It’s the New Year, and one thing many of us want to do is eat more whole foods. What has been really helpful to me lately is to take it meal by meal, snack by snack, and intentionally choosing to rotate through the food groups throughout the day so that I make sure I’m at least getting in a portion of each every day. Most of us would love to get in the recommended 5-9 cups of fruits and veggies a day, as well as the proteins, dairy and healthy whole grains. Our bodies need the nourishment to keep up with mommyhood demands, and plus when we are eating healthy, so is the rest of our family!
So! How can we do it in our busy lifestyle? My favorite tip for eating more healthy foods is to cook one healthy meal or snack for the whole family. Just last week I had the opportunity of speaking at the Salt Lake Home Show, and I shared how to make a few of my favorite quick and easy whole food recipes that are absolute, fan-favorites in my home. These are recipes I make in my house time and time again, and my family requests them! Plus, if you’ve got a baby in the house, they can all be easily adapted so that baby gets some healthy homemade food too. All of these recipes have fruit, veggie or protein as the number one ingredient which is great if you’re like me and trying to get in all your food groups in the day.
(flourless) sweet potato banana muffins
This is the perfect fix for any of you mamas rushing out the door in the morning who don’t have a lot of time to make a hearty meal. These 10 minute blender muffins are loaded with delicious fruits and veggies, which is a great way to start the day. Sweet potatoes rich in beta-carotene promotes healthy skin, eyes and the immune system. Bananas considered the “powerhouse” for nutrients and are high in fiber too, which is good for the heart, giving you a power boost right at the start of your day!
1 small sweet potato
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup smooth peanut butter (substitute with any nut butter!)
toppings (optional, like dark chocolate chips, hemp seeds, shredded coconut…)
blueberry banana smoothie bowl
Hubby and I have finally given in to all the rave over smoothie bowls and we eat them several times a week now! I love how versatile they are, and how you can use nearly any frozen fruit that you have at home. You can have them for breakfast or even a snack when you’re on-the-go and need something that’ll hold you over until the next meal. They contain a lot of whole foods and can be a good source of fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbs. Add in a handful of spinach if you want some extra oomph!
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
¼ cup almond milk (substitute with cashew or cow’s milk)
toppings: sliced banana, shredded coconut, chia seeds, granola, hemp seeds, honey or agave for parents
dark chocolate hummus
I know, I know…chocolate hummus? All I can say is, don’t knock it before you try it! It’s definitely become a household favorite in a short period of time and the top requested movie night snack. We treat it like a fruit dip and serve it with fresh fruit or cinnamon and sugar pita chips.
1 can garbanzo beans, strained and rinsed or 1 ½ cups cooked garbanzo beans
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 tbsp. water
If you make any of these recipes, let me know what you think! Comment below or #happytummiescookbook on Instagram or Facebook, I’d love to see what you guys make 😊