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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.

Manic Monday Challenge #4

Sadly, I missed last weeks challenge. First I had a sick child and now I am moving. Moving is a good thing but when it happens quicker then planned things get crazy.

Previous Challenge

The last challenge I posted was– NO fast food for a week. Did you do it? I sadly failed. Yes, I am human and as hard as I try I will not always pass these challenges. Fast food has been a major evil for me that I have been trying to conquer. I am often on the run with small kids and McDonald’s screams my name.  I wrote a entry on how to plan ahead so you do not indulge in the biggest calories out there but sometimes that doesn’t help either. As I mentioned above my 5-year-old, A, was sick for a week. This resulted in 2 doctors visit and an added plus of an ER visit. Fast food just happens sometimes. I would love to say maybe I will do without this week but since I am moving. I doubt it.

This weeks challenge.

This week I want you to have complete a food diary. Logging everything you eat can be an eye opener and help you get healthy. When you realize you had 10 M&Ms this morning at the office, some chips for a pick me up, 3 sodas, 1/2 your kids snack cake, and handful of this or that it makes you pay attention. I personally use MyFitnessPal because it logs calories, sodium, and other information. You don’t have to log all the nutritional information. Send yourself a text or jot it down. Look at everything you are eating for a week and you will start to change your eating habits.

Granola Cearal

OK time for the granola cereal recipe. Sadly, I will be giving it to off memory because my computer failed to save it (probably user error). This should help you a lot though and of course you can adapt it to your own family. I am sorry on the delay for this post.  Since there was a delay don’t forget to look for the clues to the giveaway mystery box.

  • 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips (as many or as few as you want).
  1. In a saucepan on medium warm the peanut butter, agave nectar, and brown sugar till it is almost liquid. Make sure you stir constantly or it will burn.
  2. Line a baking pan with wax paper or foil.
  3. Mix oats and liquid mix in the pan. This is best done with your hands.
  4. Put chocolate chips on top.
  5. Press entire compact.
  6. As for baking I baked at 350 for 35 minutes and put in refrigerator over night.
  7. Once they have set just pull up the wax paper and it will begin to crumble.

I am not sure how long this will store in a ziplock bag as my kids ate it all in a week. It cost about the same as a box of cereal and I knew exactly what was in it. I may not have got my granola bars but the cereal was a fantastic mistake. A small amount in milk fills my kids up quickly. I also gave them some dry and it seemed to be a nice energy perk while we played at the park.

Abracadabra! The Granola Bar is Now Cereal! Part 1

Yesterday I attempted to make homemade granola bars. Have I told you I can cook but I can not bake? If not, now you know. I thought these would be easy.

First let me clear up some confusion; its hard to go to the store and buy granola. Being new to being healthy I did not realize with the oats and honey and such you are actually making the granola. Boy did I feel dumb when I looked up the definition of granola. Anyways, I looked at several recipes and found I did not have this or that for each one. UGH! I did not feel like a trip to the store so I got creative! I took a little but from 4 different recipes and combined it while crossing my fingers.

Just like with the ingredients my cooking methods were a combination. To start with I mixed my wet ingredients and my sugar in a pot and cooked it on medium till it was runny. I had to do this twice, so remember STIR! The first time I put my ever handy Robostir  in to the job. Typically this works great to stir things for me but the mixture was too thick and burnt. The second batch came out much better!

I went to line a pan with wax paper only to find out my only option was tin foil. Oh well, I figured maybe it would give them some crisp. The trio of recipes all had different “cooking” methods; bake , refrigerate, and just let sit. I mixed my dry ingredients and mixture in the pan by hand. I did as all three recipes said and packed it down tight. My bars got topped off with some chocolate chips and tossed in the oven an 1/2 hour. I thought it wont be long and I will have a yummy and gooey treat. Wrong! After allowing it to cool it still fell apart.

Methods 2 and 3 now needed to be tried. I covered my creation and let it sit a few hours only to see it crumbled. This time I had hubby pack it really tight and it found a home for the night in the refrigerator. This morning was like Christmas for a kid untill I saw my still crumbling “bars.” I was sad but this failure was no shock. As I said I cannot bake. Hubby got smart. He tossed all the crumbles – big and small –  in a bag and told me we had cereal. Hmmmmmm. Just maybe we was right.

The girls LOVED it. All three ate every bite and did not complain about being hungry an hour later. Overall it cost about the same as a bag of cereal and I know whats in it. We will be making Granola Cereal more often with different varieties! Tomorrow I will post a recipe and a picture!

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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.