Posts tagged eating clean
Freezer Meal
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It has been years since I have had a frozen meal! Obviously, they aren't a dietitian's first pick. But, I've noticed that more companies are trying to do better in the freezer meal section, so I decided to give one a try. 

For no good reason, I picked up a Healthy Choice: Chicken & Vegetable Stir-fry. 

Positives: 
low-calorie (190)
high protein (22g)
decent fiber (4g) 
okay sugar (8g) 

Negatives: 
low-calorie - OMG, I need more food than that. 
high sodium (500mg)

The high sodium is to be expected with frozen meals, but the rest checked out okay. But, I am serious about the to low-calorie for this hungry girl! I added spinach, fruit, and advocate to mine to help fill me up. *If you must have a stand by in the freezer, this is okay. But, please don't eat them daily.

Snack Time

My favorite time is snack time, but I don't always have time to put together a healthy snack. 
Having good-for-you snacks that you can toss in your work bag, purse, or desk draw that can be eaten on-the-go will save you on busy days. But make sure they are balanced. 

I love LARABAR and feel comfortable feeding them to my daughter, too. They have simple ingredients and rate just right. Remember, snacks should have at least 2 different check marks.

Breakfast / Snack

Y'all this combination is just delicious. If you don't like cottage cheese, you are missing out! 
DYK that cottage cheese is one of the most slow digesting proteins on the planet (okay, maybe I'm being dramatic). But it will stick with you hours after you eat it due to the protein casein found in most dairy foods, but more dense in cottage cheese. Anyway, this breakfast is a new favorite and would make the perfect snack, too. 

It rates great

  • Protein- cottage cheese.
  • Carb- whole wheat waffles.
  • Vegetable- n/a.
  • Fruit- fresh peach.
  • Dairy- cottage cheese.
  • Fat- n/a.
Breakfast

Start your day with a balanced breakfast and you could potentially conquer the world. 😉

  • Protein- 2 eggs + 2 egg whites. 
  • Carb- Tomato Basil wrap. 
  • Vegetable - spinach + avocado. 
  • Fruit- n/a.
  • Dairy- n/a. 
  • Fat- avocado. 
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Yum. That's all I have to say. I made a big batch of sweet potato, black bean chili without meat. This leaves me the option of pairing it with whatever I want or eating it by its self for a snack (or even breakfast)! It rates pretty great, too.

Here I paired it with a grilled pork chop. 

  • Protein- pork chop (black beans).
  • Carbs- sweet potato (and corn).
  • Vegetables- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, onion, peppers etc. 
  • Fruit- n/a. 
  • Dairy- n/a. 
  • Fat- n/a. 

I know I usually say 4-6 checks for every main meal. I could have topped this with cheese, sour cream, or even toasted seeds. I just didn't, ha. Not perfect all the time.