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This month’s Stonyfield blog post topic is all about balance and what it means for a busy running mother. Right now, I’m raising a little boy, managing a small business, and training for a marathon, so I am all about making the most of my time and using it wisely. So, when it comes to my diet and feeding my family, I’ve noticed that a lot of what and how we eat is based on quality and convenience. And, personally, my eating habits have changed quite a bit since Quinn arrived, so I decided to talk about these things in my post today. Perhaps some of the moms can relate? Let me know in the comment section below!
I don’t make a lot of new recipes. Ok, so I make some new crock pot recipes here and there, but, other than that, I don’t make too many new recipes. I just don’t have time””or, well, the desire. I’d rather be with my boys than in the kitchen. Plus, we have quite a few recipes that we like and work well for us, so I typically stick to those or make variations of them. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s working for our family right now!
I am a big fan of frozen food. I used to hate frozen vegetables, but now I’m all about them, especially since frozen organic produce is typically quite a bit cheaper than the fresh stuff, and I don’t have to worry about it going bad. I often substitute frozen veggies in recipes and just steam them when we need a healthy side dish for dinner. Easy-peasy. I also love frozen breakfast burritos and chicken meatballs and patties for quick meals.
I love my crock pot even more. Oooh, yes, I do. I swear, at least once a week, I google ”˜skinnytaste crock pot’ or ”˜real simple crock pot’ or some variation of the two. Cooking with a crock pot is the easiest thing ever, so it’s my go-to for weeknight meals and lunch leftovers. Some favorite recipes: Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken, Crockpot Buffalo Chicken, Chili for a Crowd, Slow Cooker Soy-Braised Chicken with Bok Choy, and Chicken Tortellini Soup.
I’m willing to pay more. I’m all about convenience when it comes to feeding our family, so I’m willing to pay a little more if it means we eat healthy, like hitting up the prepared foods section at Whole Foods when I don’t feel like cooking or buying the more expensive peanut butter just so I don’t have to take a trip to Target for Teddie.
I seek out satisfying meals and snacks as much as possible. I want whatever I eat to fill me up and keep me full for as long as possible. I would rather eat a more substantial meal or snack than a bunch of little ones. You know what I mean? My favorite go-to meals and snacks: Crock Pot Steel-Cut Oats with nut butter, egg sandwiches, FlapJacked Protein Pancakes, Stonyfield Greek yogurt with Cheerios + Ancient Grains, protein shakes made with iced coffee and almond milk, Perfect Food Bars, peanut butter and banana on an English muffin, homemade guacamole with rice crackers, smoothies with protein powder, and Shepherd’s Pie (we eat it at least once a week in our house).
I eat really fast or really slow. With a little one, I’m either wolfing down my food or it takes me an hour to finish. Haha!
I drink a lot more wine. Ok, I’m kind of joking about this one, but I definitely look forward to a glass of wine at the end of a long day. There’s just something so relaxing about it””feet up, glass in hand, good show on TV. It’s the best.
Question of the Day
Moms: How have your eating habits changed since you had a baby?