The sooner we make peace with the fact that the “juggle” of life is here to stay, the sooner our minds will finally be at peace. And the same goes for accepting that the idea of reaching the perfect work-life balance is probably non-existent. Weekday mornings in most homes — well, unless you’re a high earner with a jacked up team of a nanny, driver, chef and an au pair — are usually a hive of activity. One child only eats soft porridge for brekkie, while the other hates milk and would much rather have their cereal without it. The varying and demanding food choices continue well into lunch and supper, sometimes leaving you feeling like a caterer in charge of feeding a huge wedding crowd.

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Many of us might assume that chefs and professional cooks set their tables for elaborate three-course dinners every night, right? This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, they love feeding others, but most admit to usually being too lazy to cook for themselves and just order in. This analogy also applies to most busy moms’ eating habits. We compiled a practical guide on how not to drop the ball when it comes to developing healthy eating habits. You’ll be happy to know that our experts believe that eating well simply comes down to smart planning, plus copious amounts of commitment and discipline.

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Instead of wanting to show off your kitchen prowess and cooking separate meals for adults and the kids, rather cook the same meal and embellish it differently, says chef and owner of Mint Concepts, Masego Khambule. 

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