If you are a mom on-the-go, chances are preparing low fat meals can be challenging. It is difficult to plan accordingly, prepare the meals and get out the door in time to make it all work. However, there are many quick meal solutions that you can try to maintain your low fat diet and your busy lifestyle.
Low Fat Meal #1: Loaded Salad
If you love salad, enjoy it as often as possible. Dress your salad up with extra nutrients by adding nuts, hard-boiled eggs and fruit to top it. Be creative and get your salad fix the healthy way. Add a vinaigrette dressing or top with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to keep the healthy fats included and the bad ones out.
Low Far Meal #2: Creative Sandwiches
For those that enjoy a sandwich, there are several ways to enhance you sandwich to add flavor, while still enjoying a low fat meal. Use whole wheat bread or spinach tortilla wraps instead of bread. Add pesto or hummus as a spread instead of cheese and mayonnaise.
Low Fat Meal #3: Smoothie
On a busy morning, it may not seem like there is time to make a smoothie, but 5 minutes will do to create a healthy breakfast you can take with you. Add juice, plain or vanilla low fat yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit and ice – then blend it all together, and you have a great meal packed with nutrients.
Low Fat Meal #4: Yogurt and Fruit
Often overlooked, a simple plain or vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit can make a great low fat snack or quick breakfast on the go. If you don’t like the taste of plain yogurt, add a little honey to sweeten it. Chop some fresh strawberries or throw in a handful of raspberries or blueberries, and you have a great cool treat.
Low Fat Meal #5: Rotisserie Chicken, Veggies and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Pick up a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store, cook some frozen veggies and substitute starchy regular potatoes for the healthier sweet potatoes, and you have a complete, well-balanced meal in no time.
Low Fat Meal #6: Quick Stir Fry
Use white meat chicken, shrimp or tofu, frozen mixed vegetables and any of your favorite seasonings or sauce to create a quick stir fry any night of the week. Avoid high-sodium sauces, and instead opt to use seasoned rice vinegar. Serve over brown rice for added nutritional value.
Low Fat Meal #7: Baked Fish, Couscous and Fruit
This is a simple low fat meal to whip together after a long day. Place your favorite fish in a glass pan, sprinkle with olive oil and your favorite seasonings and cook for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Boil water for couscous and cut your favorite vegetables to include in it, and mix it all together; you have a nutritious low fat dinner. Serve with a side of any seasonal fruit.
Don’t be drawn into fast food and vending machines just because you are busy. Try some of these quick meal options for you and your family, and your body will thank you later.