3 Things to Help Busy Moms in Providing Nutritious Meals

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Being a mom can be hard work, and having the responsibility of feeding your children healthy and nutritious meals is a daily part of the challenge. In fact, in an interview with nutritionist Kate Geagan, she said that the top two reasons that go into meal choices that millennial moms make for their kids are time and convenience.

So if you're looking for some help in finding the time and the means for healthy snacks and meals, here are 3 ideas that may help you out.

 

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Fruit Smoothies

Making smoothies for breakfast is an easy way for you and your kids to get all of the necessary nutrients.

Smoothies are super easy to make. All you need is a cup of Greek yogurt, a cup of your favorite fruit (frozen or fresh), and a cup of Florida orange juice.

Another thing that's great about fruit smoothies is that they can be eaten in more ways than in liquid form. If there's any smoothie left in the blender, pour it into popsicle molds and pop them in the freezer. These popsicles are perfect for a healthy after-school snack or a dessert.

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Potato Pancakes and Veggie Kebabs

Look up some recipes for potato pancakes and add in some extra veggies for some variety. “I have found if I add the word ‘pancake' to anything, my kids devour it – it's suddenly really fun and approachable,” Kate said.

Depending on what your children like to eat, you can chop up things like shredded beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini, steamed broccoli, or grilled zucchini and throw them into the mix. These types of pancakes can serve as a main dish or a side, and they're sure to be a family favorite.

Kate said that kids love to build and customize things, so veggie kebabs fit the bill when it comes to nutritional foods. When making your kebabs, “put out a couple things you know your kids like, and then introduce a few new things to expand to their palate.”

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Protein nuts

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Protein nut snacks, like almonds, edamame, and hummus, are great because they help balance your energy and blood sugar throughout the day.

The almonds and the edamame are easy to be held in hand, but the hummus does great for those kids that love to dip and dunk.

Sure, 1 out of 4 moms say that picky eaters are their biggest struggles, but these tips should help you serve your children healthy options.

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Kate is an award-winning dietitian who has helped millions fall in love with food which powers a vibrant, high energy life. She is an internationally known author, speaker and consultant. She was invited to serve on the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global campaign to promote science-based truths about healthy living. She's also been named one of the top 10 most influential registered dietitians in the U.S. by Today's Dietitian Magazine.

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