A few weeks ago I talked about a some daily / weekly routines that I do to maintain my outward appearance. ( You can check that out here. ) But today I want to talk about what I put on the inside, that helps me maintain my overall health.
I am one of the biggest snackers that I know. I love ALL the junk foods. You will usually always find me with some type of candy in my bag. My favorite food is probably french fries... or pizza... 🙄 oh I dont know, I just love food. But with the way foods are being processed these days it's really hard to know what's ok, and what's not. Since I eat all the snacks, theres no doubt that I consume a considerable amount of the garbage that's passed through the FDA. But I'm not here to get technical about what's in our food.
As a kid, I was blessed with a mom that cooked just about every night. I remember I would always want to help her in the kitchen, so inevitably, my style of cooking reflects hers. Which to be completely honest, Southern Cooking, it's not the most healthy. Once I started to focus more on what my body needed and what I could live without, my cooking style shifted just a smidge. I didn't go in ham and do a drastic lifestyle change up front, It was a gradual process. For example I started using real butter instead of margarine. I started buying whole wheat bread instead of white bread. I still dont know a ton of healthy food recipes, I just took the few that I did know, and perfected them to my taste.
Below are just a few meals that I eat several times throughout the week. Everything listed can be purchased at Walmart.
Typically for breakfast I will have peanut butter on wheat toast and 2 boiled eggs. Sometimes I will mix it up by adding fresh fruit and / or oatmeal. If I dont have time to cook something, I will make a protein shake. This is usually what I'll have on a Sunday morning before church!! 🤣 It is so easy to just throw in your favorite protein, some chia seeds, fruit, yogurt, or whatever your heart desires, blend it together and go!! ( 🤔... I should do a dedicated blog post on just protein shakes!!) Speaking of protein shakes, I have recently been introduced to Over Night Oats! If you haven't ever tried them, you should consider it. If I know that I have something going on the following morning, I will put one of these in the fridge before I go to bed, and its ready in the morning!! That's even easier than pulling out the blender! 😃
Since lunch time is usually just me and Elly, I'll try to keep it light and simple. I recently came across these flax seed wraps. My cousin was visiting from Louisiana and made some turkey and cheese wraps with them, and I was blown away at how good they were. At first I couldn't find them in any of the stores around me, which was a total bummer. Then one day I saw them in a random place in Walmart. I like them with deli turkey, colby jack cheese, and spinach. 😋 And the wraps are so long, I turn them sideways them I'm able to eat on 1 whole wrap throughout the day. Somedays I'll have a can of progresso soup, then others I will make up some tuna fish sandwiches, it adds ll really depends on how I'm feeling that day.
Considering that I love to cook and I enjoy my cooking, dinner is usually the hardest meal for me. I am slowly finding things that my kids and husband will actually eat, that are considered to be more healthy. Below is a meal that I LOVE! Grilled chicken, rice pilaf, and cauliflower! This chicken has literally been a game changer for me. It's precooked fajita chicken by the brand John Soules. There is a Grilled Chicken kind, but the Fajita Chicken has more flavor! Anyway, I have found myself using this in casseroles, chicken spaghetti, quesadillas, salads, and even by itself!!
I have found that if I snack on the healthy foods, I'm more likely to not snack on the unhealthy. The only issue I had with that, was not having them easily accessible. So I try to have a couple more healthy options in the house. Here is what I have to snack on right now! Some snacks do take longer to prepare than others, that's why I try to have snacks that are popable, like almonds. Blueberries are another one that I like to have, but we're out at the moment. I make the best fruit smoothies, (in my opinion that is). All it calls for is frozen fruit and cranberry juice! Its delicious!! 😋
I also want to throw out there, that I dont eat like this in every meal. A lot of times i only have 1 or 2 healthy meals a day. Like I said, I love all the junk foods. I put creamer in my coffee, I drink soda every now and then, I want chips with my tuna sandwich, or on it really!! 🙄 DONT JUDGE!! 😂🤣 I want crinkle cut fries with my burger, steak fries with my philly cheesesteak sandwich, and waffle fries at Chick-fil-a!! So I'm just like you when it comes to things we love to eat! It's all about balance.
We are entering the Fall season, which means more comfort foods; and more candy! Heres a tip for you, if you're trying to not over indulge at Thanksgiving dinner, but you dont wanna hurt grandmas feelings by not eating her famous Coconut cake, drink a protein shake before you go in. This will allow you to still have a couple bites of your favorite foods, but it will curb your appetite immensely.
Disclaimer; I am not a doctor, dietitian, or
nutritionist. These are just some of the meals that I eat to help me maintain my body. I also, am not here to try to sell you any type of program or supplements. I am simply telling you what I do, because it works for me.
I hope yall enjoyed learning a little more about me, I know that I like getting to know yall! I hope you have an awesome weekend! Please let me know, what is your favorite, simple meal? I would love to try it out!!
- Krystal 😘
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