What Did I Eat This Week? 1/12-1/18

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I should note I only drink water except for coffee every morning and sometimes in the evening.

I exercise four days a week (that’s down from when I started), typically on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

1/12: Breakfast: Hash browns, one egg with red peppers, onions, mushrooms and some cheddar cheese (light on the cheese, less then the serving size preferably). Coffee with creamer (one thing I won’t give up but doesn’t seem to have stopped the weight loss).

Lunch: I have frozen a lot of leftover meals that I knew my family wouldn’t eat. I bagged them up in small portions (less then 2 cups of food). It’s great to grab one when we don’t have leftovers from the previous night. So I had rice, black beans, chicken(seasoned) and corn. I topped it with some lettuce (romaine), a little cheese and Greek yogurt. (I’ll be honest. I made my kids homemade fries and I ate a few, no guilt right??-We had a snow day today)

Snack: I buy acai packets in the frozen food section and make smoothies. They are expensive so I only eat them once in a while.  I split this with my daughter though, it makes A LOT and I think more calories then I need for a snack. But drinking the whole thing wouldn’t be bad, I just choose not too.

Dinner: Clean Eating Pizza Lasagna. There is no meat in this recipe, but that wouldn’t fly with hubby, so I add deer meat (very lean). The recipes calls for oregano but I don’t really like the taste of that so I used basil instead. Everyone liked this!! Yay. I also had a salad with romaine lettuce, red pepper, onion, cucumber, feta cheese with Kraft Olive Oil Raspberry dressing.

Snack: Coffee with cream and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite. These are yum! I really ate this more as a dessert after supper because we had small group. So when I got home I was hungry again and had some Simply Naked pita chips and Garden Fresh Gourmet Spinach Artichoke hummus. I wasn’t overly impress with the hummus, thought it lacked flavor.

1/13: Breakfast: Same as yesterday, minus the mushrooms. I tried Natural Bliss caramel with Almond milk in my coffee. It was okay, I couldn’t really taste any caramel.

Lunch: Leftover Pizza Lasagna and a few grapes.

Snack: Black bean salsa and Late July Chia and Quinoa chips. I divide the salsa up and freeze as it makes more then I can eat before it goes bad. The chips are so yummy, they are my favorite tortilla chip. They are often on sale at Meijer  (I know those only exist in Michigan and Ohio).

Dinner: Clean Eating Chicken and Dumplings and grilled cheese. I don’t butter my bread for the grilled cheese and I used shredded mozzarella and provolone, which is has less calories then cheddar. I also only used one slice of  Meijer True Goodness whole wheat organic bread, it was half of a sandwich. The Chicken and Dumplings was NOT a hit. My daughter said she liked it but the rest us not so much. I wouldn’t make this again. 

Snack: One Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites and a cup of coffee. I added dark chocolate chips to my bites because I love chocolate. High quality dark chocolate chips expensive but I don’t go through them quickly. One bag will last me a couple of months.

1/14: Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups. Yum. I like these a lot. I made it in a 8 X 8 pan, not as cups, and cut them into sixths, then freeze them and pull one out the day before. I like them cold but you could warm them up.

511Exu7QguL._AC_US218_Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki Turkey Breast Tenderloins over rice. I cut up a carrot to have a more balanced meal. I found this recipes in Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker magazine, 2016.

Snack: Sometimes on Sundays I need my coffee earlier in the day. So I had a cup with a Healthy Practically Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie. These are yummy but turned out very thin, like the fall a part. Not sure why, the only I think was that I made my own oat flour and it wasn’t powdery enough. But they do taste good.

Dinner: Radicchio and Ricotta Linguine. I got this recipe from Cleaning Eating magazine download (1)the October 2017 issue. However, I forgot to by radicchio so we had it with out. Also, had a salad, same as Friday night. This was okay. Might be better with some broccoli.

Snack: Sliced apple with a bit of lemon juice and some cinnamon sprinkled on them. If you’ve never tried this you should. It really satisfies that sweet craving.

1/15 Breakfast: I love eating eggs and hashbrowns for breakfast. However, when I have to work I don’t have time to make that and when we camp in the summer it makes the camper too warm to do all of that cooking. So I will make a breakfast casserole, divide it into eighths, freeze it then microwave one on the mornings I want to eat one. These are not really healthy but they aren’t horrible and it hasn’t stopped me from loosing weight. my current casserole is Bacon Hashbrown and Egg Casserole.

Lunch: Leftover pasta from last night and some carrot sticks.

Snack: Black bean hummus with chia and quinoa chips.

Dinner: Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Soup with grilled cheese. This was good but it called for two cups of yogurt. I think I would either put in less yogurt or use sour cream instead. I was a bit tangy. I throw a little cheese and that helped, but it added calories, of course.

Snack: Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite

1/16 Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups

Lunch: Still eating pasta from Sunday with carrot sticks

Snack: When I have to stay after school for musical practice or staff meetings I pack something so I’m not starving when I get home and then make a poor choice. I love Larabars. They are pricey but they are a life saver and keep me on track with healthy eating away from home.

