Before I became a mom, I truly thought the end of the school year meant that life slowed down a bit. Now, two kids later, I realize that this is not actually the case. Although summer can often mean a change of pace, I often find that I’m still just as busy planning summertime excursions, toting the boys from one event to the other, and working as normally scheduled through the warmer months. Throw in extra meals at home and play dates at the park, and it’s easy for my summer schedule to become overly bogged down with extra planning, meal prep, and chaos control.
If your summer gets just as busy as mine, you may enjoy the following tips from Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD, CPT. Not only can they help ensure that your summer is a whole lot of fun, but they can also help reduce the amount of stress (and work) you may feel when it comes to at least one part of the summer-planning schedule: your family meals!
3 Quick & Healthy Meal Ideas For Moms on The Go!
Wrap it up. Use leftover chicken to make a wrap. Shred the chicken and toss with BBQ sauce, an Italian style dressing, or any oil based dressing of your choice. Fill a whole grain wrap with the chicken, leafy greens, tomato, onion, and mashed avocado. Add a piece of fruit to make it a complete meal.
Roast your vegetables and make them the core of the meal. When you have spare time on a Sunday afternoon, roast multiple servings of vegetables. Unlike steamed vegetables, roasted vegetables are quite tasty and maintain their crispness over the next few days. Fill a baking sheet with cut up broccoli, carrots, squash, mushrooms, cauliflower, green beans, beets, and any other vegetables of your choices. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Run your hands or a serving spoon through the vegetables and toss until evenly coated. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes turning 2-3 times throughout the process. From there, add a whole grain and a lean protein, such as tuna and a whole wheat pita bread, to complete the meal.
Make your own Bento Box. Combine 4 ounces of canned salmon with ½ Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Add sliced olives, capers and onion if desired. Pack in a small container. In another container, pack baby carrots, zucchini sticks, celery, bell peppers and grapes. Bring along some whole grain crackers to accompany the meal.
Feeling a little less stress already? Me too! Thanks Lauren for sharing your fab tips.
How do you stay stress-free during the summer months?
The Girl Behind the Plate,
Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD, CPT is a registered dietitian and personal trainer who specializes in individual and corporate wellness, eating disorders, and weight management. With a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in nutrition from California State University at Northridge, Schmitt is a true expert in her field. She currently owns her own business, Healthy Eating and Training, Inc, where she helps people live healthy and eat happy. Follow Healthy Eating and Training on Facebook and Lauren Schmidt on Twitter.