Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Big Bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese

I can't even begin to tell you how difficult the last couple of weeks have been for us as a family.  With the 2nd anniversary of the death of the princesses dad fast approaching, I thought that would be the toughest day of our month, unfortunately for us the universe had other plans.

I'm totally one of those people who isn't afraid to share things with the world, even if those things are painful however I do tend to keep certain things to myself to protect the feelings of others.  In this circumstance I'm willing to share because the taboo subject of mental health, especially in the black community, is a subject that I believe needs to be shared.

This month my princess suffered a mental breakdown, she hadn't properly grieved her father and soldiered on as he'd always encouraged her to do.  Unfortunately this soldier mentality has lead to delayed PTSD.  She is still in hospital at the moment but is now back to her self, making jokes, listening to music and of course practising lines for one play or another!

That being said something as major as this can take it's toll on all members of the family so looking after mine and little mans diet has been of significant importance.  We took part in a healthy red meat challenge with The Meat Advisory Panel (an independent group of health and nutrition experts).  Being that I've only recently started eating meat again  I thought I'd hit the challenge with a family favourite: spaghetti bolognese.  

One of the main reasons I went back to eating red meat is because of the health benefits associated with it.  I have long suffered with anaemia which means that sources high in iron are extremely important.  Red meat provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children - including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.

I used a lean minced beef to make the bolognese and although little man was not keen to try it at first (he's a super fussy eater) he was soon enjoying it and not a drop of bolognese was left in the bowl afterwards.  Therefore my mission was accomplished.

This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. 

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