Sunday, November 10, 2013

Meal Ideas??

So, as I said a few days ago- I am trying to lose a bit of weight and get more healthy. In the quest for this, I've found eating breakfast- and a relatively big one- really, really helps! Most days I have one egg, two links of turkey sausage and a piece of double fiber wheat toast. It works for me. I feel pretty stinking full most of the morning because it has a good amount of protein. I've found many other breakfast options with a similar number of calories but not as much protein leave me looking for a snack during naptime. While I'm not opposed to a snack, often it isn't something healthy that sounds good-- chocolate chips, anyone?!

For lunch I rotate between a few options, but I haven't found anything I really am set on yet. I'm the kind of person who could easily eat the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every single day if I like it. So, ideas welcome- I'd love to find something I like and just eat it everyday, it would make my life so much easier!

As for dinners, this is where I like my variety, and its a good thing because hubs would not be pleased if I made him eat the same things over and over and over! I generally try to leave a decent amount of calories for dinner because then we have more options, but we also are trying to get into a better habit of feeding the boys what we are eating so that means having yummy salads every night isn't totally feasible for us right now. I need some healthy ideas that may also be somewhat kid friendly.... anyone?!?

In general I'm steering clear of buying snack type foods and opting instead for apples, cheese and relatively healthy granola bars. My very favorite snack lately is stove popped popcorn made with coconut oil. It needs nothing more than some sea salt when it comes off the stove and we LOVE it. Hubs and I have recently started making a pot (1/4 of a cup un-popped to share) a few nights a week after the boys have gone to bed. We share it while we catch up on DVR'd shows or play a board game. It seems like a treat, even though it isn't too bad for you, especially when consumed with a HUGE glass of ice water-- or two!

So, what are your favorite healthy meals and snacks? I'd love to find a little variety!


Michele said...

Can you do some of your salads for lunch? I love a salad with spring greens and spinach, topped with strawberries and blueberries, blue cheese and almonds or walnuts with raspberry viniagretts

Michele said...

Sorry, hit publish before I had the chance to edit/spellcheck. I love crockpot meals too. Toss chicken breasts, a can of black beans, frozen corn, and a can of rotel in, cook on low for 6 hours or so, pull the chicken out and shred it, add it back in and add a block of 1/3 fat cream cheese cook until cheese melts. Serve in a tortilla with fresh veggies as a burrito or over rice, or even over tortillas as nachos!

Jules said...

Ooh that salad with blue cheese and walnuts sounds amazing... need to add those ingredients to my shopping list! Have you tried "bagel thins"? My new favorite thing! It's like a bagel but (you guessed it) super think so it's only like 100 cals and then you can make a nice turkey or roast beef sandwich with it and it feels more fun than just a regular sandwich. I bring frozen berries to work and put it on plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (high in protein). I have a monterrey jack cheese stick and an apple as a snack almost every day. Trader Joe's makes a quinoa/oatmeal blend that's frozen in blocks and you just microwave it. I've been eating those for breakfast like every morning and it keeps me full a lot longer than just oatmeal alone. (quinoa has high protein) Buy an avocado and just eat half of it as a snack. I hope this helps!