Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
Cheese and crackers for a snack
Mac and cheese plus an orange for lunch
Cookies for an afternoon snack, (oatmeal made me feel like they were healthy)
Processed Chicken nuggets, french fries and frozen corn and maybe a salad out of a bag for dinner
Lots of coffee all day
As you can see, I didn't include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the time, I had many excuses of why I was overweight. It all came to a halt when the truth and reality was my body was not healthy! My blood pressure was not being controlled with the medication the Dr. had prescribed, I felt tired, yucky, and sad that couldn't fit into the size I felt good in.
I started to read as much as I could about what I could do in my everyday diet to change my health. Plus, I started to faithfully be active. It has worked! My health and blood pressure are in a much better balance.
The biggest change was cooking almost everything from scratch, so I could control how much salt, what kind of fat, and sugar was in my food. Processed food has scary amounts of salt.
A few of my top foods I now make from scratch are
2. French Fries
3. Veggies (No Vegetables from can, I now roast, saute, or eat raw)
I really thought that homemade pancakes came from the store in a box or bag and you added water. I didn't know you could make it with real milk or eggs.
I timed myself to see how long it would take me to gather all the ingredients and whip up the batter. It took me 3 mins. from start to finish.
Ten years ago, I was really good at using the microwave. Being creative to keep the family happy with healthy food is a challenge. This past week, I made calazones. I told my kids they were pizza pockets. They weren't familiar with the term calazone. I loved making them and think they would be great to freeze for when you have a busy day and need to have something fast.
They baked in the oven for about 18 min.
I still make things that lack that wow factor, I hope I keep learning and getting better. This is why I blog. Eat well, live well, and have fun in the kitchen.