Sunday, May 15, 2011

8 weeks to a better me: Week 3/Healthy Eating

This week I am so happy to have my VERY favorite food blogger here...I feel honored to have Tracy posting on Sometimes Sweet today, and I am beyond excited about what she's sharing.  When I thought about who I wanted to talk about healthy food, Tracy was the first person that came to mind- and with good reason. Shutterbean is chock full of amazing, healthy ideas, and whenever I leave Tracy's site I am inspired to expand our menu with new, delicious meals and desserts. I also love that she isn't afraid to indulge, and she shares a lot of treats and sweets, but made with yummy whole food ingredients. Definitely stop by Shutterbean and say hello! I guarantee you will love it as much as I do- it's truly an AMAZING blog and resource, chock full of beautiful photos and recipes. Thank you again Tracy for being a part of this feature.

Hi I'm Tracy!!  My blog, Shutterbean is where I share my love for food, photography & prettie things. I'm a working mom who absolutely LOVES to cook & bake. I make sure to fit time in my schedule to do so because it feeds me keeps me sane & feeds me creatively!

Before I begin, I want to thank Danielle for having me! Thanks Danielle!  I'm really excited to talk to you about Healthy Eating habits and give you a few tips on making good healthy food choices. A few months ago I was looking at my posts and realized that I totally have formula on my blog. Bake something totally naughty THEN post a few healthier cooking recipes afterward!  Honestly, this is how I live my life and this is how I am able to keep my weight in check. You too can have baked goods and yummy treats if you respect MODERATION! It's all about balancing it out!

So here are three ESSENTIAL tips I have for you:

1. Drink WATER!!

Getting sick of this mantra? Don't!! I read once that our brains easily confuse the feeling of thirst with hunger. So before you dive for a handful of chips, drink some water!  You could be consuming unnecessary calories for no reason! A good tip for drinking water is to fill up a pretty pitcher of water in the morning and make a goal to have it finished by a certain time of day. I can hear you saying, "But water is sooooo boring!" It doesn't have to be! I like to add a few slices of cucumbers, oranges & lemons to perk up my water. You could also make some iced tea and dilute it throughout the day. These little things makes a difference!


2. Keep healthy snacks with you for on the go!

Every couple of weeks I take stock of what's in my pantry. I pour the leftover dried fruits & nuts into a bowl and make my own trail-mix. I put the trail-mix in baggies and keep a few of them in my purse at ALL TIMES. When I'm driving home from work, I reach into my bag and eat some. The best part is that it helps prevent me from bingeing on something not so healthy for me when I get home and it ties me over til dinner time! Save your baggies & recycle them for your next batch! 

I also make my own Fully Loaded Granola bars too!  They are especially tasty & totally kid friendly!

And my last trick.....

3. Eat at least ONE salad EVERY DAY.

This just makes sense! I like to have a large salad at dinner because I wake up the next morning feeling light and fresh! If I have a salad at lunch, it's usually because I know I'm going to be having something goooooood for dinner!  And when I say goooooood, I really mean something naughty!

Here's a bonus tip: Remember! YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!

Wouldn't you rather be a nice handful of healthy, vibrant tomatoes than a preservative laden bag of nutritionally void potato chips??

Think about it....


Oh oh!! Wait I have one more thing to add!

Make sure you eat the rainbow! Vary your diet with different colors. Not only is it healthy, it helps keep things interesting!

So that's it! I hope this leaves you feeling somewhat inspired. Eating healthy is EASY! You just have to make time to do it.

If you want to add a few really great/healthy cookbooks to your library, these are a few of my favorites:

Appetite for Reduction (everything is vegan AND low cal/low fat & SUPER tasty)

Everyday Food Magazine (I could go on forever about why I love this. Get an issue and it will change your life!)

Power Foods, from the Editors of Whole Living (A very comprehensive look at Super Foods with great/healthy recipes!)

Super Natural Every Day Cookbook (Lovely, inspiring, beautiful food that makes you feel good!)

Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (This is not JUST for feeding men & boys! It's all about homemade, comfort food & feeding your children!)

And be sure to stop by my website!  You'll find at least two new recipes every week!

 1) Try out two new kinds of vegetables. I typically get pretty stuck in a veggie rut, and Hank and I often eat the same types- broccoli, bell peppers, onions and tons of garlic. Recently we branched out a bit and integrated kale into our weekly menu and loved it. I'm going food shopping tomorrow and my goal is to pick up two new to us veggies and work them into our meals this week.
2) To go off #3, eat a salad everyday!

3) Drink 3 Camelbak bottles full of a water a day.

So, those are my 3 goals for the week, what are yours? Be sure to link in the comments! I can't wait to check yours out, too!


