Making Your Grocery Shopping Fun!

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To make grocery shopping for healthy meals fun, easy  and motivational you should give a designed shopping list a try. I created a shopping list for myself to help me stay focused in picking up items that are necessary for my “clean eating” meal plan.  My first grocery list was something that I made with a notepad and my label maker.  It was a little time consuming to create, but it really kept me focused.

 

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In order to cut down on prep time, I then decided to go to Vistaprint and design my own shopping list. The notepads that I designed only cost about $5 each and you get 50 sheets/notepad.   This really motivates me to pick up my items on time (every 3-5 days)  so that I can meal prep and bring my healthy lunch and snacks to work on a daily basis.

 

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So, now I just clip my grocery list to my agenda and go!  I check off items as I pick them up.  This keeps me away from any aisle with items that can sabotage my grocery trip (e.g. pastries, candy, chips, soda, etc.).

 

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Question:

How do you plan for shopping?

 

Peace and Love

 

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The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution Book Review

I just finished reading the book entitled, “The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution” by Marla Heller, MS, RD  and I must say that I’m absolutely impressed.  The author, Martha Heller, a registered dietician in private practice and at a naval hospital outpatient nutrition clinic, provides a simple step-by-step 2 week plan for losing 10 lbs.  She ensures that you will not only reduce your weight, but improve your overall health.

 

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My interest was spurred to read this book after my mother challenged me to start adding book reviews to my blog.  I’m grateful for her suggestion because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Furthermore, my interest was sparked because the author stated, “You can lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks.”  She provided valuable research based findings on combating heart disease and diabetes as well.  The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution will ultimately help reduce your weight, lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce risks of developing diabetes or kidney stones.

As I paged through the 2 week plan and recipes that the author included, I realized that this was something that I could do successfully.  Mostly because it includes meals and snacks that I normally eat on a regular basis.  It doesn’t list those foods that I normally will not enjoy eating and leave me feeling like I’m starving.

There are 2 phases to the diet.  Phase 1 reboots your body and appetite.  You phase out starchy foods and concentrate on protein and veggies.  No fruit in this phase as well.  Phase 2 then slowly incorporates items back into your meal plan in a healthy and sustainable way.  The diet involves “preparing meals and snacks that are satisfying and actually help to curb hunger.”

Candidates for the DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution include the following:

  • individuals who carry excess weight around the middle
  • individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals diagnosed with diabetes (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals who are sick and tired of yo-you dieting
  • individuals who desire to take preventive measures to reduce risks of developing high blood pressure and diabetes

So, forget about the junk food, refined grains and overeating.  These will just make you stay hungry, crave the unhealthy foods and keep excess weight on your body.

List of things to avoid:

  • refined grains
  • junk food
  • skipping meals

List of things to enjoy:

  • healthy fats (e.g. nuts) they help keep you sustained especially in the late afternoons right before dinner.
  • fruits and veggies
  • cooking new recipes
  • meal planning
  • meal prepping

I now enjoy grocery shopping, reading labels and of course my all time favorite thing to do, COOKING!

I enjoy planning my meals followed by meal preparation for the entire week.

I recommend that you download this book or purchase it at your local bookstore.  You won’t be disappointed!  I finished reading this book in 2 days so that’s an indication that you won’t be able to put it down once you pick it up.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

Falafel Salad

I decided that I wanted to make something low calorie and satisfying for dinner tonight.

I chose to use my Falafel Mix that I purchased from Wholefoods.  I decided to bake the falafels rather than fry them.  Directions for preparing the falafels are on the side of the box.

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The salad turned out to be very tasty.  I made my own dressing for the salad.

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Falafel Dressing Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 tbs of Sour Cream or Yogurt

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dill

1/2 lemon’s juice

3 small bell peppers (yellow, red or orange) diced

4 green onions diced

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  I used my NutriBullet.

salt and pepper to taste

Peace and Love

New Recipe- Curry Shrimp

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I usually use this brand of curry sauce to make all of my curry dishes.  In the past I’ve made Curry Tofu and Veggies.  Today I used shrimp to make a delicious pescatarian meal.

