If working moms didn’t feel guilty enough for spending time away from their kids, a recent study has now come out showing that “the more mothers work during their children’s lifetimes, the more likely their kids are to be overweight or obese.”
Although there are certainly a number of factors at play that can influence a child’s weight such as lack of physical exercise and time spent engaged in sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games, this specific study cites packaged and fast foods as the main culprit.
Many of us moms can relate to having a hectic schedule with seemingly little time to shop or cook. A trip to the local fast food restaurant may seem like the perfect solution. It’s cheap, it fills you up and it’s fast…. until you realize that a Happy Meal contains roughly 600 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat.
There is no doubt that families with two working parents require a little more juggling in order to strike that perfect balance between work and home life. There may need to be compromises, but with one in three U.S. kids being overweight and obese, your children’s diet can’t be sacrificed.
Eating healthy does not need to be expensive or complicated, but it does require some planning. From one mom to another, here are a couple tips to help make mealtime easier and healthier:
▪ Shop in advance, not after work when you’re tired.
▪ Create a list of go-to recipes that are easy to make, that your kids like and that you can easily put together.
▪ Keep nonperishable staples in the house so that there’s always something to cook in pinch. A bag of frozen vegetables lasts a long time and adds nutrition to any meal.
▪ Cook in advance and freeze leftovers for future meals.
▪ Plan the week’s meals in advance and have the ingredients on-hand.