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January 21, 2015

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I start a new job on Monday. I am excited and nervous. I know it will be very beneficial for me to be up during “normal” hours. I will move more and be able to do more personally.

The new job also causes food anxiety. My first day I will only have 30 minutes for lunch. But I will be in training all day. I don’t know about taking my lunch or what to do. After that, I should be working where I get a full hour for lunch. That leads to a lot of interesting prospects for lunch. Eat at work and also have time to read on phone. Run home for lunch since work is literally 5 minutes away. Eat at work and walk for part of the time. Meet a friend for lunch. See? Possibilities!

With those possibilities, though, I need to make some better choices. If I want to lose weight, I need to do best to stay away from most fast food. I think my goal for the next 2 weeks is to not eat any burgers from a fast food joint. I can try other lighter fare if I go there, but no burgers. Burgers are my downfall. I could probably be a vegetarian if it weren’t for burgers. Oh wait! And chicken. I love chicken cooked any which way usually. But chicken isn’t normally associated with being bad for you. So I can eat chicken! šŸ™‚

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Easy Crockpot Veggie Beef Soup

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32 ounces beef broth
24 Ounces crushed tomatoes
5 each new potato, peeled and cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 1/2 cups pearl onions
1 cup okra, frozen, chopped
3/4 pound beef sirloin steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
2 each bay leaves, whole

Place veggies in crockpot. Add pieces of steak. Pour in beef broth and crushed tomatoes. Add in 6 ounces of water. Add seasonings and bay leaves. Cook on high for 5 hours.

Note: You can always add more veggies…it only ups the calories minimally and you get lots of benefits. I would stay away from starchy veggies, though, such as corn. Starches turn into sugar when they hit your body.

Serves 8.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 241 Calories; 7g Fat (24.0% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 822mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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8 ounces almond milk
2 teaspoons peanut butter
1/2 each banana
3 each ice cubes
2 tablespoons ChocolateĀ Juice Plus Complete

Place all in blender and blend until desired consistency.

Serves 1

Approx 200 calories.

Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Fruit; 1 Fat.

January 7, 2015

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I made soup! I decided that due to the cold weather I definitely needed something to warm me up that was healthy. I made some easy crockpot vegetable beef soup. I didn’t use my recipe on here, but it is still really healthy. If you are thinking soup is too time consuming, mine took all of 10 minutes to put together after going to the grocery store. I got the crockpot out and dumped in a bag of frozen soup/stew vegetables, pre-cut beef tips (about 1/2 lb), beef broth, crushed tomatoes, Italian herbs and salt & pepper. Turned it on high and just let it cook. Easy peasy.

I am trying to eat healthier. It’s not easy. I am lazy. I get hungry and don’t want to put the effort in. I think maybe if I have it ready for when I hit those moments of hunger then I won’t be as tempted to run out for fast food. It’s a shot. So I am going with it.

Happy 2015!

Crockpot Grits

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Being Southern, I love grits! There are lots of ways to do them, but here is an easy way to get that tasty, creamy goodness.

6 cups water
2 cups grits
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Stir together grits and 6 cups water in a 5Ā or 6-qt. slow cooker. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes, allowing grits to settle to bottom. Tilt slow cooker slightly, and skim off solids using a fine wire-mesh strainer. Cover and soak 8 hours or overnight.

2. Cover and cook grits on HIGH 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir in cream and remaining ingredients. Serve with desired toppings. (Don’t forget toppings are more calories!)

Serves 8.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 209 Calories; 8g Fat (32.6% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 452mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat.