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As a Mama to two under two, I definitely understand how hard it can be to take the time to make healthy choices for yourself. I used to struggle a lot with feeling selfish for taking the extra time, money and energy to focus on my health until I realized this simple truth: When I put my health first, I’m actually placing my children first because I’m giving them a healthy Mama. When I’m healthy, I have more energy to play, I’m in a better mood and to be blunt, I’ll be around for them a lot longer, Lord willing! I’ve learned some great “hacks” along the way that have helped me to stay on the Trim Healthy Mama plan:
Keeping items on hand that are already halfway prepared allows me to create healthy meals quickly. Things like Laughing Cow Cheese, Lavash Bread, String Cheese and Oikos yogurt make easy snacks that I can eat while nursing or playing with a tot. I also buy a lot of frozen fruits and veggies. My local Dollar store has a pre-sliced bag of “Fajita Mix” that contains peppers and onions. I love using it for omelets, stir-frys, and fajitas. The price of pre-packaged items can be a bit high at times, so when I find a good deal on produce, I’ll slice and freeze fresh fruit and veggies to have on hand. It’s the same concept, with a frugal twist. 🙂
In my upcoming series, I’ll go into a lot more detail, but menu-planning is a tool that benefits busy Mama’s in so many ways! First of all, with a menu plan, you never have to worry about what’s for dinner that night. You know exactly what needs to be done to prepare for dinner earlier in the day. Your grocery list will most likely contain most of the ingredients you need for meals that week, so you aren’t running to the store constantly. Best of all, there isn’t that temptation to hit up the local drive thru or gas station pizza joint (not that I know anyone who does this! Wink!). Menu planning doesn’t have to be complicated or anything fancy. Mine is a simple printable I got from Pinterest!
What hacks do you use to stay on plan?