It’s been a doozy of a 365 days. Remote school. Remote work. Grocery pick up. Limited contact with humans outside of our immediate families. So… Spill it… How has your nutrition been? Have you managed to focus on healthy eating or is it time to get back on track? 

No judging here. I promise. 

I lived on my kids’ leftovers for seven straight years. Chicken nuggets. Tortilla chips. Grapes. Mac-n-cheese. Anyone in this spot right now? Mama — don’t sweat it. This is a normal stage of motherhood. It’s called survival. Go with it. You might even look back on it with fond memories. 

But someday… there will come a time when you want to take back control of your meals, your nutrition and your general health. If that day is today, read on. Dozens of fellow moms from across the vast City Mom Collective network have shared their best ideas about eating healthy and nutrition. 

First, a Walk Down Memory Lane… 

Anyone remember the FDA’s old “food pyramid” that suggested the bulk of our diet (6-11 servings) each day should be from the bread, cereal, rice & pasta group?

My how times have changed. A few years back, the USDA shifted its guidance to an updated format called MyPlate. The idea was to give a simpler depiction of good food health. It also offers additional guidance such as “vary your veggies” and “make half your grains whole grains.”

Good baseline info, but if you’re looking for more resources, here you go:

  • Foodkeeper App: From the USDA’s Nutrition.gov site, this little gem gives you lots of tips on food and beverage storage. That helps food last longer and saves you money. Cha-ching! 
  • Eat Right: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a huge array of practical information on food, health and fitness for men, women, kids and seniors. 
  • HealthyChildren.org: Great nutrition tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

OK… there’s your official guidance on what to eat, friends. 

Now, let’s have a peek at what moms like us do to keep their families healthy: 

Moms

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Eating My Feelings :: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating

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One Mom’s Battle with Nutrition

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5 Lessons From My “Year Long Health Journey”

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Kids

Have mealtimes in your home become a battle of the wills, with your kids turning up their noses at the nutritious meal you just prepared? Eating well doesn’t have to be hard or boring, or mean that you and your family have to “give upR…

The Secret Recipe For Enticing Your Kids Into Healthier Eating

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Six Sneaky Green Food Solutions: Picky Toddler Approved

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Sugar: How Much is Too Much for Kids?

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Vitamins

Achieving optimal health isn’t only limited to sticking to a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Today, even the busiest people can attain this goal by regularly taking vitamins. There is a wide variety of vitamins to buy from the market today, maki…

What Should Women’s Vitamins Contain?

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Vitamin D: Why It’s Important and How to Get Enough

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To Supplement or Not to Supplement?

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Recipes

My name is Katie and I love dessert. There, I can admit it. There is not a brownie I don’t love nor a chocolate chip cookie I won’t sample. Do I want a donut? You better believe it. But there a comes a time in life when desserts don’t exactly l…

5 Easy to Make, Healthy Desserts for the Whole Family

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We all know left to their own devices most kids would like to have ice cream for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and waffles for dinner…or wait, is that us moms’ dream menu for the day? The great news is there are so many recipes to make heal…

4 Healthy Kid Recipe Favorites Mom Will Also Enjoy

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If you’re like me and raising teenagers, you know the challenge of having home-cooked meals that everyone in the house will like and eat. It’s easy for them to grab unhealthy food through the day, so I’ve had to be flexible and creative to lure…

Healthy Recipes for Picky Teenagers

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Having a freezer full of fast, healthy, and delicious meals is a must for any new mom. After having my first, I seriously underestimated the number of freezer meals I would need. As we prepare for our second baby, I’m rounding up some of my fav…

6 Healthy Freezer Meals for New Moms

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Diets

So you’ve done it. You’ve made the bold and terrifying choice to start a Whole30 journey, and maybe you’re freaking out a little. Been there. Done that.  Whole30 is an awesome eating plan. It helps your body reset, lessens your…

5 Whole 30 Hacks for Busy Moms

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On Eating Less Meat

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Cutting Carbs: My Best Tips for Getting on the Keto Train

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I’m Done with Diets

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