5 Healthy Grocery Hacks for Busy Moms
Getting a healthy meal on the table can be a big hurdle, especially on weeknights. Luckily, there are a few grocery store hacks that can help you eat at home in less time! The great thing is that these hacks don’t sacrifice your health.
t’s all about using simple shortcuts you may have overlooked.
Here are a few of my staples that help speed up dinner prep:
Go for the chicken and/or tuna packed in water and you’re looking at a product comparable to fresh. As in, the protein, fat, and calories are the same. Pro tip: don’t forget to check the sodium, and use whatever brand you see has the least.
These will last in your pantry for a LONG time, which means less waste as it won’t go bad in a week or get freezer burn. Bonus, cans are cheap, and since they keep so long you can stock up whenever there is a sale.
While you’ll likely want fresh chicken or tuna when eating it alone, canned is perfect for recipes like casseroles that use tuna or shredded chicken.
My favorite uses:
Chicken or tuna salad (mix with plain yogurt for a slimmed down version)
For under $10 you can arrive home with an entire cooked chicken that’s even seasoned if you choose. Whether you’re flying solo, or figuring out dinner for a family of 4, you will be set for multiple meals and a lot of versatility!
Chicken is a great source of protein, low in fat and full of flavor, but cooking, or thawing and preparing, takes time. This quick grab-and-go item from any grocery store is cheap and easy to work with.
Need ideas? Check out this post from Greatist.com for 24 easy meal ideas!
Canned and Frozen Veggies
Fresh in-season veggies pack a lot of nutrients, but don’t pass the canned and frozen sections just yet. When picked and packed at their freshest, canned/frozen veggies hold as many or even more nutrients than fresh (source: NYTimes.com).
Nutritional value aside, I recommend the canned and frozen veggies for two main reasons. First, they won’t go bad in 5 days (less waste), and they’re a quick addition to up your family’s veggie quota for the day.
When making one pot meals, casseroles, or using your slow cooker, add frozen veggies and let the cook time take care of it. Transform a quick salad into a powerhouse with canned veggies, and have dinner on the table in under 15 minutes.
Simplify dinner this month!
Pre-Boiled Eggs/Pre-Cut Veggies
Eggs are cheap and a healthy addition to your diet with only 70 calories, 13 essential vitamins and minerals, along with 6g of high-quality protein in just a single egg. They are easy to take with you, eat on the go, and make for an energizing afternoon snack.
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While I realize I could make a dozen at the start of my week and use how I see fit (snack on it’s own, or addition to a simple salad), I have yet to do that. Have you? If you enjoy eggs, buy the pre-boiled (and often pre-peeled) eggs the next time you see them.
Same goes for fresh veggies. Yes, they do cost a bit more, and you could cut them on your own. But, how many times have you tossed produce because you stalled on washing and cutting? Not exactly a money saver if you ask me. With pre-cut veggies, you have a quick and easy snack or meal addition you can grab and eat.
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The salad bar is a great way to add veggies to meals, without shopping, washing, and cutting them. Make a big salad for the entire family, or grab a few ingredients to use throughout the week.
Also, a salad bar is perfect for any number size family. You won’t waste money on a bag of carrots when you just need them for a salad, and it’s ready to eat when you are. Get a few smaller containers if you have picky eaters and quickly make separate salads to keep everyone happy!
I help new moms and moms-to-be get their healthy eating habits back on track, and figuring out how to dinner is a huge piece of that! Email me at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com and let’s set up a quick Discovery Call to see if postnatal health coaching is right for you.