Moving & Eating Healthy

As I am mentioned in some post we have moved. I despise moving and I hated it even more so this time.  Anyone ever notice how hard it is to eat healthy when you move? You don’t have food in the house yet, the dishes are pack, or you are just tired. The first night we had Sonic and I was not pleased. How can I lose weight eating like this? I knew the next day was busy but I was going to have something healthy for dinner. I had cold food in the house but not much more. I also had hardly any cooking utensils no scale or measuring cups. Hmmmmmm!

The crock pot became my best friend! I have 2 crock pots and decided I would put them to good use. In the first I put pork chops and in the other chicken. I was unsure what I was going to do with them as because the only food I had was some of my seasoning stuff. The answer was Italian Pock Chops and Chicken Tacos.

Chicken tacos was easy and didn’t take much guess-work. I mixed 3 packets of taco seasoning with some water. I just guessed how much, figuring if I started with only a little I could add more later. After I made the mix I put chicken breast in the crock pot, added the mix, and set on low for 8 hours. I did have to run to the store for beans, tortillas, and taco toppings but that was all at the local Dollar Store.  Throughout the cooking time I would stir and start to shred the chicken. After 8 hours I had moist shredded chicken ready for tacos.

Italian Pork chops was a little more tricky. I had a marinade mix in the cabinet and decided if it was good enough to marinade in then it was good enough to cook in. The best part was that it was low calories! As I looked at the packet I noticed a problem, I had no white vinegar or oil. Oh well! Again i just guessed on the water and hoped that just water would do ok to cook it in. It did great! It was so good in fact that I will be trying many more of these marinade mixes to cook with in the crock pot. Place the crock pot on high for 4 hours and we had a yummy lunch. I personally think it was much better than burgers and fries.

Moving and eating healthy can be a chore but it can be done. I would recommend looking at crock pot recipes that have 5 or less ingredient or using mixes like I did. You can pack your crock pot in a box with the stuff you will need (minus the meat) so it is easy to get to. Another solution is getting crock pot kits. I know Wal-Mart and Kroger sell a roast kit. It has a roast, veggies, and seasoning package that you can dump all of in the crock pot and have a yummy healthy meal. It takes planning but moving and staying healthy is possible.

I’m A Grazer!

It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday; I am a grazer! Yesterday morning as I was making my girls breakfast I tossed a piece of cereal in my mouth and licked the yogurt spoon clean. Harmless right? NO!

After I realized what I did I decided that I wanted to track just how much I nibble in one day. I found I am at my worst when I make my kids their food. Often I have to cut it up, especially since G is only 14 months old. As I cut or rip it apart I grab a small piece here or there. Also, after they get done eating if there is only a bite or two left and I will eat it up. So yesterday every time I wanted to put something in my bottomless pit of a stomach I put aside. By the end of the day I had an interesting collection: cereal, cut up chicken, peas, corn, popcorn, pretzels, cut up pork, half a banana, and that’s not counting wanting to lick the spoon clean of yogurt, mashed potatoes, and pudding. Before you ask, no I did not put the spoons to the side. I figured out about how much was on them and wrote it down. By the end of the night grazing would have added 674 extra calories to my day! That is more than half my calories allowed in one day. WOW! I  know my grazing is worse when it’s not a day at home. I have the habit of eating that last chicken nugget or the few lonely fries.

I am betting if you are a grazer you do it without thinking just like I do. Make a point to think about every piece of food you put in your mouth. Do what I did and see how many calories you are saving yourself.

The Cheese Grater Is Not Just For Cheese

You can use your cheese grater for things other than cheese and it can help you eat healthier. It allows you to have some food in moderation and other foods fresh. I love to use mine. I will tell you though, I hate traditional cheese shredders. I have a rotary cheese grater (not the one linked). The make shredding anything easy and you wont get your fingers caught. So here are some food other than cheese you can use in the cheese grater.

  • Chocolate! Yes, chocolate and healthy can go together! I take 1 square of dark chocolate and shred it over my girls yogurt as a special treat. I also shred it over my yogurt or into my smoothies when I have a craving.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic taste so much better than what you buy in the seasoning section, plus there are no preservatives or additives. Just drop in a clove (whole or cut in two) and start shredding.
  • Onions. Again fresh is so much better than dried! My family hates to see chopped onions but grated onions cook down smaller and I get the great taste.
  • Nuts. I hate to chop just about anything because sometimes I chop my fingers. If you have  a rotary grater you can use it and your nuts will come out just the same. Personally, I think it’s easier and faster.
  • Sneaky Veggies! That’s right, use your cheese grater to sneak vegetables in your family’s food. Grate carrots, broccoli, and more to hide in any sauce you can. They will be harder to notice and harder to pick out.
  • Frozen Butter. I keep extra sticks of butter in the freezer and sadly I don’t always have one thawed out when I need it. I put a stick of butter in grater and grate it into whatever I need to. This is easy and a lot of times make folding butter into something easier.
  • Apples. My 1-year-old loves apples but I am afraid she will choke. I cute pieces and grate them so she can eat apples and I have no fear of her choking.
  • Shred Chicken. Have left over chicken? Place chicken chunks in the grater ans shred it for a wrap, sandwich, or any other use.
  • Potatoes. If you want hash browns then please grate your own potatoes then getting the frozen ones. Fresh wont have lots of things added to it that you don’t need.
  • Cheese! Of course you can use a cheese grater for cheese! Not only is it cheaper but you what you grate at home wont be covered in that yucky powdered cellulose.

What other ways do you use your cheese grater?

I Got Pictures of the Chicken Cordon Blue Pockets

  1. As you read I did not get to take a picture of these because my hubby ate them first. The kids wanted them for dinner too, so I made more. This time I got pictures! You can go here for the recipe. See below for the pictures.

 

Step 1: Get the ingredients together.

2 slices of ham, 4 oz of chicken, and 1 oz of mozzarella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Put the ingredients on a flatten crescent.

Ingredients on a flattened crescent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Pinch the side closed and place in over for 25 minutes for 350. Flip halfway through.

Pinch sides closed and bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Enjoy a yummy meal!

Hope you like the pictures!

Chicken Cordon Blue Pockets

NOTE: This is NOT my picture. Hubby ate them before I could get a picture! This is similar to what it looks like though.

As you may  be able to tell I am a big fan of using what I have and cooking fast. I prefer to spend my time with my kids instead of hours in the kitchen. I tend to keep a bag of the precooked, already cut pieces of chicken in the fridge for just such occasions. Today’s lunch was all inexpensive items that I already had.

Makes 4 ** Serving Size 1 ** Calories 266

  •  1 can of crescent rolls
  • 2 slices of thick cut lunch meat ham, finely chopped
  • 1 oz of mozzarella,shredded
  • 4 oz of precooked chicken, diced
  1. Flatten out all the crescent rolls to about the same size and thin.
  2. Place 1/2 slice of ham, 1 oz of chicken and some cheese on one flattened crescent roll.
  3. Place another flattened crescent on top and pinch the sides closed.
  4. Repeat 3 times.
  5. Bake on 375 for 20-25 minutes, flipping at around 10 minutes.

This will go fast! As noted in my picture my hubby ate them before I could take a picture. This is another one of those items where you can change it up with what you already have.