5 Astonishingly Easy Ways to Get Back on a Healthy Track

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This past week my husband and I had a fabulous visit from my family. Let’s take a moment to reflect on all the yummy southern treats and cocktails we shared.  We indulged in char-broiled oysters, threw our very own crawfish boil, and made quite a few stops at the drive-thru daquiri joints. My personal favorites were mom’s banana bread, her chocolate chip cookies, and the peanut butter eggs she brought all the way from Pennsylvania.

I loved enjoying a week off from the gym and eating the treats in moderation, but you can imagine my husband and I were ready to clean out the fridge and get back on our healthy routine after awhile.  I’m sharing a few ways I tend to “detox” after a little getaway, vacation, or staycation, but these tips can work after the holidays, or after just an overall indulgent week, or few weeks for that matter.

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1). Make time to unwind. Yes, unwind! While Dr. Oz always recommends to “take the next appropriate U-Turn” and make your next decision a healthy one, your meals and your fridge might not be prepped come Monday morning after some time off or time away.  If you start fresh on a Tuesday, that’s okay too. Allow your brain and your body to recoup before taking on a new health challenge. Set a goal for yourself, but don’t be so hard on yourself that getting healthy stresses you out.

2.) This is my number one priority (after getting your mind right of course) and the hugest helper for me: Clean out the fridge and pantry! There could be a few leftovers lingering in there that won’t help your health goals. Don’t toss it! Just freeze it for the next get-together, or make a little care package of treats for a church or a friend. Is your fridge and pantry empty? Get shopping with all your favorite healthy foods and snacks, or turn to some of my recipes for ideas.

3). Meal prep. I’m putting this before exercise! You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.  Set a time aside on a weekend to cook your meals so you can stay on track no matter how hectic the week gets. Try these meal prep tips for beginners.

4). Get moving.  Anyone, I mean almost anyone, can go out for a walk. Get creative. Try anything until you find something you can stick with and that you like. Burn your calories cleaning dishes, vacuuming, tidying up, chasing kids at the playground. Sometimes, when I have so much on my plate, I count a power clean of the house as a little bit of cardio for the day.

5). Go for a steam, relax in the sauna, hot tub, or whirlpool. Sweating out those toxins from all the junk food can really reset your body.

 

 

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ Meal Prep for Beginners }

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Meal prep, or preparing large amounts of healthy food for the week at one time, does not have to be rocket science. Sure, it will leave you tired and your kitchen a mess, but it is so well worth it when you can run out the door in the morning with your breakfast and lunch already packed and portioned. Plus, I’d rather get my kitchen dirty once than all week long! It dawned on me that I often write recipes for people who enjoy cooking. What about those, such as my cousin, who claim they are lazy or can’t cook? Here are a few ways to cook for your workweek in ways that are very basic, time efficient, and healthy. Stay tuned for the breakfast edition . .

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First, choose your favorite protein, veggie, and starch. I recommend starting out with these three staples, but as you get quicker and better at meal prepping, you can do two proteins, two veggies, and two starches to switch things up.

Adjust serving sizes depending on weight loss or weight gain goals. This is why a food scale (at Bed Bath and Beyond) comes in handy. It may sound crazy, like it’s only for bodybuilders, but you would be amazed at how wrong we get our portions.

Here are some ideas for one person, but double ingredients for two, or triple if you are feeding a 6’4 man who eats every two hours! Check with a nutritionist or a health coach to determine what your serving sizes should be.

The key is, with all of these recipes, is that you will be freezing leftovers. Make sure you have plenty of containers for your food. You will want some to use for the week, and some to label and place in the freezer for another week.

Some essentials for meal prep:

  • Crockpot
  • Food Scale
  • Basic cookware
  • Tupperware

Here is a simple way to do a LOT of chicken:

  • 2-3 pounds thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegarette dressing
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  1. Remove any gristle (white parts) from the chicken
  2. Place in all ingredients in Crockpot, toss to coat chicken evenly with seasonings and dressing
  3. Cook covered on low for about 8 hours.
  4. To serve, you can sprinkle your favorite seasonings on top if you need to. We use Lawry’s or Tony Chachere’s, but if you are concerned with sodium try salt-free versions.
  5. For meal prepping – you can weigh out your portions (about 4-5 ounces per person) and place in Tupperware.

 

For your starch, I recommend either a huge pot of brown rice, or baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

Buy the big bags of brown rice from the grocery store and cook to package directions. Season with soy sauce, light butter, hot sauce, salt and pepper, or your favorite seasonings. Place about 1 cup in each Tupperware container with your protein.

