The Busy Mom’s Whole Food Meal Plan
There is nothing tastier than a meal that is made up of delicious whole foods, free of environmental hormones, preservatives and chemicals. However, preparing for a week of cooking with whole foods can be daunting, especially when you’re a busy mom with a pocketbook-full of responsibilities.
Not only do you need to ensure that your fridge is fully stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, but you also need to find the time to cook and prepare family-friendly meals that don’t take a chunk of time out of your evening.
I get you – I understand that, after a busy day at the office, the last thing that you want to do is worry about whether or not that punnet of tomatoes is truly organic, or slave over the stove to produce a presentable meal (in between bath time, homework and spending time with your partner, that is). In an effort to simplify life, here are a handful of Comfort-ing ideas on how to get around providing healthy and wholesome meals for your family, without the muss and fuss…
Superfood Breakfast Smoothies
Not only are they packed with vitamins, minerals and delicious natural goodness, superfood breakfast smoothies are simple to prepare in the midst of the morning rush. Ideal for growing bodies and busy adults alike, breakfast smoothies are the best way in which to consume all that is good for the mind and body.
And, if you’re struggling with picky eaters, you’re sure to win with these. Be sure to make use of colourful fruits and vegetables, and if you’re adventurous, add a scoop of cacao powder to sell if off as a chocolate breakfast milkshake. Here are a few combinations that you’re sure to love:
1 frozen banana, 1 handful of blueberries, 2 cups of coconut milk – blend until smooth and drink!
1 handful of spinach, a frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, ½ handful of blueberries – blitz until creamy and enjoy.
1 handful of bluberries, 2 tsp. of peanut butter, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of coconut milk – combine, blend and sip for energy.
1 frozen banana, 2 cups of almond milk, 1 heaped Tbsp. of cacao powder, 2 medjool dates, 1 tsp. of peanut butter – blitz until frothy and enjoy!
Plan Ahead and Freeze
When it comes to shopping for whole foods, its important to know what you want and how much you will need to buy. There is also no point in stocking up your fridge with fresh produce only to find that 80% of it lands up in the dustbin.
Moms, plan ahead – plan your meals, your shopping schedules and recipes, as well as lunch box meals and snacks. If you plan on making breakfast smoothies for your little ones (and hubby), be sure to have all of the necessary ingredients jotted down. If you plan to fill your kiddie’s lunch box with a wholewheat sandwich, fresh fruit, little tub of nuts and a fresh cup of almond milk, you will need to include this on your shopping list.
You also want to plan ahead for dinner time – prepare a batch of meals over the weekend, freeze and simply reheat during the week. This will ensure that you have more time to spend with your little ones doing what you love.
While you wait for your delicious and healthy food to heat up, get busy with bath or homework time. After dinner, wrap up your little ones in their favourite pyjamas, washed in a delicate fabric softener, and settle down for some much-needed family time.