Food glorious food. I can remember that from the movie Oliver Twist. I just loved food. Fried food, junk food, and desserts. I thought having a good day meant getting a good meal to eat.What is so funny is that I am a pretty picky eater so I didn’t like a lot of food but the food I did like I overindulged. When I changed my Lifestyle I had to reprogram my thoughts about food and my relationship to it. I had to focus on healthier eating but can “healthier” food really be fulfilling?
Yes, surprising I don’t feel deprived at all. I eat well with lean proteins, whole grains, veggies, low-fat dairy, and fruit. I purchased an inside grill so I grill my meat most of the times.
The lean proteins that I eat are red meat, pork, fish and a variety of Jennie-O turkey products. Believe it or not you can get 96% lean beef at your local Safeway. I also found 96% lean burger patties at Smart and Final. If I buy steak I make sure it is lean. I buy those very thin pork loins and for fish I mostly eat Salmon and Tilapia. Eggs are another source of protein that is good. I use Eggland’s large eggs. Bean are also a good source of protein. You can really spice up the food with natural spices and herbs.
I use the Sara-Lee Delightful Whole Wheat bread which is only 45 calories per slice. I must say this bread is indeed light and good. My husband likes the Oroweat Whole Wheat Sandwich thins which are 100 calories. I like to use these for hamburger buns and egg sandwiches. I use the whole wheat penne for my pasta but I don’t eat pasta that often. I will also eat brown rice. I keep it pretty simple but there is a wide variety of whole grains you can choose.
Veggies are always good. I use carrot and celery sticks for my snacks. I eat spinach, broccoli, peppers, and greens. I cook with onions and mushroom often. I keep it simple with veggies because I have a food allergy to corn and cauliflower. I don’t like to experiment too much because I will suffer. I found my favorites and they are good enough for me. But if you live near a Farmers Market, Sprouts, or Whole Food the options are endless.
I found a great alternative that help tickles my fancy. The alternative is Bolthouse Farms Yogurt dressing. These dressing are delicious. My favorite flavors are Ranch and Caesar Parmigiano. These dressing are low in calories and fat. They can be found at Safeway in the fresh pre-cut veggies section. I have made garlic bread using the Ranch dressing and Chicken Alfredo with the Caesar Parmigiano.
An alternative to my sweet tooth is Quest Protein Bars. My favorite is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The good thing about these bars are they high in protein and fiber. I typically have one for either a snack or afterwork protein. When I have a chocolate craving I will grab a bar. My husband uses the Nugo bars.
An alternative to soda can be sparkling water. Most stores will have their versions of flavored water. I really like the Key Lime and lemon flavors. However, be careful because a lot of them have artificial sweeteners which may be toxic to some people.
The key to eating healthy is choosing fresh unprocessed foods whenever possible and try using in season fruits and veggies. Always review nutritional labels to make sure you make an informed decision on what foods you eat. You can find some great healthy recipes on Pintest.