus recipe…

    • Hmm, it’s not so much a recipe as an improvisation, but I will attempt to give you the gist of it.

      I used:
      tons of grass-fed butter 🙂
      1 onion, diced
      8 medium mushrooms, halved and sliced
      1 large bunch of skinny asparagus, sliced into 1/2″ pieces
      salt and pepper
      1 tbsp crushed garlic
      1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thigh meat cut into bite-sized pieces
      1 1/2 cups (approx) chicken stock
      2 tbsp arrowroot powder
      1/4 cup heavy (35% M.F.) cream*
      1/4 cup shredded hard cheese* (e.g. Asiago, Parmesan, etc.)

      *The cream and the cheese are not Paleo, of course, but I was trying to replicate the flavour of a mushroom and asparagus risotto dish I used to cook in my pre-Paleo days. The recipe would work fine without them; it just wouldn’t have the cheesy flavour.

      1. In a large pan, with “a ton” of butter (or other cooking fat of your choice), sauté the onions and mushrooms. Add salt and pepper. When almost cooked, add the asparagus and sauté until soft. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

      2. In another large pan, also with “a ton” of butter, sauté the chicken pieces (it’s nice to brown them a bit for extra flavour) until they are cooked on the outside. Add about 1 cup of chicken stock and the crushed garlic. Stir, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through.

      3. Whisk together the remaining half cup of chicken stock with the arrowroot powder. Very gradually pour into the cooked chicken mixture, stirring constantly (otherwise it will turn into a gloopy blob instead of thickening the stock). Add the cream and the cheese, then the cooked onion/mushroom/asparagus mixture. Stir until everything is coated in sauce, and serve to happy family 🙂

  2. Thank you! Simply Delicious….who doesn’t love butter, i know my hubby is gonna be a happy one with this recipe!!!

  3. Oh, how I wish I’d worked a bit more to get my child to like avacoado. Neither hubby nor I like it, so I just let it go.

    Btw, Just stumbled across your blog and am in love!

  4. Just found your site, I was reading back when you were pregnant. We named our first Oliver too. He’s almost 2. I’m just wondering about what your experience with lifting weights and heart rate in pregnancy. With some excercise a I find my heart rate jumps quick and sometimes get out of breath. More so than normal. Just curious your thoughts, is that an issue? Should I lift lighter or fewer reps? Or is it even a concern. I’ve been lifting for almost 2 years and used to pushing my self to the max. My little Oliver also loves avocado!

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