Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam. I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out. It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…
In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days. The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards! Have you exercised lately? With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again. If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it. Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal. The Read the full post…
There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro. My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…
Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten. It's time for a health reality check. First of all, how is your health lately? If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful? Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…
I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart. Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation? If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect. But Read the full post…
The first few days after your baby arrives are so overwhelming that preparing any food seems unmanageable. Of course, you have to eat and you need proper nutrition, especially if you are breast feeding. Hopefully, your friends and family have teamed up to feed you and the new Daddy dinner for a few days. If you were really prepared, you even cooked and froze a few meals yourself before the baby arrived. You may be lucky enough to have your Mom help out for a few days.
But what to do when everyone leaves and you are left with a demanding little thing in your arms? This is where Dad really helps out. Either he takes care of the baby while you shop and cook or he does it, or some combination thereof. My website has many quick, easy recipes that will help you get dinner fast. Here are a few more suggestions for breakfast and lunch and even snacks. Remember, you want to lose that weight you gained so avoid processed foods, frozen entrees, sodas, chips and other junk. Focus on healthy choices. Also, I’d like to say that being organized will make your life soooo much easier at this time. I know I’m a bit anal about organization but life will often seem like a three ring circus now that you’ve added a child or two, so step into the ringmaster role. I’ll post some organization tips next time.
Boiled eggs- couldn’t be easier to prepare and a couple of these nutritious gems plus a piece of whole wheat toast or some fruit will fill you up till lunch. Cook several at once. They are also good for a snack or on a salad.
Smoothies – I love smoothies for breakfast, lunch, snacks or even as dessert. I have several recipes for smoothies under the snack and breakfast categories. Don’t add sugar in your smoothies to avoid unwanted calories. Stick with nonfat Greek yogurt (more protein), fresh fruit and limit any honey or fruit juice. These whip up fast in a small blender like a Magic Bullet. I often blend a banana, a scoop of Carnation Instant Breakfast, 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter and milk for breakfast.
Peanut butter on whole wheat toast or an English muffin. Be sure to use whole wheat for the fiber and nutrition. Add a smear of honey if you like, it’s delicious on warm toast. Use any nut butter if you don’t like peanut butter.
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. Go easy on the granola as it has lots of fat and sugar usually. Great for snacks or dessert.
Green salad – A container of salad should make about three lunch sized portions for one person. Add a variety of ingredients for a healthy but super fast lunch. Try nuts, sunflower seeds, cooked meats, raisins, dried cranberries, fresh fruit, carrots, boiled egg, tomatoes, avocado, onion, canned beans, salsa and cheese. Don’t drown your salad in the fat and sugar that comes in the dressing; limit yourself to 2 Tbsp. Your salad can be different every day so use your imagination.
Humus with pita bread and vegetables. Toast a piece of pita bread, slice up a cucumber, add some baby carrots and grape or cherry tomatoes and you’ve got your food groups covered. Go heavier on the veggies and light on the humus as 2 Tbsp. contain about 70 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Bread-less wrap. Wrap three slices of deli meat around a low fat mozzarella stick. Look for low fat deli meat with no preservatives. Have some yogurt, fruit or raw veggies on the side. Add a few whole wheat crackers if you need something extra.
Hope these tips for quick meal solutions help and good luck with the new baby!
Upadated on June 6, 2012
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