Ever since my five-year-old called me fat and made me take a good hard look at myself, I’ve been working hard to make better food choices. I’ve been adding more fruits and vegetables into my diet and going for more walks in an effort to get some actual exercise into each day. Of course, with three young kids running around the house, it isn’t as easy to stay as healthy as I’d wish. I’ve been cutting back on most of my favorite foods, as I know they aren’t very good for me. I would never “cut out” anything, as I think that’s a recipe for disaster if I’m honest. But I’m doing my best to substitute healthier foods for the high sugar/high fat ones.
For instance, one of my favorite breakfasts is a few slices of thick-cut toast slathered in real butter. It’s so comforting and delicious. But obviously it’s not great for you. So for the past few weeks, I’ve switched it out for one slice of wholegrain toast with half an avocado and one scrambled egg on top. Amazingly, it’s totally delicious and way healthier than the original! Another awesome breakfast trade I’ve made is to make “pancakes” with one banana and two eggs! I just mash them together and fry them up, and you’d never know the difference!
Of course, sometimes we all get cravings that are more difficult to ignore. I’ll be honest – my downfall in life is anything with cheese and bacon. I have always loved a good pizza or calzone. To me, these are the ultimate comfort food. I love pretzels dipped in cheese sauce, and I can lay waste to any turkey, bacon and cheese sub sandwich. But I’d pretty much decided that these sorts of treats were no longer an option.
But then I had an epiphany. I’ve always LOVED Hot Pockets – those delicious and super convenient parcels of buttery dough wrapped around cheese and meat. I grew up eating them, and I almost always have a few on hand for the kids and me. So I decided to give Lean Pockets a try. So often, products like these are too good to be true and end up being a big disappointment: but not so with Lean Pockets. They are amazingly satisfying despite the fact they have no artificial flavors! They are a great source of protein and have 100% real cheese! They are the perfect meal for on the go or even at home with the boys. They satiate my hunger, and I feel good about making a smarter eating choice.
My favorite so far is the Roasted Turkey Bacon & Cheese with a pretzel bread crust. It’s crazy how amazingly tasty it is! I also love the White Meat Chicken Jalapeno & Cheese version (also with a pretzel bread crust), as it gives that little bit of spicy heat to a meal and sets my taste buds tingling! Given you can buy these at most local grocers, as well as Target and Walmart for a mere $2.29-2.49, they are perfect to keep in the freezer for when you need them.
So as I continue to work on my “mom bod” and try to get fitter and healthier, I know I have at least one fall back that I can count on for my high-cravings days. And the great thing is that I don’t have to feel bad about indulging.
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