2.12.2013

Get Healthy: Meals & Recipes

 I know I have this link-up scheduled for tomorrow, but I already have it ready to go so I'm going to go ahead and open up the link-up today. This week is all about what you eat for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks. I've shared several meal options that I have regularly, so I want to hear all about yours! Are there any new healthy products/foods out there that we need to know about? Please link-up and share!
Here are our grocery staples: Fage 0% Yogurt, Oats, Flax Seed, Bolthouse Blue and Green Goddess Smoothies, Fresh Fruit, Back to Nature Granola, and frozen fruit.
I either drink a 32 oz. smoothie or have granola and local honey in my Fage yogurt every single morning. I never measure my smoothies, I just eye ball. I always use 1 banana, 1/2 cup Fage, 1/4 cup dry oats, handful of spinach, 8 oz. each of the blue and green goddess, 8 oz. water. 1 cup frozen tropical fruit, 1 cup frozen berries, and a handful of grapes if I have any on hand (measurements are approximates). During the summer I use fresh fruit only and whatever is in season. Sometimes for a snack I'll have a smaller version of the smoothie or the granola yogurt mix-whichever I didn't have for breakfast.
I tend to eat a later breakfast meaning I usually don't have my smoothie until after 10:30am. It doesn't matter how early  get up, I just have zero appetite for a while and my equilibrium is always off, which is why I've never been able to exercise early in the morning-I get quite sick. Because I eat breakfast later, I really don't eat a true lunch. I know this isn't the best scenario, but I do snack a lot. I eat yogurt and granola, carrots, chips and salsa, fruit, veggies and hummus, and the list goes on. I'm a grazer. 
To read more about our groceries and eating clean click here.We also eat a lot of spaghetti squash. One of Brandon's all-time favorite dishes is Beef Stroganoff. So, to make it healthier, I use whole wheat noodles, substitute cream of mushroom soup and sour cream with Chiobani 0% Greek yogurt, and use fresh mushrooms, fresh parsley, and seared flat iron steak.
Another popular dish here is Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. I use whole wheat tortillas, substitute sour cream with 0% Greek yogurt, use fresh tomatoes, cilantro and avocado.
We have omelets frequently, too. I sautee fresh spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms to put in the omelets. I like fresh avocado in mine as well as on the side, too.
I recently made Quinoa stuffed peppers and they were really good. I basically just used the same sautee mixture as I do in the omelets to the cooked Quinoa, mix it all up and add some Parmesan cheese and seasonings, stuff the peppers and bake them at 350 for about 45 min. We had fresh steamed broccoli on the side and I topped them with fresh Parmesan and parsley.
We have salad almost every night. Some nights we just have really big salads with homemade baked panko crusted chicken nuggets. I just use a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut them up into pieces that are about 1-2 inches long, roll them in panko crumbs, pepper, basil, and olive oil, and bake them in a dish for 25 min. at 400 degrees. I came up with these nuggets on a whim one night, and they were a huge hit for my husband-he loves them! Our salads always have cucumbers, red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, and sometimes mushrooms and boiled eggs. We only add the boiled eggs when we are having the salads as the full meal, and we never put cheese on the salads because of the extra fat. Of course, we use the Bolthouse dressings, which are out of this world! They are all natural and yogurt based.
Fun Fact: Parmesan cheese has the least amount of fat of any other variety, and the bonus is that is has a lot of flavor without being pungent.
Dessert is my weakness! I have it most nights. I love these bananas stuffed with dark chocolate morsels and a few marshmallows. I don't put that many on my banana, but I just heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and it's delicious!
I love dark chocolate and raspberry together, so this all natural low-fat frozen yogurt from Publix is perfection for me. It's called Roadrunner Raspberry and it's got raspberry filled dark chocolate cups in white chocolate frozen yogurt with raspberry swirled throughout. It's love.
I also sometimes have chocolate granola in 0% Greek yogurt with honey. There are more recipes in my Recipes tab at the top of the page. Not all are 100% healthy, but they are all good!
So, how have y'all been doing with your eating and your workouts?! I want to hear all about it! ALL Get Healthy posts can be accessed by clicking here!

18 comments:

  1. Those dishes look amazing!! Can you post the actual recipes?

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    1. Thank you, Kourtney! I'm working on getting them into the Recipes tab-it may be a few days before I get them all in there, but I'm working on it :). Have a great day! xoxo

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  2. SUCH great meal and snack ideas! I've never tried greek yogurt before, but I think I may give it a try after seeing all of your ideas! Thanks for sharing, Cherish!

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    1. Caitlin, I will warn you that a lot of people don't care for the 0% Greek yogurt because it tastes a lot like sour cream. But, if you add honey and fruit or granola to it it's so good and so much sweeter. :) You're so very welcome! Have a fabulous day! xoxo

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    2. another trick to sweeten up greek yogurt is to add in pudding mix. I've found that it the cheesecake and white chocolate flavors are pretty tasty with plain greek yogurt. It also thickens up the yogurt and makes it seem like cheesecake.

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    3. Thank you for that idea, Meredith! I haven't tried that! :) xoxo

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  3. thanks for sharing this!!! so many new ideas to try, esp that banana and yogurt! sweets are my weekness too!!!!

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    1. You are welcome!! You will love that banana treat-sooo good!! :) Have a great day! xoxo

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  4. These dishes are so pretty! I wish I ate some of that stuff so I could cook it...but I have a feeling I'm too picky! LOL

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    1. Thanks, girl! Don't be picky, lol! ;) Have a wonderful day! xoxo

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  5. As always your dishes turn out adorable. They look so good that I would eat them always! Did you switch to wordpress?

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! I didn't switch to wordpress-I wouldn't even know where to begin on doing that, lol! I hope you're doing great and that you have an awesome day! xoxo

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  6. The enchiladas look AMAZING! Definitely would love the recipe! And I love your banana trick! And it's cute :)

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    1. Thank you, Lauren!!! I'm working on them! I do have an enchiladas recipe under the recipes tab already, but I'm working on the healthy version as well! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

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  7. One of my favorite recipes I've found since converting to a cleaner diet is roasted broccoli. I do not like broccoli, at all, but I love it cooked this way. I found the recipe on pinterest, of course! Place a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a bag, throw in the broccoli, add salt and pepper, place on a cookie sheet, spread some minced garlic over it and roast on 425 for 20-25 minutes! Yum!!!

    For breakfast, I usually have a couple of plain ol' scrambled eggs or old fashioned oats with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a couple of teaspoons of honey.

    I've also found several other really good recipes on pinterest.
    Yummy, clean waffles:
    http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/23/recipe-whole-wheat-waffles/

    Amazing, chocolate fudge or healthy Reese's cup"
    http://creatingnaturally.com/healthy-chocolate-peanut-butter-fudge/

    7 year old approved energy balls:
    http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

    I hope you all enjoy some of the recipes. Who knew eating healthy could still taste good?

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    1. Awesome, Christina!!! Thank you for sharing ALL of this with us! Some great ideas! You rock! Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

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  8. Yum!! I'm excited to link up, but we just got back from vacation, so it will take me a day or so to catch up.

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    1. Great!! I hope you had fun on your vacation! :) Have a great weekend! xoxo

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