Dinner: Slower Cooker Shephard’s Pie. I love shephard’s pie but I wasn’t sure it was an option now that I am trying to eat healthier. Never fear, there are options.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites

1/17 Breakfast: Bacon Hashbrown and Egg Casserole.

Lunch: Leftover Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and grapes

Snack: Larabar (Apple Pie, I think that is my favorite)

Dinner: Slow Cooker Skinny Butter Chicken over brown rice with carrot sticks (because you need a vegetable). I deleted this recipe already but you can find a lot of them out there. My husband didn’t like it, we discovered he doesn’t like curry. However, my daughter and I didn’t mind it.

Snack: Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite

1/18: Breakfast: Carrot and Walnut Breakfast Loaf from October 2017 Clean Eating magazine.

Lunch: Leftover Shepard’s Pie and a Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. These are a sweet treat I indulge in when I need something quick. However, I only allow myself to eat one.

Snack:  Black bean hummus with chia and quinoa chips.

Dinner: Smokey Chicken Chili from Clean Eating October 2017. This was very yummy. My daughter and I loved it. This recipes needs to be doubled or possibly tripled though. It wasn’t enough for us.

Snack: Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Snack Cake.

 

 

For Hubby (and his lady friends)

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I’m totally okay with joking about this. My husband is a teacher and that career is dominated by women, so my husband works with mostly women. When money got tight years ago and I started teaching at a pre-school we found many ways to save money. One was to make homemade granola bars for his lunch. So I found a recipe and he loved them and so did the teachers he worked with (which were all women).

But with my recent change in perspective on health I see that what I was making him was killing him and we needed to find healthy granola bars. I have found a few recipes he likes but I will share his favorite today. I do tweek the recipe a bit, thanks to the suggestion of this “lady friends” and it was a big hit. Probably not as healthy.

The recipe calls for two cups of oats. I split that and do one cup of oats and one cup of rice krispie cereal. I actually double the whole recipe to fill a 13×9 pan, so it ends up being two cups of each. I also use natural peanut butter, not almond butter, basically because it takes so much and almond butter is crazy expensive.

Here is the recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

My Journey To Better Health Part 1

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I thought I would slowly share with you my journey to better health.

I have never really struggled with my weight too much. I am 5’7″. Not that that is overly tall but it’s good height and keeps things spread out. My weight has always fallen in the normal ranges for my size, but I have been at the upper range for quiet a while now, slowly creeping high and higher.

When I went to college I  gained about twenty-five pounds and you could tell. Right before I met my husband (I was nineteen) I decided to lose the weight. I did not do it in a healthy way at all. I barely ate anything. But I got down to where I am now.

We got married and by the time I got pregnant with our daughter I was back up to my college heavy weight. I only gained about twenty pounds while pregnant and as soon as she was born I went back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Something to note was that I never exercised. I would randomly walk with my mom or around the neighborhood but nothing consistent.

Anyway, three years later I got pregnant with my son and I gained about forty pounds with him. It didn’t come off as fast but I eventually got down to my pre-pregnancy weight without any effort.

I did go on health kick for while after he was born and dropped about five pounds and I stayed there for a long time. Teaching elementary music helped me maintain my weight since I was constantly dancing and moving.

But then I started teaching middle school and high school choir and we got a permanent site for camping so we started camping all summer. I was sitting around a lot more. I slowly put on five pounds one year. Another five pounds the next year and by this past summer I weighted more that I had ever weighed not being pregnant. Oh, and did I mention my cholesterol was very high. They never gave me a number, just said it was bad.

We’ll stop there for today and pick up next week.

Welcome to Eat or Drink

Welcome to my first post at Eat or Drink. I’m probably crazy to start another blog, but I am so excited and passionate about healthy eating and living I wanted a place to share that passion and I didn’t feel my other blog was the appropriate place. I want to keep that focused on Christian fiction and non-fiction and stories of how God is working in my life and the lives of those around me.

I will be sharing my story to better health, hopefully reviewing some cookbooks for you and magazines that I might pick up along the way. I will also share with you what I eat each week along with links to the recipes.

I also want to fully embrace the title of this blog and keep my focus on bringing glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:30 says: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 

So, what do you say? Are you in? Do you want to bring God glory through what you put into your body? If we keep our focus on Him we can’t go wrong. There will be no condemnation, even when you eat the large fries or drink the Starbucks latte, I do it every once in a while and feel no guilt. You don’t need to either. Just be intentional about those treats and make them exactly that. A treat. Not the norm.

Also, I don’t believe in diets. I believe in a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, with most people they try to diet and then give up because it’s a bit extreme, or they put the weight back on as soon as they stop the diet. That has to be so frustrating.

When I started this I  had a few people ask me what diet I was doing and I was quick to say, “This isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle change.” I can literally eat the way I do now for the rest of my life and I plan to.

I also believe in exercise. I think you need to have both to see lasting change (but I’m not an expert, just a music teacher who has lived it). The way you eat and exercise must go hand in hand to have lasting and positive changes, in my opinion.

So, enough of that. Please subscribe if you are interested in trying recipes that I have tried or just looking for encouragement on your journey to better health. I can’t wait to see what God will do.