The holiday season can get chaotic. Between gift buying, holiday activities, and keeping the house running as usual, the life of a mom in the months of November and December can feel crazy.
Eating healthy is almost always on the top of my list, but it isn’t the easiest when I’m feeling spread so thin with so many things to do and such a little amount of time to get it done.
I’m always a fan of menu planning, but particularly so during the holiday season. These are my top 3 tips for menu planning during the busiest time of year:
1. Stick to your standards
The holiday season is not the time of year to reinvent the wheel with menu planning. With a busy schedule and lots to get done, being innovative is the last thing I think about. I want to get a good healthy meal to the table with as little amount of time spent in the kitchen.
That’s where my standby recipes come in. Choose meals and recipes that you know like the back of your hand and can easily get to the table quickly. The tip here is to turn any of your standard meals that you enjoy regularly into a little healthier versions if possible.
One of my go-to recipes is pasta with meat sauce. I make it healthier by using brown rice noodles instead of semolina ones, and adding pumpkin puree or chopped bell peppers, onions, and zucchini to my meat marinara sauce. [Read more…]