Saturday, October 10, 2015

31 Days to Surviving Sports Seasons Sanely: When Do You Actually Eat?


We actually eat when we get home.  Our family’s non-sports season practice is to eat dinner together around 7pm. I know this is late by most standards, but we chose that time so we could always eat together once my husband gets home from work.


When the children were younger, I occasionally tried feeding them before sports (which usually start 6ish), around 5pm. Their bodies simply weren’t hungry at that time and even if they ate much of anything, they wanted to eat more when they got home.  As you can imagine, this didn’t work for me.

So, now they have a filling snack - a granola bar or something with protein and carbs - after quiet time, get a soccer snack (argh!), and we eat dinner, generally around 7:30, when we get home. Using my crockpots and other tricks I’ve learned over the years makes this process much faster and easier when we do walk in the door. If we start by 7:30, children can be in bed by 9:00 at the latest.


Fajitas are a great sport season meal. They cook quickly on the grill and you can prep extras ahead.
Because we homeschool, I can absorb later nights and tired children with later mornings on occasion, although I prefer not to have to.

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