Food is fuel and us moms need fuel to stay on top of our game.
There are many days I eat shitty food or worse I barely eat. Some days I get to dinner and realize I haven’t eaten anything and automatically become HANGRY. At this point I’m tired, moody and starving and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. I resort to breakfast for dinner (pancakes anyone?) or order takeout. Neither being the most healthy options for myself or my family.
So what’s a mom to do?
One thing’s for sure, I don’t have the time or patience to meal prep. Heck, I barely have the time to actually sit down and eat a full meal. So, I came up with a few simple ways that made eating healthy a no brainer.
Below are my favorite ways to eat healthy while being a busy mom.
- Prepare: No I don’t mean full on meal prep because #noonehastimeforthat, plus there are far more important things like spending time with your family. I’m simply saying know ahead of time what your meals will be. On your calendar jot down what dinner will be on each day. From there build your grocery list. Next, go grocery shopping. Last, cut, washing and store all fruits and veggies. These few steps will remove the panic and stress that often ensues during the week.
- Have grab and go snacks: Often times we reach for the less healthy option because it the more convenient option. So instead, have healthy snacks ready to go. Use snack bags to mix your favorite trail mix or place cut up veggies or fruit in small containers. Any healthy option you enjoy can be portioned for a snack.
- Smoothie baggies: Freeze fruit and greens in ziplock baggies. When it comes to making a smoothie you just dump this in and add wet ingredients and whola! you have a smoothie.
- Oatmeal baggies: Similar to the smoothie bags but just portion your dry ingredients (oats, flax, cinnamon) and then add in your wet ingredients.
- Know your indulgences: If you know what “treats” you enjoy, you are then aware of your triggers. By denying them you will ultimately just want them more so allow yourself to have them in small portions or every once in a while. If you can plan ahead, you can eat healthy and leave room for these foods.
- Drink water: Strive for at least 3L of water a day. Drinking water will help curb your appetite and keep you feeling full between meals.
- Strategically place unhealthy food/beverage options: Out of sight, out of mind. Place these foods up higher than eye level or behind better options. This way you will not be tempted to reach for these out of pure convenience.
- Don’t eat your kids leftovers: You owe it to yourself not to eat your kids leftovers. First, of all who wants food that tiny fingers and mouths have picked at? Secondly, this usually leads to mindless eating and those are calories we don’t even realize we are consuming. Instead, don’t be afraid to toss the food if they don’t finish.
- Dessert doesn’t need to be sweets: The habit of sweets for dessert is a hard one to quit. So instead, swap the bowl of ice cream for greek yogurt with chocolate chips or a protein smoothie bowl.
- Develop a healthy relationship with food: Try new recipes, taste new foods. When we are open to trying knew things we can develop a relationship with food that benefits us.
- Be okay with when you get off track: Don’t be too hard on yourself. At the end of the day we are human and it’s just food. So, if you find yourself eating the shitty food or not eating enough know that the next meal is there to get you back on track. Don’t let the small set backs get you off track. Know that you are the one in control.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be added work. Use these simple tips to keep you on track. If you found these tips to be helpful then you’ll love my tips for creating an effective evening mom routine. Sign Up Here !