My day included lots of school clothes shopping with seven and nine year old girls and a two year old toddler. Yikes! Shopping with kids is not exactly like sitting in a salon getting a pedicure, if you know what I mean.  I try to plan meals and make my grocery list a week ahead but, I have drawn a blank on meal ideas lately or haven’t managed to muster up the motivation needed to get past a few day’s meals at a time. Plus, it’s summer and I have three meals a day to plan as well as activities for all. Maybe this is a Super Mom’s dream and I’m just not a Super Mom. I admit, this is the hardest job I’ve ever had.  Needless to say, there was no time for meal planning today and I didn’t go to the grocery, so I’m working with what I’ve got. Redundant…yes, but still healthy.

So, with the help of hubby’s grill skills, we are having juicy chicken breasts prepared with olive oil and a grill seasoning we purchased from a local fish market. Sides include peas from my parent’s garden which I boiled with a little salt, buttered coined carrots (Mike and I prefer roasted, but these are a kiddo fave) and grilled peach halves drizzled with local honey for dessert.

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*side note: the closest pea I can find to the peas handed down from my grandfather’s garden are white acre peas. They aren’t quite the same, but close.

Prescription from a professional: Include 1/4 cup of legumes on your plate at least 2-3 days a week. Beans, peas and lentils are packed with plant-based protein, iron, potassium, carbohydrate and magnesium and are naturally low in fat.

*something you may not know: Legumes include any bean, pea or lentil.  You can jump-start your weight loss plan simply by substituting a legume for your meat 2 days a week.

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