Simple meal planning for busy families

It’s a brand new year, and here at I Love Mom Life, we are trying something new: a series that focuses on healthy meals for busy families. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing tips, tricks and delicious recipes that are kid-tested and approved by our in-house dietitian. Enjoy!

meal planning materialsIt’s 2018! And the News Year’s resolutions are in full swing. I, of course, jumped on that bandwagon and came up with a few health-related things I’d like to focus on: exercising more, reducing stress and continuing my quest to eat healthier. Today I’m focusing on healthy eating and how meal planning makes it much easier for my busy family.

First, a disclaimer: I am not (nor have I ever been) very organized. Or very good at cooking. Or a fan of grocery shopping. It’s like the worst trifecta ever! But since getting healthy meals on the table is such a necessity for my growing family, I sucked it up and started researching.

It turns out that that one of the most essential things is meal planning. I had heard people talk about meal planning, but I didn’t really know what it entailed. But I jumped in headfirst and now, two years later, I can’t imagine my life without it! Here are just a few of the benefits:
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Healthy mom goal #1: Always accept help

I can’t even count the number of times the words “help me” have crossed my mind since I became a mom. Kids are bawling, poop is everywhere, fighting, stress, chaos, exhaustion and all I want to do is get breakfast on the table! I’ve been very bad about accepting help my entire life. I have no idea why. I’ve literally gotten hundreds of offers for help over the years from my amazing family, friends and neighbors. My immediate response most of the time is, “no, I’m fine, but thanks for the offer!” I’m a fairly independent and determined person, so I always think, eh, I’ll be fine. Famous. Last. Words.

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