The BEST meal for busy moms

"I just don't have time to eat healthy!", is probably the biggest excuse I hear from women who want to get their health on track, improve their fitness, lose fat and have more energy. And I get it, I do. I'm a busy full-time mom of an active 3 year old, four months pregnant and owner of a private nutrition and health coaching practice (update: three-plus years later, my life hasn't gotten any slower with homeschooling a seven year old and having another active three-year-old!). Not to mention the fact that my husband is a professional sailor and isn't always around to help- I've made every excuse in the book, myself, to not eat as healthy as I should- just grab Chipotle (for the second time this week) or pull into Starbucks to pay $5 instead of making my own iced almond milk latte at home. I'm with you, mamas. But the thing is- eating healthy IS easy, with the right tools. And one of the best tools in my toolbox? My fall-back when I simply have zero energy left to even think about food, my morning kickstart when I'm running out the door and my post-workout fuel I know will energize me for the whole morning- is the green smoothie. Or as we like to call it in the Healthy Balanced Mama community, the Super Smoothie.

Meal replacement shakes are everywhere- and being someone who both used them myself and discovered they're mostly just expensive sugar bombs (don't come at me, shake people-- you know it's true!), I wanted a solution for myself and my friends who wanted a quick, healthy drink that doesn't cost them their child's college tuition. Enter: the super smoothie. A simple formula for creating a green smoothie that is filling, energizing, blood sugar balancing, AND delicious. It couldn't be more simple, really- throw a bunch of ingredients in a blender, blend and go. But the combination of ingredients is key- and what makes the super smoothies so darn special. It's not your average green smoothie. It's a balance of good nutrition, convenience and taste- all in one delicious super-nutrient package. There couldn't be a better, quicker meal for busy moms on the go.

Why I love them: + They're packed with crucial vitamins + minerals from veggies. It's incredible how much nutritional deficiencies can block our ability to lose fat and maintain a healthy physique. Bump up those micronutrients! + They keep you FULL with fiber, protein + healthy fat to balance blood sugar for steady energy, manageable moods and balanced hunger and cravings. + They're portable. Bring it any where, and you only need one hand to drink! + They're delicious! There are SO many varieties you'll never get bored! + You can add superfoods to boost your health and energy like antioxidant-rich cacao, my favorite energizing maca powder, omega-rich hemp seeds, and more. + They're awesome as a quick post-workout meal right when your muscles need it most! + There are no excuses for making a healthy meal when it takes 5 minutes and only one dish to wash! Whether you're a busy working mom or a stay at home mom who needs energy just to make it through the morning, there is no better quick meal fix than a nutrient-packed super smoothie. And oh yeah, they're AWESOME for kiddos, and dads, too! My daughter drinks this same exact formula- in her 3-year old portions, a few times a week for breakfast (usually on busy school mornings) and my husband enjoys one daily for after his bike ride to work (he prefers to start his day with butter coffee instead of a heavy morning meal- this works as both a post workout a light, energizing breakfast). Get your printable smoothie formula guide and make your own!

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Kristin Dovbniak


I'm Kris! Founder of Healthy Balanced Mama, I'm a holistic health coach, certified intuitive eating counselor, trained chef, and mama of two, and I'm here to guide busy moms like you in stressing less and finding freedom with food through balanced eating and simplified routines around meal planning, meal prep, grocery shopping and cooking with confidence.


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