When you have parental obligations and work full time, it forces you to prioritize and figure out how to simplify your daily meals. When it comes to choosing what to eat on a daily basis, it can get somewhat overwhelming when you don’t want to over think and simply need that source of fuel to give you a boost of energy that would last steadily throughout the day. That being said, below are some quick yet nutritionally abundant meals to help get you through the working day and additionally give you the vitality to be your best self and provide positive habits to your children as well:
Almond butter with apples
Lunchtime can be quick and painless when you think ahead of time. This particular combination provides you with nutritional value and will keep you full for a while. Choose which butter you prefer (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or pumpkin seed butter) and then choose a fruit (apple, banana, pear, grapes, etc.) Combine them and you have the perfect go-to lunch.
This homemade meal idea is superbly easy. Grab some Greek yogurt, throw in some granola, add some seeds and nuts, and top it with fruit or dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs, or prunes). This will taste like a dessert without any added sugar or unknown processed ingredients.
Hummus with veggies
As simple as this seems, this meal idea is really an excellent choice for even a snack. Eat hummus with raw veggies (carrots, celery, string beans, lettuce, tomato) or cooked veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini). The raw veggies will add digestive enzymes to your system, and cooked veggies are always an added bonus to your diet, providing you with sufficient amounts of nutritional quality.
Smoothie for your soul
Smoothies are great for energy; they increase digestion absorption and are figure-friendly. A smoothie can be made in the morning in a blender. All you need to add is: some water, berries, mixed greens, and chia seeds. Blend and pour to take on the go.
Oatmeal in a bowl
Oatmeal/oat is great to add to your breakfast. The fiber in the oatmeal will keep you filled, soothe your stomach, and give you many nutrients to get your day started. To keep it fun, add some coconut oil to it, top it with some fruit (could be dried fruit or fresh fruit).
There you have it! These simple meals for working parents can provide you with diverse food combinations with healthy and tasty alternatives to fast food. Keep this list handy when deciding to create your meal plan of the week, that way you will have everything you need when you need it. Happy eating!