Recently, I decided to give my diet an overhaul. This was a long Winter and I had fallen into the habit of making unhealthy choices (like eating sleeves of Girl Scout Cookies on a whim). Even though it is still cold (20 degrees this morning in New York) it is officially Spring and I am turning over a new leaf. I have taken on the challenge of finding new recipes and making meals that are healthy, delicious and quick. It is difficult to check all those boxes – believe me. Most things that are delicious are not healthy. Many things that are healthy are not quick (I’m talking to you 50 minute basmati rice).
One change I have implemented is to eat things that are organic and have no preservatives whenever possible. I am also buying turkey instead of beef (chopmeat, bacon, etc.) and substituting in whole wheat for white (bread, flour).
I have been making a meal plan for the week and shopping at Trader Joes on the weekend for ingredients. I have found a lot of great recipes on Pinterest, too.
At first my husband was skeptical. He is a meat and potatoes guy. He loves to eat and did not want to sacrifice taste for health but to my great surprise he has enjoyed most of the things I have been cooking lately.
Some of the items that have earned pleasant reviews from me, my eight year old and my picky, foody husband are:
These turkey meatballs are amazing! So so so good! I threw them (still frozen) into my slow cooker with a jar of the sauce below and we were ready to eat when we got home. These definitely were easy, quick and delicious!
This sauce is so yummy. I highly recommend it.
Whole wheat pasta is the change that met with the most resistance from my family. I tried to switch us from regular pasta previously and the brand or type that I bought was chalky, gummy and horrific. We assumed all healthy pasta was terrible and refused to sacrifice taste. I picked this up at Trader Joes over the weekend and I could not even tell the difference between this and regular pasta!
This turkey bacon was delish! Two thumbs up!
Do you guys have any tips about healthy eating that you wish to share? Any small changes I make or recipes that you love? What are your favorite items from Trader Joes?