Being a mom, with a new baby or as a seasoned pro, the only constant is being busy. Many moms want to give their families well balanced, home cooked meals seven nights a week, however that can be a little out of grasp sometimes.
I coach my clients to set small realistic goals and to use their time wisely and efficiently. Here are a few tips to help you get dinner to the table with less stress.
1. Look at the calendar. This might seem basic, but seriously, look and see what days you have time to cook, and what days it just isn’t going to happen. Don’t set yourself up for unrealistic expectations.
2. Choose 1 or 2 days where you have the most time to cook. See where you can carve out 30-45 minutes. On those days you have more time, prepare enough ingredients for 2-3 meals.
3. Cook Once/Eat Twice. If you’re in the kitchen, make the most of the time you have. Chop all your veggies and put them in containers where you can grab, go, reheat, easy peasy! When it comes to protein sources, I suggest seasoning mildly with salt, pepper, (I like to add a little herbes to provence I think it goes with anything) and bake it. Make sure you do this to make enough for a few meals. When this is done, you now reheat your protein in a variety of sauces and seasonings to make NEW quick meals throughout the week. Check out these ideas!
4. Let the grocery store help you! Many people are worried about using ‘prepackaged’ or ‘convenience’ items. While there are some less nutritious foods out there, there are also lots of great options that work for any home or lifestyle. And let’s be honest, if it keeps you away from the drive thru, I'm calling it a win.
Sara Foote is a mom of 2 wild boys living city life with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian Nutrition Coach serving moms and giving them the tools to live their healthiest lives without restriction and deprivation. You can find her on Facebook, or Instagram, or at her website.