It’s Trish here and I’m hijacking the food category for the week! As Marianne has pointed out March is National Nutrition Month (check out her post on Savoring the Flavor) and while I’m not a dietician/foodie/great cook I am an excellent Pinterest Pinner and I’ve made some yummy and healthy things this past week that I wanted to share. There are a few reasons I’ve been trying out some new recipes. First is I haven’t experimented with any recipes in a long time. I’m a creature of habit and once I find something that’s healthy and tasty and fits into my lifestyle I can eat it everyday! I have been known to eat the same breakfast everyday for years. Second reason is my diet needed a little overhauling in the “healthy” department (meaning the weather is warm and no way I’m putting on shorts just yet)! Just because I exercise I’ve learned the #1 rule:
And OH how I’ve tried and to a certain extent I got away with it at times, but now that I’m 40 that ship has sailed. Time to tighten up…hopefully literally. Now, I don’t subscribe to any particular eating style and know for the most part what works for me. It is becoming more difficult figuring out the balance of enough food to fuel my activities versus too much food that makes me feel sluggish. This is why spending some time experimenting and trying new things is something I like to do every now and then. Lately the areas I’ve wanted a change are in my breakfast, lunch and snacks. My requirements for each are that it’s simple or can be made in bulk, that it doesn’t require me to buy every item at Whole F$$ds (because chances are I will be the only one eating these items and still have four more mouths to feed), and that they fuel my workouts. The last one can be tough! There are definitely a few things I’ve tried this week that will be part of my menu until I’m sick of them…which could be years HA!
I love breakfast! It’s my favorite meal of the day and I’m baffled how anyone could skip breakfast. If I wake up in the middle of the night I get excited when I think about eating breakfast. Or maybe that is more because I get to drink coffee? Hmmmm, I think it’s both. My past breakfasts have included oatmeal, eggs, eggs and toast, and most recently a pumpkin oatmeal pancake. These have all been great for me and I would still be eating the pancake if my friend Janel hadn’t sent me this…..
This is a scrambled egg and sweet potato hash. I love sweet potatoes and do best with a breakfast with a protein and carb mix to fuel my mid morning workout time. I also love a lightly fried egg so I put my own spin on this by topping the sweet potato hash with two lightly fried eggs….now I have the good fat from the egg yolk, the protein from the egg and the carbs from the sweet potato. I also thought you could make the sweet potato hash ahead of time and just add the eggs for a busy morning. For my sweet potato hash I microwaved a small sweet potato for a few minutes to get it soft and then sautéed it in coconut oil with onion and mushrooms, but you could really do anything here. Peppers or green onion’s would be great too. I have the best way to make a perfect lightly fried egg, and most of you probably know this, but I just learned a few years ago. I place them in the frying pan (again with coconut oil) on medium high heat and then put a top on the pan. As soon as I see the white film cover the yolk they are finished and perfect. Yum!
I stay home so I usually make a hot lunch. Lunch is all about the veggies! I love cooked and wilted greens. Most recently I’ve been loving swiss chard and beet greens. I discovered beet greens when my dad (who is an excellent cook) made them for me. I had never in my life thought to eat the greens of another vegetable so this was a really cool discovery and a great way to use all of the vegetable you are buying. I actually buy my beets by how good the greens look these days. I cook all my greens the same way…olive oil, salt and pepper and a little water. I’ll add random spices here in there. My latest lunch bowl is a whole lot of cooked greens mixed with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, black or kidney beans and whatever leftover protein we had the night before. I always make extra chicken to use with my lunch.
I’ve also been making these Zucchini Chicken Bites every week. I make double batch and eat three to four at a meal. They are so good topped with avocado or even just dipped in a deli mustard. The best part is they make a quick go to. Now that the weather is nice my youngest wants to be outside cruising in her Barbie jeep ALL DAY LONG so the other day I popped a few chicken bites in the microwave and ate them as I was trying to keep up with her and the jeep. I did decide this will also be my new fitness plan and I think it could really take off. Eat lunch while you chase a four year old in a Barbie jeep (of course with the pin removed for maximum speed!)
I am a 5 meal a day girl and I love snacks second to breakfast, but they are the most challenging of all for me. I have braces right now so nuts, raw veggies and apples are out. I will have an apple cut up sometimes, but even busted a bracket doing that one time! I’m excited for my new smile, but also to just be able to eat a handful of almonds. My morning snack and after workout fuel is always Shakeology in almond or cashew milk. I don’t have many issues with texture so I just bring a shaker with almond milk and a container with the Shakeology to the gym (in a cooler bag) and mix it up after my workout. I think Shakeology mixes really well and that covers me until lunch. Afternoon I struggle. I’m not a huge fan of Greek Yogurt although I will eat it when needed. I love Zone bars and things like that, but I know they aren’t always the best choice. I stumbled across this recipe for Coconut Chocolate Protein Bars and it’s been life changing. These are amazing! I subbed the oat flour for coconut flour….more for the fact that I hadn’t used coconut flour before and wanted to try it out. These were really easy to make and I have looked forward to my afternoon snack all week. Another great go to snack are Peanut Butter Energy Balls. I haven’t made these in a while, but at one point they were a staple in my diet. I may have to whip some up soon!
This was fun! I may hijack the food category a little more although I have no idea how Becki and Marianne get such good food pictures! There must be a trick to that one. I will say as much as I like to eat healthy and plan my meals I also take one a day a week to just eat whatever I want. This doesn’t work for everyone, but I still love things like cupcakes and donuts. I also like a mental day off from food planning or preparation. I read somewhere that the stress of stressing about food can have negative effects and I can see how that can be true. Happy experimenting!