Eating Better

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One of my resolutions this year is to eat better. I want to cut down all the unhealthy food that I take in (especially after the holidays) and find substitutes that fill me up and satisfy my cravings. The big part of this is cutting gluten down (I eat a LOT of bread, more than I realized) and do very little or no dairy (I’m lactose intolerant so it doesn’t really agree with me). I also want to pack more vegetables into my meals and of course save money!

The big thing to help change my eating habits was to plan out my meals for the week. When I don’t plan my meals, and not just dinner, I would eat whatever was available. Sometimes I would cook, go out to eat, or just eat a bunch of random junk. But I also like to snack and had to find healthy things I can just grab and snack on without feeling guilty about it, usually while I’m eating it.

Now of course there are a lot of “diets” out there that you can try and for every fad there is an article that tells you why it doesn’t work. But ultimately it is up to you and your body needs. So for my “diet fad” I decided to go with Paleo. Mostly because it already offers the big things I’m looking for which is gluten and dairy free.

So far I have found some really awesome places to find recipes (my pinterest if filling up) and discovered new vegetables and ways to eat them. Here are some things I cooked so far, along with my lovely instagram pictures.

Lettuce Wraps

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These are quick and easy. Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread. Basically anything you can put on a cracker or on bread you can put in a lettuce wrap. Okay well… maybe not peanut butter and jelly, but you get the gist. For this a made fresh mango salsa, pan seared salmon, and turkey bacon. Here is a recipe for the mango salad and the wraps.

Stuffed Peppers

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Delicious and super healthy and colorful. These were stuffed with Italian sausage, cauliflower rice, basil, red onions, tomato paste, and garlic. I had a bit more fixings than peppers but that was okay because it tasted great. Also the recipe I used calls for a crock pot but I ended up starting late so I just baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 1:15 minutes. Here is the recipe for this. Note: This would have been a lot easier if I had a food processor to chop up the cauliflower. I really need to get one of those.

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Prior to this I had never heard of spaghetti squash before but I found out it is a great substitute for pasta, which is great because I love pasta. This was baked with spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and goat cheese (yes I know, it is dairy but it is more mild and my stomach likes it better). Here is the recipe for this. My only disclaimer was it turned out a little dry for me so I had to add a little oil and vinegar dressing to it.

I already got next week planned out and I am super excited eat it!

 

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Trying New Foods: Kale Chips and Seaweed

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So recently I’ve been into trying new foods. Mainly this is for substituting things that I eat all the time that aren’t that great for me. The big thing is chips. I am all about my Cheetos, BBQ, and sour cream and onion chips. I eat a lot of chips and it’s just an easy thing to grab when you want to add side dish or are just looking to snack but not wanting to create a big meal. But of course they are not good for you. Not even Sun Chips which I love. Chips are high in sodium and fat and have very little or no nutritional value.

So what I found so far to substitute are Kale chips or dried seaweed. I’m sure if you are an a health kick you’ve heard all about kale, it’s everywhere. However this was my first introduction to it. This was the brand I tried:

2014-09-03 19.38.43It had a good flavor to it and I was fine eating it on its own. Eating it with a sandwich was kind of weird but I could get used to it. The only thing is I wasn’t how sure if it would hold up if I took it to work since it is in a tight container and not sure if moisture would seep in.

As for the seaweed I tried it in two forms: dried and seaweed salad. Seaweed is very nutritional and high in vitamins. The dried seaweed was mostly for a chip/snack substitute. I tried it in wasabi and sesame flavors. The wasabi I liked the most since it had a kick to it. However on the other side I tried making seaweed salad and although it came out correctly I ate some at first but then couldn’t take how slimy it was. So I think I will stick to the dried version until I can figure out a better way to cook it.

 

Friday Fun: Popsicles and Ice Cream

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Part of the reason I work out so much, and why many other do, is because dessert is awesome. I always have some form of dessert in my house. However not all of them are created equal so I decided to seek out some that I can make at home and still be a lot healthier. Click on the recipe title to get to the link for the recipes.

1. Egg Nog Almond Joy Blizzard

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Recently I have been a fan of egg nog during the holidays and I had no idea they made a soy version of it. Now I definitely want to try this.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Frozen Fruit Pops

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The good old staple. Although sometimes I find it hard to eat it with the big fruit chunks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Watermelon & Parsley Ice Pops

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This one offers two versions incase you don’t want the parsley. It also calls for simple syrup but I would probably substitute it with something a little healthier.

 

 

 

 

4.Blueberry kale pops

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This caught my eye really fast, especially with that whole kale craze.

 

 

 

 

5. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Popsicles – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

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Not so sure about the cream cheese and heavy cream with in the recipe. May keep it more simple and less fattening. I might substitute greek yogurt for the heavy cream.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream (Low Carb and Gluten Free)
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This one, from the same author actually uses greek yogurt. It also sounds pretty amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Balsamic roasted strawberry and rhubarb sorbet

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Now this one is a little intensive for the recipe and of course they want you to use their brand’s sugar for it but you can use whatever you like.

 

 

 

 

8. Mango Vanilla Honey Push Pops

Mango-Vanilla-Honey-Push-up-Pops Not sure where she got her push pop containers (looked everywhere but she didn’t say) however these look and sound amazing. I sure a variation of these can be made for a popsicle instead.

Looks like there are some variations of them here.