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05/20/2010

Breakfast for dinner, once again!

Filed under: dinner ideas, Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, Peaches, Recipes — fruitchick1 @ 3:01 am

 Dinner Dinner, What’s for Dinner?

Does this sound familar? “I don’t wanna make something, but I don’t wanna eat junk either”. It’s 8 PM so I am way too hungry to make something that will take more than 5 minutes, and due to food allergies there isn’t much in the frozen food category I can have.

So I resorted to breakfast for dinner, once again. Two slices of French toast, with diced first-of-the-season White Peaches and a bit of cream cheese, and in about 5 minutes “dinner” was ready!

Ideal dinner? Doubtful, but it’s got to count as an upgrade from how I used to eat French toast,  with butter and drowned in syrup, or from my usual default dinner of cold cereal when I can’t figure anything else out and I’ve waited so long I’m feeling loopy. (OK peanut gallery, loopier than usual!) Plus it’s definitely an upgrade from the “old days” when the cereal of choice was, you guessed it, Fruit Loops!

Now, even in my hunger-induced fog, I always try to figure out how can I make what I pick healthier than “the usual”. (Hence the white peach for sweetness instead of syrup). When I eat cheerios I add dried cherries or fresh nectarine or peach. With peanut butter crackers I’ll have apple juice instead of soda. And so on.

Strict nutritional guidelines to live by? You won’t get those from me. But for encouragement to keep trying to eat more healthfully, nutritious snack suggestions and a hint that sometimes it doesn’t have to be hard-I’m your gal. Just kick up the nutritional content a bit on at least one item, every time you eat something. It doesn’t feel like work, and I know I feel a lot better by doing this. I hope you will too! And if you want help or ideas, please let me know.

Want to do something for dinner with white peaches but NOT French Toast? Check out this recipe from the California fruit growers! “White Peach Margarita Chicken” http://ow.ly/1NpxQ  

Thanks for reading!

03/17/2010

If you are eating veggies, whatever the time of day-keep it up!

Filed under: Healthy Snacks, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — fruitchick1 @ 11:06 pm

Ooh boy, I didn’t realize LinkedIn would be a report card for this blogger…It’s been 49 days since my last post. Yikes! Don’t worry, I HAVE been eating my vegetables. It’s just that after dinner I never feel like “writing!”. And let me tell you, for some reason dinner=vegetables in my brain. How about you?
I’ve had readers suggest V-8 for breakfast, yet honestly I can hardly even talk myself into veggies at lunch.

One thing I have definitely noticed is that despite trying to add veggies in on their own, I am still only drawn to dishes that incorporate a ton of vegetables all at once, such as salsa, soup, and around here, pizza and pasta. I “know” it would be nice to space them out throughout the day, but for me it’s not realistic.

I recently met with a nutritionist because I was worried about my eating patterns (lots of little “snacks” but no real big meals). She said as long as you eat those mini-meals (apple and peanut butter, cheese and fruit, etc) then why put stress in your life trying to change what is working?” I was so relieved to not walk out of there with a whole new plan I had to follow. So I am adapting that mentality to my preferred vegetable consumption habits!

Consider what works for you. Throw veggies in your omelet, baby peeled carrots in your lunch bag, and have a nice salad any time. Snack on celery sticks, grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, broccoli florets, you name it.

Me, I’m off to enjoy my St. Patrick’s Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, all cooked together. Just call me the one-dish wonder!

*As always, before changing or even continuing an eating plan, always check with your doctor if you have any health issues or concerns.

08/03/2009

The power of addition while snacking

Filed under: Healthy Snacks — Tags: , , — fruitchick1 @ 4:14 am

I hate math. I really hate math. Yet somehow this blog post keeps ending up with math terms, without me planning it. Read on and see if you can get behind my “fruit math”.

“Snack Time”! Twenty years ago that usually meant an entire bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos or a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch. Or, shudder to think, huge spoonfuls of cookie dough batter!

These days, when I get hungry for a snack, I briefly reminisce about the old days, and then shake it off and think: “What healthy snack can I have right now”?

Tonight the answer was: a Forelle pear and cheddar cheese. Believe it or not, I’ve sold Forelles at wholesale for decades but this is the 1st one I ate! It was pretty good, especially with the cheese to complement it.

For another example of how I snack these days, if I wanted cheese and crackers, I’d add dried cherries or apple juice. I guess I think of “rounding out”  (up?) my snacks, as in, “What can I add to this snack to round it out and make it  healthier”?

It’s a lot easier to add things than subtract, a point you’ll see often in my blogs because it’s so simple yet powerful.

No one wants to deny themselves. So I will again reference my wonderful former personal trainer, Mary Concannon, and share her advice to tell yourself, “I can have the (fill-in-the-blank snack) but I’m going to eat (an apple, plum, pear,etc.) FIRST”.

Many times I am full from the fruit, and skip the chips. Other times, believe me, I still eat the chips. BUT I eat less than I would have if I grabbed the bag while hungry!!

Look for more snacking tips in future posts, and feel free to share yours here. Let me know if the fruit math concepts help. Thanks for reading…and Happy Healthy Snacking!

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