This month’s wellness focus is all about healthy eating. I am not advocating cutting anything out, or dramatically changing anything (unless you are eating McDonalds for 3 meals a day, and then a more dramatic change might be in order). When I was in high school, the Atkins diet was really popular, so I did it. I cut out all carbs (except fruit). I was OK for about the first 3 days, and then I became a really mean, angry person. I just need carbs. Plus, I am not a big meat eater, and I felt like all I was eating was meat and cheese and it made me feel really gross.
I am all for small, conscious changes that make a difference overall – whole wheat over white, adding more fruits and veggies, cutting back on the alcohol and the sodas, cooking at home more instead of eating out. But you know, sometimes you just need some french fries, or a cookie, or both. It is all about balance. Be good most of the time, but don’t punish yourself for indulging a little. Life is way too short for that.
So, here are some healthy recipes ideas that might spark a little inspiration for you.
One of my favorite ways to really load up on veggies is to throw them in with some whole wheat pasta. Whether you use marina (homemade is really easy, and the jar marinara has a LOT of sugar), or not, it is the perfect way to add more veggies and is great for a meatless Monday.
This super easy chicken dish only takes about 20 minutes. You can put it over pasta or rice. Add a side or a salad and you are ready to go!
This sheet pan chicken and potatoes is easy, it is healthy and it is delicious. And you can definitely substitute other veggies to change things up.
If you are doing low carb, but you want something pasta-ish, this is a really good one. Instead of noodles, you are using zucchini (of course you could sub in zoodles in other recipes as well).
One of my favorite food blogs, if you couldn’t already tell is SkinnyTaste. I love that she does “makeover” recipes, taking delicious not good for you recipes, and making them over, lightening them up and making them better for you. And sometimes they are even better than the original (sometimes I have a hard time with super rich things). This makeover spinach gratin is, in my opinion, just as good as the original but so much better for you!
And my very favorite side is to chop up a bunch of veggies (any will work) and put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle them with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them on about 375 degrees. The cook time will depend on what veggies you have on there and how much (mine is always an enormous mound), so probably somewhere between 20 and 40 minutes.
February Wellness Check-In
How are you doing on your wellness goals? At the beginning of January, I challenged you to pick one easy to achieve goal in the wellness category. And then in February I challenged you to continue it as well as spending a little time taking care of yourself. How did you do?
My goal in January was to get moving a little – do something. And then I was sick with the flu most of January. But in February I was able to do a little more. I am not going overboard, but I am trying to do something 3 – 4 days a week (until the end of the month when I got a cold and took it easy), whether it is using weights, walking or a little bit of yoga. I’m posting some of my workouts on my Instagram stories if you want to see more of that (@nikkihodum).
I also spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon doing a little self care. Charlie was sick in bed, so I painted my finger and toe nails, I rested a little, did a face mask. It was nice having a quiet, relaxing afternoon. And it is definitely something I need to make more time for.
So this month’s challenge is to try to eat a little healthier. Whether it is bringing your lunch to work more times than you eat out, or making some simple swaps (like whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta), or maybe it is trying one of these recipes. I’m going to try to post some of our meals that I am making on Instagram stories too, and I would love to know some of your favorite healthy recipes!