There are many inevitable things in the world of sports – hockey equipment will stink; kids will eat and sports parents will have busy schedules. Although many parents have great time-management skills, there are always ways to improve and attempt to keep your sanity while trying to juggle schedules. With Jordan at Dance practice, Brendan at a baseball game and Carter playing in a piano recital, it is nearly impossible to remain organized and ahead of the game. Regardless of how busy you get; your little athletes will still need to eat.
Here are four time-saving food hacks for busy sports parents:
- Freezer Meals
- Keep the Car Stocked
- Use a Slow Cooker
- Make Too Much Food
1. Freezer Meals
If you’re busy, the last thing you feel like doing is whipping up a meal for your kids after a long day of work. By making meals ahead of time and freezing them, you can simply take them out of the freezer and snap them into the oven or microwave when you get home. Your kids will get a nutritious meal before their big game and you have one less thing to worry about.
2. Keep the Car Stocked
This goes for any food that won’t go bad in the extreme heat or freezing Canadian winter. Some good things to keep in your car would be trail mix, granola bars, and even beef jerky (if weather permits). It is also a good idea to keep extra socks, shorts, band-aids, etc. in the car if you have the space.
3. Use a Slow Cooker
This is the same idea as the freezer meals, but they will be hot and fill your home with a great smell for when you arrive home. I would recommend preparing the meal before bed, putting it in the fridge, and before you leave for work in the morning put the slow cooker on low. Lasagna, Pulled Pork, and Sesame Chicken with Veggies are just a few ideas. The best part is – if your kids make it home before you do, they can grab food and feed themselves.
4. Make Too Much Food
With a family of hungry kids, making too much food is a good thing. Kids will be hungry after the big game and you can turn leftovers into future freezer meals.
With these food hacks, you will now be ready to stay organized and stress-free (kind of) this season!