Before heading out to an outing, errands, a party, or even dinner, eat a small snack before. This will help prevent overeating and “eyes bigger than your stomach.” If you are fully hungry before going out, this can lead to snacking more than usual, eating large portions, fast food, etc.
Healthy small snack ideas:
Cheese and crackers
Celery and peanut butter
Piece of fruit and peanut butter
Hard boiled eggs
Hummus with veggies and pita chips (or beet hummus)
Vegetables with a homemade dip
Pair protein and fat with some carbs! The protein keeps you full, slows digestion, and keeps blood sugar level.
Happy Saturday! I love having morning pastries, especially on the weekends. I don’t go out very often and buy them, but I do bake my own on a monthly basis. They are so homey, warm, and delicious to pair with breakfast. The trick is to have a small portion and not make it your WHOLE breakfast.
An immersion blender is a small hand stick blender that is compact. This gets submerged into a pot or bowl to puree, rather than pouring liquid into a regular blender. Main uses for this type of blender are for pureeing soups, sauces, vinaigrettes, pesto, mayonnaise, etc. Typically the immersion blender will come with a small measuring cup to puree items in, very handy! If something is made that is lumpy or too chunky, simply use your immersion blender to quickly puree. Move the blender and tilt around the pot or bowl for best use. I love mine because I can quickly puree items or take it with me to another house – very portable and easy to clean!
Tomorrow is Labor Day typically filled with family, friends, food and drink. We gather in the hot sun in the backyard with the grill fired up and pool floating. I strive to make a variety of food or have it be potluck style. There is always beer and cocktails flowing but this year I want to make some fun hydrating mocktails.
Spend one day a week or once a month cooking your healthy grains and pastas – true meal prep! This will save you so much time when trying to prepare lunch or dinner (usually last minute). Cook the grains or pastas, then once cooled place into gallon bags, press flat, and label with the name and date cooked. Then store in the freezer flat.
A banana split dessert is such a great nostalgic experience! Happy National Banana Split Day – August 25th. As great as the traditional ice cream and whipped cream topped dessert is, we can make a healthier version.
As a general rule of thumb, the perimeter of a grocery store has healthier, fresher, and less processed food items. Most foods – some still have hidden sugars like pre-made salad dressings and sauces – are healthy and fresh.
The middle aisles carry more processed foods such as chips, crackers, packaged cookies, condiments which tend to be high in sodium. These typically contain preservatives which are a chemical or additives to keep them on the shelves longer – shelf stable products to last longer.1
Although, not all middle aisles are bad. There are whole grain pastas, rice, canned and dried beans, canned tomato products (just watch out for sodium), broth and stock, nuts, seeds, spices, seasonings – still being essential grocery items.2
Some of my favorite dishes to make are one pot wonders and casseroles. Every ingredient is in one spot – protein, starch, vegetable. You could still make a side dish or large salad, but every component of a meal is in one pot! One of the best parts is there’s only one dish to clean up! Aside from the cutting board, knife, and utensils. Plus these dishes make for great leftovers and to take for quick lunches. Be sure to pack a lot of flavors, herbs, spices, protein, fat, and carbs into the dishes to keep you full and going! One pot dishes and meals are so homey and warm, making you feel good while still loading up on healthy ingredients.
Infused water – add flavor to your water to enhance and look fancy! This also can add vitamins and minerals, while making for yummy snacks after the water is gone. Refrigerate your flavored water overnight or the morning of. One of my favorite things to do is freeze ice cubes with a berry and/or mint in each cube compartment. Also freeze straight lemon or orange juice to add to water or sparkling beverages. Have fun with it!!