I don’t normally make resolutions, because I don’t believe in waiting until January 1 to start doing positive things in my life and living the way I should be living anyway. But, this year is different. Because honestly, I’ve been abusing my body with the junk I’ve been putting into it, and I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, working hard, not practicing good self-care and mindfulness.
So, I’ve decided to use this new year as the perfect starting point to turn over a new leaf.
Here are my New Year’s resolutions for a healthy and happy 2017. Feel free to use/print them for yourself, too! We can all benefit from some healthy living. 20 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2017 – FoodWineAndPoopyDiapers.com
Are you pressed for time every morning and find yourself going through the fast food drive-through way more than you should? Looking for an easy, make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast? These healthy whole wheat breakfast muffins are just what the doctor ordered. (Literally!) You can make them ahead, and even freeze them and defrost as needed! I just think they taste really yummy with my coffee on a cold winter morning. Enjoy! 🙂
As you know, I’m a busy mom to 3 lovely boys. What you may not know is that I actually have FIVE boys, counting our canine companions. Just like I enjoy making healthy and budget-friendly meals for all of us on two legs, I also make homemade, healthy (and inexpensive) food for our dogs. While our Brittany Spaniel-Lab mix, Tinsley, has an iron stomach and can eat just about anything, our older Shih-Tzu, Louie, is a very finicky eater with lots of tummy trouble.
We’ve noticed a drastic improvement in Louie’s health since we began making his dog food. Not only is he happier, but he’s no longer refusing meals, he’s more regular, has better potty control, and he never throws up from his food anymore like he used to when he ate store-bought dog food.
Here's a great healthy dog food recipe that I've developed for my Shih-Tzu who suffers from frequent tummy trouble. It can either be cooked in the crockpot or on the stove top.
1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
⅔ cup of rice
3 cups water
1 cup frozen peas or green beans (fresh/frozen is best, but if you use canned be sure to drain and rinse several times to remove sodium)
1 tablespoon fresh or dried basil (I use mine fresh from the garden)
⅛ teaspoon garlic or garlic powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
Add all ingredients to pot on stove.
Bring to a boil and then simmer until meat and rice are thoroughly cooked.
Stir well and break up any large chunks.
Cool completely before serving.
Can also be cooked in crockpot 4-6 hours on low.
***Please note that while most experts agree that garlic has great health benefits for dogs in SMALL amounts, such as natural flea and tick repellant and antiviral properties, it can be toxic in larger quantities. Be very careful when using garlic with dogs! And when in doubt, omit it. 🙂 Thanks, Amy, for this tip! 😉
We absolutely love lentils in our family! It all started last year when my oldest decided to become Vegan (for like one whole month!) Lentils were an absolute staple during that time, and have remained a healthy favorite and meat alternative for us!
We use lentils in place of meat on sandwiches, salads, tacos, wraps, in soups, in stuffed green peppers, and so much more!
Lately we’ve been loving lentil tacos. To make these yummy Spicy Lentil Tacos, I prepare my usual lentils (below), and then I season with cumin, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Add to a tortilla, and then garnish with raw spinach, jalapenos, corn, salsa and Sriracha sauce. I hope you like things a little (or A LOT) spicy! 🙂
I love flank steak! Not only because it’s delicious, but because it’s one of the more frugal cuts of meat. One big flank steak, when sliced and paired with a side dish, can easily feed a large family. I don’t buy a lot of beef these days because of the high price, but this is one recipe I definitely feel good about including in with my budget-friendly meals. And, you know it’s healthy, because it came from Medifast!
Be sure to check out 5 Frugal Bikini-Friendly Summer Recipes for even more healthy food ideas!
Summer is here in full force! Tis the season for backyard barbecues and sippin’ cocktails on the porch! While there are few things in life I love more than both of those activities, one thing I don’t love is all the pudge & bloat they bring!
You all know that food is my life (outside my family) and that I definitely enjoy my cocktails… But if I can have all the yummy flavor I want all wrapped up in something HEALTHY? Winning! (Sidenote- does anyone say winning anymore? I wouldn’t know, because all I do is change diapers, drink wine, and watch Nick Jr.)
I love beer and potato salad just as much as the next girl, and I’ll always indulge (in moderation), but here are 5 frugal bikini-friendly summer recipes we can enjoy without packing on unwanted pounds. Click on the links to go to the recipes!
This is a go-to favorite in our family. It’s made of nothing but canned veggies, broth & herbs. It could not be simpler! You’ll be surprised at how DELICIOUS it is! It costs just a few dollars for a GIANT crockpot full, and it is so healthy! I make it healthier by always draining and rinsing my canned veggies to remove the excess sodium.
This is a go-to favorite in our family. It's made of nothing but canned veggies, broth & herbs. It could not be simpler! You'll be surprised at how DELICIOUS it is! It costs just a few dollars for a GIANT crockpot full, and it is so healthy! I make it healthier by always draining and rinsing my canned veggies (except tomatoes) to remove the excess sodium.
1 Carton Vegetable Stock
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Corn
1 Can Green Beans
1 Can Carrots
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Mixed Vegetables
About 1 Teaspoon of Each of These Spices: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Minced Onion, Paprika, Pepper, Basil, Oregano, Chili Powder
Pour veggie stock into crockpot.
Add canned tomatoes with their juices.
Open all remaining cans. Drain liquid. Rinse with cold water. Drain again. Add to crockpot.
My almost 2-year-old has gone from a fairly good eater, to a really picky eater, and this made me start to get pretty creative.
I don’t want to constantly be cramming veggies down his throat, and make him hate meal times. But I also worry that he’s not getting the nutrients his little growing body needs.
The kid has a love of sweets. Put a cookie or brownie in his hand, and he devours it like a little pig. So, this got my wheels turning. How could I create a healthier chocolate brownie that the Peanut would like, that had tons of healthy stuff hidden inside?
So, I came up with this recipe for Chocolate Black Bean Veggie Brownies, perfect for picky toddlers! As an added bonus, my teenager likes them, too. 🙂