If you prefer a baked potato or sweet potato, try to choose 5 or  6 that are relatively the same size so that they cook evenly.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rinse potatoes with water, pat dry.
  3. Stab with a fork a few times.
  4. Place in the oven on a baking sheet.
  5. After one hour, try slicing into potatoes to see if they are done. Do not increase temperature if they are not or break up into pieces, just let them cook for another 20 or so.
  6. Cut in half and place in Tupperware with your meat.

 

An easy veggie to meal prep would be steamed broccoli.

  1. Buy about 4 heads broccoli.
  2. Trim giant stalks off, break broccoli into pieces.
  3. In a large pot or deep pan, place broccoli in about two inches of water. You don’t need to cover completely, the key is to steam.
  4. Cover and bring water to boil.
  5. Steam about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Check broccoli at about 5 minutes and pierce with a fork. You want there to be a “bite” to it.
  7. Drain broccoli in collander.
  8. Place about 1-2 cups broccoli in Tupperware with chicken and starch.
  9. Optional seasonings: Soy sauce, salt-free seasonings, light butter

 

Since this is just breaching the surface of a healthy meal prep, please post your meal prep questions in the comments and stay tuned for more blogs on this topic.

 

 

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Healthy Dessert Alternatives for Valentine’s Day

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If anyone knows me, they know I have a voracious sweet tooth.  I have found every healthy alternative in the book to manage my love of sweets. Now that I am using a “cheat meal” in my diet, I can go all out on the chocolate for one meal this week.  This week, I’ll be feasting at Gallatoire’s restaurant in New Orleans.  Even if the “treat meal” is not in your nutrition plan there are a few healthy desserts you can use as a substitute to avoid sampling the whole box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, or any weeknight craving.

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Here are a few of my favorite ways to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way:

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars: I love the GIANT Chocolate Fudge Bar

Protein bars. Quest Bars to be exact. Find them at your local GNC. Chocolate chip cookie dough, s’mores and Oreo are excellent. Microwave for 20 seconds.

Protein powder. This is my favorite thing in the world. Sure, you can have a protein shake and it will fill you up. However, I have learned that Salted Caramel or Cookies and Cream protein powder can taste like your eating real cookie dough.  I pour one scoop in a small bowl, add cold water just enough that I can stir it all together. It will firm up more when you put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Stir in a few chocolate chips or drizzle on some sugar free chocolate syrup.

Jello Sugar free pudding cups. These are especially convenient. The  instant powdered packages take about five minutes to make as well, and you can mix chocolate protein powder in it for extra protein.

 

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Christmas Party Health Tips to Beat Weight Gain

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Christmas Party Health Tips to Beat Weight Gain

The way that your calendar books up with holiday parties between Thanksgiving and Christmas can get quite crazy, especially when you are trying to reach certain health goals. Instead of looking at these parties full of Christmas cookies and cocktails as a weight loss hurdle, just sneak a few tricks up your sleeve and you can enjoy your family, friends, and food.

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First, don’t show up to the party, or any meal for that matter ravenous. Your host may not plan on serving dinner right away and the appetizers may unhealthy. Have just a handful of nuts about an hour or a half hour before the party. That way you won’t grab every crescent roll in sight.

Watch out for the booze. The more you drink, the more your decision making skills are altered, the more the gingerbread cookies call your name. Stick with simple drinks like wine or light beer, and avoid the eggnog when possible. This infographic can help you navigate which drink to grab and which drink to pass on.

Scan the room for the veggie or fruit tray if you are starving when you arrive.

If you know you are dying for a slice of pecan pie, just have a lighter dinner or go easy on the appetizers. Make room to eat what you love in moderation.

Watch out for foods on the naughty list. Many foods served around the holidays, like meatballs and sausages, are served in sugary sauces. If you want to know exactly what goes into your food, ask the host if you could bring a healthy appetizer or dessert that will help you stay on track.

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How to Host a Healthy, Effortless, Awesome Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving should not be a stressful time. It should be centered on quality time with family.  When you prepare with these tips and recipes, you can enjoy your day. Just because you are the host, does not mean you can’t find the time to stay consistent with your own health goals. Take care of yourself with these tips and recipes.

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First – do not be afraid to ask for help. Make it a potluck. Sometimes certain dishes are sentimental to family members and they may insist on having it on the table.

Don’t be afraid to be specific when asking for help.  Make sure someone is bringing a fruit or vegetable tray for those who want something crunchy and healthy.

Don’t forget to eat. The more you do in advance, the more free time you have to take care of yourself.  Have a handful of nuts about two hours before the big meal. Do not sit down ravenous. You will only grab everything in sight.  See my blog on more Thanksgiving health tips on that note.

Serve up a salad! If Uncle Joe’s version of green beans is full of butter and those crunchy things, no problem! You have ensured you get your greens and can fill up on the good stuff. Prepare this Thanksgiving Salad and Boozy Apple Cider Dressing the day in advance, just don’t dress it til moments before serving.

