Healthy Eating is a Full Time Gig

A commitment to healthy eating takes time and repetition plus it takes practice.  I have been committed to eating healthy for quite some time and every day I get better but I still discover triggers that catapult me into making choices that do not contribute to my health journey.

Recently I have been traveling for work.  Many of my trips are day trips.  I have noticed that even though I pack my lunch and snacks I like to stop at gas stations and fast food restaurants.  So yesterday I got curious about these habits.

Why, if I like the foods I packed and I am prepared do I feel the need to buy myself food at a gas station or fast food restaurant?

Well after thinking about it I discovered that in my past this has been the fun part of traveling that I get to eat out and buy beef jerky or French fries.  I also discovered that when I am traveling I view it as an adventure and I do not want to eat my normal day to day food.

So yesterday in the parking lot of Whataburger I prayed for love, strength, and will.  I ate my packed lunch and I made a promise to myself.  From this moment forward I will plan ahead and when I am scheduled to travel I will buy foods that make me feel good but that differ from what I normally eat so that I can feed my adventurous spirit, literally with fun foods that are good for me.

I invite you to get curious.  If you want to eat healthily, what are your triggers?  Find a way to fulfill your needs in a healthy way.  Get creative!

I am rooting for you!

Hummus

Having a salad at most of your meals is the easiest and best way to take in fiber, Vitamins A-D, minerals, antioxidants, and many other nutrients.  Add leafy greens with a variety of veggies.

Since we eat so many salads at our house it is imperative to find new twists and tasty ways to enjoy so my family does not get bored.  One of the best ways is to add a side of hummus to our salad yummy!!! I am known for my hummus so I want to share with you my latest recipe.  I hope you will try it and I invite you to enjoy it with a fresh and colorful salad.

Please note that I am the type of chef that puts a little of this and sprinkles a little of that so I will do my best to recreate accurate amounts for you in a recipe, but you may have to bring your creative side to the table

 

1 Lemon Juiced

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp Braggs or low sodium soy sauce

2-3 garlic cloves crushed or minced

¼ cup olive oil

2 cups of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) cooked

You may need to add ¼ cup of water to smooth out the consistency (sometimes I just add another juice from a lemon and/or a splash of more olive oil instead) it is up to you.

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!! Let me know if you try it and what you think.  Wishing you well.

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Chia Magic for your Heart, Mind, Bones, and Well-being

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Chia seeds have become a staple in my house for many reasons, but before I talk about that I want to get one thing out of the way.  They are grey and black in color.  They expand when you add water and turn into a gelatinous type substance.  It takes some getting used to.

Chia seeds come from a plant in the mint family.  They are indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala.  It is thought this plant was revered by the Aztecs.

When people consistently consume Chia seeds they credit these little guys with improving their digestion, lowering blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, increasing energy, and improving their overall health.

Why are Chia seeds so great?  Chia seeds are full of calcium, manganese, phosphorous, fiber, and an excellent source of quality Omega 3’s.

Chia seeds are super easy to consume.  Just and water and go!  My favorite way is to add it to my water bottle in the morning with some lemon juice.  I like to let it stand for at least 15 minutes to give the seeds time to expand and absorb water then I drink it.  I find it to be filling so I drink my drink an hour or two after breakfast and that tides me over until lunch.  I highly recommend Chia seeds and luckily they are available in most stores.  Thank goodness! I’m praying for your health!