Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Healthy Changes

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!


  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!!

  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!!

  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 :)

  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 :)

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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!!! :)

  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! :)

  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

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

  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 :)

  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!