Live Happy, Live Healthy, Live Green

My tips for living happy, healthy, and green!

Category : Eating Healthy

My Favorite Green Smoothie

 

Green smoothies are my favorite breakfast! Its easy, fast, and portable and packed with nutrition!  Its a great way to get your kids to eat items they either don’t like or can’t eat yet. My 2 year old actually likes most greens but has a hard time with chewing spinach raw so this works perfect for me. There are hundreds of variations on smoothies that you can make. I love the fresh flavor of this recipe. And as you can see I do a lot of shopping at Trader Joe’s :)

Ingredients:

Unsweetened Coconut Milk (I prefer the least amount of added sugar as possible)

Baby Spinach

Non fat Greek Yogurt

Frozen pineapple (make sure it is just pineapple, some frozen fruit has added sugars)

Banana

 

 

 

I am not much for measuring! I am usually making this smoothie for myself and my 2 year old. So I take a 12 oz glass and fill it most of the way with the coconut milk, add a couple good size handfuls of spinach, one full banana, a handful of frozen pineapple and a large spoonful of yogurt.

Now its time to drink your smoothie and enjoy the wonderful taste and the fact you are starting your day with lots of nutrition.

Healthy Eating Stuggles

I really really try to keep myself and my family eating a healthy diet. It is not about weight loss or dieting…its about health! But I still struggle with it. My goal to is fruits or veggies at each meal, low carbs, and little to non refined sugars. Sometimes I feel no matter how hard I try I always give in to the easy way out by throwing some frozen fries in the oven for a side to the meal when I could just as easy put some frozen asparagus into a pan. I just don’t know why I do it to be honest and at the end of the day I get pissed at myself.

My other major problem is the evenings. I will do so well throughout the day, a smoothie for breakfast, good snack, salad for lunch, green juice….and then come dinner and the after dinner snack time. That is the time of day for the sweets and carbs just call my name. I think it has something to do with my husband being home and him wanting the same things and the fact of watching TV. Its like mindless snacking in a way. For the most part my dinners stay on the healthy side but there always seems to be that draw to carbs at dinner. I am trying to work on ways to break these habits, I think that is the problem years of the habit of eating in the evenings. I know I have to give myself time, but that is something I am not good at, I want to be able to just be strong and do it right away!

The other goal I have is to drink more water! I used to be really good at this but lately I have been slacking big time! To be honest I think I need a new water bottle…this may sound a little silly, but I was thinking back to when I used to drink a ton of water and the one thing that stands out is the water bottle I had at that time I loved and took everywhere. Now I have this crappy thing that I hate and I think that is a problem. So I guess to solve this problem I just need to get out and buy myself a water bottle that I love.

I am just going to keep working towards the goal of healthy meals throughout the day. I just have to remember to learn from the mistakes of today and change things for tomorrow.

2012 This Is My Year!

I have come to the realization that is time to take charge of my life and I what I want out of it. I know what I want and now is the time to stop making excuses and make things happen. Good in theory but much harder to do in practice….but hear it goes. Time to make 2012 My Year! So one thing I am going to do is take charge of making this blog awesome!

New features will be:

DIY for the Home

Eating Healthy (recipes, weekly menus, and tips)

Fitness

and much more!

Make Your Own Baby Food

Since my little man started eating a month ago I have been making all of his baby food. I started him on solid foods at 6 months old. He is loving eating solid foods! Making his food from the start is my way of influencing his eating habits for the rest of his life. I want to teach him from the beginning to eat healthy fruits and vegetables.

There are many benefits to making your own baby food:

1. You know exactly what is in the food! If you make it yourself you know there is no added sugar or preservatives.

2. Saves money…baby food in jars can get expensive. By making your own you can fruits and vegetables that are on sale, in season, or you can grow them your self.

3. Its good for the baby and the environment. No buying jars and recycling them. Think about how many jars of food you would go through in a month!

4. The food is Fresh. Even if you make a week or months worth of food at once and then freeze it, it will be fresher then the stuff in the jars at the store.

Its easy to make baby food. All you need is a pan, steamer baskets, and food processor or baby food grinder.

Step 1:

Wash and prepare fruit or vegetable. I leave the skin on until after I have steamed the item to keep more of vitamins and nutrients intact. I try to always choose organic fruits and veggies, this way I know they are free of pesticides and other harmful toxins.

Step 2: Steam fruit or vegetable. Place steamer basket over a couple of inches of water and cover. Timing depends of what item you are making. I just check the softness periodically.

