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My son loves to play sports. He's tried many things - basketball, track, tackle and flag football. For years, I wanted him to try soccer. For whatever reasons, he wasn't into it. Until now. Turns out, it's his sport. He feels passionate about it and hopes to one day play professionally. He certainly has the determination. My job as his mother is to support his endeavors, obviously. More importantly, my role is to ensure that he eats healthy foods in order for him to continue playing. With such a busy schedule, it's easy to grab take-out or buy a frozen dinner. To avoid that, I create a menu every week. Don't get me wrong. My son loves pizza, wings and giant subs just like any kid. We go out and eat, but all is in moderation. I make sure that he gets the proper nutrition at home. So, every Sunday I write a list, shop, season the food and store in the freezer. This is great because it helps me see what we're really eating every day. It also helps me be a little more creative in the kitchen, which my husband loves. Another added bonus: I spend less on groceries. That, we all love. More money in our pockets to do fun things. So instead of worrying about what's for dinner, I can take my son to practice and use that time to go for a jog or walk around the field. By the time my husband gets home from work, dinner is on the table, we sit and enjoy our time together as a family. Is every day so flawless? No. Of course not. But when I don't plan ahead, it gets too hectic and that's not good for anyone. I highly suggest creating menus and shopping lists. It saves time, money, your sanity and it's a great way to keep track of your meals and your diet, which in turn impacts your entire well-being and that of your family.
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