Thursday, May 16, 2013

Updates & Recipes!

So after I made my proclamation to all of you that Dillon and I were going to get healthy, I sat down and made a grocery list so we could put my words into actions.

(TIME OUT: my child has his entire hand in his mouth. All 5 fingers up to the last knuckle. Talent.)

Annnnnnyways...I will share with you a few things that I purchased to help jump start our healthy lifestyle.

-big tub of Plain Greek yogurt (great for smoothies as well as substitutes for cooking)
-big tub of Organic vanilla yogurt
-small cups of Chobani Greek yogurt with peach
-Organic Almond Milk (we aren't milk drinkers, and this stuff lasts 2-3X as long as cow milk)
-Multi-Grain Cheerios (great for breast feeders. I eat 1 bowl every morning)
-Bananas
-Green bell peppers
-Tomatoes
-Grapes
-Strawberries
-Organic honey
-Ground chicken (why did no one ever tell me this existed?)
-Granola from the big bins at Kroger Marketplace (LOVE our Kroger Marketplace)
-Peanut butter
-Honey wheat bread
-Motts Applesauce Natural (same price as the Cinnamon or any other flavored kind)
-Black beans
-Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights (I know Pop-Tarts aren't healthy, but Dillon eats breakfast on the go every morning, and he requests Pop-Tarts so I did the best I could and found some made with whole wheat and sprinkled with oatmeal on top.)

We have already had some great meals and tried new things. Recently I have discovered that I like green bell peppers. This was one of those things that I tried as a kid and apparently didn't like, but as my tastes matured, I liked it. Awesome! Remind me sometime to write a piece about Pitza 42, which is where I really started liking peppers.

One of the first meals I made was Chicken Taco Salad. I browned the chicken and added a packet of Taco Seasoning. We then cut up a bunch of peppers and tomatoes. I put crushed up tortilla chips, cheese, chicken, peppers and tomatoes, together in a bowl and mixed it up. I put a drop of plain Greek yogurt on top as a substitute for sour cream and...voila!

I also made a fruit dip that I got from Pinterest. It was said to be "better than Nutella" and "like crack," so obviously I had to try it. It goes a little something like this:
-about 2.5 oz plain Greek yogurt
-about 2.5 oz organic vanilla yogurt
-2 TBSP peanut butter
-1 TBSP honey
-a dash of cinnamon
We ate it with apples, grapes, and bananas!

Lastly, I will share with you a smoothie that I created myself.
Peach Banana Smoothie
-2 cups ice
-1.5 cups almond milk
-1, 6oz cup Chobani Greek yogurt with peach
-1 medium banana
-a dash of cinnamon and sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
-1 TBSP of rolled oats
-1/2 tsp honey
Blend or liquify this in your blender. You may have to blend it and then stir up the remaining pieces and blend it again if there are too many large pieces for your blender. I have an old blender that is probably as old as I am, which I inherited from my parents.

Tonight I am making Italian chicken, a recipe from my Meme.
Get a covered dish, like a glass casserole dish and place chicken breasts (however many you need) inside. Cover the breasts with Zesty Italian dressing (I like Kroger brand). When I say cover, I mean cover them well! Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour and then serve with green beans. It is really good to pour the juices over your beans too.

I hope this is encouraging! Love you guys, and thanks for reading. (:

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