snacks

I love chips, but I try to be healthy so am always looking for “healthier” chip options.  A lot of time the calories are still the same but the ingredients make a difference.  I am a big fan of vegetable chips dipped in salsa, but recently on an impromptu stop at Marshalls I found 2 more yummy options to add to my list.

Glories Mesquite Sweet Potato Chips are fabulous!!!!

http://www.goodhealthnaturalproducts.com/good-health-natural-foods/products/glories/glories-sweet-potato-chips-maple-chipotle/

The Daily Crave bbq veggie chips are delicious too 🙂

http://www.thedailycrave.com/

I recommend them both!

 

Sugar and Slides

Sundays are our family days.  No matter how busy we are during the week, we set aside Sundays to do things fun as a family that do not require work or school as part of the day.  🙂  Today we went to a park fairly near our house.  It was our first visit there and it was pretty awesome.  They built a slide into a hillside, resembling a small water slide, but without the water.  You are supposed to bring a piece of cardboard and you sit on it to go down the slide.  There is also a playground there.  The kids had a blast!  And I loved that something so simple was entertaining to them.  Free outdoor fun is always a good thing!  The only snag, which irked Mommy and Daddy more than the kids, was when a grandpa didn’t want to share the box that we brought.  Long silly story that I do not want to go into, but it was interesting that all the kids could share with each other and the grandpa was unaware of how that process worked.  Alas, another life lesson for the kids.  That was about 30 seconds of the whole time we were there, so it was a successful, happy and fun day!

Something interesting that I have been doing….I did a 10 day no sugar experiment.  I could eat natural sugar…meaning fruit, but nothing processed.  I gave myself a 10 day limit so I could see the end of the tunnel and therefore have more success.  Today is day 11, so I am pigging out a bit, but I am going back into another 10 day no sugar beginning tomorrow.  Being without sugar made my body much healthier. I could feel it.   I have had quite of bit of sugar today (in different forms)  and my body noticed right away.  But I do not want my body to forget how to process any of those foods quite yet.  Interestingly, I had a diet soda and it tasted horrible!  Which actually made me happy…because I know diet ingredients are really awful for your body.  And if I lose my temptation for them, all the better.  Baked goods however did not taste terrible, however if I get in a habit of only eating them every so often, I am not too concerned.  I did lose a little bit of weight…I will gain a fraction of that back today.  For me, the best part of no sugar is how quickly my belly slimmed.  My belly is not my biggest problem area, but wow! any slight improvement is ok with me.  I am sure after today there will be a little bulge, but it will also go away.  🙂

And that is the light weekend update!

weekly update

Eating cleaner, avoiding dyes and eating a bit less has slowly gotten me on the right track.  We emptied our pantry and fridge before vacation so it was a good opportunity to fill everything up with healthy foods.  My husband has his own junk food stash though.  🙂  

My BMI is under 21 now which is good, on the way to under 20, which will be better.  I am likely going to start body fat measurements again soon now that my allergic reaction water weight has gone down some.  

A couple things that tripped me up with yellow dye were vanilla ice cream and natural trail mix with dried fruit.  But, since I have avoided dyes so well everywhere else it was easy to know what caused it and when ingredients were check it was confirmed.  

Be back next week!  

protein pancakes

I have seen SO MANY variations for protein pancakes.  Tried the oatmeal and egg white ones and they just didn’t do it for me.  Then I found a recipe and lo and behold did not have all the ingredients, so I used what I had increased some of certain ingredients to make up for the ones I didn’t have and voila! I found my favorite protein pancakes and they are SO SO SO EASY!

Ingredients:

1 whole banana

1 scoop whey protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)

1 egg white

2 TB almond milk

 

Mix together and cook as you would a normal pancake.  Eat plain or top with jam or sugar free syrup.  They are yummy AND healthy…go figure.

lava lamp science

I did this with my kids yesterday for our science day.  I was excited…just mixing a few ingredients made a temporary lava lamp like reaction in a glass.  Pretty fun stuff for them!  And I enjoyed it as well.

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/lavacup.php

Also, we transferred are chrysalides (yes that is the plural of chrysalis) from there little cup to the butterfly net.  Hopefully in 5 days or so we will have some butterflies!