And just like that, it’s Wednesday. It’s been a fairy typical couple of days over here. Our big news: Vera started taking a few independent steps over the weekend and has continued gaining confidence with our help on her shaky, chubby legs. I love watching her determined face as she really considers each step. Then, the more we try to practice, the more excited she gets – and then she just falls all over everywhere, giggling. It’s the best.
Anyway, today I wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks for balancing healthy eating and convenience. I’m a working mom with an almost one-year-old, so I definitely need the convenience factor – for her food and mine. But I’m also wary of long food labels with unrecognizable ingredients or with sugar as one of the first ingredients.
So what’s a tired mama to do? Here’s three tips:
- Prep meals. I know I sound like a broken record already on this, but it’s such a difference maker. While my focus of meal prep is usually dinner, I also think about how to make breakfasts and/or snacks in advance.
- Read labels. Not all packaged food is created equal! A couple of my favorite options: RXBARs and KIND Pressed bars, both of which I’ve mentioned before. So yes, you can definitely find some diamonds in the rough, so to speak, but you DO have to pay attention. For example, Vera’s dairy and soy intolerances has made me an extra careful label reader, and I was excited to find a bar that was dairy- and soy-free (and nut-free actually), but it had like 1 or 2 ingredients I recognized. Everything else was…not real food. No thanks.
- Follow the 80/20 rule. Most of what we eat is whole, healthy food, so if 20% is packaged, convenience food (and is the most whole food-centric kind out there) I think we’re doing all right.
- How do you balance healthy eating with convenience?