Healthy Foods for Busy Families

Every family needs a cheat sheet of healthy go-to foods.  With these in the house, you can be sure that your family is eating well even on the busiest of days.   Find salad dressings that your family enjoys to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables.   Pay extra for prepped vegetables when you are short on time.

Meanwhile, be aware that using the cooking oils at the wrong heat can cause them to go rancid.  Try to choose grapeseed, coconut or rice bran oil (if you can find it) instead of canola oil, which is genetically engineered.  And only use olive oil for cooking with low to medium heat. 

While many soy-based foods are marketed as healthy, keep in mind that soy can be extremely estrogenic and can disrupt your endocrine system.  I only serve my family soy in its original form - as in sushi or edamame or low-salt tamari sauce.   Almond milk is a good alternative to soy milk.

I serve full-fat milk products and give my family almond milk or water to drink.  My husband and I also enjoy Trader Joe's Kettle Brewed Green and White Tea with a hint of mint.

  • Amy's Whole Wheat Crust Pesto Pizza
  • Van's MultiGrain Waffles (5g of fiber)
  • Ian's Fish Sticks (no preservatives, oven-baked)
  • FreeBird Antibiotic-Free Chicken (already cooked for fast preparation)
  • Putney Pasta Whole Wheat Spinach and Cheese Ravioli
  • Dave's Gourmet Heirloom Tomato Sauce with any Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Trader Joes Multigrain Bread (6g of fiber per slice)
  • Alexia Sweet Potato Fries (3g fiber, baked not fried)
  • Seapoint Farms Soybeans in Pods (8g protein)
  • CLIF KIDS Bars
  • Kashi TLC Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies (3g fiber)
  • Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies (4g fiber, 600 mg of Omega-3s)
  • Sir Real Natural and Organic Fruit Juices
  • Gnu Flavor & Fiber Bars (12g fiber)
  • Whole Foods' Multi-Grain Pizza Dough
  • Fage Yogurt  (up to 20g protein per cup)
  • Almond Breeze Almond Milk