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Old 05-28-2004, 07:02 AM
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meal planning

Trying to start meal planning seriously for the first time. I am Mom of 3 soon to be 4 anyday(thru adoption). My husband and I are starting low carb and hoping to help the kids 9. 7, 5 to learn to eat healthier. Can anyone help? Also new to the site and enjoying it.
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Old 05-28-2004, 07:59 AM
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Hi Suzanne

Welcome to Family Corner!!

We have a low-carb thread here: http://www.familycorner.com/forums/s...5&pagenumber=1


Stop in and join us!! Im on the Atkins plan but we have all different types of low carb plans that the ladies are on being discussed there.

I have started serving healthier meals to my family as well but they dont stick to the low carb stuff like I do.


Congratulations on your new adoption!! How old is this child? Boy or girl? I have a 6 1/2 yr old son and a DD that just turned 1 on May 24th.


There is an adoption forum, as well as, other forums for kids and family too. There is a topic for just about anything and everything!!



Again, Welcome and make yourself at home!!!


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BTW, I just realized that youre from Pa. There's a lot of Pa. people here! What part do you live in? I live about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.




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Old 05-28-2004, 09:19 AM
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We are 1hr outside Philadelphia. Thanks for the reply. I will check the link. Quit smoking a year ago and gained 20 lbs. I better off not smoking, now have to work on the weight. Husband has been on atkins before and lost alot. It's worth a try. Talk to you soon. Suzanne
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Old 07-05-2004, 02:22 PM
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slamming your head against the wall...Coming up w/ideas for menus...I'm hoping you all well join me in this...It not only needs one but quite a few to help create this thread...I know some of us have a hard time making menus...Due to not knowing what to put...I know I have the same problem...It's just hard coming up w/ideas...I know we all come from different ethnic backgrounds so this should be interesting...Okay now to get down to what I'm asking...When you make a menu or just know of a food you like to make put it here...For example...

Sloppy Joes and French Fries or Tater Tots...
Tacos, Spanish Rice, and Refried Beans...
Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut...
Chili Dogs and Potato Chips...

Hopefully this make sense and you all well join me...
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Old 07-08-2004, 05:36 AM
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In the summertime we love:
Taco Salad with Coke (or Root Beer) Floats
Crab Louis Salad with French Bread (imitation krab)
Fried Chicken & Potato Salad, Fresh Melon
& when our tomatoes are ripe we pig out on:
BLT's & either Pasta Salad or Potato Salad
I also make alot of stir-fry dishes during summer, served over rice.
Grilled Hamburgers, or Grilled Hot Dogs, with Chips & Veggies & dip
oh, & when it's just super-hot outside my fav. thing is a nice big ripe tomato stuffed with either tuna salad or chicken salad, served with crackers (I like Triscuit!) & seasonal fresh fruit.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, marinated & cooked on the grill, served with rice pilaf or French bread & a big tossed salad.
Marinated London Broil (thick round) & Baked Potatoes & tossed salad.

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Old 07-08-2004, 05:46 AM
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Oh, & a family tradition here is once each summer, on a very hot day, over 100 deg. we have Banana Split night! That's all we have for dinner, usually a bit later than usual...no one really wants to cook or clean up, but a nice homemade banana split really hits the spot!
When my boys were younger, I'd put out a plate of fresh veggies & dip around 5-ish or so. They'd be a bit hungry from playing & nibble a bit. This helped me feel like they got at least something healthy & then I'd suprize them (& DH) with the banana splits later on.
This particular "dinner menu" made me a very popular Mom! After a few yrs of doing this, neighbor kids would try to out-guess me on which night I'd serve this & try to wrangle a supper invite, lol!
anyway, It's a fun tradition & we still do it now that our boys are grown...youngest 2 still live at home.
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thank you for adding to this...noone seems to be posting on here...i wrote down a couple of your ideas...thank you again...
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Sample 1600 Calorie Menu

Breakfast
Fruit juice 1/2 cup
whole wheat bread/muffin 1 slice
jelly 1 Tbsp
poached or hard boiled egg 1
dairy product - 1 serving

Lunch
starch serving 1 (small baked potato, 1 slice whole grain bread, 1/2 English muffin, etc)
cheese or other dairy 1
fruit serving 1
lettuce wedge
fat-free dressing 1 Tbsp

Dinner
broiled meat serving 4 oz
high starch vegetable 1 serving (1/2 c)
fruit - 1 serving
low starch vegetable 1 serving (1/2 c)
bread / grain 1 serving
margarine 1 tsp

Snack
bread/grain 1 serving
low fat cheese 1 serving (1/2 oz)

This Sample Menu Provides Approximately
the Following Nutrients
Calories 1600 Fat 44 gm
Protein 87 gm Fiber 17 gm
Carbohydrates 209 gm Calcium 1163mg

You can use this as a "template" to plan meals at this calorie level. This level is appropriate for less active and older people.
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Old 08-28-2004, 12:30 PM
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Sample Menu at 1200 Calorie Level

Breakfast
fruit or juice 1 serving (1/2 c juice, 1 small orange, 1/2 grapefruit, etc)
whole grain cereal 3/4 cup
skim milk 1 cup

Lunch (sandwich)
wheat bread 2 slices
sliced meat 2 oz
mustard 1 tsp
lettuce leaf
tomato 1/2 med
raw starchy veggie 1 serving (ex: 1 med carrot)
raw fruit 1 serving (ex: 1 small apple; 1 1/2 apricots; 1 small peach)

Dinner
broiled meat 3 oz
whole grain 1 serving (ex: brown rice 1/2 cup; wheat bread 1 slice)
lettuce 1 cup
raw fruit 1/2 serving (ex: tomato 1/4 med or 1/2 small; apple 1/2 med; pear 1/2 med; etc)
fat-free dressing 1 Tbsp
cooked dark green veggie 1 cup (ex: broccoli; brussels sprouts; spinach, etc)
dinner roll, 1 small

Snack
lowfat yogurt 1 cup
thin pretzels 4

This Sample Menu Provides Approcimately the Following Nutrients:
Calories 1206 Fat 14 gm
Protein 71 gm Fiber 25 gm
Carbohydrates 207 gm Calcium 1128 mg

This diet is appropriate for weight loss diets. An active person will lose approximately 1 pound per week on this diet.
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