Thursday, June 28, 2012

MOMables Menu Subscription Service


What's that I hear?...A chorus of angels singing from heaven?  Halleluia and THANK GOD for MOMables Menus!

A little background on me...I HATE figuring out what to make for meals!  I find that I am constantly at a loss for meal ideas and always find myself making the same things over and over...chicken legs, spaghetti w/ meat sauce, and tacos.  Not to mention the small fortune we spend weekly on Pizza and Sushi delivery!

Little more background...My oldest is 4 and will be starting school in the fall and I REALLY want to do bento lunches for her 'cause they just seem like such a fun way to brighten her day and to give her a positive/healthy relationship with food.

A little background on MOMables direct from "Chief Mom" Laura Fuentes...
   How many times have we, as parents, stared inside the refrigerator looking for something to feed the kids for lunch or something to put inside their school lunchbox?  Like you, I’ve often stood there staring at all the “prepared” foods hoping for something to talk to me and say: “take me, I’m nutritious, your kids will love me and I won’t come back at the end of the day half eaten in a messy lunch box.”  MOMables™ is dedicated to parents’ need and desire to provide our children with healthy, fresh, convenient, delicious, kid-friendly food. You know, the kind of food our grandparents used to prepare before the days of preservatives, hormones, and unidentifiable food.
As a busy working mom of picky eaters, I’ve had to get creative in order to feed my kids wholesome food at school.  I’ve volunteered at their school cafeteria and I’ve seen kids bring packaged lunches, prepared foods, and sugar-filled treats their parents threw into their lunch boxes and called it a meal.  I understand first hand that we live in a time where MOMs often struggle to keep up with demanding jobs, activity filled schedules, and managing a household; as well as a time where convenient, processed food has grown in popularity.
Growing tired of my kids asking for processed packaged items claiming to be nutritious, I set out to make food that looked like what their friends were eating yet it was made fresh in my kitchen.  I began to share simple quick recipes with other parents at my kids’ school, wrote about them on my blog and began contributing kid-tested recipes to other MOM-targeted online websites.  I recognized that busy parents, like myself, could use a simple method to create their kid’s lunch and feel good about what they are eating… and the idea of MOMables™ was born.
MOMables™ is focused on feeding children uncomplicated yet good food. The kid-tested recipes are easy to follow even for stiletto wearing MOMmies who might need a road-map around the kitchen and dads (like my husband) who could live on cereal and pizza.  You’ll see that in the time it takes to find something in that open fridge, you’ll be able to make your child a nutritious lunch.  In fact, whether you have one child or half a soccer team, each lunch takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, uses fresh ingredients, and most can be done ahead of time to alleviate some of the morning rush.  Get ready to enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning because my goal is to save you time and money on wasted food! 

I decided to try this service out on my 4 & 2.5 yr olds prior the start of school so I can gauge what types of foods they really like and what they can't stand (loves most fruits & veggies / DESPISE Avocado).

I also found it helpful for ideas to make for my 4 yr. old's snacks and lunches for her very first camp this summer.  She is super excited to try the Make your Own Mini Pizzas.  I love that she is excited to eat healthy food and that she is becoming more involved in the meal planning.  She even came up with her own treat ideas. 

I can not even begin to express how much MOMables Menus have helped me!  

The menus are a subscription services are $18 for 3 months, $33 for 6 months, and $60 for a full year, and I think that they are worth every penny.  As a subscriber, you receive a meal plan for 5 lunches for your week (recipe is for the main focus of lunch and you fill out the lunch w/ your own fruits/veggies/snacks).  You also get a weekly breakdown sheet and a shopping list specific to the week's menu.  My favourite feature of the Menu plan is the pictures.  I must confess that sometimes I shut off the thinking part of my brain and just buy the fruits and veggies pictured in the sample meal.  

Just for some icing on the cake (mmm...cake...oh wait...where was I?), the MOMables website also has Recipes (including some Gluten & Dairy Free ones!), Sample Menus, and even a Store where you can buy some great lunch box essentials!  Also, as a great service just for visiting, they'll give you access to a FREE week of MOMables!!  So why are you still reading this?!  Head on over and check them out!

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