Balancing our busy schedules with wholesome meals is much more difficult than it sounds. I must spend a fortune each week at the grocery store but at the end of our hectic days I hardly have energy to eat let alone cook elaborate meals for the whole family. A good balance of proteins, grains and veggies is essential for growing children but preparing even the simplest meals can turn into a challenge when you add after school activities and work functions. As much as I love being in the kitchen and cooking for my family, sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day, and ordering out seems to happen much more than I would like it to.
They say it takes a village to raise a family, and I couldn’t agree more, so any type of help is welcomed in my home. We recently tried a food delivery service called Nurture Life, that is the perfect combination of nutritious, delicious and most of all—easy peasy. You simply subscribe and they deliver a week’s worth of your choice of baby, toddler, or kids meals straight to your door.
Nurture Life was created by two parents who realized how time consuming and difficult it is to make healthy meals seven days a week. Nurture Life prepares fresh, wholesome, organic, ready-to-eat meals. Their recipes are developed by a chef and pediatric dietician. The ingredients are all sourced from the best farmers and purveyors. The meals are all shopped fresh, are never frozen, and just require a reheat to be ready to serve. Our box of meals came insulated so if you’re not home the meals stay chilled until you can transfer them to the refrigerator later that day. All the baby, toddler and kid food packaging is BPA-free and freezer safe and the toddler and kid food packaging is microwave and oven safe.
The plans are pretty simple: babies (from 6-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years) and kids (4 years all the way up to 18 years old). Since Gemma is in the 3-year-old range she got the toddler meals, which are based on MyPlate guidelines (USDA food group guidelines) to ensure a variety of flavors in proper proportions. Siella and Ryder are older so they qualify for the kids meals, which are a slightly bigger portion than Gemma’s and higher in calorie for their super active bodies and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Our menu for a week looked like this, and it’s funny because they all chose to have different dinners each night! Ryder loved the roasted turkey with quinoa, while Siella’s favorite was the chicken tenders, and Gemma’s was the spaghetti and meatballs!
Monday: Chicken Tenders, Mashed Yams & French Green Beans
Tuesday: Teriyaki Salmon over Brown Rice
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Chicken Meatballs with Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower
Thursday: Achiote Roasted Turkey with Spanish-Style Quinoa
Friday: Moroccan Spiced Beef & Vegetables with Hummus & Couscous
The kids love to try different combinations and having their meals planned for the whole week is such a life saver for me. I can focus on spending time with them and enjoying our mealtimes together rather than furiously cooking and cleaning a kitchen full of pots, pans and dishes. Spending time with my family around the dinner table laughing and catching up on our days is so important—and so is feeding them nutritious wholesome meals…getting to do both is complete perfection for me.
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