How every day starts with Lucia...
6:00 am Honey Nut Cheerios with 2% milk
6:30 am Toaster Strudel
7:00 am Bowl of fresh fruit (usually bananas & berries)
7:30 am Goldfish snack
8:00 am Thank God it is time to take them to camp or I'll seriously go broke.
This is every morning with Lucia. She seems to be starving at all times and there is nothing I can do about it. It seems to me like she's going through a never ending growth spurt and my wallet is literally paying the price. I can only imagine the teenage years...I'll need a second job to pay for their food intake!
It all started last Spring when I signed her up for swimming lessons at the YMCA. She loves the water and learned how to swim in the blink of an eye. By June she was already jumping in the deep end of the pool and swimming like a pro. My little Jenny Elisabeth Thompson. Maybe I have a future gold medalist in my hands. Who knows, right?
After we got back from our fabulous cruise, I started taking her to our neighborhood's pool every day. Mornings and afternoons. Day after day after day all she wanted to do was swim, swim, swim. At the beginning I was enjoying the pool days as much as Lucia and now I am completely pooled out. I guess that what keeps me going every day, other than getting the perfect tan, is the look in her face every time she sees the water; just like watching a puppy playing with a new toy, the only difference is she doesn't get tired of it. No wonder my child is always hungry, this kid is exercising like crazy under 90 degree weather days.
By 5:30 pm both Lucia and Joaquin are hungry and I have zero energy left to start cooking. Mac & cheese is always an option, of course, but they need something healthier to finish their busy day (And I need something easy to make to continue with my day!)
Well, just over a week ago we got invited to a 4th of July BBQ and I made a refreshing tuna and pasta salad; very easy to make and to my surprise, my kids loved it. A delicious and healthy meal that both you and your kids will enjoy. And, if your kids are like my little energizer bunnies, this dish can be prepared in a snap so that you can spend more time at the pool before Summer time is over! (Plus it makes a great leftover food) Ay Mama!
Pepe's Famous Tuna & Pasta Salad
-12 oz can light tuna (or albacore) in water (drained)
-8 oz light mayo (I use Hellmann's Light with the light blue cap)
-16 oz can black beans (washed and drained)
-16 oz can pink beans (washed and drained)
-16 oz can white beans (washed and drained)
-3 celery sticks chopped
-Multicolor amorelli or rotini (I use Target's Archer Farms 12.7 oz bag)
Boil pasta for 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place cooked pasta in the bowl. Add tuna, beans, celery and mayo. Mix well and refrigerate. Enjoy!