Making a Healthy Choice for Lunch When You’re an At-Home Mom and Have No Time

Making a Healthy Choice for Lunch When You’re an At-Home Mom and Have No Time

I’ve never considered myself to be a “healthy” person. Writing that instantly makes me feel bad about myself. I’m not-at-all active and if ever given the choice between cheese fries and a salad, I will hands-down choose cheese fries every single time. Believe it or not, I used to eat really well when I worked full-time, though. I’m a woman of routine and taking a somewhat healthy breakfast and lunch to work every day was part of my routine. I would have yogurt and a banana for breakfast and then for lunch I would have either leftovers from home or a low-cal freezer meal and berries. Every day. Around 2:00p, though, I would find and binge on candy. Offices are always chock-full of sweets, aren’t they? Anyway, now that I’m home full-time, eating healthy has been a challenge. There’s just no time. My meals usually consist of the scraps from my kids’ plates to hold me over and then by time I have a few minutes to sit down and feed myself a meal, I’m starving and gorge on whatever junk I can find. It’s a bad cycle and I’ve realized I need to make some changes.

I mentioned I’m a woman of routine, right? Well, I think the answer for my dilemma is establishing a new routine for me at home. I’ve been so busy trying to get my kids in a groove that I’ve put myself on the back burner. Well, May 14-20 is Women’s Health Week and I’m determined to get myself on a more healthy path. At some point I’ll work in exercise but for now, I’ll start with what I eat. Eating freezer meals worked for me in the corporate world so I thought I would give them a try for my at-home life. To my pleasant surprise, I learned that Healthy Choice – a long-time favorite brand of mine – is also focused on women’s health (everyone’s, really) and has a new line of Power Bowl meals! Healthy Choice Power Bowls are made with a combination of nutrient-dense vegetables, proteins and whole grains. They’re inspired by Korean, Cuban and Latin cuisines (yumm!) and are packaged in new bowls made of plant-based fiber instead of plastic. Yay for the environment! What I love most about these is that I can recognize the ingredients, they’re made with all natural meat (antibiotic-free chicken and USDA choice beef), and they have bold flavors!

On top of all of that, they’re ready in just a few minutes and have 16g of protein and 6-8g of fiber in every bowl. In addition to the Adobo Chicken Bowl and Korean-Inspired Beef Bowl, Healthy Choice also offers a Cuban-Inspired Pork Bowl and a Chicken Sausage & Barley Bowl.

I know being healthy isn’t just about what I eat but it’s a good first step! Here’s to hoping I can figure out how to get some exercise in, too!

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  1. May 15, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Oh girl me too and I really can’t afford not to eat well because otherwise it effects my nursing abilities. I am always grabbing for more protein and these have a lot of protein in them. I will have to check them out!
    xo, Nicole

    • Shannnon
      May 15, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Yes! I remember those days. I was starving allll the time!

  2. May 14, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Yummy! I agree that so often I find myself eating the left overs of my sons meal and not actually eating anything for myself. These are a great alternative!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Shannnon
      May 14, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      I’ll probably still eat their scraps in addition to these! LOL

  3. May 13, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Yes, routine and something easy are key for me to make healthy choices during my busy days. I think I should stock up on some of these, great idea!

    • Shannnon
      May 14, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      Routine is SO important for me! I hope you love these!

  4. May 13, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I can soooo relate! I eat so bad at home sometimes because there’s literally no time to fix myself something and I just eat left over cheetos lol. These meals look good I definitely will pick some up at the store!

    • Shannnon
      May 13, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Girl it’s such a struggle! I hope you love these!

  5. May 12, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    These look really good. Sometimes, well most of the times, it’s the lack of convenience that keeps me from eating healthy. A terrible excuse I know. These would be great!

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 11:53 pm

      Same here, girl! I feel you!

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      They’re tasty for sure!

  6. May 12, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I’m always for easy, healthy meals. You’re on this these days, Shannon. 😉 Thanks for the ideas. With three kids and work, I can really use them!

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      It can be so tough! I’m so glad I found these! Thanks, girl! xo

  7. May 12, 2017 / 9:56 am

    I am an empty nester but I definitely need to look into these for my husband and I . We eat worse since the kids left! Thanks

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      That’s so funny! I guess you don’t have anyone holding you accountable anymore!

  8. xokerry
    May 12, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Well these look fabulous! Lunch is the hardest for me. I should pick some up. I haven’t had a frozen meal since I left my job more than 2 years ago. I guess I just assumed I would have time to make myself nice lunches. Ha.

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      Joke’s on you! LOL

  9. Expertly Flawed
    May 12, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Loved your confession at the beginning! I’m the same way and I think a lot of people are (they’re just hiding their 2:00 candy binges). I meal prep fresh food most Sundays but if I miss one, I’ll try your freezer lunches 🙂

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:46 pm

      You’re so good for meal prepping! I used to do that many moons ago!

  10. May 12, 2017 / 5:57 am

    These look good! Not going to lie, I like a good frozen, microwaveable meal for lunch!

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Me, too, girl! There are so many good options and I’m glad I found these!

  11. May 12, 2017 / 2:57 am

    Yes! I still tell myself that I’m home, I can make time to make health meals. Umm no! These sound yummy for a quick lunch.

    • Shannnon
      May 12, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Time?! What is that?!

  12. Shana
    May 11, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I totally agree with this post. I found myself missing meals and snacking on junk a lot when I was at home with my daughter. Yet I always made sure that she had a healthy meal, I just wasn’t as strict on myself.

    • Shannnon
      May 11, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      It’s like we exert all our energy and concern on them and then get super lazy with ourselves! Not cool.

  13. May 11, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I hear ya! I know I ate a lot healthier when I was working. Now that I am at home I should be but I don’t as much. Its hard when you are at home and have access to a lot of different food.

    • Shannnon
      May 11, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      So true! And I rarely, if ever, think about what I want to eat for lunch when I’m at the grocery store; I always am focused on dinner. I like having this easy option.

  14. May 11, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    It’s especially hard when you work full time from home like we do! I just have to constantly say “I’m doing the best I can” when it comes to this stuff but I do love Healthy Choice!

    • Shannnon
      May 11, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Yes! We’re definitely doing the best we can! Thanks for the reminder!

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