Each day whether the chirping of the birds or the interruption of a buzzing alarm clock announce the new day to me I have a choice. Sometimes I choose well all day … sometimes part of the day … or sometimes I don’t choose well at all. I am, after all, human.Today was no different. It’s Labor Day and since I didn’t have to work, I delayed my usual weekend activity until today … menus, shopping lists, cooking and baking for the week. It is not a burden for me at all as I love to do it, but trying to keep my cholesterol numbers within the normal range does take a bit of planning just like any other medical condition. Opting to bypass the prescription solution, adjusting my diet and lifestyle was the way to go for me besides I hate the side effects of medications. To date, removing saturated fats, high sugar foods, and other foods was a better choice for me. So here is a list of what I’ll be eating this week - in no particular order … (recipes and links included!):My Favorite Sandwich
A large, fat slice of tomato with plenty of fresh spinach and a bit of olive oil mayo, salt and pepper on whole wheat bread. And a good, crisp dill pickle. No chips. No fuss. A simply delightful sandwich.
MorningStar Hickory BBQ Riblets with smashed red potato with fresh chopped spinach and a side of steamed broccoli.
Smashed Red Potatoes with Spinach
Salad in a Pita
My Favorite Salad
Breakfast Oatmeal (I eat this three times a week, plus twice a week for a snack)
* to roast your own, purchase raw nuts and in a heavy pan, like cast iron, cook them over medium heat, shaking the pan so they don’t burn, until they become aromatic.
Eggs My Way
This is good for lunch or dinner, too.
So, there you have it … of course, I eat more than what is listed above but honestly, those are my staples … rarely does a week go by without eating the majority on these foods.
Got a recipe you love and want to transform it into a more heart-healthy dish? Let me know … maybe I can help you make some adjustments.
As the French would say, Bon appétit! (Enjoy your meal.)
Not much else can beat pizza with friends and family. But when you’re sitting at a pizzeria restaurant or around a take out box of pizza in the comfort of your own home, you might be asking yourself some pretty important questions about your health, and you’re not alone.
Pizza restaurants are all about feeding the ‘average’ or what is currently considered as the average meal. Upscale restaurants tend to offer healthier choices, but these choices could come with a stiff price tag. As a solution to this I started making my own pizza. However, most people don't opt for this choice, instead they choose to stand in line for the best greasy pizza, casting away their healthy eating intentions. Sometimes, I do it too...so how can we make the best of the pizzeria or get take out without breaking all the rules of healthy eating?
If you are eating out, you might want to kick off your pizzeria meal with a big salad and watch the amount of dressing you put on. Hold off on that sugar-laden soft drink and opt for sugar-free lemonade or water. And...yep...one piece of pizza with plenty of vegetables...holding on the meat.
When grabbing a ‘hot and ready’ on your way home -- be sure to make yourself a salad packing it with fresh vegetables including a healthy serving of fresh spinach and go easy on the dressing, you can then enjoy a piece of pizza. Note: “a” is the operative word here!
Grocery stores have a lot of pizza to offer -- just watch the nutritional analysis on the box, make a salad and enjoy a piece. Note: again “a” is the operative word.
Making your own? Now here’s where the options are endless from making your own crust, using a store bought one, or eating your pizza on a toasted whole wheat tortilla with vegetables most pizzerias wouldn’t even consider! Recently I found a recipe on the Epicurious website that was wonderful. I made it with a whole wheat tortilla which I popped into a 325 degree oven for just a few minutes, then piled on the veggies, sprinkled it with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, popped it back in the oven until the cheese got all melted and scrumptious and I completely enjoyed it!!
So you see, it’s easy to mainstream when you’re eating to protect your heart, just be sure you eat plenty of fresh vegetables, drink plenty of water, and limit the number of pieces of pizza you eat and get you can get the best of both worlds.
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.