Healthy Meals for Moving Moms: Part 2

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Moving can sometimes feel like an endless time of eating out and unhealthy snacking. But just because you are in the middle of a transition does not mean you have to rely on prepackaged, high-calorie foods. Check out this second helping of healthy, easy recipes, from Boston-based Registered Dietician Lainey Younkin, that is perfect for moms who are crunched for time.

Pesto Cucumber Sandwiches

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Servings: 1

No bread? No problem. Create a healthy sandwich with just cucumbers, pesto, turkey, and cheese. These are fun for kids and adults alike and are an easy way to add extra vegetables to your diet.IMG_4762


1 cucumber
4 slices of turkey
1 slice of cheese (cut in half)
2 tsp pesto


1. Cut cucumber lengthwise.

2. Spread 1 tsp pesto on one half of the cucumber and 1 tsp of pesto on the other.

3. Place half of the cheese on one half of the cucumber and the other half of cheese on the other half of the cucumber.

4. Place 2 slices of turkey on one cucumber half and the other 2 slices on the other half.

5. Enjoy!

Maple Dijon Salmon

Prep and cook time: 25-30 minutes

Servings: 5

The dietary guidelines recommend we consume two servings per week of fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids – those good-for-you fats. One serving is 3 ounces, which is equivalent to the size of a deck of cards, so cooking up one large piece of salmon is an easy way to get your healthy fats in each week. Have one serving for dinner and save the second for your salad the next day.

I stumbled upon this maple syrup / Dijon combo several months ago when looking up salmon recipes. I love the sweet and savory combo and the fact that it only takes 2 minutes of prIMG_8921 (1)ep!


1-lb filet of salmon
¼ c maple syrup
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place salmon in a foil-lined pan (this makes clean up easier!)

3. Whisk maple syrup and Dijon mustard over medium heat for 1 minute.

4. Pour maple syrup/mustard mixture over salmon.

5. Cook at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Top with ground pepper.

Lainey Younkin, MS, RD, LDN is a Boston-based dietitian, nutrition consultant, and stylist. She works with individuals virtually and in person for weight loss, food sensitivities, high cholesterol and blood pressure, mindful eating, and general wellness. She also leads multiple weight management programs and writes for EatingWell magazine. When she’s not eating or talking about food, she styles women and coaches a team of Stella & Dot Stylists.

Connect with Lainey at
Twitter: @laineynoel
Instagram: @laineynoel

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