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 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. 
  • 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: 


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