Showing posts with label meal plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meal plan. Show all posts

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

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.


5) Pizza
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). 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Healthy Habits: Video Tour of my Kitchen and Food Tips

Hi everyone!  For today's post, I'd like to bring you into my kitchen to show you what I stock my pantry and refrigerator with.  Since I get so many questions about my fitness and/or meal plans, I thought this would be the best way for me to answer those questions.  What better way than to bring you into my kitchen with me??  Enjoy ;)

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!

Check out the video here:



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Top Five Tips for Losing Weight







































#1: Lose the Sugar!
Many people don't realize the amount of extra calories you consume by drinking soda, juices, or other drinks that are full of sugar.  Rather than drinking beverages high in sugar, opt for water.  It's much better for your body and your skin!  There is also plenty of sugar in alcoholic drinks, so if you are looking to lose weight I suggest leaving the alcohol alone for awhile.  If you have one drink per week, then mix it with club soda or have one glass of red wine.

#2: Portion your Plate 
If you eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, it will help you with portion control.  Your plate should be no higher than an inch of food in height and should consist of primarily proteins and vegetables.

#3: Switch to Whole Grains
Limit your grains or carbohydrates to a minimum, but choose whole grains if you must.  Whole grains refers to brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pita bread, or anything that says "whole-wheat" is pretty much safer for you to consume.

#4: Egg Whites are your New BFF
There are added calories in whole eggs so switch to consuming egg whites, which are lighter and better for you.  They are the perfect breakfast with a side of turkey bacon and spinach or hard-boiled eggs are a great snack (minus the yolk).

#5: Snacks Don't Have to be Bad
If you must have a snack throughout the day, grab a handful of raw almonds (no salt added) or dried cranberries.  I also like apples with a little almond butter. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are looking to lose weight or for those of you who just want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.