What Rebecca’s & Erin’s Families Eat in a Day
A few months ago, we got a nutritionist, a naturopath, and an athlete to write a food diary and then we published it—and it was definitely aspirational. And while many of us work toward bettering our own diets, all of the moms and dads out there are additionally trying to do the same for their kiddos! So we thought we’d do another food diary—for those of you feeding a family.
You may know Rebecca & Erin as Well.ca’s CEO and CMO…and the stars of our YouTube series, Rebecca & Erin’s Picks (they showcase the BEST products – be sure to tune in if you don’t already). But they’re also both moms to 3 young kids—so who better to share how they’re juggling it all?! We hope this provides some inspiration for all of the parents out there – so here goes:
Rebecca McKillican, Well.ca’s CEO
Breakfast for the whole family
I’m all over the smoothie trend. A typical one for us includes Greek yogurt, spinach, banana, frozen mango, chia seeds with probiotics, and hemp hearts. Other common breakfasts are:
- Nature’s Path Multigrain Cereal and a fruit
- Steel cut oats with cinnamon and a fruit
Lunch for the kids
I often pack lots of little things in a bento, which ends up being some combo of the following:
- Carrots or cucumber and hummus
- Organic peanut butter and banana sandwich
- Grapes or blueberries or watermelon
- Cheese sticks
- Whole wheat toast with avocado
- Greek yogurt
Lunch for me!
I’ll usually have some kind of salad or “bowl” – for example:
- Spinach, sweet potato, and lentil salad with avocado and oil & vinegar dressing; or
- Quinoa bowl with avocado, carrots, cucumber, corn, edamame, cilantro and green onions
Snack for the kids
This has gotten easy – there are a TON of healthy and delicious snack options these days, such as:
- MadeGood Granola Balls
- Roasted Almonds
- Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies
- Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks
Snack for me!
- Nomz Pistachio Energy Bites; or
- Soy latte with two pumps of vanilla
Dinner for the kids
I get creative as I can here, but they like to keep things fairly plain. I do my best to incorporate some veggies with every dinner though!
- Salmon plus plain Gogo Quinoa Pasta and steamed broccoli; or
- Homemade pizzas with steamed green beans; or
- Annie’s Homegrown Classic Mac & Cheese plus cauliflower
Dinner for me (& my husband)
I like to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to our dinners, since the kids prefer fairly bland flavours. A typical dinner for us might be:
- Cauliflower and chickpea soup; or
- Quinoa burgers; or
- Veggie lasagna; or
- Anything from Oh She Glows
Late night snack for me!
I need a little something to tide me over until bedtime, so I’ll either have a few squares of dark chocolate or some LesserEvil Buddha Bowl Popcorn.
Erin Young, Well.ca’s CMO
Before breakfast (me time!)
I work out most mornings (on an empty stomach) and when I come home at 6:45am, I start my day with a glass of water with lemon, apple cider vinegar, and marine collagen. I’ve been told that this is a good way to kickstart your digestive system and it helps hydrate after a workout. I drink this while I shower and get ready.
Breakfast in our house is a bit all over the place. The kids like something one day and are over it the next. Some days, I’ll make a bit pot of steel cut oats (either the night before or in my new Instant Pot) with fruit and almond milk for everyone. Other things that are on the menu:
- Sprouted bread toast with avocado or peanut or almond butter and a little homemade jam
- Smoothie with banana, kale, almond milk, frozen berries, kicked up with hemp protein and spirulina
- Overnight oatmeal waffles topped with nutbutter
I also have a large coffee which I take to the office and drink all morning. I stopped putting sugar in my coffee earlier this year and now drink it with just a little milk. The coffee beans need to be good quality though; otherwise, I really miss the sugar!
If it’s a school day (or a camp day), I usually pack a Yumbox lunch container – the kids love them. Some of my fave snacks to include are:
- Air Cheese Gouda Crunchy Cheese Bites
- The Good Bean Original Salted Chickpeas
- Bean Crisps Salt of the Earth Bean Chips
- Annie’s Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Lunch is usually a salad that I pack the night before. I try to cook a grain like quinoa on Sunday for the week. During the summer, my fridge is usually packed with treasures from the Farmer’s Market that I’ll add. Today’s salad was quinoa, red cabbage, corn, sweet potato, tomato, cilantro and dill.
The kid snack on fruit, nuts (if they are away from school) and Banana Bread Muffin Tops from Oh She Glows. These feel like a treat but have no added sugar – they are sweetened with banana and dates.
My mid-afternoon snack is usually a coffee and a small piece of dark chocolate. If I know I am going to have a later dinner, I will grab a pack of Nomz Energy Bites.
Evenings in our house can be a bit chaotic. My two older kids often have sports or lessons in the evening so they usually eat dinner beforehand. One of their favourite easy meals are “bowls.” They top quinoa/rice or another grain with leftovers, veggies, and their fave salad dressing.
On these nights, my husband and I usually eat later than we should—9:30pm is not uncommon. Dinner is often a salad or grilled fish and vegetables.
Rebecca is a mom to three young children and a passionate online shopper – and Well.ca’s CEO. She loves shopping for green & natural products at Well.ca to keep her family well.
Erin is a mom to three young kids, and she’s also Well.ca’s superstar CMO! She loves running, travelling, and cooking.