Sometimes regular oatmeal can be really boring. I like to change it up a bit by using Quaker instant lower-sugar oatmeal and mixing it with crushed pineapple (with juice) instead of water. If you throw in a few nuts for protein, it tastes kind of like a pineapple crisp, but is a filling and healthy breakfast.
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One of the best ways I found to increase my veggie intake was to explore new kinds by making one day a week vegetarian. I explored new recipes, which had me trying new vegetables or preparing them in new ways. I still like my lean proteins, but I also look forward to my veggie days too.
One of my quick and easy faves is a grilled veggie sandwich. Sliced Eggplant, sliced zucchini, sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, grilled (mine is on the George Foreman). Put it on some whole wheat bread, roll or pita with a slice of swiss cheese and some hummus or roasted pepper spread.
Since I found SP in Jan. 2009, I have found so many new recipes that use healthy foods. We're trying new things, finding new ways to cook old favorites, and are definitely NOT bored with eating the same (diet) foods over & over again! Try at least one new recipe each week!
I kind of groaned when hubby brought home a bunch of kale yesterday (after reading about the health benefits) - but I looked for an Editor's Choice Recipe and we both enjoyed it! Will make it again. This type of experience has happened many times through the last year!!
I have joined a morning bootcamp in my town, and my instructor has stated to us campers that if we want to lose weight, to eat a piece of fruit with each meal. But, to make sure to stick with darker fruits such as different berries. If you are going to eat a banana, make sure to eat no more than either a 1/2 banana or one small banana a day due to the sugar content. Eating the fruit helps to keep to fill you up and keep you fuller longer.
One of my favorite breakfast is Oatmeal with a sliced banana and a packet of splenda. I NEVER thought I could ever eat oatmeal, let alone "plain" oatmeal, but with the splenda and the banana you would never know the difference! I actually look forward to the mornings that I get to eat my oatmeal!
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