5 Easy Diet Recipes for Moms on the Go
Planning and preparing meals ahead of time can make it easier for a busy mom to keep her family well-fed and to stick to her diet. Keep healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, hard-boiled eggs and air-popped popcorn around to help you make good choices when you're on the run.
Green Tea Smoothie
The natural compounds in green tea may help to boost your metabolism and burn more calories faster. Balance your kids' love for smoothies with your own diet needs to keep everyone happy. Toss strong green tea, agave nectar, a pear, a couple of teaspoons of fat-free yogurt and a few ice cubes into a blender. For more spice in your own smoothie, add a dash of cayenne pepper.
Setting out a taco bar takes very little work and lets each family member assemble his own meal, making it possible for you to make lower-calorie choices even as your kids are slathering on the sour cream. Choose turkey instead of beef to stick to your diet, and put the kids to work tearing lettuce and grating non-fat cheese. Cook the ground turkey with a taco mix, then set out reduced-fat tortillas, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, sliced avocado and low-fat cheese.
Slow-Cooked Mediterranean Roast Turkey
Using your slow cooker lets you get dinner out of the way as soon as the kids go to school. Toss onions, Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes into your slow cooker along with a boneless turkey breast, then add lemon juice, garlic, Greek seasoning, salt and pepper. Seven hours later, all you have to do is make a roux of chicken broth and flour, add it to the slow cooker for half an hour, then slice the turkey and serve.
Chocolate-Dipped Banana Snacks
For many kids, it's all about dessert. You can fool your kids into thinking they've had a sumptuous dessert while treating your own body to nutrients such as potassium and antioxidants when you make chocolate-dipped bananas. Melt high-quality dark chocolate in the microwave, slice up a banana or two, and dip each bite in the chocolate to create a simple and unforgettable treat.
Honey Grapefruit Salad
Grapefruit has been at the core of many diet plans, and for good reason, since it interacts with your body's insulin in a healthy way and makes you feel full fast. Mix together grapefruit sections and sliced banana, then toss them with fresh, chopped mint and a tablespoon of honey. Serve this simple fruit salad for breakfast, as a side dish to a healthy lunch or as an afternoon snack.
When you're a busy mom, it's a challenge to get a meal on the table that satisfies everyone and doesn't take all day to make. Wanting to lose weight at the same time only complicates your meal planning. With some preparation ahead of time and judicious use of your slow cooker, you can cook kid-friendly meals that are also healthy and diet-friendly. Here are a few recipes to help you get started.