(If you’re just finding this, you can click here to go back to week 1, the first of my getting in shape after 40 series.)
Well, its the end of week 2 and start of week 3. This week was a little more challenging for me with super sick kids (I had kids home from school Monday – Wednesday) which meant I couldn’t stick to my normal schedule. I only got out to walk/jog one time this week and some days I was just too worn out from all the extra work of sick kids that I couldn’t get myself to do much of anything. It was a blah start to the week, for sure. But, I haven’t added a Dove chocolate bar (or any extra treat, which had become standard for me) to my grocery pickup in the last 2 weeks. And I bought a bag of Halloween candy earlier in the week and I haven’t even touched it. So, I consider this week a success!
Some tips & recipes from this week:
Tip 1: I really don’t want to be making a separate meal for me than what I do for the rest of the family and I want to make sure this is a lifestyle change not just a temporary diet. So, I’ve been working on making many of my same recipes but making them healthier. I like to make muffins for breakfast, so I’ve been substituting applesauce for oil and in this Chocolate Zucchini Muffin recipe, I also cut the amount of sugar it calls for in half, and reduce the amount of chocolate chips. I want to try it with whole wheat flour or at least 1/2 whole wheat & 1/2 white flour next time. We love this muffin recipe and it gets some veggies in our breakfast!
Tip 2: I’ve really learned this week the value of having a backup workout plan. On days when I have sick kids or the weather is bad, if I don’t have a plan ahead of time, I’ll just end up doing nothing. When you’re a mom, flexibility is key!
Tip 3: My favorite healthy snack/treat is apple slices with natural peanut butter. I’m keeping lots of apples on hand and have eaten a lot of apples and peanut butter this week. When I’m really needing a treat, I’ll go a little less healthy with a spoonful of natural peanut butter with a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top. I should really get the chocolate chips out of my house but I figure this is a better option than eating a candy bar, bowl of ice cream, or bag of chips.
Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins: A friend introduced me to these muffins this week. They were great! I went home and printed out the recipe immediately and made them to have for breakfast this week. The kids loved them too, so you know this recipe is a winner!
Fruit Salad: We like to use fruit salad as a side dish for meals. It’s like having a treat with dinner and its healthy. What’s not to love. We don’t mix the fruit with anything, just chop it up and mix it together. Our typical fruit salad is strawberries, grapes, and apples. I made more than usual last night for dinner so today I get to eat leftovers with lunch! (If you add bananas, leftovers aren’t the best, so I usually leave them out.)
Taco Salad: This is about as simple as it gets! We love taco salad! Make it without chips to make it even healthier, but even if you indulge in just a couple chips, its still pretty healthy. We just layer the ingredients on our plate: tortilla chips, salad, black beans (I use 2 cans of seasoned black beans from Walmart mixed with half a pound of cooked ground turkey), little sprinkling of cheese, a couple slices of avocado, some olives or green onions or tomatoes. So delicious!
Greek Tacos: This is one of our favorite meals! The first time I made it, I wasn’t sure how this “healthy” recipe would go over, but my whole family just devoured these amazing tacos.
Alright! It’s your turn to share! Tell me about your favorite healthy recipes or tips that I need to put into place. Your feedback will keep me going on this & I need that!