Student teaching has begun, though fall semester class are still a week away. I’m questioning how I’m going to provide healthy eating for myself and the kids. It’s much easier heating pizza or cooking spaghetti every night, compared to putting thought and time into building a healthy menu. When I get busy and stressed, I find myself wishing someone else would step into the picture and cook a nice meal for me. Yes, I’m a romantic at heart … so I obviously need a workable plan in place instead of being so wishful. 🙂
I have discovered a wonderful idea for quick breakfasts and lunch so that I have a little more time (hopefully) to think ahead what to make for dinner. Overnight oats in mason jars, and salad in a jar! What a GREAT idea!! My kids can easily help create breakfast ahead of time during the weeks they are with me. I have a feeling that making more than we need in advance won’t hurt, since my teens constantly snack.
Check out the variety of overnight oats one can prepare in advance! What a gift to tired parents everywhere! I’m glad that I’ll be able to use almond milk since my oldest son is lactose intolerant, and can use a variety of different ingredients to please numerous preferences of everyone in the family.
I also discovered that one can create salad mixtures in mason jars ahead of time, and then “grab & run” out the door to work (or school). No more taking the same gluten free sandwich in my lunch every single day! This semester is the beginning of my student teaching year and eating sandwiches Monday through Friday is already getting old. I’ve only been student teaching for two weeks! Seriously- meals in mason jars will be a life saver for me!!!
Additional meals-in-jars ideas abound on Pinterest! Some people have told me they are afraid of Pinterest because they get “lost” in all the possibilities. I honestly don’t have this problem with the schedule that I keep. 🙂 My suggestion is to simply set a specific time to search for jar meal ideas … and then immediately create a shopping list. Personally, if I don’t write things down when thinking about them, it’s likely I will forget and then miss an important ingredient while grocery shopping.
Here I go … making a list, checking it twice, and then creating my breakfast and salad jars for my upcoming week. Wish me luck on making time to eat healthy, as I wish you luck!! We’re in this thing together~ 🙂
Next time, I’ll share tips for planning and/or creating evening meals.