My husband and I were talking last night and discussing how incredibly hard it would be to begin a healthy and exercising if we hadn’t begun this lifestyle before Bean was born. I am thankful everyday that over the last couple of years I have taken the time to have taken my previous lifestyle and give it a 360 degree turn around. Without a healthy diet and exercise regime I can honestly say I wouldn’t have the energy to keep up with my peanut. I want to be a mom who can chase her little girl at the playground, go for long walks and just keep up with her period! It is a lifestyle that takes commitment, I 100% perfect agree with that, BUT that doesn’t mean it can’t be done with or without children.
You need to take that first step and commit yourself. Start by making time (you won’t find it, trust me). If this means involving your kids in helping prepare food, then by all means, get them involved. As a bonus, they will grow up watching you prepare healthy meals and expect it. If your kids are picky eaters, it’s going to take some time to change their minds and their palettes, if you have kiddos that have just begun eating solids, lucky you, now is a great age to start introducing healthful foods and to avoid giving them foods with no nutrition. Excuses won’t get you anywhere, only 100% commitment will.
Once you have made healthy recipes a couple of times, you will become quicker at it each time and pretty soon you will be able to whip up a healthy meal just as quick as that oddly orange-colored macaroni and cheese (maybe a hotdog or two ;)). Here are some recipes that are easy and taste great (well to me and hopefully you!). Hopefully a few of them can become staples in your home!
Turkey Burgers – Instead of egg whites I suggest using in the recipe, I actually just use a flaxseed egg now by using 2 tbsp flaxseed and 6 tbsp water mixed in bowl and let sit for 2 minutes.
Sweet & Sour Crock Pot Chicken – Try and find an organic version of salsa that is sugar-free.
Baked Salmon with Garlic & Dijon (one of the best salmon recipes I have ever tried)
Veggie Burger (definitely worth a try, they are delicious)
Spaghetti Squash – Makes for a great substitute instead of noodles. Pair it with ground turkey and a sugar, salt and preservative- free pasta sauce for a delicious meal.
Oat Protein Pancakes (doesn’t use protein powder, just hemp seed!)
Kale Chips (they may sound weird, but they sure are yummy!)
Sweet Potato Chips (I use yams)
BAKING & SNACKS
Peanut Butter Protein Muffins – I now use vegan Sun Warrior Protein
Baby Food (Can’t forget about healthy nutrition for the little ones)
I hope these can help get you started! Once you have the basic ingredients in your house, it becomes very simple to whip up a quick meal, snack or breakfast. Most of the ingredients you can now find in any grocery store which makes living a healthy lifestyle that much easier. Yes eating healthy does cost a bit more money but it is so worth. Fewer trips to the doctors, less missed days of work, keep up with the kiddos, have so much more energy and better quality of life. If you also start to incorporate more vegetarian type meals into your weekly diet you will be buying less meat, and less face it, MEAT IS EXPENSIVE! Beans are super cheap! You can use beans/lentils in so many recipes, chili, soup, bean burgers, paired with rice, baking. I would rather spend a little more on eating nutritious than eating out, going to movies, shopping, or something else I don’t really need.
Happy Halloween, have a safe and fun night!
By the way, today is the day I found out I was pregnant with my little girl! I will never forget the utter excitement we felt that day. I can’t believe she is already 4 months and 1 week already!