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Best Ways to Plan Healthy Meals

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I found this article from Health.com - It's so important to set goals and make changes that you can and will stick to.  

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're planning healthy meals:
Downsize portions - Change your perspective on portion sizes. Anyone can eat healthy foods, but portions are often much too large. Using a smaller plate also help you eat less because the smaller portions make it look fuller. 
Think protein first - When planning a meal, the first thing to think about is protein. If you eat a balanced meal of whole grains with protein and fat, most likely you will tend to snack less and cravings for sweets is practically nonexistent. Aim for at least one serving of protein at each meal, which equates to about five ounces of chicken, five ounces of canned tuna, or a couple of eggs.
Color your meals.  Eat salads. Prep veggies.Stock-up on non-perishables.Allow yourself to indulge.Read more here: Plan Healthy Meals

Winter and Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole

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This cartoon seems so appropriate right now.... this winter has been crazy cold for our area and I think others too!  

With colder weather comes the need to "hibernate" - which has been part of my problem.  When it's cold all I want to do is comfort myself with food.  Which is OK if I had made healthy choices with the "comfort food". It's hard to do that!

Unless you try just a little bit to find healthy comfort meals!!  Once again... ironically I have a Pinterest Board named "HEALTHIER CHOICES"!!  I just have to laugh at myself sometimes!  But check it out... there are some great pins on there. 

Back to healthier eating.... I plan to make this one next week!



Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole



Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 30
Number of Servings: 6



Ingredients
12 oz cooked chicken breasts, diced
2 T all purpose flour
2 T butter, unsalted
10 oz skim milk
1 pinch white pepper
1 t Italian seasoning
1 T parmesan cheese, grated
7 oz penne pasta, whole wheat
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Fell off the Wagon!

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So this AM I decide to weigh myself.... (first time in a while) and I have to admit...I was SHOCKED!!!!  "Udderly" Shocked!!! And I'm going to post it here: 156.2 

Looks like Christmas, a business trip to Las Vegas, drinking "good beer", FREEZING COLD WEATHER and other excuses have caught up to me!!!  

So I MUST get back on the wagon... this was a true test that I cannot stray from my exercise schedule and logging my food!!  (With a few exceptions of course)  I can tell that I haven't been working out to my normal level nor have I been watching what I eat.  

What's ironic about this is - I watch fitness videos, read articles, etc. all the time "to keep myself motivated"... Ahhhh, I guess I've been putting that "motivation" in my pocket b/c until now... I haven't done much with it.  But we are back to it and ready to see some progress!!  

To get started here are a few things to remember:


Be kind to yourselfand CELEBRATE all your vi…