I’ve always had a desire to be healthy, but after becoming a mom I’ve found myself naturally wanting to be even healthier. I want to set a good example, I want to have fresh, wholesome food to feed my little family and I want to see my baby grow up while staying in the best health that I can.
That brings me to what I like to call, 12 Months of Change. (Well, I don’t really like to call it that, but I haven’t come up with anything better.)
Anyway, 12 Months of Change (12MOC) is based on the idea that if you incorporate small changes slowly they can become habits, and eventually, lifestyle change. So each month I am going to integrate one small change.
January was easy. Matt and I discovered that we really like dark chocolate. We decided that were going to become a milk chocolate free household. We started buying dark chocolate, and worked our way up to our favorite, 85% dark. Milk chocolate is not off limits to eat, we are just not going to buy it. If it’s not in the house, chances are we will eat a lot less of it. So far so good.
Now the we are in the month of February it’s time to come up with another small change to make. Our insurance has a program where they reward you for being healthy, in the form of cash. Yep, I can earn $300 this year in a number of different ways, one of those being exercise.
This is very difficult for me as I have two modes: All or nothing. If I’m going to do something, I’m really going to do it. If I’m not going to give it everything I’ve got, why even bother at all. I’m either going to eat workout every day for an hour, or not at all.
After an afternoon grocery store trip, I’ve come to share my findings on healthier snack options I found for my husband. I must start out by saying that my husband, as lovely as he is, is one difficult person to shop for.
The only fruits he will eat are apples and raisins. The only vegetables he likes are carrots and lettuce. None of which he wants to munch on in the evening. He also is not into trying new foods. I was eating some pomegranates before dinner and suggested he try one. He looked at them and responded, “I don’t eat things that are purple.”
So with that said, this is what I came up with:
Crunchy honey oat cereal
Honey wheat pretzels
And lastly and kind of funny, these ridiculous, yet somewhat intriguing, Whonu? cookies.
I love how these chocolate cookies contain “As much iron as a cup of spinach” and “As much vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice.” They claim to be an “excellent source” of 20 vitamins and minerals. All with only 6 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar. I bought them as somewhat of a joke, but in all seriousness, I really care about my husband. I want the absolute best for him and I will buy him Whonu? cookies forever if I have to.
I know, handwarmers, right? The snow is melting and it’s 40 degrees outside, who needs handwarmers?
This recipe for No Bake Energy Bars has been a staple in my kitchen for a while now. I have always used peanutbutter to make these, that is, until I made them a few weeks ago with almond butter.