I first saw The Busy Mum’s Guide to weight loss as I was about to board a flight.  The product placement of the airport store gave me a good giggle.

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of The Busy Guide To Weight Loss from The Healthy Mummy to review. Straight away I loved how the book was organised! Making it easy to use and follow for any busy Mum. I don’t know any Mummy who isn’t busy, whatever age your child is, each stage brings with it its own limits, freedoms and commitments.

The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss is a 28 day food and exercise regime that includes more than 100 simple, delicious recipes.  The meals are broken down into 4 weekly meal plans including recipes for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.  Each week also includes a shopping list broken down into food groups and lists the quantities required to get you through the week.  How is that for organised?

I’ve had my own journey with weight loss over the years, some of it not so healthy.  About 5 years ago I lost just over 20kg and have managed to keep it off with a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise. I’m not a dietician or any kind of food expert but I prefer meal plans that are healthy and nutritious that don’t leave me feeling deprived or that I’m missing out!

When my book arrived I noticed straight away the large range and variety of food that was included.  I have a few criteria for a recipe to become a favourite in our house.

  1. Healthy options – I wasn’t gifted one of those magic, “eat anything” metabloisms.
  2. Easy to make – One pot, no fuss always win me over.
  3. Family friendly – If I can feed the whole tribe the same meal its a winner
  4. Anything freezer friendly goes straight to the top of the pile – Freezing meals is one of my secrets to staying organised when life gets busy.

Flipping through The Healthy Mummy: The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss using my favourite meal criteria I found myself flagging quite a few meals that measured up.

These are a few of the ones I’ve tried so far.

I’ve been enjoying this Autumn Minestone for my lunch this week. I made a big batch and froze some to have on hand, it also defrosts beautifully.

This Mexican Lasagne is so tasty. It was such a winner at our house that I made extra and took one over to my brother and his wife for their first dinner home with their new baby (they loved it too).

I stocked the freezer with Simple Zucchini and Bacon Slice, another great lunch option.

There is also the ones we ate too quickly to photograph like Creamy Chicken and Corn Soup, Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls, Zoodles with Roasted Vegetables and Haloumi, Lasagne Soup (so easy in the slow cooker) and One-Pot Spaghetti Bolognese. Am I making you hungry yet?

There is more to The Busy Mum’s Guide To Weight Loss than food, included is a 28 day exercise regime.  What I love about the guide is that each day the exercise focus and intensity is different. To be honest I’m not the biggest lover of exercise and I’m not any kind of personal trainer or exercise guru but these workouts will get your heart rate up and leave you feeling like you’ve worked out. Each day the exercise focus and intensity changes, the exercises use minimal equipment that can be easily done at home.

The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss is currently the number 1 best seller and is available from all major bookstores and retailers such as Kmart, Target and Big W, you can also order a copy form The Healthy Mummy. I’ve found this is fast becoming my go-to recipe book, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for healthy, delicious meals that are easy to make and enjoy with the whole family.

Happy Cooking

Bernadette

 

 

 

 

 

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