Balancing work, play, and healthy eating can be tricky while simultaneously caring for your family. Boost your energy, refuel, and recover with a few simple snack and meal ideas that will treat your body right.

Balancing work, play, and healthy eating can be tricky while simultaneously caring for your family. Boost your energy, refuel, and recover with a few simple snack and meal ideas that will treat your body right.

Smoothie

Grab a ripe banana, ½ cup low-fat yogurt, ½ cup low-fat milk, and an organic chocolate protein powder.  Blend with ¼ cup of ice cubes in a blender until smooth. The combination of protein, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium from the banana make for the ideal combination to promote healthy muscle function. This is perfect as a post workout snack as well as a simple morning or afternoon meal to recharge your energy.

Grilled Turkey Sandwich

Between two slices of whole-grain bread place two slices of all-natural turkey breast and low-fat provolone cheese. Top with your favorite veggies and heat on a grill pan until warm. Again, the combination of carbohydrate and protein will keep you satisfied while the fiber in the whole grains promotes healthy digestion.

Plant-Based Protein

Beans are an incredible source of protein and carbohydrates. Add them and some fresh veggies to leftover rice, a quick-cooking quinoa or whole-grain bulgur and a low-fat cheese for an easy lunch.

Yogurt and Fruit

Yogurt provides your body with protein while fruit is a good plant-based source of carbohydrates. The phytochemicals and vitamins will pack powerful nutrients to nourish your body while offering a boost of energy. This combination is perfect an hour or two before your busy day begins.

Hummus and Veggies

Combine on a whole-wheat pita and enjoy the successful combination of protein and healthy fat. The beans and tahini provide fiber, iron, and B-vitamins, including folate. Make the hummus yourself with organic ingredients to really maximize the benefits.