Surviving September (Tips)

We’ve been dreading it for months, the weather is getting cooler, there’s more traffic on the streets, school lunches need to be made again…yes, September has arrived. I’m as sad as you.

A concern I hear on a regular basis from my clients is how to maintain or resume healthy habits when chaos ensues.

Here are some tips on how to keep connected to your healthy diet in September!

Bulk Up:

A great method I really appreciate is prepping all or some of the meals ahead of time (see picture below). This method takes a little upfront effort, but think about how seamless your week would be!

I hear a lot of concerns about the month of September from moms in particular. Kids are back to school, extracurricular activities have started again and dinner is just barley being squeezed in. Think about prepping and freezing some meals ahead of time (now), so when the madness ensues you are ahead of the same.

Map It.

Here is how I do it:

Here is analogy that I like to use. Pretend you were going to spend 2 days driving to Florida for a relaxing vacation on the beach. In order to get there you’d need to plan your route, book a hotel to stay in for a night, make reservations at some restaurants you have never been to before and perhaps pack some snacks and some games/books for a little entertainment.

While you reroute, after having done all the initial prep work, would it make sense that you would change your route for no particular reason? Rebooking new hotels and restaurants would just be a pain in the butt and, not to mention, a waste of time. Once you have made your plan, the odds of sticking to this are very good. The same goes with food prep. If you lay out a plan ahead of time, the odds of you straying for this are pretty low.

Here’s how I do it:

Everyone might have their own method, but this works best for me.

Step 1. Make a list of 7 different dinners you would like to have. Take into account busy nights of the week (i.e. don’t plan to make a roast on the same night you need to drive your kids all over hell’s acres).

Step 2. Write down the groceries needed to make these meals. Tip: Plan to make extra portions so you have left over’s for the next day. Buy groceries for the whole week in one trip.

Step 3. Put this list up on the fridge so everyone in the household knows what to expect for meals.

Step 4. Put this list in a file folder and reuse every 4 weeks.

Simple.

What I like most about this is that the thinking, during the busy week, has been eliminated. If I follow my plan, I know what needs to be pulled out of the freezer the night before, I know if I need to prep something ahead of time and I feel like dinners go off without a hitch.

Slow Cook It

My crock-pot is probably my most favourite piece of kitchen equipment (other than my Vitamix). It makes life so simple (yet tasty). I’m always on the hunt for simple crock pot meals that I can prep the night before and turn on in the morning before I leave for work. With the conveniences of modern technology, presto dinner is hot and ready for my husband and I 8 hours later. At this point, I quickly toss together a salad if needed and enjoy a healthy meal.

You too can experience ease in the kitchen during the dreaded dinner hour.

Buy It:

I know, I know…you are super mom and you’d rather make homemade meals for your family. I get it, I also prefer to do this, but alas I have come to the conclusion that I am not a super hero, so cut yourself some slack and join ranks.

I agree that bought foods probably contain some ingredients we wouldn’t necessarily pick ourselves but I would argue doing this is better than picking up fast food or creating a ton of stress and drama over getting a dinner on the table.

We are all busy, so don’t be too proud to purchase on the odd really busy night. Here are some healthy suggestions to consider:

  • Rotisserie chicken with sides like bean salad, vinegar based coleslaw and grilled veggies (all of these items can be found in most grocery stores in the pre-prepared counters)
  • Opa! Greek food is one of my favourite go-to meal ideas. Find a local restaurant you can pre order from; I usually order a large salad with souvlaki chicken and tzatziki. Yummy!
  • Grocery store buffet tables: here you can choose from grilled fish, hard boiled eggs, marinated tofu and all kinds of sides to satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

Relax in September with these fun snacks!

Surviving September

Surviving September

 

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Picture source

We’ve been dreading it for months, the weather is getting cooler, there’s more traffic on the streets, school lunches need to be made again…yes, September has arrived. I’m as sad as you.

A concern I hear on a regular basis from my clients is how to maintain or resume healthy habits when chaos ensues.

Bulk Up:

A great method I really appreciate is prepping all or some of the meals ahead of time. This method takes a little upfront effort, but think about how seamless your week would be!

I hear a lot of concerns about the month of September from moms in particular. Kids are back to school, extracurricular activities have started again and dinner is just barley being squeezed in. Think about prepping and freezing some meals ahead of time (now) so when the madness ensues you are ahead of the same. See below for one of my favourite prep and freeze recipes.

Map It.
Last week you learned one meal prep method to ensure healthy meals get on the table despite a busy schedule. Everyone has their own way…

Here is how I do it:

Here is an analogy that I like to use. Pretend that you were going to spend 2 days driving to Florida for a relaxing vacation at the beach. In order to get there, you’d need to plan your route, book a hotel to stay in for the night, make reservations at must-have restaurants you have never been to before and perhaps, pack some snacks and some games/books for a little entertainment.
While en-route, after having done all the initial prep work, would it make sense that you would change your route for no particular reason? Re-booking new hotels and restaurants would just be a pain in the butt and, not to mention, a waste of time.
The point is, once you have made your plan, the odds of sticking to this are very good. The same goes with food prep. If you lay out a plan ahead of time, the odds of you straying from your original plan are slim.

