Wednesday, November 25, 2015

{Tips for Preventing Weight Gain during the Holiday Season}

It is almost Thanksgiving!! Woo hoo!! Then we all will blink and Christmas will be here. I absolutely love this time of year. I love the decorations, the get-togethers with family and of course....the food. Who doesn't....right??

Let me first just say..... I follow the 90/10 rule and holidays always fall in my 10% wiggle room but I am just like everyone else. I don't want to get on the scales and gain all of the weight I worked so hard to get off!! I have a few tips that I use just to keep a check on myself because it is very easy to go binge crazy shoving your face full of bread and chocolate. that just me?

Tip #1: Always....Always eat something at home before you attend any Holiday party or festivity

I have said it before and I will say it again....don't go anywhere hungry! If you leave your house hungry...chances of you eating something not so great or eating WAY TOO MUCH are high. I always bring a bottle of water with me anywhere I go so I can drink up on the way to the party/event. That is a great way to fill you up and beat that thirst that can sometimes show itself as hunger. I also usually eat an apple/almonds or a yogurt before I walk out the door. You can ask my husband....I don't care if I am running late or not....I always eat something or grab an apple for the road. I get hungry every few hours and I want to be prepared!! Something like a Larabar is really handy to eat on the way. If you aren't starving by the time you are less likely to binge.

Tip #2: Bring a healthy appetizer/dish/dessert with you!

Healthier Pecan Pie

I love bringing fruit or veggie trays to any get-together. Wanna know why?? Because I like fruits and veggies and I know that I will have some healthy stuff to snack on instead of chips and dip! Bring a healthy dessert but don't tell people that it is healthy! Just shock them all with a delicious treat that you won't feel guilty about later. It is always nice to know that wherever you are will have healthier options to eat that you know you will enjoy.

Tip ##: Choose your faves


Ya'll my entire family is full of ridiculously good cooks. I am not kidding. It is a blessing and a curse! I know the handful of dishes that are a must. I do not deprive myself from the foods that I love and that have great tradition/memories wrapped up in them. My grandma makes THA BEST giblet gravy. Am I going  to eat some....YES!!! Life is not about depriving yourself to be skinny! Life is about enjoying times with friends and family so some of your faves... just watch the portion size. I don't douse my whole plate in gravy....I use a little so that I can enjoy it and move on. I just won't put things on my plate that aren't either good for me....or one of my absolute faves!

Tip #4: Eat until you are full


Try to be mindful of when you have had enough. Sometimes you get busy chatting and mingling and you aren't paying attention to your stomach. Just try to have a seat, take your time, enjoy and then put your plate away when you are done! There will be dessert and we all know that we can't skip that part so just try to enjoy the company and stay mindful of when you are full.

Tip #5: Enjoy

These holidays are some of the best days of the year....don't spend it worrying about your weight. Regardless of how much you eat or what you will be fine! Don't let it discourage you from your goals. If you wake up the next day and feel guilty about the food you enjoyed...STOP! No guilt! Just get motivated to start the next day doing your best!

Want more tips? Check out my Top 5 Tips for Staying Slim through the Holidays!

I honestly hope you all have such a fabulous Thanksgiving surrounded by all of the people you are most thankful for. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

{Clean Eating Thanksgiving Menu}

Hi everyone! I love this time of year so much. Yes...there is a lot of crazy...but there are so many memorable moments made with friends and family. I have been trying to figure out what dishes I will prepare to take to family get-togethers. I don't do the whole Thanksgiving meal at my house but I always enjoy making some special dishes to take with me!

Let me give you some ideas of some healthy but AWESOME Thanksgiving dishes to make for your family!

This menu is a mix of old favorites and new recipes that I want to try! :)


Fruit and Veggie platters (I love mixing Vanilla Greek yogurt and Truwhip for a yummy fruit dip)

Cheese tray (favorite cheeses, nuts, dried fruits and whole grain crackers)

Baked Brie

Rosemary Roasted Cashews

Ricotta Stuffed Bacon wrapped dates


Main Dish:

Side Dishes:


So tell me....

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish????

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

{Holiday Pomegranate Apple Salad}

Everyone needs a really simple, pretty salad to take to Holiday parties. I doesn't have to be fancy but it sure is pretty...right? This is really the perfect salad to serve with an easy dinner or to take to your holiday parties. Everyone loves it!

I am LOVING Harris Teeters Organic Orange Poppy Seed dressing. I usually make my own dressing....which is always great...but sometimes I just don't have the time so I find the best organic dressing and use it in a pinch. Feel free to make your own poppy seed dressing or use your "cleanest" store bought option.

