Random tips on Tuesday: forming habits, baking and meal prepping

Hello from taper land!  I will admit I’m getting a little antsy because I’ve cut back on my workouts this week so I could stay fresh for the marathon on Sunday.  So instead of working out twice a day I’m only working out once a day which leaves some time in my life.  I’ve been trying to find ways to fill the time so I don’t crazy.

Cutting back on my workouts leaves more time for making #protein bread! I think I'd rather but working out! #marathontraining #marathontaper #runchat #running #healthy #healthysnacks #snacks
Yesterday I made some protein bread. It turned out ok, nothing special. I usually substitute applesauce for oil but I didn’t have an applesauce. I used pumpkin puree because it’s the basically the same thing. It took forever for these suckers to cook and the bread ended up sticking really bad to the wrappers. A tablespoon of melted butter wouldn’t have caused that much damage and the consistency could have been better. Or I should have just used the coconut oil so I wouldn’t be peeling the bread off the wrapper. Here’s my tip: we’re trying to avoid all the fat and stuff in baking, but such a small amount over so many servings won’t hurt you (unless you eat the whole thing in one sitting). Remember there is a science behind food on why things turn out the way they do…in this instance I needed some fat to bind everything together.

#stirfry for #dinner tonight! #broccoli #snowpeas #bellpeppers #onions #brownrice #soysauce #hoisin

Meal planning is so important in keeping up a healthy lifestyle.  If I don’t meal plan I would be reaching for anything and everything come meal time.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it will save you time in the end.  I usually spend Sunday’s planning and prepping meals for the week.  Yes I may spend all day doing it on Sunday, but I know my food is together and within reach during the week.  Everything is already planned out, prepped and/or cooked and just needs to be reheated!  It really does save a lot of time. I was blog reading and found this post about The Art and Craft of Frozen Dinner Kits! It’s extremely helpful for those people who like to try different things.  I have no problem eating the same meals over and over, but that’s just me.  I’ve been loving stirfry meals lately!

From Chic-Type.com

From Chic-Type.com

Trying to make a change in your plan? The first stepping is making the change and the second and hardest is repeating it.  It’s been said that it takes 21 days to make something a habit.  I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I do know that if you keep moving forward and committing to the change it will become a habit.  Want to start eating healthy? Commit to changing your diet little by little.  My best friend told me this week she was going to workout 3 days this week and eat dinner at home every night!  That’s the beginning of a new plan!  Self control will keep you on the right path.  (I know easier said than done, BUT it can be done!)

Trying to find out what veggies are in season when? Here’s a little helpful graphic to help! I like to eat fruits and veggies when they are in season because they are at their best. It’s a good time for Kale and I haven’t been eating enough of that lately! What’s your favorite veggie?

This post was kind of random, but I’ve had some scatter brain things going on in my head that I wanted to share.

What is one change you are trying to make for 2014?