April 12, 2010

Food for a Busy Life

Posted in Children, Food, Health, Recipes, Work tagged at 8:01 am by Liliana

Yogurt with fruit

Yogurt with fruit

My daughter Nena is a college senior, and this is one of the busiest weeks of her student career. She is working on her senior project and needs to finish it by Friday. We spent last weekend together at our cottage on Lake Michigan and while she worked, I prepared comforting meals for her. But on her own, I knew that she wouldn’t have the time or the energy to go to much trouble in preparing nutritious meals. On the way back to Nena’s college, we went grocery shopping. We bought food that would give her pleasure and energy, as well as keep her healthy and satisfied.

Here are a few things on Nena’s grocery list:

We started with a loaf of freshly baked eight-grain bread. She could make sandwiches or have toast with jam with her tea or coffee. Then we bought a couple of chunks of good cheese – Nena likes goat cheese and brie. We moved to the produce section next and got some fresh, dark green spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado, carrots, bananas, crisp apples, strawberries, and blackberries. Nena will have plenty of vegetables for wonderful salads and fruit for morning parfaits or afternoon snacks.

We bought cans of tuna and navy and garbanzo beans. Tuna sandwiches or quick been salads with fresh vegetables are filling, healthy and easy to make. We got some whole grain pasta and pesto sauce, cereal and ramen noodles. She could have a nice lunch by adding onions, spinach and green beans to ramen for a quick and filling vegetable noodle soup. Then, we stopped at the dairy section. Nena got eggs, cream for her coffee, and yogurt – Greek yogurt and kefir. Any time she is hungry, she could have a cup of yogurt with a banana, apple or berries; add a little granola cereal on top and it’s a meal.

Hopefully, this will be a good week for Nena and her senior project will be a great success. At least I know that she won’t go hungry.

Update: Nena did great on her senior project. She was awarded Honors for her effort!