Back-to-School is right around the corner.
And so is the need for back-to-school quick breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners at the end of long days. But never fear, I’ve got THE expert here. Meet Sally Kuzemchak.
Sally is a registered dietitian, author, and mom. She’s the founder of RealMomNutrition.com, a “no-judgments zone” all about feeding a family, which features advice on picky eating, simple healthy recipes, and lots of reassurance. She is the author of The 101 Healthiest Foods For Kids and Cooking Light on Dinnertime Survival Guide and serves as a Contributing Editor for Parents magazine and a contributor to WebMD. An award-winning reporter and writer, she has been published in nearly 20 magazines including Prevention, Health, Family Circle, Eating Well, Fitness, and Shape.
Sally’s Back-to-School Meal Planning Tips
- Keep Your Meal Planning simple…it doesn’t have to be elaborate, you just need a plan.
- To make meal planning easier, try theme nights. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Pasta Wednesday…having a theme will help cut down on the number of options.
- And building on the theme nights…create a list or Pinterest board with your ideas on it to make making your plan and grocery list easier.
- Consider forming a freezer meal co-op group. Each person creates enough meals of one recipe for the other members of the group…make one recipe for 5 people…come home with 5 different meals for your freezer. Click Here to Read Sally’s Tips on Starting a Freezer Meal Co-Op with Your Friends.
- Meal prepping on the weekends will definitely pay dividends because you will spend less time and less brain power deciding what your family will eat.
Back-to-School Meal Ideas
- Breakfast – Egg Cups, Muffins, WW Waffles or Pancakes, Energy Bars or Balls, or Smoothie Cubes. Click here to get Sally’s “4 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas”.
- Lunch – Teach kids to pack their own lunch. Keep one basket on the counter with nuts, granola bars, and pre-packaged food. And one in the fridge with yogurts, string cheese, and dips. All items they can grab and pack themselves. Check out Sally’s Free Lunch Packing course by clicking here.
- Dinner – Keep it simple, sisters! Make food your family enjoys. You don’t have to be fancy. Also, make sure to include one night for clean out the fridge or “scrounge” night as Sally calls it. And one night off for pizza, take-out or restaurants. Check out Sally’s beautiful and affordable dinner snack board from Aldi.
- Snacks – Serve meal foods for snacks…don’t feel like you have to rely on packaged or traditional snack foods. If you have muffins from breakfast, serve them as a snack. If you have cut fruit from lunch, serve it as a snack. Want Sally’s recipe for Nut-Free Snack Balls? Click here.
Sally’s reassurance to all the moms out there trying to feed their kids was one of my favorite moments of the interview. She told us don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t aim for perfection. Don’t compare your meals to social media. If you can’t buy all organic, you’re not failing your family. And if you’re worried about being a good mom, you’re already a great mom.
Whole Fruit Margarita
- 1/4 c. water
- 6 oz. Tequila
- 2 oz. Grand Marnier
- 1 Lime Peeled
- 1 Lemon Peeled
- 1 Orange Peeled
- 3-6 tbsp. Sugar
- If you are salted rim person, start by rimming the glasses. Use a bit of tequila or rub a lemon/lime around the rim to help the salt stick.
- Must be in this order…Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
- Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses
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