Isn’t it hard to believe that school is starting back up in a few short weeks? As soon as my girls return to school every September, it seems like my schedule gets crazy. Mornings are hectic, which makes it difficult for me to prepare my girls their favorite power smoothies. Evenings come quick and it is difficult to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. I have some hacks that really help me assure that my growing kids get a healthy breakfast and dinner once back-to-school mayhem begins.
For breakfast, oatmeal is a super-quick option. You can cook up some Quaker Quick Oats in just one minute! I then add a little teaspoon of maple syrup or honey, some raw, chopped nuts and fresh berries and my girls are good to go! Another quick, breakfast go-to, especially when I have my girls’ calcium needs in mind (it’s never too early to start building healthy bones) is Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt with some chopped fruit and ground flaxseed. If we are seriously out of time, I send them to our pantry to grab their favorite flavor of KIND bar, which they can have in the car on the way to school.
Once the school day and after-school activities are finished, my girls are hungry. I usually offer them a healthy snack before dinner, while I am making dinner. Fortunately, my meals do not take too long to prepare. I turn to Hello Fresh often; they plan recipes, collect fresh ingredients and send them to me!
I also turn to condiments to add flavor to just about anything. For example, I can throw together a stir-fry in minutes and make it flavorful using Lee Kum Kee products.
I hope these easy meal hacks help you. Feel free to share any easy meal hacks you have in the comments section below and stay tuned for my next blog about healthy foods to pack in your kids’ lunches!