Besides this past week of being in Florida (all bets are off when you get to hang out with Mickey of course!!), Matt and I have been trying to get healthy again. We were doing a pretty darn good job before taking a scheduled break of traipsing over Epcot with churritos in one hand and vodka spiked frozen lemonade in the other (or more correctly, in my purse to keep from being told to throw it away while standing in line for a ride).
Since the thought of eating another cupcake or those chicken nuggets from the burger stand in Hollywood Studios sounds anything but pleasing to me, I thought we could all take a look at the healthier options to eat, while I make a meal plan for the rest of my life. Talk about a needed detox!
I read somewhere that if you hate starting over, then stop quitting (I'm not sure who first said this), but that saying really hit me.
When we were living in Reno, we started going to a Crossfit gym, and absolutely fell in love with every aspect of it.
It's the one workout that you want to go back to despite how many times you feel the urge to throw up during the workout (or you DO throw up - sorry for that visual).
Crossfit gyms are uber expensive, especially here in Vancouver, so we have been unable to get back into the weight training aspect of it, but we have been recently doing a lot of body weight crossfit workouts, as well as using the tiny gym that we have in our apartment complex. And we are determined not to quit again, because starting over just sucks! Nothing else to it!
The thing about working out again, other than the occasional need to indulge, is that you tend to want to eat healthier too.
And that is the best thing you can do!!
I also learned back in college (when I was studying to be a Physical Therapist - talk about 180 degree switch huh?), that if you are trying to lose weight, it is 80% diet, 20% exercise.
A lot of cross fitters do Paleo diets, and while I think that is not a bad diet to stick to, it is not one that I want to take up (at least right now).
I would rather eat the things I love, incorporating a lot of healthy things into my daily regimen and eat everything I want in moderation.
That being said, I am bringing you a healthy meal planning round up from recipes that have appeared here on Carla's Confections. This is in no way a complete healthy meal plan, but it is definitely a start!
I would like to note that I do not have any fish recipes on my website (I know that needs to change!), but make sure that you try and eat at least one meal a week that has fish in it. Fish is SOOO good for you!!!
Fruit and Kale Smoothie is definitely up there on the health factor.
It has frozen fruit (feel free to use fresh, but add ice to make it colder), chia seeds (soooo healthy for you), and other healthy ingredients. It is also very filling, so you won't need to eat for a while after drinking it.
BTW, you can click on the pictures to take you to the post it is talking about :)
I do admit that breakfast is one of my least favorite meals of the day, but knowing that it is also the most important meal of the day, I need to have something that I enjoy a lot, as well as it being healthy.
Make sure to eat this Heart Healthy Granola over some healthy yogurt and fruit to get all your nutrients in the morning.
Fruit Salad that will go perfect with that granola!
Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Energy Balls. These make for the perfect snack during the day when you need some extra energy to get you through until lunch time.
Arugula and Walnut Pesto, it can give you a reason to get those veggies in your system. But considering this pesto has olive oil and Parmesan cheese in it, it could be considered a little less healthy. So proceed with caution, but again everything in moderation right?
Cinnamon Apple Chips are a close to guilt free snack too! They do have a little bit of sugar, but not too much, so you can feel good about indulging in "chips"!
Kale chips are seriously amazing, and another extremely easy one to make. Just make sure you dry the kale leaves well before roasting. You don't want them to burn too much, and water makes them brown.
This easy Garlic Hummus without Tahini, is such a good dip to have on hand, to snack on, or use in place of mayonnaise on a healthy wrap. And since it is made sans tahini, it is cheaper and easier to make! Double bonus!
Skinny Veggie Pesto Pasta is one of the new staples in our house.
Kale and Broccoli Quinoa is a healthy vegetarian alternative for dinner, and with that quinoa, you are getting so many more nutrients than you would from regular pasta, and there is no lack of flavor in this dish either. I hope you make it and love it as much as we do.
Yep! I am even giving you excuses to eat some dessert while eating healthy. Moderation is the key :)
Natural Strawberry Banana Ice Cream only uses fresh fruit to sweeten it, and the last ingredient is milk, which you can substitute it with coconut or almond milk and make it even healthier, so you have no excuse now not to eat healthy desserts!
Vegan Apple Tart more than traditional apple pies too!
- This is no comprehensive healthy meal plan, and you should find other foods to add into your diet to get added nutrients that you might not find here.
- Make sure to add in one fish meal a week to get all those healthy fish fats.
- Healthy eating in no way has to be boring! And don't feel bad about indulging once in a while. This act helps keep you going, because you don't feel like you are missing anything.
- Everything in moderation and you will be good!
- I am no expert, I am just sharing recipes and tips I have learned along the way and what works for me :)