Looking for a simple but healthy meal, look no further. Grilled Cheese and Milkshakes are a go to around here, I’m not even kidding. Quick, easy and normally we have all the ingredients on hand when we get in late and everyone is hungry and tired.
I had the opportunity to tour a grocery store with a dietician and Indiana Dairy – if you know me you might question why, it sounds like nothing I would do! But I listened and learned, again if you know me you might be stunned!
I love the observations Martha Rardin, MSM, RD, CD, FAND made during our tour!
I’m a half list maker! I tend to jot down a random list of a few things I want from the store but mostly fly by the seat of my pants – I learned I’m actually in the majority on this – only 44% of people make an actual list before heading to the grocery store! #feelingnormal
So I decided to work on this! I’m now in the process of making a meal plan for the week a habit!
She also discussed ‘Labeling Lingo’, again if you know me you hope I’m not stepping on my soapbox – I won’t! But you should know even dietitians know some labels are a game!
- “Healthy” – generally speaking is a fairly ambiguous term and can only be used on foods that are low in staturated and unsaturated fats, and specific levels of cholesterol, sodium, vitamins and minerals
- “Nutritionist” – is an unregulated term and means nothing
- “Free” – the amount of ingredient is so small the effects are minimal
- “Free-range” “Hormone Free” “Natural” – these terms do not mean they are organic
But the number one thing that she said that is so true is:
“There is too much guilt in grocery shopping!”
No need for guilt you can eat healthy, fun and guilt free! This tour got me thinking about one of my go-to meals. Truly one of my favorite meals, it sounds so simple and good – can I really consider this a meal! We do! It’s easy, packed with protein and kids think its a blast to consider it supper and not a snack!
But after this tour I wondered what if we kicked this meal up a notch – how about adding some vegetables to the sandwich? A lot of times we add ham but why not add a tomato too, or some spinach, or some avocado ……. the list is pretty much endless!
And the milkshake – add some strawberries, peaches, blueberries, black berries…… another endless list. Milkshakes are so easy to make at home!!
- 2 slices of bread
- 2-3 slices of cheese any kind you want
- Butter one side of each slice of bread.
- Place one slice of bread butter side down in pan, place cheese slices on bread, place other slice of bread butter side up on top of cheese.
- Cook till lightly brown and toasted, flipping sandwich to toast both sides and cheese is melted.
Classic Vanilla Milkshake
- 3 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3/4 cup Milk
- Place ice cream and milk in blender, blend until creamy and even consistency!
We generally eat it as a last minute supper during busy seasons and we get in late but it makes an awesome breakfast – your kids will think you’re a rockstar with a milkshake for breakfast even when it includes fruit!