  1. Try artichokes! :) I just like boiling 'em up and eating them plain.

  2. Hooray week 3! I've been thinking a lot lately about healthy eating (especially for after baby Annabelle arrives) and I'm going to post my goals on my blog too! Great theme :)

    As for my tip - I'm biased as a vegan, but I think we could all stand to eat less animal products and more veggies. Good for us, and good for the environment! Win/win!

  3. Oh, I think I've found a new favorite food blog.

  4. LOVE the goal theme for this week! Here's my post:

  5. The water thing is so hard for me. I love water when it is beyond ice cold, but then it's hard for me to stomach. I'm jumping on the water goal this week. I must keep headaches away, and I know this definitely helps.

    Great post as always.

    Oh and guess what! Yesterday I tried a green pepper on it's own and liked it!!!! If you know me, you know this is HUGE. #pickesteaterontheplanet

  6. Oh man, I certainly need this weeks theme!


  7. Yay, so exciting! I've been thinking about this one a lot lately so here I go:

  8. how do you and hank prepare the kale? i've tried the kale chips you mentioned in another post, but i'm at a loss as to what i should do with them otherwise!

    Thanks :)

  9. Great post! Here is my blog for this weeks theme:


  10. wonderful post! i'm so glad there are people out there that are conscience about what they eat. there def needs to be more of that today! good tips i didn't know! and i'm following shutterbean now!

  11. These healthy eating goals are coming at the perfect time for me!

  12. new veggies! you should add squash to your routine, 8 ball zuchini, butternut squash, summer squash, and more! they're all over the farmers markets down here (in phoenix) AND LEEKS they make everything so good. I add them to quiche and veggies. My mom didn't even know what they were! I loved this post. happy healthy eating!

  13. Love it.

    Here's my post: ‎

  14. What great and easy ways to eat healthier! Definitely going for the water and salad every day!

    So happy you came up with this idea Danielle!

    Here's my post for anyone wanting to check it out too! (although, I think you can just click on my name too)

  15. Good for you girl!! Healthy eating makes a world of difference in how you feel!! Another great healthy tip is to drink at least 4 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar a day..I swear by it!! It has LOADS of benefits :)

    Delighted Momma

  16. Yes I love all of these tips! My purse is always packed with snacks because you never know what will happen. And water is ESSENTIAL! The rainbow thing is hard because I'm picky, but I'm trying. Beautiful pictures! Made me hungry haha.

  17. Super excited for this week. Healthy Eating is right up my ally and I've been kind of falling into lazy eating habits!

  18. Great post and such beautiful food photography. I'm definitely going to try to drink more water and take healthy snacks out with me - I used to think that snacking was really awful but it definitely helps with not over-indulging at the next meal time. The trail mix idea is really good! x

  19. I love Shutterbean, it's a fantastic blog.

    We strive to make sure we have 50% vegetables in each meal. I'm vegetarian/ pescetarian, which helps.

    Try growing your own, growing salad leaves are so easy and it is gives you a real sense of satisfaction as well as cheap salad!

  20. Healthy Eating!! Great subject.
    I am definitely going to try Tracy's granola.

    Here are my 3 goals:

  21. Parsnips are a yummy vegetable that when cooked are surprisingly sweet! So delicious!

  22. I have to say I am really, really loving these posts! :D Great goals, by the way! ♥

  23. Wonderful post and great tips from Shutterbean! I'll definitely be watching her site more :)

    Here's my link, and I forgot to comment with it last week, but I did it then too! You should set up a Mr. Linky for this!

  24. I am loving these topics! Here are my goals for the week :)

  25. Here's mine:

    It's interesting giving these topics some proper thought once a week.

  26. Such a great post. I needed this!

  27. My goal for last week was to drink 3 full Camelbaks a day! I love those water bottles. They make drinking water so much more fun and easy for some reason. =]

    Here are my goals for this week!

  28. water water water! It makes all the difference in the world!

  29. i like salad but often don't really feel inspired to make them! do you have any go-to salad recipes? when i make salad, it just feels like rabbit food.

  30. I definitely follow the same formula for cooking and blogging. :-)

  31. Here's my goals:

    I love this feature! It's definitely got me motivated for the summer.

  32. eek - food goals are the hardest! i find being a veggie and eating healthy a tough combo. i've set some objectives that i might possibly stick to here:

  33. I enjoyed reading this post. I agree that we need to keep healthy snacks with us for on the go! I love all of these tips on how to stay fit and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing these! :)

  34. Amazing post and I'm so looking forward to eating healthier, my waist and dark eye circles are begging for it

  35. I always carry snacks with me but mostly fruits. Would love to try that yummy granola bar. Checking it out.

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