Reality Check: What Moms Eat For Dinner In Real Life

I looove a good reality check.  A big dose of perspective (and Lexapro) is just what the doctor ordered when I’m feeling overwhelmed or like everyone else is doing this Mom Thang better than me.  One night I looked at our dinner plates and thought, “Everyone in the entire world is eating a more nutritious and better tasting dinner than we are.” 

What can I say? I’m a wee bit dramatic at times.  Don’t tell my husband I just admitted that. 

But then I took a bite of my spaghetti and I wondered how many other families were using their garlic-bread-from-the-freezer-section to sop up store bought tomato sauce just like we were.  We couldn’t possibly be the only ones.  Right?

I wanted to know: what are moms eating for dinner at this very moment?

No planning ahead to make sure their plate is appropriately balanced with fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates, and protein.

No elaborate food styling.

No perfect Instagram filter.

Most importantly: No judgment.

I put out a message on social media asking people to send me a picture of what they were eating RIGHT THEN. 

The results ranged from elaborate and time consuming to quick and easy.  There was homemade comfort food as well as store bought conveniences.  Tons of leftovers. 

It was a fun peek into the kitchens of my friends to see what the people NOT being paid to post photos of their food were providing for their families.  I wasn’t searching for recipes or inspiration, just a little reality check. 

It was glorious. 

Enjoy!

 

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So tell (or show) us…what are you having for dinner tonight?

 

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Rebecca is a type-A wannabe with a pretty legit cookbook collection and likes a good Netflix binge. Her interests include sleep, napping, and snoozing her alarm. She is also a SAHM to two kiddoes (5, 2) and the proud wife of a resident at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI but has also lived in Minnesota and Florida before coming to Iowa in 2014. Needless to say, she has a lot of teams represented in her t-shirt drawer! Rebecca worked in a preschool before deciding to stay home with her son so she loves to talk about education, children’s activities, and parenting littles. She stays active by teaching Wiggle Worms through the North Liberty Recreation Department and planning as many playdates as possible (Anyone free tomorrow at 10am??). On those rare nights when the stars align and the kids are asleep, the dishes are done, and the laundry is folded she likes to…yeah right, that never happens!

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