- Kids are starving after school and need something on their way to practice or game that is easy to keep in the car - maybe a make-your-own trail mix (cereal, pretzels, dried fruit and nuts) & water bottles. about 100-150 calories is all they need, make sure it is packed with nutrients not just empty calories.
- Your turn for team treats: the bane of every soccer mom’s existence to find easy, healthy treats for the soccer team. Keep in mind, that game treats are more of a tradition than a nutritional necessity so keep them small and healthful. Avoid anything but water bottles. We drink WAY too much sugar in this country and I could to on and on for quite a while on that soapbox, but I'll save that for another post. Go retro with the classic orange wedges, or a frozen yogurt tube or string cheese or Babybel. Small, nutritious and avoid added sugar.
- When an orange and water bottle don’t cut it: post-competition for those older, higher-intensity athletes (track, cross country, conditioning) whose extended, intense workouts require some recovery nutrition, think: milk - plain, chocolate or flavored and 1/2 pb&j. That way with about 200 calories you can provide carbs to replenish their glycogen stores and protein to help rebuild muscle.
- Being the busy chauffeur doesn’t make the drive-thru a must: don’t skip the family dinner table. Even a late family dinner is better than hitting the drive-thru. In this case, the crockpot is your friend.
Try this simple 5-6 ingredient, 5 minute recipe that is versatile enough to provide 4 different meal variations.
Mexican crockpot magic meal:
Dump into your crockpot:
1 can drained, rinsed beans
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
1 cup or so of salsa
1 cup or so of frozen corn (can use canned corn, just be sure to drain and rinse)
1 lb. meat (chicken breast, stew meat, or pork roast)
Let cook on low 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. (I personally like to add a dash of chipotle chili powder, some smoked paprika and cumin, but that is completely optional and up to your personal tastes.)
Serve with tortillas as a taco, enchilada or tostada filling.
omit the meat and add instead a second can of beans of a different variety.
Add 2 cups chicken broth and you have instant chili-type soup
Cowboy Caviar variation:
skip the meat and the crockpot and toss the ingrendients together cold, as soon as you get home. In 5 minutes, you've got
a great basis for hearty "macho" nachos
Taco Salad variation:
Save your leftovers for another night and serve cold over a bed of lettuce for taco salad.