Day 19: Eating Healthy

I am not a high energy person.  I require at least 8 hours of sleep (Prince Charming will tell you I need 9 or 10) in order to be a pleasant person.  I am not a morning person.  I LOOOOOVE coffee.  Don’t speak to me before I’ve had a cup of coffee! 

funny Coffee Mug, Don't even talk ceramic Coffee Cup MUG-012

(Available on Etsy)

If, for some reason I stay up too late (the Boston Red Sox have a late game), I spend the next day eating lots of sugar and drinking coffee just to be productive.  I know this is all wrong!  I do want to change it. 

We have some very unhealthy eating habits around here.  We like junk food in this house.  We don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.  I would like to change it.  So I’m putting it out there for everyone in blogland to see. 

We will get it together by eating healthier, as a family!

Our biggest flaw is our snack items.  My kids go straight for the chips and the crackers.  Not fruit or yogurt.  This hit me a few nights ago when I was reading to my kiddos at bedtime.  The princess had gotten a new book I Believe in Genevieve by Jenny Craig.  Yes, that Jenny Craig.  It’s a story about Jenny and her slow sluggish horse.  Through hard work, exercise and eating well, both Jenny and her horse perform better.  Yes, I thought.  That is true. 

(available through Amazon)

Now, I know its going to take some effort.  I’ll have to cut up fruit and veggies in advance so they are easy to access after school.  I will have to not buy the Cape Cod potato chips that I love.  I will have to drink more water and less coffee. (Caffeine headache, anyone?)  But I will do it, because it is good for my family.  So here are some healthy afterschool snack ideas that I have found.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Vegetable Crudité with Hummus

Super Smoothie (frozen tropical fruit blend, spinach and water)

Lactose free cheese and crackers (Cabot cheese is lactose free!)

Plain Popcorn sprinkled with a little butter and sea salt

Yogurt covered raisins

I think that I need to go to Trader Joe’s.  I have heard that they have amazingly healthy snack items.  We don’t live near one, so you have to plan to go there.  I will put it on my calendar. 

Then I’ll need to reorganize the pantry!


Weekly Menu 9/16–9/20

As you are reading this I am on my way home from a wonderful visit with my family.  We all flew up to Maine to celebrate my mother’s birthday which is actually today!  Happy Birthday, Mom!


Monday – Pizza!  We will go out for this.  I haven’t been home to do any shopping so the fridge is bare!

Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan Meatballs


Wednesday – Pasta with Proscuitto, Tomato and Olive

// Prosciutto, tomato, and olive spaghetti

Thursday – Stuffed Peppers (a DC original!)


Friday – Shrimp Pad Thai

pad thai noodles with shrimp

Happy New Year, Y’all!

Welcome to 2013!  I just can’t believe that it is a new year already.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that you are ready to start the year off right.  Have you made resolutions yet?  I sure have, and lots of them!  But I can encompass them all into one word… BREATHE!

The end of 2012 has been tough for our family.  We are fortunate to be in good health, but our lives were kind of put into limbo as we moved, my daughter started school, we didn’t get the house we had wanted to buy, my husband changed jobs and we are now renters for the foreseeable future.  I feel stifled creatively due to being in a space that isn’t my own.  I feel overwhelmed by having boxes and bags everywhere.  I feel disorganized because I have most of my belongings in storage and not enough space for it all.  And I feel sad because I am so caught up in feeling these bad feelings that I am having trouble seeing the bright side.  Here is the bright side:  we are all here.  My children and husband are safe and healthy.  We are all here together.  We have many blessings.

This why I chose to focus on the word breathe.  I want to remind myself to take a step back and take a breath.  To count my blessings.  To remember that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  To enjoy every day, whether its challenging or simple. 

I encourage you all to count your blessings no matter what your 2013 resolutions are.  And know that as I try to grow this blog, I count you as one of my blessings.