Holiday Pomegranate and Apple Salad
  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 small Gala apple (sliced thinly)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 medium red onion (sliced thinly)
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds (walnuts would also be yummy)
  • drizzle of organic poppy seed dressing (or your favorite homemade dressing)
Arrange lettuce in a large bowl and top with apple, pomegranate, onion and sunflower seeds. Divide into 4-5 large bowls and drizzle with your favorite dressing.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

{What I Ate Wednesday} 11/4/15

Happy Wednesday!!!

AHH...what a crazy week so far! Super always. Halloween was so awesome this past weekend. We had so much fun. We dressed up as a family and took the kids trick or treating. What do you think of our costumes?

Anywho....also super busy with this crazy built-in project. We are in the tile stage now. UGH! I will post pics soon!

Wanna know what I have been eating lately? I thought it was time for another WIAW post!!

Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal with raisins, walnuts and real maple syrup. YUM!

Snack: A slice of pumpkin bread with Coconut Chobani Greek yogurt and blueberries

Lunch: Banana wrap with a few pepitas that I roasted yesterday from our pumpkin carving over the weekend.

Snack: An apple, almonds and some freeze dried fruit

Dinner: Spaghetti squash with chicken sausage, pesto and Parmesan cheese

Dessert: A piece of my Moms sweet potato pie and some chamomile tea

Hope you all have a fabulous day!!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

{Banana Chia Pudding}

This may be my favorite new snack/dessert. It is beyond yummy and so good for you! I love all things banana and chia so the combo is absolute perfection! You can top this any way you like. A dollup of Truwhip and crumbled cracker is my preferred topping but I think a layer of vanilla Greek yogurt and sliced banana would also be delish!

Banana Chia Pudding
adapted from: Stupid Easy Paleo

  • 1 small/medium banana
  • 1/4 cup almond coconut milk (your favorite milk will work)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Truwhip or organic whipped topping
  • crumbled organic whole wheat or graham crackers (I like Carr Whole Wheat because they are slightly sweet)
Add banana and milk to blender and pulse until smooth and creamy. Add chia and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Add toppings. DEVOUR!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

{Spaghetti Squash Bacon Quiche}

I love to prep spaghetti squash on the weekend for my weekly meals. It has become one of my favorite vegetables. I eat it plain, with spaghetti sauce on top, baked into spaghetti pie or in a quiche. 

The easiest way to cook these (I think) is to wash them, poke a few holes in them, place them in a large bowl with a few tablespoons of water and microwave for 10 minutes or so until soft. Cut it in half, discard the seeds and then use a fork to pull out the stringy goodness. Maybe I am lazy but trying to cut through one of these raw just seems dangerous and like far too much effort! :)

Spaghetti Squash Bacon Quiche

  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 pound uncured turkey bacon (chopped) **any uncured bacon will work
  • 2 cups spaghetti squash (already cooked and strings removed from rind)
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli (diced into small florets) **or your favorite green veggie
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 cup organic shredded mozzarella
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add bacon and onion to skillet and saute until the bacon is fully cooked and the onion is soft. Remove from heat. Add cooked spaghetti squash, broccoli, eggs, salt and pepper to bowl and mix well. Add cooled onion/bacon mixture and stir well. 

Pour into 11x7 or 8x8 dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. 

Top with shredded cheese. 

Bake for 30 minutes. 


So tell me....

Do you love spaghetti squash? What is your favorite way to eat it??

Monday, October 26, 2015

{Super Simple Oatmeal Raisin Granola}

I think everyone needs a good granola recipe. This is my go-to granola recipe. It is simple and I always have all of the ingredients on hand.

I love to eat this as my morning breakfast cereal topped with organic milk and chopped bananas. It is also delicious all by itself, as a topping for yogurt or sprinkled on top of your morning oatmeal for a little added crunch!

Super Simple Oatmeal Raisin Granola 
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
  • 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add oats, coconut, flax, cinnamon and raisins to a large bowl. Stir and set aside. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 45 seconds or so just to soften. Stir well and pour over oat mixture. Stir until combined.

Add granola to sheet pan that is lined with parchment or sprayed with non-stick spray. Press with a spatula (or your hands) so that some of the pieces will stick together. **I like chunky granola 

Place in oven. Cook for 20-30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes until the granola is slightly golden.

Remove and allow to cool. Store in airtight container.

Have a great week!! 

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