Healthy Meal In a Hurry

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 Winter weather can make even the most angelic of eaters want to curl up with a cup of soup… and a side of triple-sized-carbo-bread and super-choco-cake. Comfort food seems to be the catch of cold weather months and holiday merriment, so try making healthier choices with these quick, simple meals…

  1. Warm Easy Breakfast: Quaker Oatmeal instant oatmeal (aim for 150 calories or less), with ¼ cup of walnuts, and ½ cup of dried cranberries. 
  1. A Seasonal Smoothie: Try a festive egg-nog smoothie recipe: blend 8 oz. of Silk Soy Nog (or similiar low-calorie alternative), one 60 to 80 calorie container of Dannon Light n’ Fit vanilla yogurt, 1/2 a banana or cup of ice (for texture), and pinch of cinnamon (it raises the metabolism!)
  1. Toasty Deli-Style Lunch: Try Healthy Choice’s new grilled Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Panini, with one 100-calorie mini bite bag of Sun Chips on the side. It just sounds…warm, doesn’t it?
  1. Take-Out Worthy Hot Dinner: Heat up a whole grain Lean Pocket in Supreme Pizza flavor (because nothing says comfort food like pizza), and add a small side salad. If salad seems like too much effort, grab pre-packaged spinach, pre-cut baby carrots and cucumber, and add 2 tablespoons of your clear dressing of choice…done!
  1. Pie-Inspired Parfait: Take a Yoplait Light yogurt in “Apple Turnover” flavor and mix with a 100-calorie pack of Blue Diamond almonds, and ¼ cup of chopped apple (or fruit of choice.) It’s like a calcium-filled apple pie!

*All meal ideas and suggestions at Makeover Momma™ will offer gluten-free alternatives, for children with celiac disease, allergies, or other health concerns. The above recipes are not dairy or soy free.

Photo courtesy of Smoothie Web.

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