Done for you Healthy Menu + Grocery List

Hey mama, 

I know how hard it can be to think up a meal plan, write out the grocery list, and figure out how you're going to execute the plan with a million things on your plate. 

I wish I could figure out how to execute the million things on your plate, but I can (and did) create the meal plan and shopping list ;)

This is for a family of three, so add as you have extra family members. 

I hate the concept of a "meal plan" so this is a menu. You can mix and match as you wish, depending on the day, and depending on what you feel like eating. 

Here's a preview of the menu! Click below to download the whole thing. xoxo 

Healthy Menu and Shopping list for the busy mom.. 7 day menu and grocery list for the busy family
Healthy menu and grocery list for the busy mom

Self- Care during the holidays: 8 sanity-savers for the busy mama

It’s Thanksgiving week! The next several weeks are bound to be a crazy blur of cooking, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, traveling, wrapping gifts, and of course family time and holiday parties. Throw in some extra time with the inlaws and kids off of their bedtime/nap schedule and it’s the perfect recipe for a whole lot of chaos and stress.

Self-care during the holidays: the busy mom's guide to self-care this holiday season. 8 sanity saving activities to help you stay present!

As much fun as it is to help our kids have a magical holiday season and attempt to do ALL OF THE THINGS… it’s just not realistic or healthy for your mental health.

By prioritizing YOU, you will be able to be more present, enjoy the holiday season, and be a much nicer mama and wife ;)

If you are looking for specific ways to stay healthy during the holidays, click here to get a FREE healthy mama toolkit.

Here are 8 self-care ideas for the busy mama during this holiday season:

  • Listen to a podcast while you’re in a busy (stressful/chaotic) store or sitting in holiday traffic. It will make shopping and waiting in long lines much more enjoyable (and even better if you're tuning out your whining kids! ...that's not just me, right???) ! I love atomic moms and sorta awesome for some positive messages and lighthearted chat about all things mama, relationship, and more. 

  • Leave the house for 30 minutes and go for a starbucks run all alone! This is especially important if you are visiting family (or have a house full) and need some alone time. If you are an introvert, pay special attention to getting your alone time to recharge. And don't feel guilty! 

  • Take a quiet walk or jog before the kiddos get up, and get those endorphins pumping early in the day. Your blood will be flowing and you'll have more energy to attack the to-do list. 

  • Schedule a workout at your favorite studio or hit up your favorite class at the gym. You will get alone time AND check off your workout.

  • Get YOURSELF a gift for once-- book a mani/pedi (or facial, or whatever) before you head out of town for the holidays and PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE! Close your eyes, read, a magazine, do anything but check your email or mindlessly scroll! Enjoy the moment :)

  • Meal prep! Yes, I said it… prepping a couple simple things to have on hand will make your busy week less stressful. A few ideas: chop a veggie or two, cook and shred chicken to use throughout the week, make an oatmeal or an egg bake to have a healthy breakfast ready to go, boil a dozen eggs to have ready for breakfast all week, make a big batch of soup to have for lunch all week, etc. One hour of meal prep can save you a lot of time and stress!

  • Prioritize what you and your family members actually care about. There are endless options for holiday activities... there are invites to holiday parties, lights to see, cookies to bake, gingerbread houses to decorate, ice skating, seeing Santa, performances, and plays, etc. If you prioritize what you actually care about and keep things manageable, your schedule won’t be as crazy.

  • Make a list and check it twice. By keeping an ongoing list IN ONE SPOT (your phone, planner, google doc, Evernote, GoKeep, etc.) of everything you need to do and buy you will save yourself the hassle of last minute trips to the store and late night stress about forgetting something. Put it on the list and be done with it!

Now go enjoy the magic of the holiday season, mama. Focus on what truly matters and don't forget to make time for yourself. 

xoxo 

p.s. click below to get my healthy mama toolkit with a bunch of time saving recipes, meal prep ideas, home workouts, and more. 

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Self-care during the holidays. A stressed out mom's guide to self-care during the holiday season.

The Super Smoothie

Last week I mentioned why you should ALWAYS read the label on smoothies and juices when eating out (or grocery shopping, etc.).

Today I want to talk about how you can make a deliciously filling and satisfying smoothie at home! It will keep your blood sugars balanced, your hunger hormones in check, and leave you feeling full for hours. 

The super smoothie is a perfect on the go breakfast, or post-workout meal. Honestly, as a busy mom, the super smoothie saves me from eating junk on the go SO often! 

The SUPER SMOOTHIE is full of  veggies, fruits, healthy fats, AND protein. The fat-fiber-protein punch is the winning combo to keep you feeling full! 

The super smoothie is the perfect solution if you are in need of a quick breakfast or a healthy and fast snack! It will keep you full, and fill you with nutrients. A perfect snack for the busy mom.
The super smoothie is the perfect solution if you are in need of a quick breakfast or a healthy and fast snack! It will keep you full, and fill you with nutrients. A perfect snack for the busy mom.

Start with about 8 ounces of liquid + a handful of ice in your blender.Then add fiber, fats, and protein

 

liquid: water, coconut water, green tea, almond milk, coconut milk, or cows milk are great options 

fiber: fruits and veggies are a great source of fiber to help with digestion, balance blood sugars, prevent chronic diseases, and  increases satiety as well.

  • try:  veggies like kale, spinach, celery beets, or cucumber

  • banana, berries, pineapple, or peaches are great options (try to stick with 1/2c or less!)

fats: fats are ideal for that satisfied feeling, and also provide nourishment for our brains, and help with healthy skin too!

  • try: peanut butter, almond butter, coconut oil, coconut butter, nuts, flax, hemp, chia, etc. 

protein: protein balances your blood sugar, which helps you avoid that sugar spike then crash feeling you can get from too-sweet shakes and smoothies. Aim to get at leas 20 g of protein.

  • try: whey, casein, egg white, pea, or rice protein.