All moms experience it: kids come and then life is constantly on the go. Exhausted life with a newborn gives way very quickly to long days chasing a toddler; these days give way to the days of carpool, school, and extra curricular activities; all of it goes by in a blur because spare time has seemingly been eliminated from your day to day. Forget time for reading a magazine over a glass of wine, you’re just wanting a few minutes to cook a healthy dinner instead of ordering take out or a pizza for delivery for the third night in a row! Don’t think for a minute that you’re doomed to a life of unhealthy choices – there are a handful of healthy dinner options for the mother with a house full of kids who has no time to cook.
Use Your Crockpot
For the mom on the go, the crockpot can be your best friend. It is, by far, the easiest way to have a healthy meal when time is limited. There are a number of ways to use your crock pot, and you can customize a method for yourself based on your specific schedule. Even the most hectic mornings usually can include 5 minutes to throw a few items in the crock pot. A pork tenderloin, for example, can be tossed in with onions, carrots and potatoes, seasoned and cooked on low for 8 hours until it reaches the perfect consistency. The best part? Upon walking in the door at the end of a long day, you have a hot, healthy meal ready to be eaten.
Get What You Need from a Smoothie
Sometimes meals need to be eaten on the go, and sometimes you don’t have time to cook. Be that as it may, you still need the vitamins and nutrients you’d get from a healthy, sit-down meal. The solution? Smoothies are one of the best, quick fixing options that can be consumed on the go. Numerous flavor options will ensure that you’re never bored, and each smoothie is chock-full of protein, nutrients, and fiber. Take, for example, the Green Monster smoothie: two cups of spinach, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a splash of almond milk, a quarter cup of non-fat greek yogurt, and a frozen banana will supply you with just what you need to consume in one sitting.
Pick Up a Rotisserie Chicken
Simply don’t have the time to dirty up any more dishes making a meal? Skip the take out or pizza delivery and spring for a rotisserie chicken. Most every grocery store has rotisserie chickens for sale – already cooked, being kept warm, and ready for purchase. They’re tasty, plentiful, and usually leave a lot left over, making it the perfect choice for creating two meals out of one. Eat it as it is, chop it up and throw it on a salad, in a soup, or bake it into a casserole – you simply can’t go wrong with a store bought rotisserie chicken!
Baked Fish on Greens
One it comes to health foods, fish and greens top the list. There’s no need to complicate matters when it comes to these foods – they can be prepared quickly and deliciously. Simply slice a lemon, and place them on top of your fish (seasoned with rosemary, basil and thyme), wrap it all up tight in tinfoil, and place them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 300 degrees. Do a few loads of laundry, clean up the kids’ rooms, and head back to the oven to remove the fish. Place it on a bed of greens – spinach, kale, or arugula, and enjoy!