Lighten up your sides. The real trick to my recipes is making them slightly healthier, to the point where your guests may not even recognize it. That way you don’t make two versions. Try this Lightened Up Sticky Sweet Potato recipe.

Make sides early in the week and keep warm in a slow cooker the day of.  Do not try to bake casseroles and sides the day of. You want as much oven space as possible! That way, you only have to focus on the turkey early that morning.  Don’t forget to defrost the bird early in the week.

Finally, don’t forget “everything in moderation.” Of course, Thanksgiving is for celebration and yummy food. If you have exercised and ate healthy food all week, make it your “treat meal”.

 

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5 Health Tips to Survive Thanksgiving

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5 Health Tips to Survive Thanksgiving 

The holidays can be rough on people trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight. With pumpkin pie, stuffing, and all of our favorites served up in one day, Thanksgiving gets a bad reputation for being a total diet disaster.  Luckily, with a few health tips it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can enjoy your family, your food, and with a few tricks up your sleeve, not do too much damage to your nutrition plan.

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1) Don’t be ravenous. Whether you are hosting or heading to a family or friend’s house on Thanksgiving Day, do not starve yourself all morning thinking it will get you ahead.  It will only hurt you later when you want to grab everything in sight.  When you have a handful of nuts about an hour or two  before the big meal, you can make smarter choices.

2) Pick a favorite. Thanksgiving is meant to be a celebration of course, so don’t totally deprive yourself. Don’t go all out either. Pick one or two dishes that you know you can’t live without and have them in moderation.

3) Make it your “Treat meal.” When living by the 90% clean eating and 10% treat meal rule and exercising 4-5 times a week, you can truly save up and go all out on that 10% Thanksgiving meal.

4) Freeze or handout leftovers. Hang on to that turkey and those greens, but when it comes to heavy casseroles and pies, make sure to store them away for a special occasion or send them home with family.  They will only haunt you the next few days in your pantry or fridge.

5) Get up and move.  Since the majority of the population is off work on the holiday, it is the perfect time to go for a brisk Fall walk with your family pre or post-meal.  What about touch football with the family?

 

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ Best and Worst Halloween Candy Choices }

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Halloween can be a challenging time for someone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Of course, candy is not a healthy choice, but even the packaging these days can be deceiving! Gluten-free, fat-free, “fun-size” labels can all lead us to believe we aren’t doing too much damage. Luckily, with these few health tips you can learn which candies to steer clear of and which you can nibble on this fall.

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Grab:

Lollipops – those small Dum Dums take much longer to consume and savor.  Just 26 calories.

Toss:

Candy corn – This treat is usually grabbed by the handful, which makes it a very dangerous choice.

Savor:

A York Peppermint Patty – lower in cals and lower in fat.

Be Careful:

Snack-sized or fun-sized candies can be a good choice because they are portion controlled, however, that doesn’t mean you can have three or four.  The trick is just one.

Best:

3 Musketeers take the cake in the snack-sized chocolate candy battle – only weighing in at 24 calories and less than one gram of fat.

Indulge:

In dark chocolate. This is one of the only candies with heart health benefits! Aim for just a square.

Steer clear:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Edition – a whopping 180 cals per serving. Stick to the regular mini versions.

 

Thanks to Men’s Health and Woman’s Day Magazine for the health facts.

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Healthy Tailgating Tips – What to Pack, Healthy Choices, Cocktails & More

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In the south, tailgating may mean waking up to the smell of buttery biscuits and drinking fizzy mimosas. Come lunchtime you may munch on hot dogs, cheesy dips and sip cold beer. You may find yourself finishing the night off at a local burger joint to catch the scores on the other games.  A day of tailgating should be fun and full of yummy food, but for those trying to live a healthier lifestyle, it does not have to demolish all of your goals.

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Here are 3 tips to make it through this marathon of a day while making a few healthy choices:

Tip #1 Game Day Morning or Night Before

Fuel up with a healthy breakfast full of protein before the big day so you will stay full and energized longer.  If you find yourself staring at a breakfast buffet at the tailgate, just steer clear of all the sugary pastries.  Fresh fruit and whole wheat breads are a safer start.

Pack your own cooler.  If you know that chips and queso, po’boys and brownies are on the tailgating menu, don’t be afraid to bring a turkey burger, some watermelon or whatever nutritious item you like.  Bring your own healthy covered dish, veggie tray, or fruit salad.  That way you can share your healthy options with friends and you can bank on the fact that you have yourself covered.

Tip #2 During the Big Game

Many people aim to just  “grab something at the game,” and they later find themselves deep in the cheesy nachos and fries come halftime. Try to eat before entering the game and if your stadium allows it, bring a baggie of almonds or piece of fruit inside.

If you are ravenous, drink tons of water first. Then consider buying a burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and hold the bun!

