As a busy Mum I feel a huge pressure to feed my family the right food to maintain optimal health and energy. But I’m also pressed for time. There are some days when I don’t have the prep time to make snacks or the next meal, and never-mind food for the next day. This makes it difficult to have easy snacks on hand, and meal preparation daunting. How do I keep healthy food in my family’s tummies when I am holding a baby in one arm and chasing a toddler around? We don’t eat out often and we don’t really do take-out. We stay home most of the time with our young family as we prefer to cook our own meals. So what do I do when we are hungry NOW?
What I do have going for me is a thriving blog, and a nutritional theme of guest posts this autumn which have led us to here. You will remember Beth Waters, who gave us kid-friendly ideas for healthy snacks. Having kids around means it is essential to having an endless supply of snacks! Especially if you run with a pack of grazers like I do. If you’ve ever been on play date with my family you’ll know some of our favourite snacks are the easy ones, like peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, Cheerios and raisins. Beth has awesome ideas, like peanut butter, oatmeal, smoothies, humus and cheese. She really hits all the different food groups. See here for more great ideas!
Carrie Ibbetson RDH let us in on the secret of how we can avoid cavities. Who knew it was food combining that kept us and our teeth healthy? Wild. It’s an important concept to remember, and easy too, to end your meals with foods such as cauliflower, nuts, and plain yogurt, (see here for more examples) to balance the acids inside your mouth after eating. Carrie also explains the magic of Xylitol, something naturally occurring in our own bodies yet will do an even better job when supplemented. It tricks the plaque and helps to mineralize your teeth!
A big thanks to my guest posts on keeping us in the know and helping us to keep our balance on this tightrope we call life. My advice? In my experience… prioritize, keep your children involved, and smile.
- Hungry Baby (thebabybumpdiaries.com)
- Meal Planning 101 (therunningsparrow.com)
- Short on Time to Prepare Healthy Dinner? Quick, Easy Fast Food Meal Planning to Fit Everyone’s Hectic Schedule! (lifebalancehealthcoach.wordpress.com)