Kickstart your weekend with some clean eating!!! Being healthy really isn't all that complicated. You don't need a million dollar chef like the stars. If you want that Bombshell Body, train and eat healthy!
There are manyforms of healthy, all in which can be as complicated or as easy as you want to make them! For me, having a healthy and clean diet is as simple as:
1. Awareness of what I am eating
Have you ever read some of theingredients in what you are eating? Do you even know what half the words evenare? I know most of them I DON'T! You know what I do know... celery is CELERY,and apple is, well, an APPLE! I love fresh and they are the best source ofnutrients! My motto is to try and eat only foods that I know what they are! Iwouldn't feed my child foods with tons of unknown preservatives because it issimply unsafe and unhealthy. Why should we short ourselves on the sameconcepts? So, as I said, it can be as easy as starting with more servings offresh fruits and vegetables and then moving to complicated with organics,vegan, etc. Each person has his/her own needs, but each human being has thesame general nutrition based needs that a clean diet can provide.
2. Portion Control
THIS IS A BIGGIE!! We live in asociety in which obesity is not only well known but becoming an ongoing issue. Fast-food with their "biggie sizes," Restaurants serving portions large enough for your entire family plus leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! The one bonus ofeating healthy is you can eat more. You heard me.. MORE! The best way to amp up your metabolism is to eat smaller portions 5-6 times a day. With eating more often we keep our blood sugar stable and can avoid overeating.
Always take a Multivitamin. Even with a nutrient rich diet, we still aren't getting the entire vitamin and mineral intake our bodies require. I take a gummy vitamin (nom nom nom..they taste like candy, so hide from children!) and a fish oil pill everyday!
4. Water: Don't drink your calories!!
Drink lots and lots of water! I can't express this enough!!!! Not only does it give us beautiful skin, keep our hearts healthy, and gives an energy boost, but adequate water intake flushes out toxins and waste products from the body. So don't drink your calories and if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Sip on water throughout the day! If you have a hard time remembering or keeping track of how much you have drank already, check out this awesome idea...
If you are like me and running around like crazy for the majority of your day, then the last thing you want to do is spend those few moments of free time in the kitchen. I promise if you pick a day (mine is Sunday) to prep all your meals for the week, you will not only eat healthier and have more time for yourself/children, but you WILL LOSE WEIGHT!! (Providing you are preparing healthy foods.. duh.)
I was in the store a few daysago buying my groceries and I had about six packages of celery and threepackages of large carrots. The lady at the register said, "wow! Someone's having a party." I replied, "nope, that's all for my family to eat! We love veggies!" Astonished, she then asked how I got them to eat veggies because she cannot get her children to eat them. "I force them," I said. Half joking and half not, people eat what is "convenient." So if I take the time to cut up veggies and precook brown rice and chicken, myfamily is then "forced" to eat them, even if it's for their lack of initiative to cook anything else! Trick your family
! It's so simple! Plus you, along with your family, will then have healthy alternatives already prepared when the munchies strike!!!
With these healthy ideas in mind, each week I will be sharing some of my favorite Fit-Fam Recipes!
(Makes 6 servings)
1cup pomegranate juice
½cup low fat milk
½tsp. vanilla extract
1cup rolled oats, ground into a coarse flour in a food processor
¼cup rolled oats
½cup coconut or almond flour
¼tsp. sea salt
2tsp. baking powder
2egg whites, whipped to soft peaks
Extravirgin olive oil or coconut oil
Makepomegranate syrup: Whisk juice and honey together in a small saucepan. Bringmixture to a boil over medium high heat and then reduce heat to medium. Simmermixture and reduce it to a syrup, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and letmixture cool slightly.
Makepancakes: Add bananas, milk and vanilla to a blender or food processor andpuree until smooth. In a large mixing bowl whisk together ground oats, rolledoats, flour, salt and baking powder. Fold banana puree into dry ingredients toform a thick batter. Do not over mix. Gently fold whipped egg whites intobatter. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. oil togriddle. Add ¼ cup batter for each pancake, making sure to leave enough roomfor each one. Cook until lightly browned, about 1 ½ minutes per side. Keeppancakes in warm oven while the others cook. Serve with a drizzle ofpomegranate syrup.