Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mind Your Health Mondays: Blueberries and Binges

I was trying to eat healthier this week. I bought fresh fruit, veggies, healthy snacks, and planned dinners for the week. Then on Saturday night I came home to 6 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and all my good intentions went out the window. Cookies are my favorite dessert and I have been devouring them like there's no tomorrow!

Most of my life I've been in constant competition for snack foods. Get to it first or don't get any; that's reality when you grow up with three siblings, two of them being boys! It's a hard habit to break, let me tell ya! Nowadays I compete with Ryan but it's completely unnecessary. Ryan is perfectly fine eating moderate amounts of snack foods. I bought Popchips this week and they were gone in 2 days. :( They were just sooo good, and in moderation are good for you. They are the snack of choice for fitness guru Jillian Michaels. I just wanted to make sure I got enough of them even though Ryan told me didn't care for them. Ryan's snacks, on the other hand, will last him for weeks at a time! He's had a bag or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups sitting in our pantry for months and it's driving me crazy! If I wasn't allergic to peanuts, they would be gone. But the fact that it bothers me that they're still there tells me I have a problem! I actually get anxious about the snacks. I've considered hiding the snacks when we're running low. It's so bad that Ryan is forced to buy snacks I despise or am allergic to. How sad is that?! I'm convinced that if I wasn't an active person, I'd gain 20lbs in a month.

Does anyone else have the same problem? How do you cope?

On a more positive note...
I bought some blueberries from Fresh and Easy this week and actually used them all! :O Too many times I've let fruits and vegetables rot in the fridge. When I do utilize a fruit or vegetable throughout the week I get excited because it was money well spent! :)

For breakfast, I've been trying to eat 350 Cals and lots of Carbs.
1.) Because I've been running in the morning so I need the extra calories.
2.) In the morning, our bodies need "good" carbs to get energized.
3.) I'm trying not to eat a snack between breakfast and lunch, so again, I need the extra calories.

So here is what I did with blueberries this week :) I come up a few calories short on purpose to make room for my coffee. ;)

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal

1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal (plain)
2 Tbs Almond Slivers
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon (to taste)
1 Tbs Honey or Agave Nectar
(For creamier texture, use almond milk instead of water +15 Cal)

341 Cal
10g Fat
1g Sat Fat
Sodium 2mg
59g Carbs
9g Fiber
25g Sugar
10g Protein

Waffles with Hot Blueberry "Syrup"

2 Whole Wheat Flax Waffles
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 Tbs Agave Nectar

323 Cal
7g Fat
0 Sat Fat
371mg Sodium
62 Carbs
7g Fiber
34g Sugar
5g Protein
23% Vit C

In a sauce pan, heat 1 cup fresh blueberries. Mash berries with a wooden spoon as they heat. Stir continuously so that the berries don't get scorched. Once the berries are hot, stir in 1 Tbsp Agave Nectar. Pour over toasted waffles and enjoy. :)


  1. this looks AMAZING. Thanks for the tip!!

  2. I've found that having a plan for my fresh fruits and vegetables is the key for using them before they go bad. Congratulations on making it through with them!

    I have the same problem with snacks...Usually, I eat them all telling myself that they're not healthy and I just want to get them out of the house.