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Time For Some Healthy Eats!

I am coming off of a month (or so)-long food bender. I don’t know how or why, but I’ve been a total savage. I haven’t made an actual grocery store run in weeks and I’ve spent far too much time going through drive-thru’s and ordering take out. I had a little “get yourself together” moment over the weekend and have spent the last couple of days working to get myself back into a good, healthy zone!

Get back to the healthy carts!
Time to start eating the rainbow (and Yasso bars 😉 ) again.

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A healthy WEEK deserves a weekend CHEAT :)

I made it through another week of healthiness! So of course I cheated a bit this weekend; luckily, not nearly AS bad as last.

We made pizza Friday night, I created a caramelized onion pizza and Mike made hamburgER (he says “hamburg” but that word bugs me out…not sure why, but I don’t like it lol). Saturday I had a Reeses cup and bowl of home made strawberry shortcake around noon while I was busy being lazy. Come late night I was starving, and had been craving McDonalds french fries all week, so I caved- I swear it may have been the best McDonalds I had ever eaten.

Sunday I spent on the couch witnessing this madness, and was pretty good about not over-indulging in the huge tray of yummy chipolte flavored nachos that were on the table. I had a slice of strawberry ice cream cake and a chocolate, peanut butter, frosted flake treat that I had made earlier that day!

Again, not the best choices, but I feel like I earn my right to a little junk after five days of fruits, veggies, and multi-grain. The good thing is, come Monday morning, I am SO ready to get back into my health spree 🙂

One of the yummiest desserts I’ve ever tried…

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet that my office building had a pot luck lunch this afternoon. We love doing this once a month or so. This time around, we tried to all bring something healthy. Unfortunately, the office downstairs didn’t get the memo, and one of the women made the most incredibly, sinful desserts I have ever tasted.

She brought these amazing home made oatmeal/apple cheesecake bites; I asked her for the recipe and she gave me a quick step by step of how she created this masterpiece….

Mix a batch of oatmeal cookie batter

Lay it in the bottom of a baking tray

Mix together 2 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, some cinnamon, and powdered sugar

Lay mixture over oatmeal cookie batter

Thinly slice apples (or pears, peaches…any fruit) and sautee in butter/cinnamon for a few minutes until soft

Lay apple sizes on top of cream cheese

Refrigerate & slice

I totally ignored my effort to eat healthy during the week by having one of these this afternoon, but it was so worth it; and I learned a great new recipe!

Do you have any easy dessert recipes to share?

Do You Have a “Want List”?

So as you know, I’m making a huge effort to spend less money this year, I’m really proud of myself because so far I’ve broken a number of bad spending habits that I had developed. I’ll do a full post on ways to save money in the near future, but today I just wanted to share one of the things I’ve been doing to keep myself and my wallet in check.

Create your want list….

Every time I have the urge to buy something, I add it to my “want list” instead of impulsively purchasing it (which I would have normally done). The best thing about doing this is that it creates some structure for my purchases. While in reality, I could go ahead and buy most of the things on here right now-I don’t need to. I’d rather wait until I needed certain items or until I found a really good sale before buying them.

Some things currently on my want list: a cute new day planner, more gel nail polish colors, a new barrel hairbrush, blue suede pumps, a healthy cookbook, the new iphone, new vanilla candles, and some colorful tights.

It’s smart to wait to buy things that you want; it wont leave you as strapped for cash when unexpected, but important things come up (a spontaneous girls night out, a birthday gift for someone, an oil change, a new bronzer after yours falls and cracks all over the bathroom floor (ugh!)etc.) and it gives you something to look forward to!

You may be surprised to find that sometimes the things you thought you really wanted make their way off of your list…you may change your mind and set your heart on something completely different! It’s definitely helped me resist the urge to impulsively spend.

What’s on your want list?

Quick & Healthy Dinner

I needed to whip up a quick dinner the other night, but wanted something simple and fairly healthy. I pulled ingredients from my fridge and pantry and made a primavera-esque dish that was actually really good!

I gathered as many veggies as I could find- broccoli, carrots, onions, and mushrooms.

I sliced my onion and immediately put it into the frying pan with some olive oil to caramelize. After the onion slices started loosing their shape I added the rest of the veggies, a tad more olive oil and some salt and pepper to season.

Cook until all veggies are soft

While the vegetables were on the stove, I cooked and drain some wheat spaghetti in a separate pot…

Wheat pasta takes just a bit longer to cook.

Once the veggies were done, I mixed them into the pasta and added a bit more olive oil to substitute as a sauce.

Sprinkle with grated parmesan, salt and pepper to taste

That’s it!

The dish was actually pretty filling and I had plenty of leftovers to bring for lunch the next day.

I love to cook, but not so much on weeknights. I’m always looking for simple and healthy dinner recipes- please feel free share your favorites below!

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