Best Foods to Energize Crazy-Busy Supermom Days: Recipes and tips from 6 dietitian moms

As a mother, each day is an important day in #momlife. There is really no downtime in the job description. Yet, there are really big days when you have to feel your best, perform your best and totally amaze yourself and others.

On those days—when you need to put your best foot forward—the food you eat matters more than anything else.

Whether you are landing an interview, giving a speech, running the boardroom, flying across the globe to lead a conference, or headed to parent-teacher night at your child's school, there are extra special days when you really need to shine.

To do it all, you have to nourish your body, brainpower and inner excellence, so that you have the power to perform at your best.

You can´t be fizzling out or feeling tired halfway through the biggest moments in your life . . . right?

Have I convinced you?

Great!

Now, let's get to the good part.

March is National Nutrition Month®, and the 2017 theme is: "Put Your Best Fork Forward," serving as a reminder that we can be our best, and feel our best by making small changes to improve health now and into the future.

 

On top of that, today, March 8th, is both International Women´s Day and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

 

This treasured day celebrates both the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, as well as the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into real-life solutions for health.

 

Can I get a woot, woot for empowering women?

As a way of highlighting this day, who better to ask about nourishing motherhood, and taking small steps towards better health than 6 top-notch dietitian moms.

These experts share the exact foods they eat to fuel their greatest moments in life.

Here are all the delicious details. . .

When I know I’m in for a big day ahead, my go-to food in the morning is oatmeal. I make it with almond or cashew milk for extra creaminess.  I also stir in a teaspoon of almond butter and sprinkle with a few chopped almonds.  The higher fiber combined with the healthy fats leave me full, satisfied and going for hours.

— Luisa McClure, MS, RDN of Forever Fab Fit


I almost always make a smoothie with deep greens, berries—like blueberries, cherries or raspberries—greek yogurt for protein, and a tablespoon of chia seeds. I know I’m starting the day with a good dose of nutrients.

— Kim Melton, RD, of Nutrition Pro Consulting


Betsy Ramirez powers up with her Tuna Avocado Salad.

It’s my go-to for lunch! It’s fast, easy, and healthy! It’s packed with protein and veggies that keep me satisfied throughout the day.

— Betsy Ramirez, MEd, RDN of Betsy´s Kitchen Table 
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Supermarket Nutrition


I love making a quick chopped salad for a boost of nutrients from all the veggies and adding the roasted chickpeas for protein and fiber! It is super quick to make, and is perfect to pack with your lunch for a boost of fiber, vitamins and minerals, along with some protein from the beans.

 — Amanda Hernandez, RDN of Nutritionist Reviews

Greek Chopped Salad with Roasted Chickpeas recipe here.


No matter what my day holds, I love starting off with some vegetables and protein. My favorite way to do this is to reheat some vegetables left over from the night before and top it with a couple eggs. Easy, efficient, and full of fiber and protein to keep me going all morning!

—Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, LDN, CLC of Nutrition to Fit


Are you wondering what I would choose?

When I have a big day on the horizon and I need to bring my A-game, I go straight for grains, beans and greens. Any combination using a mix of whole grains (brown rice, farro, quinoa) and beans (lentils, black beans, chickpeas) topped with leafy greens (swiss chard, kale, beet greens) is a winner for me. I drizzle a little olive oil and vinegar on top and am powered up.  

— Denine Marie, MPH, RDN, of Healthy Out of Habit