Healthy Changes

posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Well...the time has come.  Time to clean up my eating.  It had really spiraled out of control. To the point where I couldn't remember how many days it had been since I had eaten a fruit or vegetable.  And it was starting to filter into how I fed my family as well.  Which.. is no good. My responsibility as a wife and a mother is to provide my family with healthy meals. And obviously I was majorly slacking on the job (think.... toaster strudels, Uncrustables and frozen lasagna for dinner.  With no trace of a fruit or veggie).

We're two weeks into changing our eating habits.  And honestly, it has been such a refreshing change.  I had initially started doing the 30 Day Challenge (clean eating for 30 days straight) with my friend Amanda. And, on day 3 or 4 I ended up flaking and eating something that wasn't on the list.

And that's kind of when the light bulb went off for me.  I don't want to do a crash diet. Something that I'll end in 30 days and go back to my old ways.  I want to change my eating for a life time.  I want my kids to see my fueling my body with good food. I want to be fueling THEIR bodies with good food. And I also want them to see that it's okay to have treats in moderation.  Just not ALL. THE. TIME. Like I was doing ;)

I have discovered that my grocery shopping has become so much easier.  I have heard it before and I'm sure that you have too, but I just shop the outer aisles of the grocery store.  Fresh produce, meats and dairy.  Most of our meals the past two week shave consisted of a meat and a veggie.  I thought I would show you a few of my favorite meals that I have been eating.


Top Left: Sauteed Sweet Potato Hash with Chicken Sausage, green peppers and onions. Served with a salad that was topped with fresh salsa

Top Right: This is one of my favorite lunches.  A bed of lettuce topped with tuna, cherry tomatoes and mustard as my dressing.

Bottom Left: Salad topped with hard boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, bacon, avocado and a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Bottom Right: A close up of how I made the Sweet Potato Hash.  I just cut up sweet potatoes.  Sauteed them in coconut oil with onions and garlic.  Added in some green peppers and some chicken sausage I found at Trader Joes.  Cooked on low until the chicken sausage was brown and the potatoes were soft. SO. GOOD!!!
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A few of my favorite breakfasts...

Top Left: Bacon (I buy the pre-cooked kind to save time), scrambled eggs and fresh blueberries.

Top Right: Egg Scramble topped with fresh salsa.  My favorite kind of egg scramble is to put a little olive oil in a pan and saute diced onions, garlic and tomatoes.  Then I crack my eggs on top of that...give it a stir until my eggs are cooked. And top with fresh salsa! I love Chili's salsa directly from the restaurant! I'll buy a few containers of it and they'll last me a week! Perfect for topping your eggs or salads throughout the week.

Bottom Left: Bacon with a salad of Avacados and Tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Bottom Right: Turkey Sausage with fruit salad.
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Here are a few of my favorite food items that have made eating healthier a little easier.  I don't have a lot of time to be spent in the kitchen. And honestly I don't WANT to be cooped up in the kitchen trying to eat healthy!

Top Left: Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage Links.  I LOVE these!  I'm not a big meat eater but these are seriously so yummy! A lot of the time I'll cook the kids something else for breakfast (yogurt, blueberry muffins, bagels and cream cheese).  I don't typically sit down and eat with them because I'm busy cutting their food, serving them more, wiping up spills, etc.  So while they're eating breakfast I'll throw a few of the turkey sausage links in my skillet.  Then when they've finished eating my breakfast will be ready! I prefer mine on the crispier side so the timing is perfect :)

Top Right: I found this yummy mix at Walmart last week when I was getting my oil changed. It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty! And it's crunchy and chewy. So I feel like it kind of satisfies every craving all in one!

Bottom Left: Sometimes you just need a tasty snack. And Larabars are IT for me!  They come in a ton of delicious flavors. Peanut Butter Cookie is my favorite! If you've never heard of them, basically what they are is a bar that is made out of dates and another ingredient such as peanuts! They're all natural and my kids love them too!

Bottom Right: Going back to saving time... I found myself chopping a LOT of onions and garlic to put into my meals.  Trader Joes (and I'm sure other stores do as well) has a TON of pre-chopped veggies. For me it is worth spending a little more to have it all pre-chopped.  I love being able to toss a tablespoon of the chopped onions/garlic into my eggs in the morning. So yummy!  I also love the pre-chopped broccoli as well as cauliflower! Such a time saver when it comes to making dinner!  I think so often we equate eating healthy with it being time consuming.  My goal is to make eating healthy EASY!

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So there you have it!  A few healthy eating changes going on over here!  I would love to hear a few of your healthy dinner recipes that are easy!

13 comments:

  1. That sweet potato hash looks delish!!!! We've been trying to do this same thing around our house and I completely agree that it's hard to make healthy cooking FAST!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. We have been trying to make changes as well! Just when I think we're doing well, we start to eat out, eat out, and eat out some more!!
    www.allkindsofthingsblog.com

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  3. I'm drooling over the sweet potato hash. I've tried to do something similar for us a couple of times and it never seems to turn out right. You've inspired me to give it another shot :)

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  4. Love this! The sweet potato and chicken sausage hash looks DELISH and I also am a lover of Lara Bars. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my favorite and I'm starting to worry I have an addiction :)

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  5. You're so right! It should be changes you live with....not get through for a certain amount of time. One of our easy dinners that we are loving now is buffalo chicken. Chicken breasts cut into strips (or just buy the strips) cooked in a skillet with a bit of butter, Frank's hot sauce, and a dash or two of Lea & Perrin's.

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  6. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I'm 36 weeks pregnant and know once the baby comes, I'm going to have to clean up my eating.

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  7. Thanks for this. My terrible eating did not stop with Easter. It has continued through today so I am desperately in need of a "clean up." Thanks again!

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  8. Loving all of these meal ideas! I have not been eating so healthy myself...lots of donuts....lots of cupcakes. But I definitely want to make eating healthy a life-long habit!

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  9. We need to do this too! I know it isn't that hard to do, but sometimes just hard to change. Thanks for the informative post. I need to just throw these buckets of Easter candy a.w.a.y!!! :)

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  10. I didn't know you could get Chili's salsa to take home--that's brilliant!
    Those sweet potatoes look amazing.
    I have gotten addicted to Clif bars (to eat in the middle of the night when I'm up with the baby), but I'll have to try Lara bars now too! :)
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  11. oh my word, so needing to do this over here...you go girl ;).

    I love your blog and was looking forward to seeing you and your family on American Blogger, what happened?
    (insert a million sad faces here) lol

    Melissa
    -for some reason i could not comment under my google account-

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  12. They actually ran out of time with filming! Obviously disappointing but I definitely understood! He wasn't able to make it to quite a few bloggers that he had asked!
    Excited to see it :)

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  13. good for you momma! we are in a season right now where it's not necessarily takout...but grilled cheese, cheese quesidillas, or a quick stop at Wendy's isn't unusual. I'm truly hoping that things slow down once we get moved in a few weeks!

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