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Tips for Healthy Meal Planning for Busy Families

As you already know, summer is right on our heels as the school year only has about five weeks left for most of us. While many feel that summer is the time for rest and relaxation, it’s anything but that for parents with kids involved in multiple activities. Throw family reunions, weddings and other special occasions in the mix and you’ve got a very busy 12 weeks!

This can make planning healthy meals next to impossible as most of us find ourselves going through the drive through at least 3-4 times a week in the summer…or eating food at the concession stand! Even if you aren’t spending all your time rushing kids from one activity to another, it can be difficult to plan healthy meals as you prepare for vacation, attend a wedding or visit a relative who just had a baby. Below are a few tips to help you with healthy meal planning no matter how busy you find yourself this summer!

Make Multiple Meals at Once. It’s not that crazy to find yourself with only one or two “free” days during a week in the summer. Take advantage of these “free” days by making multiple meals at one time. You can make one meal for that day and then one or two more similar recipes (keep some of the main ingredients the same for simplicity) to freeze and just pull them out later to reheat before serving. Keep Fruit Salad on Hand. Who doesn’t like fruit salad? One of the best things about fruit salad is that it’s easy to make and incredibly healthy for you. An additional benefit of fruit salad is that after it’s been served with a meal, it can be used for as a meal by itself the next morning at breakfast. Simply put…

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Easy & Healthy Meal Ideas for the Entire Family

While I absolutely love my life and enjoy being a wife and mother, I will openly admit that the job can be stressful and that I get a little overwhelmed from time to time. This generally happens right around summertime when our schedules begin to fill up more quickly. It just doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day to get it all done.

Like many people, I’m often tempted to swing through a drive-thru somewhere and get dinner for everyone to save time. While there is nothing wrong with doing this occasionally, if we aren’t careful “occasionally” turns into two or three times a week. Not only is that expensive but it’s definitely not healthy for your family to eat that much take-out on a weekly basis.

However, I get that preparing healthy meals for the family takes up even more time in your already tight schedule. In addition, dishes are dirtied in the process and I imagine you are like me and hate having to leave dirty dishes in the sink because I didn’t have enough time to clean them up before running out the door again. While this may seem discouraging, it doesn’t have to be. Below are a few quick and easy healthy meal ideas to ensure your family eats a meal that’s good for them and that you still have plenty of time to prepare and clean up before heading out the door again.

Baked Tilapia – We all know that the recommended intake of fish is three times a week due to the Omega-3’s and other important nutrients found in fish. I try to hit the three time a week rule, but fish can get pretty boring if you don’t learn how to cook it a few different ways. My favorite, as…