Happy Friday guys and dolls. Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn’t have to be dreadful. There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory. Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind. Enjoy 😉
1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn’t always agree with your body. Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.
2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children. No? Maybe that’s just me. The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese. Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl’s go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs. Ben & Jerry’s came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt. It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.
4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce. I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food…or food, ever. A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin. You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni).
Today is a special day for me, as it’s my baby boy’s 1st birthday! It’s amazing to see how quickly he has grown up and I love watching him continue to grow with each day. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the photo I posted earlier today of the birthday boy. This weekend I’ll be hosting his birthday party with a “Young Hollywood” theme. It’s fitting, isn’t it?
As for today’s blog post, I thought I would show you a great everyday lunch idea that is perfect for those of you who are on-the-go, in and out of the office, or even if you work from home.
Chicken Waldorf + Hummus Wrap and Vegetable Soup
It includes a whole wheat tortilla filled with hummus, cranberries, chicken, leafy greens, shredded carrots, tomatoes, walnuts and cucumbers. The vegetable soup is made with vegetable broth, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots and lentils with a hint of curry for flavor. It’s delicious!! I also take this Beachbody vitamin/supplement with each meal. What are some of your favorite healthy foods to eat for lunch?
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Last night, I made the most delicious dish which consisted of a seared tuna filet with bell pepper and chickpea salad on top of it. Tuna has become one of my favorite go-to meals lately. It’s so simple to make and healthy for you too. What are some of your favorite dishes?
1 tuna steak/filet
1 garlic clove
Pepper or other seasoning to taste
Bell Pepper and Chickpea Salad
2 cups of fresh green beans
2 cups of chickpeas
1 small tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
Dressing: Lemon juice, Dijon mustard and a dash of olive oil
I piled the salad on top of the seared tuna; however, you can do whatever you desire! It’s the perfect summer dish. Enjoy =]
Ever since I lost my baby weight, I’ve received many inquires about my meal plan and workout habits. For today’s post I thought I would share my typical daily meal plan. It varies from day-to-day but this will give you an idea of how I maintain a healthy lifestyle. I noticed a huge change in my energy levels once I began working out regularly and changing my eating habits to fit healthier guidelines.
Now I love eating healthy foods because they don’t leave me feeling sluggish afterwards. The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of my eating habits is to eat slowly and don’t over-consume, drink plenty of water throughout the day and one glass before each meal, and eat five smaller meals rather than three large meals per day. What is your typical meal plan?
Since my schedule has been so hectic lately, I am constantly looking for quick and simple lunch options that are healthy for me as well. Eating at restaurants day to day can not only be costly, but also unhealthy for the body. What I like to do is cook or put together some dishes for the week so I save time and stay organized. I don’t know about any of you, but I have to keep everything organized or I will go crazy. It helps keep my life in order, especially with being a mother to a 9-month-old baby.
Here are some of my latest healthy lunch options:
Lately, I’ve become quite the fan of arugula. I love the spicy bite that it carries, along with its nutritional benefits as well. Arugula contains eight times the calcium, fives times vitamin A, C and K, and four times the amount of iron as an equivalent amount of iceberg lettuce. Furthermore, it contains beta carotene and plays a role in preventing cancer through its cruciferous properties.
There are various ways to consume arugula, but I enjoy it as an alternative to your average lettuce in salads. Therefore, I whipped up this beauty late last night. For some reason, I tend to eat late due to my hectic schedule. When I do eat late, however, I prefer lighter options for my meals. Needless to say, this salad is by far the most delicious salad I have consumed. Try it out and let me know what you think!
Side note: I don’t really like to measure items out, but rather prepare proper proportions.
What you need:
1 square slice of watermelon
Bell pepper (I chose to use yellow)
Cooked shrimp marinated in garlic, lemon juice and olive oil
Fat free feta cheese crumbles
Extra virgin olive oil
Pepper to taste
|1) To begin, gather all of your ingredients that you will be using to build this wondrous salad.|
|1) Also, gather your ingredients to mix up your vinaigrette. I like to make my own because I know exactly what I’m putting in it.|
|2) Mix together about 1 Tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon, and pepper to taste.|
|3) Now, it’s time for the fun part: Building your salad. Place a square block of watermelon on a plate.|
|4) Add a layer of arugula on top of the watermelon.|
|5) Place thinly sliced English cucumbers on top of the arugula. I prefer to use English cucumbers because they have the seeds removed.|
|6) Add your julienne chopped yellow bell peppers (or any bell pepper that you prefer).|
|7) Cut up some red onion and place it on top of your pile of goodness. Place 5-6 cherry tomatoes around the square piece of watermelon.|
|8) Sprinkle the salad with a small palm full of fat-free feta cheese and some slivered almonds. Add the marinated shrimp on top of it, and dinner is served!|
Although my diet is rather healthy, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the urge to snack sometimes. What I found about working out is that I actually become hungrier the more active I am. Instead of grabbing something filled with fat and calories, reach for a snack that is equally crunchy or sweet. Another tip that helps curb my cravings is to eat small meals throughout the day versus eating two or three large meals. What are some of your favorite snacks?
Here are some of my favorite healthy snack choices:
|1) Hummus and Carrots | Carrots are nutrient-rich and delicious with a side of hummus. I like this roasted red pepper hummus from Whole Foods. Next time you’re craving something crunchy, grab some of these.|
|3) Raw Almonds and Dried Cranberries | This is the best of both worlds because I get something crunchy and sweet at the same time. When I’m on-the-go, I grab a handful of these and I instantly have a boost of energy.|
When I’m cooking, I typically like to put a twist on the usual dish by adding something unique that makes it my own. Since it’s been a little chilly lately, I decided to feature today’s “Healthy Habits” post with this hot and delicious chicken soup I whipped up. It’s healthy, full of vitamins and whole grains, and it will keep you satisfied. For those of you who are vegetarian, feel free to simply omit the chicken that I’ve added and opt for vegetable stock rather than chicken stock.
Another healthy tip that has helped me lose and keep off my baby weight is by incorporating organic foods into my diet. I’ve used organic chicken and vegetables, along with whole wheat pasta for this particular recipe. Check it out after the jump!
|1) Chop up all of your favorite vegetables. I’m using onions, mushrooms, carrots, fresh green beans, and sweet potatoes (1/4 cup of onion and 1 cup of the other vegetables). Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin C.|
|2) Gather all of the ingredients needed for your dish; Any whole grain pasta (I’m using rotini), your fresh vegetables, spinach, roasted red peppers, and cooking spray.|
|3) Spray a stock pot with cooking spray and toss your vegetables in to saute for about 5 minutes or until translucent.|
|5) Add half of a chopped up roasted red pepper. You can roast your own, but I just buy mine at the market. I also added a splash of white wine to intensify the flavor.|
|7) Enjoy your delicious and HEALTHY chicken noodle soup!|