Paul and I lead a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating (or at least try to for the most part). We do have things we “splurge” on, but overall, we eat pretty healthy. We have also given up meat for Lent, so we’re loading up on extra veggies and fruit for awhile…
One of the excuses that some people use for not eating healthy is that “eating healthy is too expensive.” Yes, it would probably be easier to buy a bag of potato chips for $1.19 instead of a bag of almonds for $5.19, but if those $4.00 could lower your cholesterol and save your life in the long run, I think I’m OK with spending the extra dough. Last Wednesday Paul and I went to Kroger to do some grocery shopping. Yes, we spent quite a bit of money ($148 to be exact), but the most expensive thing we bought was $6.48 (that was for EVOO-Extra Virgin Olive Oil)…so, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive (you just might not be able to buy a lot at one time)…Also, something else. We stay away from the “middle section” of the grocery store, except to get frozen fruit and beans. The “middle section” is going to trap you with food loaded with high fructose corn syrup, glucose, sucrose, aspertame, and other added ingredients…if you stay on the outer edges of the store, you are more likely going to find food in its natural state, which, of course, is better for you.
I thought I would share with you some of our favorite foods. Here are some staples that we keep in our house ALL THE TIME and go through very quickly…
Stoneyfield Organic Fat Free French Vanilla yogurt
We use organic fat free yogurt in smoothies and I also eat it as a snack, topped with granola
We eat a lot of eggs. I usually eat a hard boiled egg every morning for breakfast. Paul will also use eggs to makes an egg/cheese sandwich for lunch. We usually buy 2 dozen at a time
Fruit Blend for Smoothies (we also buy Yoplait Smoothie mix, too)
We use frozen fruit for smoothies. We LOVE smoothies…we have at least one a day, if not two
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa)
We discovered Quinoa in the Eat This, Not That book. Paul cooks it all the time (he usually cooks it with chicken) but it can also be used in Quinoa salad. It’s really good for you, too. You can find it in the organic section. It is very high in protein and also is a good source of magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus
Fat Free Skim Milk
We drink skim milk when we have cereal, and we also use it in smoothies
Fiber One cereal
If we don’t have a smoothie for breakfast, we usually have Fiber One cereal
pineapple (any fresh fruit)
We ate all of our strawberries and blueberries yesterday, so all we have is pineapple, but we like fresh fruit. Paul uses it in smoothies and I usually eat it on top of oatmeal or yogurt
Paul munches on almonds as a snack. I can’t eat them very much, but I do crush them and put them over salads and pasta. They help lower your cholesterol, prevent heart disease, are high in vitamin E and calcium.
We use protein powder in our smoothies
We eat spinach in salads, but Paul also puts spinach in his smoothies. Spinach is very low in cholesterol and is a good source of fiber and protein
Paul has discovered Ezekiel bread (it is in the frozen section of the organic section of the store). I’m not a real big fan of it, but Paul likes it. I usually just eat 100% whole grain wheat bread when we have sandwiches. Ezekiel 4:9 bread is flourless, organic, and has sprouted whole grains. It is very high in fiber and protein. When eating bread, we try to eat whole grain, not multi-grain. When you eat multigrain you are not necessarily getting the whole grain. The bran and then germ of the grain is what holds the most fiber and nutrients. Look at the fiber content of the bread and if it is 2g or less per serving it is doubtful you are eating whole grain bread
(Sorry it’s sideways). Paul drinks A LOT of water. We constantly have water bottles laying around the house (we just refill them with tap water over and over again). I’m trying to drink more water, but I struggle. But that’s the main fluid in our house
organic chocolate milk
We love organic chocolate milk. We keep it on hand because we have a glass when we finish working out. Just be sure not to drink to much because it does contain a lot of calories, just for a fluid
beans and tomatoes
We eat a lot of chickpeas (organic garbanzo beans), along with kidney beans and diced tomatoes. We also have corn and peas on hand, as well. I have a few good recipes for garbanzo beans, if you are interested. Garbanzo beans are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are also a good source of fiber and protein.
natural peanut butter
We don’t eat peanut butter a lot, but when we do we keep 100% natural peanut butter on hand. The only ingredients are peanut butter and salt…nothing else added
I love Quaker High Fiber or Weight Control oatmeal. I top it off with blueberries…yummy, yummy…
We also keep tomatoes, onions, green onions, bell peppers, red peppers, and other “assorted” salad toppers, but I don’t have a picture of everything…
Here are some other items that we eat every now and then. They are not staples that are brought every week, but we do still have some of them.
We roast brussel sprouts with EVOO and seasoning salt…they are yummy! (They taste a little like okra)…
Paul likes carrots as a snack (I can’t really eat them)
Laughing Cow cheese
When I eat cheese, I eat Laughing Cow cheese on crackers. A wedge of Laughing Cow cheese only has 35 calories, as a slice of Kraft American cheese has 60 calories. A wedge of Laughing Cow can easily cover 10-12 crackers
I love granola. I put it on yogurt or in oatmeal
I will add organic flax seed to salads and smoothies. This bag lasts a LONG TIME. You can find it in the organic section. It is loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Awhile back I was on a hummus “kick” and ate it a lot, but now not so much. I do still like it and when I do eat it, I eat it with crackers or carrots
We have discovered Buittoni 100% whole wheat cheese tortelleni. It is really good and this package feeds us for two meals. We top it with spaghetti sauce or recently discovered pesto with basil (and I put almonds on top, too)
(Sorry about the manager’s special sticker) We have recently discovered Buittoni pesto with basil. It is OH SO YUMMY!
We used to eat crackers a lot. We don’t eat them as much anymore, but when we do, we eat Triscuit Thin Crips
We used to drink a lot of juice. We don’t drink it as much anymore, but when we do, we drink organic or 100% juice, no extra ingredients. We do still use juice in smoothies, though; you just have to watch the sugar content when you’re using juice and fruit in your smoothies
(Sorry it’s sideways) This is Paul’s new best friend, the blender. We use it at least once a day, if not twice
And, of course, we can’t leave out…
We go to Jimmy John’s every Thursday night after Kid’s Club. We get a #6 Unwich (The Vegeterian) with no mayo (red wine vinegarette, instead) wrapped in lettuce instead of bread
We go to Subway at least once a week. Before Lent we usually got the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, but now we get the Vegeterian…
So, there it is. Our “healthy choices” that we eat. And, for those who think that healthy doesn’t taste good, here’s our dinner from tonight.
All Veggie Pizza…
Whole wheat crust, cheese, onions, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers, and red peppers…yummy!!
And, this is our favorite place to go workout…
Lacon Fitness and Tan…thanks Amanda and Cliff!!