Re: Easy, Heathy Eating Ideas-for Mom?
posted at 6/16/2010 5:18 PM EDT
Does the stale Twix I just stress-ate count? No?
I find that, and today is no exception, taking some time once a week to plan out meals/snacks makes all the difference. Today, for instance, I did not plan, and have consumed such garbage, it's unreal. When caramel is crunchy, you'd think you'd stop eating, right? Nope ...
But when I'm on my A-Game, I try to prep and/or have on hand:
- Big bag of pre-cut veggies for dipping
- Grapes and other fruit (again, pre-cut and washed so it's ready to go)
- Pre-portioned snack baggies of crackers, nuts, Kashi cereal, or those 100 calorie microwave popcorn bags.
- String cheese
- Peanut butter
- Frozen whole wheat waffles
- Salad greens
- Grilled chicken breasts (I have DH cook a few extra on Sunday and slice them and keep them in the fridge), or a salmon filet
- 4oz cans of low-sodium V8
If I have that stuff on hand, I can pretty quickly pack a lunch, or throw together a snack quickly that's relatively good for you. I prep or pre-portion it all on the weekend, usually right after I get home from the grocery store. If you work outside the house, the pre-portioning is a LIFESAVER. I literally open the box or bag of whatever, and then portion out all the servings into the snack bags and put them right back in the box/bag for when I need to grab them. It's a bit ... well, insane & OCD, but it's a trick I learned at Weight Watchers and it serves me well.
Then I just aim for a combination of whole grains/carbs, a protein or a calcium source, and a fruit and/or veggie at each meal/snack.
As for meals, I try to plan those out too and do as much prep/pre-cooking&freezing as I can on the weekends. I like the Martha Stewart Everyday Food, and also Epicurious has a weekly menu with five nights of "easy" menus pre-planned for you: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/everydaycooking
That's the link. Sarcastic quote marks around easy as it's Epicurious, so take it with a grain of salt. But they tend to be pretty good, relatively healthy, and lend themselves to do-ahead. And they're not as involved as some of their other recipes, like those from Gourmet (sniff).
The Globe Food section also has a cook-ahead column that I like.
Now, I am insane and can tell you what's for dinner through Friday, June 25th, but those sites are awesome when you want something good, not too tough to make, and are sick of your usual go-to's.