Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

5 quick and healthy meals for busy mums:

Because 'busy' isn't an excuse to not eat healthy
By Expert Tips
Date: March 14 2018
Tags:
Editor Rating:
Jenny craig image 1

If there is one meal that if often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is lunch! Many people, and especially mums, tend to “eat on the go” at this time of the day, or even to forego lunch completely. Unfortunately, that often leads to the classic “slump” around teatime, which often results in unhealthy pick-me-ups just to keep going when the busy after-school time arrives.

But with a little thought and planning, it is not that difficult to put a tasty, nutritious lunch together that will look and taste good and will give you enough energy to last until dinner time! You don’t need to prepare a huge meal, but sitting down for 15 minutes with a nutritious and tasty snack will make you feel much better and makes sure you are more productive too. Here are our top tips:

Always Eat salad

Make sure you always have some salad ingredients in your fridge, as they can be added to just about anything and will instantly increase your vitamin intake. You can even add salad to a shop-bought sandwich at work; just put some of your favourite salad ingredients in a small plastic container and slip into your bag before you set off in the morning.

Batch-freeze soup

Nothing beats the taste of homemade soup, but it can be quite a bit of work to make and is not really worth doing when you are eating by yourself, unless you can just whip a portion of soup from the freezer! At the weekend, make a big batch of your favourite soup with lots of pulses, vegetables or whatever takes your fancy, and freeze it in individual plastic bags. That way, you can defrost your soup during the morning or even blitz it in the microwave if you are in a hurry.

Create leftovers

Many of our main evening meals can be utilised as tasty lunch dishes. Think of rice or pasta, chicken or salmon, or roast vegetables to name but a few. Get into the habit of preparing a little more than you need for your evening meal, and you will immediately create the basis of a delicious lunchtime meal for the next day! Add a little dressing to cold pasta or rice and meat, fish and/or vegetables, and you will have made a super-easy and quick salad.

Use stand-by ingredients

Every kitchen cabinet usually contains at least some tins of tuna, salmon or baked beans. If yours does not, now is the time to change that! Prick a large potato all over with a fork, cook on full power for a few minutes in the microwave, and add your chosen topping. Lunch ready in less than 10 minutes, full of goodness and great for people with busy lives.

Steal your kids’ food!

Just because you have bought something because the kids love it, does not mean you can’t eat it yourself! If your have a freezer full of fish fingers, sausages or chicken nuggets, these can make the basis of the quick and tasty lunch for mums too! Just make sure you choose the healthiest options when you buy, and oven-fry rather than deep-fry to make sure you get the taste without the calories.

If you are struggling to eat a well-balanced meal at lunchtime, you can also take the hard work out of preparing lunches by following a tailored food plan.  At Jenny Craig, you are able to plan your meals for the whole week ahead and get portion and calorie-controlled meals delivered straight to your door to help you lose or maintain your weight. Choose from many delicious meals and snacks that have been created with the help of top chefs and nutritionists to give you all the flavour you want without going overboard on the calories. Quick and simple to prepare, they are a great solution for busy mums.

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
5 Total Comments
Johnny says: 2018 03 19
Rating:

As I am a single father that’s why I can understand these conditions. Do share more information on this topic.
rrb alp

Natasha Boehm says: 2018 03 29
Rating:

Oh that is really great article) And I like the recipes, really fast and tasty) I have a dauther and it is the whole show to feed her - she doesn’t like anything! I asked even my friends from http://essaywritinginau.com/essay-writing-service-in-australia/, but I have no answer what to do( But she really liked all these dishes) I was shocked! Really, i don’t remember, when she eat something so fast and with great apetite) Thanks a lot )

http://thereturngames.com/ says: 2018 04 06
Rating:

Thanks For sharing this fantastic article.i take advantage of this article to show my challenge in university.it is useful For me top notch paintings.http://thereturngames.com/

Casual Shoes men says: 2018 04 10
Rating:

If you are obsessed to have an excellent blog, the key to get it is just on your self. It is possible only if you are an excellent Blog Writer. However, to be an excellent writer is not easy. So, here are some tips to help you shape yourself becoming an excellent blog writer.Casual Shoes men

gmod download free says: 2018 04 14
Rating:

If you need to select a blogging platform to create a new blog, you will be able to choose from numerous options. Different types of bloggers are able to avail varying benefits from each of these platforms, but if you are a beginner, then the right the Blogger platform is the right blogging platform for you. You might be curious why Blogger is appropriate for you.gmod download free

View All Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:


Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343


Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
healthy-snacks3
Regardless of our age & lifestyle, the urge to 'snack'…
Read more
Healthy-lunch-boxes
Ensure your kids are eating healthy even in school!
Read more
Motherpedia cover (2)

Win 1-of-4 Kids’ DVDs Prize Packs Giveaway
Fun movies for kids!

Surlaplage-45 copy 9 final

Win 1-of-4 Surlaplage Swimwear
Kids' swimwear that promises style and sun protection

Baby-165067 640

Acknowledging motherhood
Oneflare’s 3-minute survey on giving recognition to mothers’ hard work

Jenny craig image 1

5 quick and healthy meals for busy mums
Because 'busy' isn't an excuse to not eat healthy

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie…
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Navman-shows-parents-the-way-when-teaching-kids-to-drive

Navman shows parents the…
FREE online seminar for parents on best practices for instructing a learner driver

Legofriends-snow-festival

Head to Thredbo for…
Don't miss the LEGO Friends Snow Festival!

Lego-star-wars-event-motherpedia

Join LEGO Australia to…
Fans invited to celebrate May the 4th Be With You Day 2017 at Westfield Warringah