Tip #3 Post-Game

After the game, it’s a mad rush of the crowds trying to get back to the tailgate or sports bar.  That grill will be fired up again and the celebratory drinks will be shared. Back at the tailgate, grab a water bottle out of the cooler before a beer.  After such a long day of standing and cheering, you may realize that your hunger was actually thirst.  Once you measure your true hunger after hydrating, bust into that veggie tray you brought, rather than popping open the Doritos. Ask the master griller to throw on your turkey burger. If you are craving dessert, Dr. Mehmet Oz has always said to have oatmeal raisin cookies over chocolate chip cookies.

If you plan to hit up a local bar and grille to grab some grub, hydrate before your first drink or ordering your meal. Next, try having your alcoholic beverage before you order a meal, you may be surprised that the carbs in the alcohol curb your hunger for some time. If you are ready to dive head first into dinner, stay far, far away from the  fried appetizers.  Order your wings “naked,” not fried. Ask the server for some grilled chicken or fish.

As for drinks, you also may be surprised how satisfying a cocktail of vodka, water, lemon and lime can be after standing in the southern sun all day. Don’t forget to drink one glass of water between each cocktail!

Overall, do not forget to enjoy yourself.  If you know all your favorite foods will be served up on game-day, eat smart that week knowing you may want to splurge.  Remember it’s not a splurge DAY, it’s a splurge MEAL. Happy tailgating!

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How to Curb Your Sweet Tooth with Healthy Alternatives

SWEET TOOTH ZAPPERS CRAWFISH & CRUNCHESIf you know anything about me, you know that I am the QUEEN of sweets. I am known for having a small portion for dinner so that I can have a larger portion of dessert. I am known for dashing out of the car before it is even fully parked when going out for ice cream. Well, people who have seen this crazed state of mine may not know that I do not eat like that all week long, and I have to find healthy alternatives to sweets when I am not treating myself on the weekend. Although making your own treats would be great, I am not opposed to store bought items either. Here are a few ideas, tricks, and tips, that are not JUST fruit!

First, try one of these lighter dessert recipes either for entertaining a crowd or to nibble on throughout the week.

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{ Quick & Skinny Southern Banana Pudding }

{ Healthy Dessert Recipe: Louisiana Strawberry & Cream Parfaits }

If you are attending a party and don’t want to be teased by a giant chocolate cake or endless brownies, bring your own slightly healthier treat.

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Think Louisiana Peach Cobbler with Pecan Praline Streusel. Hey, it’s no peach in the calorie department, but it has about half the sugar of regular versions.

These pound cake parfaits are light and so easy to make: { Super Simple Pound Cake Pudding Parfait }

Okay, so you hate cooking, you don’t have time, or you just need something in a pinch. Here are a few of my favorite individually portioned store bought desserts:

Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars: I love the GIANT Chocolate Fudge Bar

Protein bars. Quest Bars to be exact. Find them at your local GNC. Chocolate chip cookie dough, s’mores and Oreo are excellent.

Jello Sugar free pudding cups. These are especially convenient. The  instant powdered packages take about five minutes to make as well.

A few tips:

Always have a few mints on hand to pop in after you eat lunch or dinner. Once you cleanse your pallet with that, you may be less likely to splurge on dessert.

Yes, fruit is one of the best options. Aim to have about one small piece a day.

Do not overload on artificial sweeteners. Sweets are meant to be a treat and even the sugar free kind should be in eaten in moderation.

Live a little! Live by the 90% clean, 10% cheat rule. If your week was 90% full of healthy foods and exercise, go for that brownie sundae on the weekend and enjoy every moment. If your week was a wreck, try some small portions of the recipes and tricks above to stay on track.

 

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{ How to Cut Back on Bread – Recipes, Tips, and More }

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Whether you are sensitive to gluten, watching your weight, or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, most of us could benefit from cutting back on the bread in our lives.  You may think it’s impossible to pack a lunch without your turkey sandwich. Think again. You just need to get a little more creative and try some of these great recipes and tips.

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First, try lettuce wraps, and salads that are NOT boring or bland.

This { Skinny Kickin’ Tuna Melt } will have you looking forward to lunch each day.

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On a weekend, grill all of your meats and veggies for the week such as these { low carb jambalaya skewers }

Can’t heat up your lunch at work? Try this { Skinny Kickin’ Chicken Salad }SkinnyKickinChickenSaladcrawfishcrunches2

Second, if you love peanut butter and jelly but could withstand out all the sugar and carbs, try rice cakes for a quick snack.  They pack a little crunch and you can top them with high protein peanut butter and sugar free jam.

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If you aren’t totally willing to give up bread but could benefit from an organic bread sprouted from whole grains with no sugar added try Ezekiel breads.

What am I forgetting? What are your favorites and why?

 

 

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