Eating out is good too, right?

by admin on June 16, 2011

If I thought I was going to suddenly turn into a massive culinary enthusiast who cooks every meal healthily and at home, I was mistaken.  It’s only day two of this blog, and my unplanned afternoon nap has already gotten the better of me (Oh, happy summer when random naps can occur!)  So, no cooking for me tonight.

After about two minutes of feeling guilty, thinking to myself that I’m absolutely the worst food blogger ever if I can’t even cook dinner for two days straight, it hit me that this is good.  Really good.  This is just part of the process.  It’s not like I thought this was going to be easy.

Changing lifestyle habits is hard.  Opening your life up for people to see is hard.  The burden of meeting people’s daily expectations is hard.  And I just willingly added all of these things into my life at once.  Of course it isn’t easy.  Your journeys aren’t easy either.  You don’t always want to cook either.  Now, we get to learn how to deal with that!

Making Eating Out Work

The beauty of changing up my eating habits is that, even though I’m going out to dinner, I don’t feel the need to indulge in anything.  I actually feel like I indulged earlier with that rather healthy breakfast (and later snack) of banana bread in a bowl.  So now, I’m just going to make wise choices at the restaurant and curb my appetite a bit before going by pre-eating healthy food at home.

I have about half an hour from deciding with John to go out to dinner and him actually picking me up to do so.  That’s 29 more minutes than I need to make a smoothie!  I love fruit, smoothies, and anything with sugar, but I have to really watch my sugar intake due to hypoglycemia.  When you’re concerned about blood sugar levels, there’s no better time to pack your body with scrumptious fructose than just before a meal, when the protein and complex carbs of the meal will help to level out your blood sugar.

So I did this.

Deliciousness in a blender

If it really doesn’t look all that fresh, that’s because it’s not.  After countless attempts at making a good smoothie without yogurt and a lot of wasted produce, I learned that smoothies are often better when made with frozen fruit.  Not the syrupy stuff, just good, frozen, organic strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, rasberries, black berries, or any other fruit you want.  I do use a fresh banana.

Blend with agave nectar and water until smooth and you have . . .

Yummy fruit in liquid form.

Now at dinner, I won’t be starving, and I can just hear rotisserie chicken and a baked sweet potato (no butter) calling my name!

Preparing the Snack

For this particularly smoothie, I used:

8-12 frozen strawberries

About 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

1 fresh banana

1 tbsp. agave nectar

2/3 cups of water

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Christina Anderson June 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Sometimes instead of using water I add Juicy Juice because the kids and I love it in the smoothies…sounds good. Have not tried the smoothie with Agave Nectar but I do have some in the kitchen.


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