By MomWise Contributor Franciel Ikeji
Hello Moms! I am a nutritionist by profession and I love this month’s focus on health and nutrition. I’d like to encourage us to return to the basics of healthy eating.
As a new mom, I understand that it can be difficult to find the time and energy to prepare healthy meals for the family. A major motivation should be that we need to be here for our children. Eating a variety of healthful foods helps reduce the risk of preventable, chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Here are some nutrition tips to help us put our best fork forward this month:

  1. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Skipping this meal can cause your body to use/burn calories very slowly if it thinks you’re starving yourself. Some quick and healthy breakfast options include:
  • Boiled eggs, toast with peanut butter, yogurt, overnight oatmeal, fruit and veggie smoothies. These are great options for busy weekday mornings.
  1. Using a menu to plan your family’s meals for the week. – You can save time by preparing large batches of some items and portioning them for the week.
  2. Go green! Get creative with adding finely chopped spinach or kale (or leaves, as my husband calls them) into your dishes.
  • Add greens to a smoothie, eggs, pasta, rice, meat pies, soups, and stews; a salad kit can be a quick lunch or addition to dinner.

Put your best fork forward and let’s help each other find a healthy eating style!