Givin’ it to ya straight, kids. Your girlfriend’s brain remains foggy in a wicked HoLiDAZE! Oh, my soul. What day is it? Why does it feel like midnight when we’re eating dinner? What the heck am I gonna make for dinner!?! Why am I starved at 9 p.m.? It’s hardly a mystery when one consumes more sugar and carbs in December than you can shake a French toast stick at. While I didn’t gain more than a couple of pounds, the fact remains, holiday treats replaced nutritious foods packed with vitamins (and not streusel). REALISTIC Healthy Food Swaps After the Holidays is essentially a cheat sheet to get us back on track. p.s. My holidaze even caused blogging technical difficulties – I pushed publish too soon, and this post showed up in your email today when it should have been just THIS POST which I am hoping readers still see! Oy!
You’re probably on your way to the gym this second, but me? I need to begin eating more like an educated grownup and less like Buddy the Elf unless I want to live in those newfangled girdle shaper things I keep seeing in videos everywhere. Is it just me? Are you seeing more spanxy video ads this January than you honestly care to see?
Who am I kidding? Those ads bug me but they also make me wonder if those things really work that well! Ha! Those marketers are geniuses!
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14 REALISTIC Healthy Food Swaps After the Holidays!
I’m not suggesting anything oogie-oogie or earth shattering. Just simple food swap ideas for real people to help us achieve our goals!
1. Ditch Mayo for Mustard
I adore mayo (omg, in the olden days…a schmear of Miracle Whip on Wonder bread with nothing else? You could color me a happy camper!), but this one’s fairly easy, oui? Calories in mustard? Zip.
BTW. As a little girl, my Southern granny introduced me to mustard as a delicious, light, zero calorie dressing for egg noodles and pasta…it’s so good and reminds me of her…try it!
These Made in Sweden Spreaders Are So Happy in the Kitchen!
2. Swap a Grill Pan for a Skillet
I think I have shared this a zillion times, but I use a 12″ cast iron nonstick grill pan just about every single night for grilling rather than frying! It does not wear out and is probably the most important weapon in my healthy cooking arsenal.
3. Lemon Water
Here’s the most important healthy swap for me personally. I’m not proud of it, but I’m a Diet Coke fiend. Ditching it whenever possible for lemon water is likely to increase my energy, decrease my cravings for carbs, and even improve my complexion.
Attractive water goblets for your lemon water, darling?
4. Baked Potato for Fries
French fries are beyond delicious and hard to resist, but go for the baked potato and go to bed skinnier! When eating out, ask for the substitution as well – who knows how many calories those restaurant fries contain!
For More Even Cooking…Potato Nails
5. One Slice, Not Two
Whether dining out or making it at home, order up one slice not two. Making a sandwich? Leave it skinnier and openfaced!
And, yes, of course, this Jesusfreak blogger owns this exact holy mother toast stamp…
Madonna Toast Stamp
6. Fresh Herbs for Cheese
While I’m not suggesting we substitute herbs for all of the cheese in our grilled cheeses, think of all those casseroles and recipes we mindlessly sprinkle with cheeses when we could brighten and lighten with clean, lean, fresh green yum instead.
We interrupt these smart swaps to make you feel better than ever about your current dietary habits no matter how wack and high in calories they are (Also. This vid just may work as well as hypnosis for weight loss…)
7. Make Your Pizza Green
Stick with me now, pizza pie peeps. You don’t have to strip your whole pizza pie naked of cheese entirely. But I’m sure every now and again you have topped your pizza with fresh lettuce salad. So just do this more regularly!
8. Hard-boil ‘Em
Skip the fat associated with fried and boil your eggs instead.
Also cute egg cups. How civilized.
9. Instead of Sweetened Breakfast Cereal…
Eat a bowl of oatmeal like I do! Over the years, I have experimented with methods for cooking my old fashioned oats perfectly (which means the way my beloved Southern granny cooked oatmeal!), and I’d love to hear your preferred recipe. Right now, what works best for one serving is 4 minutes at full power in the microwave in this exact Le Creuset stoneware dish (below)…it won’t bubble over!
10. Skinnier Pasta
Any green beans fans in the house? I do love green beans and have found I can make a pasta dish a whole lot healthier since French cut green beans can sub for half of the pasta.
11. Thin Over Deep Dish
Oh this one is such a challenge for this Chicago deep dish pizza lovin’ girly. If you spot me at my favorite Italian restaurant, look away! My pizza portions can resemble those of a defensive lineman! But let’s try to indulge our bodies less with deep dish pizza and more with self-kindness.
12. Swap Refined for Whole Grains
Go for the higher fiber and nutrients whole grains offer over refined grains which are associated with thickening of the arteries. Read those labels on bread at the grocery store. I found a whole wheat bread I like with triple the fiber of everything else.
13. Trade Fatty Meats for Lean
If you don’t want to cut out red meat entirely, begin replacing half of your normal consumption with lean cuts and fish. I’m horrible at cooking fish at home so if you have tips or ideas, lay it on me.
14. Merlot for Margs
Red wine packs some health benefits in addition to being lower in calories than a margarita. I rarely drink alcohol so this one’s easy for me…in fact, I would rather cook with red wine than sip it since I love how it enhances the flavor of food!
I may not be fit and young like Mimi, but I can eat healthy like her!
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