Step 3: Peel fruit or veggie if needed.

Step 4: Place in food processor and blend to desired consistency. If stage 1 food you can add breast milk, formula, or water from the pan used for steaming to create a smoother consistency.

Step 5: If freezing place in freezer safe containers and place in freezer. Most items are good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

I like to take a day each week to make a week to a week and half worth of foods. That is what works best for me. I know some people will make food once a month and that works also.

Juicing…Yum!

I have recently started juicing. I am loving it so far! I have done a lot of reading about how healthy juicing in for a few months now, but now I have started it myself.

My favorite juice is carrot/apple. I do about 10 carrots and 2 apples…this makes enough juice for me and my husband. It taste great and gives me a lot of energy. I usually have a glass mid morning and late afternoon when I am feeling a little tired and need a good pick me up.

Carrots are a good source of Calcium and Iron, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

I like juicing because its as easy and fast way to get the nutrients from fruits and vegetables. I love fruits and vegetables to begin with, but think juicing would be great for people who do not like the taste of different fruits and vegetables because you can hide the flavors you may not like as much with other flavors you enjoy and you can still get the nutrients from all the items.

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Happy New Year!

I know I am a little late on this but life has been very crazy!

As many of you out there my plans for the new year include health and fitness. My goal is to finish loosing the weight I put on having my baby boy (almost there!), tone up, transform our diet to a 75% raw diet, and run a half marathon by July!

For the fitness/weight loss:

Spend 1 hour 5 days a week at the gym. My gym workout includes 20-30 mins of cardio and then 30 mins of free weights. I usually rotate weights from upper body, abs, and lower body. To get more time running to prepare for running a half marathon I am going to begin to rotate a day in where I do cardio for the entire hour. Since I get bored easily I try to rotate the way I do my cardio….treadmill, track, elliptical machine, Arc trainer. Then I use free weights and different exercise balls for my strength training. I also enjoy throwing a day of yoga into my workout.

For our diet:

I am slowing trying to convert most of our diet to raw fruits and veggies. I am learning different ways to do this. It takes a little getting used to. I have spent my whole life thinking that things need to be cooked to be the main part of the meal. I am starting by making a smoothie for breakfast, fruit or veggie snack, salad for lunch, carrot juice snack, and a dinner consisting of at least half raw veggies.

Other 2011 goals:

  • Get better at keeping in touch with friends that are not local.
  • Get my personal trainer certificate
  • Take one class towards becoming a registered dietitian
  • Spend more time working on this blog!
  • Build my Shaklee business

Here is to a great 2011 where life may take us! Good luck to everyone with there New Years resolutions/goals.

New Years Resolutions…What is yours?

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Sometimes It’s Hard…

Sometimes its hard to be the person you want to be…

I want to be a wonderful mom, loving wife, great friend, helpful daughter, fun sister, and overall I want to be a good healthy person. But sometimes I need to step back and get perspective. I want to feed my family a healthy organic diet and do it on one income. I want to get myself back into pre-pregnancy shape. I want to have a healthy clean home, with no harmful chemicals. I want to go back to school.

I just have to remember that I can’t do all this at once. It is going to take time to change habits, work on a new budget, loose weight, and get things in order to go back to school. I have to remind myself that I am not superman…although I wish I was sometimes :) Its ok to have a cookie once in awhile, to not clean the house and play with the baby all day instead, and it is going to take time to get back into shape. Patience is not my strong suite but I am working on it.

There is some much pressure in the world to be on top of everything, look great all the time, and be as close to perfect as possible…but I think sometimes the biggest pressure is put on us by ourselves. My family and friends are not the ones looking for me to be perfect…I am the one who wants to be perfect for them. I don’t need to compare myself to others, I need to focus on the wonderful things I have in my life and slowly work towards my goals…pushing myself too hard and expecting too much just sets myself up for feeling some sort of failure.

I hope other women out there will remember that the ones who really love us don’t expect us to be perfect…its not possible! Remember to take time each day to be thankful for all that you have and look at the beautiful things around us.

Yummy Dinner!

I made this wonderful salad last night for dinner and thought I would share the recipe.

Steak and Arugula Salad

1/2 head of Romain (Chopped)

1/2 Red Onion (cut in thin slices)

3 C. Fresh Baby Arugula

12 cherry tomatoes, halve

1 pound of steak (grilled and then chilled)

Top with:

4 ounces Gorgonzola, coarsely crumbled

1/2 cup walnuts

Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

This was a great light, but filling dinner.

Found the Recipe here, many more amazing salads.