If you have kids and a job that keeps you busy, chances are, sometimes certain sacrifices have to be made because there simply isn’t enough time. How many times have you sped into a McDonald’s drive-thru on your way home because you didn’t have time to cook supper?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
These days, more and more families include either both parents working full-time or a single-parent working more than one job. Keeping up with everything can easily cause healthy eating to become nothing but a pastime.
With all of the changes in the family dynamic, many people have tasked themselves with creating a solution to the problems busy parents face when it comes to meal time. Check out these 4 sources for finding healthy meal recipes compiled especially for busy parents.
WebMD.com offers many different quick and easy meal solutions for busy parents. Delicious options such as store-bought roasted chicken and cheese and veggie omelets are just a few of the ideas offered on this site.
Also, WebMD.com gives many helpful tips on what is important and what isn’t. Sometimes busy parents have to make sacrifices; this site lets you know which things definitely shouldn’t be skipped—like breakfast.
“Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents: Wholesome Family Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less from Three Leading Child Nutrition Experts” is a book written by child nutrition experts that promises to give you tips and recipes that will enable you to make a healthy meal in the amount of time it would take to have it delivered.
Their recipes all take 30 minutes or less to prepare and are healthy too. It provides you with over 140 recipes to choose from, including dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and desserts. This book also has several time-saving ideas for grocery shopping and tips on how to feed a picky eater – a definite must-have for all parents.
This website includes three, four, five, and six ingredient recipes that promise to be quick and healthy. It offers easy alternatives for the same old side dishes and tips for throwing together party platters and appetizers. Cooking4busymoms.com offers “quick and easy meals for moms who need a little help.”
Qualityhealth.com features an eBook titled “Quick & Easy Work Week Recipes.” The eBook is free, and when you sign up for the download, you also get free coupons, savings, and access to other eBooks. If you don’t want to provide your email address for the download, they also offer a free pdf version online.
With all the sources available, there’s no reason why a busy parent should be forced to rely on fast food or unhealthy options due to a lack of time. A wide variety of healthy and easy foods can be found via the aforementioned sources, as well as elsewhere on the internet—including here, on Eco-Snobbery Sucks!
Try making a 3.14 course pie meal to celebrate Pi Day, or try out some tasty dips for healthier tailgating. With just a little bit of planning and preparation, any parent can prepare a healthy meal in as much time as it would take to run to a fast food restaurant or pop an unhealthy, prepared meal in the microwave.
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About this guest author: Daphne Coleman loves being a mom—but she also understand the challenges that a busy parent faces. She is a contributing author at Health Insurance Quotes.org.
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