You are on-the-go! Between driving the kids to school and soccer, or homeschooling and wanting to pull out your hair, you need something to make your life easier! I am going to share 5 healthy foods for on-the-go moms, and they need little to zero prep. They are also so versatile that you can use them in a number of ways, so they never get boring! These are all things you can have on hand, in the fridge, on the counter, and are cost effective!
- Helps relieve muscle soreness, due to high water content helps with hydration.
- May improve heart health with specific phytocompounds.
- Lowers inflammation in the body with antioxidants.
How to EAT: smoothie, juicing, salads, and by itself as a snack.
- They are also known as the “alligator pear.”
- They are rich in vitamins and nutrients for the heart and eyes.
- They are also high in Vitamin K (one avocado contains 50% DV of this vitamin) which is vital to bone health and reducing osteoarthritis.
How to EAT: Add avocado to your smoothie for a creaminess, on toast instead of butter, in salads & soups, or eat alone with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
- Packed with vitamins and nutrients, bananas are a great superfood and easy to eat on the go.
- They pack natural sugars and carbs for an immediate energy boost.
- Full of Potassium they help your heart function and lower cholesterol.
- They contain lots of fiber and can help regulate your digestive system.
- Must eat when ripened and not green.
How to EAT: By themselves, in a smoothie, in a salad, on toast with nut butter, and in banana bread overnight oats.
- Blueberries are one of the highest-ranking fruits in antioxidants. (Antioxidants inhibit the chemical reaction that causes free radicals which can damage cells or DNA.)
- Some of the blueberry’s properties are used in cancer-fighting pharmaceuticals.
- Blueberries protect your heart by improving artery function and reducing cholesterol.
- They also accelerate muscle repair, so they are very good to eat before or after exercise.
How to EAT: Smoothie, smoothie bowl (use frozen blueberries), on their own, add to a fruit or veggie salad, add to cereal, oats.
- Increase healthy immune function with carrots, while actively fighting cancer cells. We all have cancer cells in our bodies, it’s up to our immune system to get those guys out of there. But sometimes our immune system can be overloaded by a toxic environment or poor food choices.
- Carrots are a vegetable very high in antioxidants and phytochemicals that aid the body in getting the “bad guys.”
- Carrots are also high in Vitamin A, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin which can help our eyes to see better.
How to EAT: Raw, oven roasted, steamed, shredded in salads, juiced, or in smoothies.
I hope this article has been helpful, as these are staples in my house. I keep these 5 on hand and eat daily. As a plant-based mom, I try to prioritize foods that will give me energy and fuel my day!