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Ingredients:

1 box of curry sauce mix

1-2 lbs of raw shrimp (de-vein)

2 large russet potatoes

2 carrots

1 white onion

1-2 tbs minced garlic

2-3 tbs of oil (olive or canola)

3-31/2 cups of water

steamed brown or white rice

Step 1:

Dice up russet potatoes and carrots.

 

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Step 2:

Wash shrimp.  I thawed frozen shrimp which were already de-veined.

 

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Step 3:

Chop up a white onion and add 1 tbs of minced garlic to 2 tbs of oil (olive, canola, etc.).  Sauté until onions are translucent (4-5 minutes).

 

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Step 4:

Add potatoes and carrots and 1 1/2 cup of water to pot.  Add 1/2 of the curry brick and stir.  Heat for about 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots start to get tender.

 

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Step 5:

Add another 1 1/2 cups of water and the other half of the curry brick.  Stir until curry brick is dissolved.  Add shrimp.  Add another 1/2 cup of water.  Cook until the shrimp are bright pink (8-10 minutes)

 

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Step 6:

Serve with steamed brown or white rice.

 

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Peace and Love

 

 

2015 The Best Solutions

I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions.  Mostly because I never keep them.  So, I will set better solutions for myself.  Since I spent last Monday at the doctor’s office, I now recognize that I had neglected my health this past year.

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I went in to see my doctor and found out that I was completely dehydrated.  I really just didn’t notice that I was not drinking enough water.

So, I decided to go out and get some water bottles to remind me to drink water throughout the day.

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Go Bruins!!!!

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Autism Awareness Cup.  Proceeds go to supporting the research and support for individuals with Autism.

2015 will also require more juicing for healthier skin and energy. Great green juice!

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My current natural hair products are working very well for me.  I can’t live without my Apple Cider Vinegar, Kinky Curly Leave-In (not pictured).  I revisited the Camille Rose Deep Conditioner.  I’m still not sure if I like it.  But, I did like the Camille Rose Curl Maker.  Loving it!

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Tonight’s dinner was delicious.  I cooked! Yay!!!!!  Baked Tilapia with butter, garlic and chives.  White rice and a caesar salad as sides.  Delicious!

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Dessert- Hot cocoa with whipped cream and sugar free chocolate

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I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and Good Health in 2015.

Peace and Love

The Day After Christmas

Well, I spent a fun evening with a childhood friend on Christmas evening.  I enjoyed a delicious dinner with her family.  We sang, danced and ate for most of the night.  I had the opportunity to try out the Panettone Specialty Holiday Cake.

 

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Tonight, I finished preparing a pescatarian soul food dinner for myself.  Fried Tilapia, macaroni and cheese, mustard greens and potato salad were on the menu.   It was delightful!  I watched Divergent as I ate.  It was a really good movie.

 

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I will be letting you know about all my Christmas presents in a future blog.  I just didn’t have time to take the pics.  My favorite is a Lilly Pulitzer Agenda that my mom sent.  I’ll be able to plan some exciting activities for the future.

 

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I also received my first Keurig, so excited to try it out.

 

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I’m still enjoying this time off from work.  It’s great to be back to blogging.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

 

Grocery Shopping

I ended a long day at work by shopping at Ralphs for a few items. I stocked up on oranges and vegetables. I’m really loving corn on the cob right now.

I’ve been eating a lot of laughing cow cheese. I scored this new flavor today:

I can’t wait to slather it on a toasted whole wheat bagel.

I picked up some POM Cranberry Juice. It tasted pretty good! I know it’s super healthy for me. Chalk full of antioxidants.

I’ve been indulging in the breakfast of the champions lately, greek yogurt and whole grain snacks.

Healthy dinner choice tonight! Loved it. Oven roasted corn and a garden salad (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, cucumbers, cilantro) and oil and vinegar dressing.

Questions:

l. What do you love to pick up at the grocery store?

2. What did you have for dinner?