Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Healthy Living: Eating Healthy {Healthy eating on a budget for the whole family}

I'm not a medical professional. If you are concerned about your health, please speak with your primary care physician. These are just tips in hopes to keep your family as healthy as possible. 

Yesterday I wrote about some ways that we keep our toddler healthy. Today I'm going to share some things that Jarrod and I do to keep ourselves healthy. I'm excited to hear the things you have to share about how you keep your family healthy too!

One of the biggest things that we do to stay healthy is eating healthy. We don't eat out and cook exclusively from scratch as much as possible. We try to start our day off on the right foot with a balanced meal. I haven't gotten Jarrod on board yet, but for the past 6 weeks or so, I've started everyday with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a little water. It's terrible. Seriously. It tastes so bad. But it is good for digestion, immunity, and preventing stomach troubles. I've noticed a remarkable difference! For breakfast, it's gluten free cereal with milk and DigestZen for Jarrod and a piece of whole wheat toast and a green smoothie or green juice for me. We are serious about starting the day off right!

In order to have healthy options for lunch and dinner, along with options for our smoothies and juices, we participate in a CSA - community supported agriculture. Every 2 weeks we get local and organic fruits and veggies delivered to a location very close to our house. We pick it up and decide what we're going to do with it! Thankfully, we also receive an e-mail with information about what is in our box and recipes to try. We get lots of greens for our smoothies and have had the chance to try new things like kohlrabi, napa cabbage, and lots of different kinds of greens for salads, saute, and juicing. By participating in the CSA it forces us to use a lot of fruits and veggies during the week. We don't want anything to go bad so we end up using things we aren't familiar with. Our CSA is $30/two weeks, so it is very affordable. We do buy some produce at the grocery store, but it is minimal because we get such great things in our CSA box.

Because our life is very busy, we menu plan weekly. Each Sunday we sit at the kitchen table and plan out our menu for the week, deciding who will be cooking what and when. If we didn't do this, we would likely pick up fast food every night! I usually cook a lot on the weekends - I bake a loaf or two of bread, make a soup or casserole, prepare smoothies, and make Wesley's muffins. Jarrod cooks more during the week - throwing together a weeknight dinner. This schedule allows us to continue to eat healthy while sticking to our budget and our chaotic schedule.

Some of our favorite meals are:

  • Jarrod's barbecue chicken - easy crockpot chicken for salads, baked potatoes, or tacos
  • Paleasagna - We aren't paleo but we adore this meal! We call it veggie-sagna and use mozzarella instead of goat cheese.  
  • Brown Rice Casserole - We make this a lot and it's an awesome way to use leftover turkey or chicken and veggies. You can use yogurt or sour cream and any kind of cheese!  
  • Quinoa mac and cheese - We use parm and lots of veggies but make this one all the time. It's awesome! 
  • Jarrod's Fried Rice - This one is complicated for me, but Jarrod loves to make it and it's delicious, so I'll take it! It's a great way to hide veggies and use up extras in the kitchen! 

How do you eat healthy? What are your favorite healthy recipes?

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