Howdy folks!! Welp, it’s another Monday and if you’re anything like me, you seem to always be in a rush… rushing to get ready for your morning workout, rushing to fix breakfast and get dressed for work, etc. Yes, nothing like the start of the week to get you moving, and moving QUICKLY!
I kid, I kid. 😉 Fortunately, I’m within walking distance from work, so running late for that is not too much of a problem. HOWEVER, with being in grad school, working full-time, carving out daily time for prayer & bible study, doing my best to maintain a healthy and somewhat active lifestyle and happy marriage, I do have quite a few busy days. My hats off to those who do all of this with kids to care for too! In light of the average person’s busy lifestyle, I came up with my own list of healthy alternatives for…
* The person who wants to start eating healthier but doesn’t know where to start
* The person who wants a “cheat” day, but doesn’t really want to squander all her/his progress
* The person who has No Time to prep healthier meals
* The person who is too lazy to prep even healthier meals 😉
* The person who’s just curious of what my quick “go-to” meals may include, since it helps keep me at a slim/healthy weight
Let’s be honest… achieving or maintaining a healthy & happy weight (for your height) is 80% diet and about 20% exercise. So, we really ARE what we eat!
#1 The Breakfast Sanwich Healthy Alternative!
Yes, for some, it is sooo tempting to stop by your nearby Mickey D’s, or even Subway (if you’re fancy and attempting to be a bit healthier), however, I found it’s so much easier to make your own breakfast sandwich at home (where you can control what’s included in it)! I bring you the EGG WHITE SANDWICH…
It’s super simple to make and much healthier when you use whole wheat sandwich thins, scramble your own egg whites, and if you add cheese, use a thin slice of swiss cheese or your favorite low-fat cheese slice! Or just try this recipe (**for the bacon addition, use turkey bacon or vegan bacon, or nix the bacon and add avocado instead!)
#2 My Potato Chips Healthy Alternative
Anyone who follows my blog, or just knows me, knows that I’m a HUGE fan of salty kettle-cooked potato chips! 😉 But like any other “bad carbs,” too much of it, does not make a healthy me. So, kale chips are my FAVE and easy “go-to” alternative. I do realize that they now sell Kale Chips at Whole Foods and other stores, however, my motto is “why spend all the extra cash when they’re so easy (and cheap) to make yourself?” 🙂
And do not let the look of these “chips” fool you – they taste almost just like Lay’s Potato Chips, but much healthier (i.e. No Bad Carbs). So, you can eat as much as you want!
#3 My Pizza Healthy Alternative
This, I actually tried last night, so I can vouch that it’s easy and quicker than going to your local pizza place or even ordering pizza in! Try buying a healthy frozen pizza and adding your own healthier meat topping (if you’d like). I personally love the Kashi brand Fire Roasted Veggie thin crust pizza. To that, I added slices of chicken/apple sausage that I had sauteed for a few minutes, before adding it to the pizza! **Please Note: You must be careful with buying any frozen pizza, because they are typically high in sodium. So, if you have to watch your sodium intake, this alternative may not be the right one for you!
#4 My Ice Cream Healthy Alternative
Whenever, I have an ice cream craving, it’s always best (for me) to go to my greek yogurt concotions!
For me, ice cream is just not ice cream without some form of chocolate added to it, so this mostly guilt-free recipe works for me! 🙂
#5 My Juice Healthy Alternative
Last, but certainly not least, we all def. can stand an alternative for juice – yes juice! I know what some may be thinking… apple or orange juice is healthy. What’s wrong with that? It DOES have fruit. Well, have you checked the amount of sugar included in the “healthy juices” found in grocery stores lately?? Astronomical! Even my beloved Naked Green Machine juice sadly has loads of sugar, unfortunately. So much so, I had to eventually cut down on my intake and try Fruit-Infused Water instead!
Yes, it takes some adjusting to drinking something with just a “hint of sweetness” when or if you’re used to drinking store bought juices, but it’s so much more hydrating, healthier and very simple to make. All you need is a container that seals, water and fresh fruit – my fave combos are orange and lemon slices or lemon and lime slices! You add the fruit slices, then add water, seal the top and let it sit in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours. Then, it’s ready to drink!
What are your fave go-to meals when you want to be healthy in a hurry?
Fave guilty pleasure?