January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment
January is almost over and if you are anything like me, you made promises to yourself to eat healthier this year. You may have also fallen off the wagon a time or two; I know I have fallen off the wagon. It becomes exhausting to try to keep up the healthy eating but I try everyday to pick myself up and try again. I want to share some links to recipes that I have fallen back on to help me add more vegetables to my diet. These are all yummy and husband approved!
One way that I have added more veggies to my diet is to substitute carrots and sometimes cucumbers for chips. What a difference it has made for me. First of all, it’s cheaper to buy carrots than chips. Secondly, it’s better for you. Give it a try.
I have always liked vegetables way more than fruit. I’m not entirely sure where that comes from but this soup is yummy and full of veggies that I love: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/vegetable-quinoa-soup/. It’s a great lunch for the week because it reheats well. The vegetable quinoa soup is also a good way to warm you up on those cold days. Another yummy veggie filled dinner I like to make to help warm up is this Turkey and Vegetable Skillet: http://reciperunner.com/turkey-vegetable-skillet/. It’s full of flavor and a variety of veggies. I would say this is one of my most favorite dinners to make because it’s quick and easy to make. Spaghetti squash has become a staple on my grocery list because it can be combine many different ways. You can add spaghetti sauce to it, add some cannelloni beans and sautéed spinach or my new favorite recipe, http://rufflesandtruffles.com/2010/09/spaghetti-squash-with-grilled-chicken-sundried-tomatoes-broccoli-and-peas/. You can make the spaghetti squash the day before or even earlier in the day for this recipe. I love all the veggies in this recipe. I would also like to note that I have never made it with the sun-dried tomatoes mostly because I forget to buy them at the store.
These next two recipes are great side dishes to go along with any dinner. You can even use the leftovers to put on a salad! Butternut squash has become a new favorite food of mine. I love to make this and use the leftovers on a spinach salad with balsalmic vinaigrette. Here’s the link: http://rasamalaysia.com/garlic-parmesan-roasted-butternut-squash/2/. Growing up in the South I have a huge love for green beans. I really like them cooked with bacon/bacon grease. That’s not always the healthiest way to eat them. When I found this recipe, http://www.therisingspoon.com/2013/05/balsamic-oven-roasted-green-beans.html, I was so excited. I make these at least once a week. So. Dang. Good. I actually never have leftovers of these green beans. Hubs and I gobble them right up.
Don’t give up on trying to eat healthier. I fall off the wagon because I have a sweet tooth. I try to keep better snacks around the house. I even keep a bag of chocolates for those moments when I am feeling weak. I try to limit myself to three chocolates, but I’m not perfect. I hope these recipes I have found inspire and help you to eat better and be a healthier you.
I’d love for you to share links/recipes you have found to be healthy and easy to make. Please share!
January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
Happy New Year! The last week people have been reflecting on 2014 and all the great things that happened and what their plans are for 2015. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t completely excited about 2014 and I’m very unsure of 2015. Don’t get me wrong; some really fun things happened in 2014 and I will cherish those memories. But, some not so fun things happened that are slowly changing my life, mostly for the better.
I’m sure you are wondering what could be bad but yet change you for the better? I found out this year I have a condition called PCOS. Basically, it makes it more difficult for me to get pregnant because my cycles are out of whack, my hormones get a little crazy, my weight is an issue and a lot of other things. (For more information this helps explain a little bit more in-depth: http://www.pcosdietsupport.com/pcos-symptoms/pcos-explained-partner/). Now that I am aware of this, I have been striving to make healthier choices for myself and my family. I have learned a lot about myself through this process.
This year has just been such an emotional roller coaster figuring all of this out. I’ve learned that when I get sad, I really need to find something fun to do that is also relaxing. I turn to coloring in those moments. I realize that sounds childish but it is so therapeutic for me. I also write. Sometimes I write out feelings and other times I write my prayers to the Lord. Again, this calms me and brings me away from the sadness or anger that I am feeling in a moment. I have also been cooking like crazy. Pinterest has helped me to find so many new and healthy recipes. Patrick, my husband, has been loving the new food! I’m glad he gets some of the benefits of my calming strategies.
That’s something else good that has come out of the chaos of this emotional roller coaster. Patrick and I have learned even more about each other and we have grown together. He touches my heart in my blow up moments and my breakdown moments. He’s there with tissues, a glass of water and the best hugs. Patrick has my heart held tightly and I’m so thankful for him. He has shown me what a man is supposed to be to his wife. He’s as understanding as a guy can be when emotions are running crazy. My dearest love, Patrick, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you!
How do I move forward in 2015? I fully intend on continuing my food adventures through Pinterest making healthy but delicious food and I plan on doing the things that make me happy. Together hubs and I are trying to lead a healthier life by committing to working out even if it is just a walk around our neighborhood or even walking to dinner when we go to some of the restaurants close to our place. I also want to invest into some of my friendships that have just started and continue to grow friendships that are established. This may be another year of an emotional roller coaster but I am glad to have my husband, family and friends supporting me. Here’s to 2015, whatever it may hold, may God give me the strength to continue to move forward.
*Please note that I do not want pity. Instead, just be supportive. Your prayers and words of encouragement help. You can also read this blog post, http://lovelylittlelife-hannah.blogspot.com/2013/07/9-things-infertile-women-want-women.html, to more fully understand what I need in this time.*
Thank you for reading, understanding, prayers and words of encouragement.