Meal Planning for the Non-planner

I get it, Sunday meal prep is not for everyone. But, how can you make your weekdays easier while still embracing a bit of spontaneity with your meals? Save it. Just create a digital album of images of your favorite meals, either on Instagram or just take a photo of your plate. The visual nature will spark creativity. Your friend, the freezer. Create a few freezer meals that you can whip together quickly, even without fresh ingredients or grocery shopping. For example,

Create a Meal Train

Dinnertime stress is the number one household issue that we see at Uplift. My secret is to do meal prep on the weekends, so cooking is basically merely heating during the week. I just heard an original tweak on the weekly prep: create a meal train. Find a few other moms who are up for sharing meals. You cook double or triple batches of a dish or two and trade. That limits the amount of work while still allowing for variety. You might even discover a few new favorites.

How to Cook with Kids Underfoot

Dinner time is this perfect storm in our family. My kids are hangry and miss me. Yet, I just need 15 minutes to get food on the table. That's why I was thrilled when I came across advice from Jessica Braider, the CEO of the meal planning service, Six O'Clock Scramble. She gets it. Wear babies or put them in a swing where they can see you. It's also a great time to teach about textures. Use your kitchen as a playground: Open up a cabinet of pots and pans to bang on or play wit

How to Lose Weight without Sacrificing

Today, we are going to focus on you. First off, you are beautiful and have a great butt. Give yourself a little wink next time you pass a mirror. Let's face it, as we get older, maintaining a healthy weight gets harder than when we were 20. When I look at how I lost 45 pounds after Rowan, it was the small changes that added up. Did you know cutting 100 calories a day leads to 10 pounds in a year? Here are five tiny habit shifts to do this without impacting your lifestyle: Hal

3-ingredient ice cream

I frankly don't know how to parent without the threat of 'no dessert.' So, in the quest to clean up our family's diet, I knew I needed healthy ones. Here are some of my faves: Siggi Yogurt Tubes. Low sugar, high protein. The kids treat them like ice cream pops. Frozen fruit: Blueberries, cherries, and watermelon are our faves. I just put any fruit in the freezer that is about to spoil. Watermelon Pizza: Just cut your melon in a 1-inch round, top with greek yogurt as the "sauc

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies

One of the things I'm most proud of as a parent is the fact that my kids eat and enjoy vegetables. Rowan (my two-year-old) went through a phase where cauliflower was his favorite food. Here is what works for my family. Involve them in the process Have them pick out veggies in the grocery store. They love autonomy and control. Start a veggie garden at home. My kids snack off our cherry tomato bushes. If you don't have a yard, visit a local farm. Make them your sous chefs. My k

We Kid-tested 50+ Clean Snacks, So You Don't Have To

This Spring, Joe and I realized our kids were surviving on cheddar Goldfish. They were easy. We were stressed. It happens to the best of us. No judgment here. Our summer resolution: clean up our family snack game. We started a month-long adventure trying out low-sugar, gluten-free snacks with ingredients we recognized. As a busy mom, I needed portable and easy, not just healthy. Here are the winners. Fruit Whole fruit: Apples, bananas, and tangerines were the most portable Ki