Weekly meal planning is back! I have more time now that the manuscript for Fearless Feeding is complete. There’s still more work to be done with edits but the hard part is behind us. Yeah!!
I’ve had pollo asado twice in the past couple of months and have become obsessed with finding a good recipe at home. I’m hoping this recipe from Pioneer Woman does the trick. I’ve also been wanting to try roasted shrimp and broccoli. All in all, a good week.
For more meal planning ideas see Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking This Week
Monday: Pollo Asado with black beans and all the toppings
Tuesday: Roasted shrimp with broccoli with a side of pasta and fruit
Wednesday: Kids choice
Thursday: Turkey Burgers with salad and baked fries
Friday: Grilled fish (up to my husband) and asparagus, mango salsa and a whole grain side (may try quinoa)
More from Cooking Light…
My new normal
It feels strange not to be spending every extra minute I have on the book, and that includes getting up at 4:30 most mornings. The last two months were the hardest and started to take its toll. I write about how this affected my eating here.
But now that it’s done, I have a whole new outlook. I worked out 6 days last week, organized my home and have been spending more quality time with my kids. I’m getting 8 hours of sleep a night. It feels good to take care of myself and not run around like a crazy lady.
I really miss the time I spend on this blog and plan to get going on some research-based posts and new recipes. For my next series, I want to focus on vegetables, as I know this particular food group (preparing and kids’ reluctance) can be challenging.
So if you have any specific “vegetable challenges,” or something you want me to write about, let me know in the comments. I also plan to update this site with a new design, a search function and recipe index. Raise Healthy Eaters is in need of some TLC too.
News: Calcium and vitamin D
Two key nutrients have been in the news lately: calcium and vitamin D. A recent study published in Heart linked calcium supplements to increased risk of heart attacks. Because this follows other research showing the same, health professionals may start pushing for diet over supplements until more research is done. I discuss this in more detail in my weekly posts on WebMD.
Another study looked at mortality and vitamin D blood levels. This large study (247,574 individuals) from Denmark found that those with very low vitamin D levels had 2.5 times the risk of death compared to those with normal levels. But it also found that people with higher vitamin D levels had an increased risk of death about 1.5 times. The vitamin D concentrations with the lowest mortality was 20 to 30ng/ml.
It’s important to remember that this is one study, and some vitamin D researchers bring up questions about the design. Hopefully more research will shed light on the optimal blood levels. This is why I stay conservative when taking supplements. I take vitamin D, and so do my kids, but not as much as the Vitamin D Council recommends because I want to wait for the research to come around.
Vitamin D is different than calcium because it is not as easy to get enough from the diet — and historically the sun (not diet) has been the primary source.
Any questions about these two nutrients? Let me know in the comments. Have a great week!