Keeping Your Kids Healthy When You Barely Have Time to Cook
You’re trying to do it all. The after school routine especially can make even Superwoman want to crawl into bed rather than face everything that needs to be done before bedtime. Homework, dinner, bath time, clean up (you get the picture). While you may be able to avoid the pile of laundry for one more day (please don’t tell me it’s just me) your kids have gotta eat. While it might be easier to swing through the drive-thru on the way from gymnastics practice (not just me I hope?), you want your kids to have a healthy to diet. I’ve found that you do not have to sacrifice time for variety and healthiness. If it takes more than 30 minutes to make, I’m probably not the one cooking it. I’ve finally found a few ways to help my kids eat meals that they enjoy, are good for them, and don’t require me to sacrifice my sanity to throw together.
Before finding a system that worked for us, I spent far too much time trying to figure out what we were going to eat. It felt like a part time job. I had a stash of microwaveable kids meals in my freezer, enough Chef Boyardee meals it seemed to last a lifetime, and far too many nights in the drive thru line. It was awful. I clearly was not prepared. I felt like I was doing good things for my kids (taking vitamins, brushing twice a day, etc.), but felt like a complete failure in the food department. I had to get my act together.
I scoured the internet searching for healthy food recipes to feed my family, but it was a lot of work! The things that I prepared on a regular basis were getting old pretty fast. I’d find some great recipes here and there but ended up spending as much time looking for the recipes as I did preparing them. I’m sure there had to be a better way. And there was! I found some things that helped to save me time and some that helped me to save some money, but they all helped me to save my sanity.
There are weeks when I know things are going to be hectic and there’s not going to be a lot of time for cooking. Cue home food delivery. These services have been the answer to my prayers.
This is one of the first services I tried. I got a super good deal on Groupon and figured it couldn’t hurt to try. Before giving them a shot, I read what must have been a hundred reviews, including feedback from the BBB. They got somewhat mixed reviews (especially from the BBB), but because it was going to end up being cheaper than both the grocery store and drive-thru, I decided to give it a shot anyway. I figured the worst that could happen is that I’d be back to finding my own recipes.
I’m so glad I took a chance.
The food was amazing and I didn’t have to do any grocery shopping. A win/win for me. I did have to modify a few of the recipes to suit my kids’ tastes, but for the most part, they were completely ready to go. I don’t think that this is something that we’d do every week as the regular prices are somewhat expensive for me (I’m all about a good deal), but it’s perfect for those long weeks where you know things are going to be busy.
I’m a momma on a budget and so while food home delivery is amazing, it’s not something that can be an everyday thing for my family. I have, however, been about to find the next best thing.
Like I said before, I would spend lots of time looking for recipes and then have to do the grocery shopping, keeping my fingers crossed that it was going to be something they enjoyed (though I think I’ve finally won that battle). There had to be a way. Enter Erin Chase and her MyFreezeasy meal plans. This woman has seriously changed my life. She does all the recipe gathering for me AND saves me money? Yes, please! I thought there was no way that I could feed the kids, have them eat healthy food, and save money, but she has created a system flawlessly. I have saved so much money and my kids actually prefer me to cook at home to eating out. SCORE!
Even if I run out of time to do a meal plan for the week, I can use the app to create a meal plan as I walk into the grocery store and still look like a rockstar chef to the kiddos. If you’re a momma like me with not much time, you can probably relate. It’s saved a trip to the drive-thru on more than one occasion.
She has a couple of other programs that I’m sure are equally fabulous and are on my list to try, but for right now I’m sticking with what I know…for now. Here are her other services just in case you are interested.
A friend of mine took the Grocery Budget Makeover and said it changed her life as far as her grocery bill went. She swears by it and was the one that turned me on to Erin’s meal plans.
My mission in life for the past few years has been to find ways to serve my family meals they are going to enjoy, are relatively quick to cook, and healthy. I think I have finally found my answers.
How do you make sure that everyone gets a meal they love that is healthy? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please share in the comments this week.
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