My way:
Step 1. Make a list of 7 different dinners you would like to have. Take into account busy nights of the week (i.e. don’t plan to make a roast on the same night you need to drive your kids all over hell’s acres).

Step 2. Write down the groceries needed to make these meals. Tip: Plan to make extra portions so you have left over’s for the next day. Buy groceries for the whole week at one time.

Step 3. Put this list up on the fridge so everyone in the household knows what to expect for meals.

Step 4. Put this list in a file folder and reuse every 4 weeks.
Simple.
What I like most about this, is that the thinking, during the busy week, has been eliminated. If I follow my plan, I know what needs to be pulled out of the freezer the night before, I know if I need to prep something ahead of time and I feel like dinners go off without a hitch.

Giveaway:

If you want the template I use for my weekly meal prep, comment below. The first 10 people to comment at the bottom of this blog with a meal prep tip will be sent my weekly template. Make sure to include your email address in the comment.

Surviving September

We’ve been dreading it for months, the weather is getting cooler, there’s more traffic on the streets, school lunches need to be made again…yes, September has arrived. I’m as sad as you.

A concern I hear on a regular basis from my clients is how to maintain or resume healthy habits when chaos ensues.

Bulk Up:

A great method I really appreciate is prepping all or some of the meals ahead of time. This method takes a little upfront effort, but think about how seamless your week would be!

I hear a lot of concerns about the month of September from moms in particular. Kids are back to school, extracurricular activities have started again and dinner is just barley being squeezed in. Think about prepping and freezing some meals ahead of time (now) so when the madness ensues you are ahead of the same. See below for one of my favourite prep and freeze recipes.

Map It.

Last week you learned one meal prep method to ensure healthy meals get on the table despite a busy schedule. Everyone has their own way…

Here is how I do it:

Here is an analogy that I like to use. Pretend that you were going to spend 2 days driving to Florida for a relaxing vacation at the beach. In order to get there, you’d need to plan your route, book a hotel to stay in for the night, make reservations at must-have restaurants you have never been to before and perhaps, pack some snacks and some games/books for a little entertainment.
While en-route, after having done all the initial prep work, would it make sense that you would change your route for no particular reason? Re-booking new hotels and restaurants would just be a pain in the butt and, not to mention, a waste of time.
The point is, once you have made your plan, the odds of sticking to this are very good. The same goes with food prep. If you lay out a plan ahead of time, the odds of you straying from your original plan are slim.

My way:
Step 1. Make a list of 7 different dinners you would like to have. Take into account busy nights of the week (i.e. don’t plan to make a roast on the same night you need to drive your kids all over hell’s acres).

Step 2. Write down the groceries needed to make these meals. Tip: Plan to make extra portions so you have left over’s for the next day. Buy groceries for the whole week at one time.

Step 3. Put this list up on the fridge so everyone in the household knows what to expect for meals.

Step 4. Put this list in a file folder and reuse every 4 weeks.
Simple.
What I like most about this, is that the thinking, during the busy week, has been eliminated. If I follow my plan, I know what needs to be pulled out of the freezer the night before, I know if I need to prep something ahead of time and I feel like dinners go off without a hitch.

Picture source

Giveaway:

If you want the template I use for my weekly meal prep, comment below. The first 10 people to comment at the bottom of this blog with a meal prep tip will be sent my weekly template. Make sure to include your email address in the comment.

Simple Snacks for September

If you haven’t said it, then you have certainly heard it- “I’ll get back on track in September.”

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Many of us use the summers to indulge just a little more; to be more relaxed when it comes to our lifestyles and eating plans. While this is ok, it’s important to make sure that you refocus as busy months are upon us and eating well will help keep us energized and ready to handle anything!

In addition to keeping our bellies full and fueled for our hectic days, great snacks help to keep us asleep at night, reduce cravings, keep our minds sharp and motivated and of course fuel our metabolism so continue to burn calories all through the day! Trust me, quality snacks are a key part of a healthy lifestyle.

One of the most common issues clients seem to have is coming up with new, delicious, yet simple snacks. So I thought since we’re all planning on refocusing this September, why not get you started with some ideas:

  • Cloud Bread topped with eggs or shaved turkey and tomato
    • Tip: double the recipe so you have this option all week long!
  • Kale chips paired with an apple and nut butter. This salty and sweet snack will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!
  • 2 Minute Berry Muffin. Yes! You read that correctly, it takes just 2 minutes to make this muffin; it’s fast and packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Island Alive Smoothie. Blend this up in the morning, pack into a tightly sealed mason jar and sip away at this cool beverage for a morning or afternoon pick me up!
  • Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas. These crunchy pearls of flavor will get your taste buds soaring! Pair a ½ cup serving with fruit or a 1oz slice of mozzarella cheese.
    • Tip: add to your favourite salad for a change of pace.

Enjoy!

I’d love to hear your favourite snack suggestions- simply post at the bottom of the blog and I’ll be sure to share your suggestions!

For more healthy snack ideas, check out this article from the Huffington Post