Get inspired to try Buddha bowls and healthier versions of American staples when some of the most in-shape moms share what they feed their families.
You're running around all day momming (working, shuffling your kids to and from school, cheering them on at soccer games, attempting to maintain a social life of your own). By the time you start to think about what to make for dinner, you're ready to pass out.
Thankfully, we have social media to give us endless meal prep inspiration. Many moms who focus on fitness or healthy eating in their professional lives share their healthy recipe ideas on their Instagram pages. While this might result in you drooling over a mouthwatering rainbow bowl recipe, it can provide serious inspo for what you can whip up for your family when you get home. Here are some of the go-to foods fitstagram moms love feeding their hungry bunch.
BBQ chicken pita pizza
"Most kids love pizza and barbecue chicken, so I create a healthier version that's easy-to-make. This recipe is that it's so simple that kids can pitch in and build their own, customizing along the way with toppings of choice. Nothing like pizza-building and baking to bond a family!"
—Heidi Powell, @heidipowell, celebrity trainer from ABC's Extreme Weight Loss and co-creator of The TRANSFORM App
"I throw a bunch of veggies in a slow cooker with chicken broth and let it cook while I'm away at the studio all day. I love throwing a leafy green in there (like spinach, kale or collard greens), which is a great way of packing in tons of nutrients that have benefits like anti-inflammatory qualities. I always get a bean in there too, which adds great fiber and protein. For the rest, I get as many colors in as possible—bell peppers, onions, carrots, etc. I often top our soup bowls with some toasted, torn pieces of bread and parmesan cheese. It's hearty, tasty, super easy to cook, and a nutritious crowd pleaser."
—Andrea Speir, @andreaspeir, founder of SPEIR Pilates
Cauliflower mac & cheese
Cauliflower Mac’n’Cheese is the best thing I’ve ever tried. Before I made it, I thought it would turn out terrible because NOTHING compares to a big bowl of ooey gooey cheesey noodles. But then there was this 😍 Low carb and keto approved. Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces 1 cup heavy cream 2 ounces cream cheese 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided (reserve 1/2 cup for topping) 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water with salt. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and place back into the hot pot for a few minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to the baking dish and set aside. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, and whisk in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic and whisk just until the cheese melts about 1 to 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat, pour over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool about 5 minutes then serve.
"Limiting grains in my family's diet has made all of our tummies happier. It's a healthier way of eating for us all. One of my favorite gluten-free recipes is cauliflower mac & cheese because it's nice and light but packed with a ton of flavor. The key is to cook the cauliflower until it's crisp and tender (about 5 minutes) and to make a hearty cheese sauce. I combine heavy cream, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, sharp cheddar, and garlic powder. Yum!"
—Sia Cooper, @diaryofafitmommyofficial, certified personal trainer and creator of the Strong Body Guide
Meal Time is Play Time . With a plate like this, who wouldn't want to play with their food? My daughter loves anything in noodle form, so we mix broccoli "noodles" and carrot "noodles" in with shirataki noodles for some colorful noodle fun! . The recipe for the "adult" version of this meal is part of this week's meal planner--it's the flounder, beet, & carrot noodle bowl. (Link in my bio.) . . . #playtime #mealtime #playwithyourfood #noodles #toddlermeal #kidsmeal #kidsfood #healthykids #healthyfamily #toddlerfood #noodle #toddlereats #plantparadox #theplantparadox #lectinfree #lowlectin #lectinavoidance #whole30 #paleo #lectinfreekids #sugarfreekids #sugarfree #lowglycemic #dairyfree #dairyfreekids #gundrydiet #FMSPAD #FMS_playtime #ketofam #keto
"They're nearly zero calories per serving, but these noodles are highly beneficial for gut health. The main ingredient, konjac flour, resists digestion and serves as prebiotic fiber in the large intestine, feeding the gut microflora, which aids in everything from digestion to immune function. Since they provide no 'bodily' nutrition and are flavorless on their own, I always prepare them with lots of nutritious vegetables, olive oil, and a little protein. They make wonderful noodle bowls with lots of chopped veggies, coconut aminos, fish sauce, and a broth base. They also make great light Italian fare mixed with spinach and olive oil or a cream-based Parmigiano-Reggiano sauce. "
—Autumn Boyle, @lectinfreemama, founder of the blog Lectin Free Mama
Sloppy Joe bowls
Ok I know I pimp out my Whole30 sloppy joe bowls a little too much - but seriously this is the most popular recipe on my site. I love it, my kids love it, my hubby loves it, my followers love it. . Which makes me pretty darn happy. There's nothing more gratifying as a food blogger than people telling you one of your recipes is a family dinner staple. . Even non-Whole30'ers are a fan. So if you haven't tried this recipe yet, what are you waiting for?! Head to physicalkitchness.com/whole30-sloppy-joe-bowls . #whole30 #januarywhole30 #feedfeed #healthyfoodshare #thekitchn #huffposttaste @thefeedfeed @huffposttaste #whole30challenge #whole30recipes #getinmybelly #foodbeast #eatrealfood #physicalkitchness
"Sloppy Joes are an all-American staple, but we don't have to eat the unhealthy version. I make them for my family using grass-fed beef and medjool dates for natural sweetness and serve over a baked russet or sweet potato. Then I add avocado slices on top. Incorporating healthy fats can be a tricky component, so getting creative with sauces and dressings is key."
—Chrissa Benson, @physicalkitchness, healthy living expert and founder of the blog Physical Kitchness
"My family loves what we call 'super supper salads.' We use a giant mixing bowl and fill it with not just lettuce but a variety of fruits, veggies, lean protein (like chicken or salmon), nuts, cheese and a simple homemade dressing. My three-year-old daughter's favorite way to help make the super supper salad is by going into my our garden and picking herbs, including basil, mint, and parsley, and either eating them raw or adding them to everyone's bowl! With kids, I think it's important to offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables."
—Carissa Bealert, @carissaanneg, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and fitness expert
Eggs—lots of eggs!
"We go to our local farmers market and get about two dozen eggs per week. We throw them on salads, use them to make our special French toast to ensure protein and soft boil them and eat them up for breakfast. Eggs have so much protein and enough fat to hold you over until the next meal. They're also super quick to whip up if you got home late and didn't have time for meal prep." Pro tip: Serve eggs along with a glass of milk (we like 2% DairyPure, which has just 130 calories, no artificial growth hormones, and can increase your calcium by 299 milligrams) for added nutrients like calcium, protein, iodine, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins B2 and B12.
—Vanessa Rissetto, @vanessarissettord, Registered Dietitian based in New York City and New Jersey
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"I love Buddha bowls because they're incredibly versatile and provide an opportunity to incorporate countless veggies, proteins, and grains into one meal. I typically make one big batch in advance to meal prep throughout the week. First, I roast two whole trays of vegetables and proteins that provide a variety of textures (ex: crispy tofu, creamy avocado, kale). This way the meal is inviting and fun to eat."
—Aurora Satler, @aurorasatler, chef and author of The Ultimate New Mom's Cookbook