Moms areÖwell, extremely BUSY to say the very least. Upon waking up in the morning, the first thing you do is put on your crown of household Queen of multi-tasking. Nutrition isnít always on the top of the priority list for obvious reasons. So weíve put together quick & easy tips from Certified Nutritionist Wendy Lafayette.
Customizing a nutrition plan for moms requires careful diligence in considering not only your lifestyle but also your family. Efficiency is the name of the game. Providing nutritional needs for your family by way of frozen foods and pre-perpared saves time and money. It simplifes figuring out what to cook. Itís important to provide not only healthy solutions but time saving meals. One of Wendy's go-to solutions is helping parents figure out how to cook & prepare in bulk portions. Doing this, allows them to provide their families with meals they can enjoy together and have leftovers for the proceeding days without falling off track. One of Wend'y favorite proven examples is marinating various proteins such as chicken, beef, turkey or vegan meat alternatives in large quantities. Freeze the marinated protiens in family size portions. When the protein of choice is removed from the freezer to unthaw and prepare, itís already seasoned/marinated which saves a ton of time. (Feel free to reach out to Wendy for a couple of her favorite marinade recipes)
For breakfast, lunch and snacks, itís important to select items that work for both you and your kids. Easy to prepare food items such as eggs, toast, fruit, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit are great options. This accomplishes getting your children accustomed to eating healthier as well. Quick easy snacks include nut varieties, fresh fruits, low sugar protein bars, and even kid friendly smoothies to replace sugary juices & popular packs conveniently placed at eye level on the shelf.
Its important to create a plan that fits the entire family and not just you. Itís unrealistic to prepare entirely separate meals for you and the rest of the family. Even though you may be a wonder woman, itís simply not realistic to create separate meals every day.
When it comes to a proverbial cheat meal: itís recommended to incorporate your children/family in the decision-making process. This brings in an element of fun and excitement. The act of enjoying a cheat meal at the end of the week teaches children how important discipline is, and also how the reward system works. Prioritizing a little meal prep for the upcoming week is key, it stands true for those with or without kids. Meal prep doesnít need to consume your entire Sunday afternoon. A couple hours, and youíll be done in no time to relax and your family & body will thank you for it in the end.
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