Written by Jolene Hrynyk, a volunteer at Calgary Family Nutrition. For more information, you can see her bio here

Some nights are crazier than others, some involve working late or taking two kids to two different activities. However, on night’s where a family dinner is in the cards, try packing lunch while cleaning up or while cooking. When the cutting board is already out slicing up some fruit or vegetables it doesn’t feel like the same amount of work when everything is put away. You could even try packing the next few day’s lunches if you know the next night is a crazy one. 

Here is an example of a dinner I made the night before after having tuna melts for dinner. It uses the same principle that was discussed earlier this week:

  1. Main with carbohydrate, protein and fat
  2. Fruit
  3. Vegetable

Tuna pita with fruit and vegetables
Main: Mini pitas with tuna salad. The pita is a carbohydrate and the tuna with mayonnaise provides protein and fat.

Fruit: Peeled orange and blueberries

Vegetable: Cucumber and red pepper


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