When it comes to eating this week, I've rocked it! I was 1,358 calories under my budget for the week and I feel so great about it. AWESOME! I hope to do as well - or better - this week! I love the feeling of being back on my "A" game and making better progress towards my dream. I hope you experience that... it thrills your soul!
I wanted to share a trick I learned on Pinterest to help with making green smoothies, such as the Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie I shared last week. This spinach bunch was $2. I could have bought the pre-packaged, stemless kind for a two additional dollars, but I'm saving money any way I can... AND I kind of enjoy taking the time to work with healthy, good-for-you food. It's like a bonding moment and it makes me want to keep eating healthy! (If it's crazy, I'm okay with that. It's working!)
I washed and dried the spinach, then removed all the stems. I put the spinach leafs in the blender... the entire bunch when in my blender at once! I added water, maybe a cup or a cup and a half, and blended well.
The entire bunch was reduced to about 25 ounces of green goodness!
I couldn't find any ice trays because we have an automatic ice maker, but I plan to purchase one or two soon! I had six of these little Tupperware containers on hand so I poured the spinach into them, put the lids on, and popped them in the freezer.
* These containers were slightly difficult to work with when in a rush. Getting the lid off while frozen took some time, then I had to use a quick defrost in the microwave to get the spinach ice cube out of the container. No biggie and I can certainly deal with it, but ice cube trays would be much easier!
A healthy meal I made - and LOVED - is roasted mixed vegetables. It's an easy, budget-friendly dish and is totally delicious! I would have added a red onion but didn't have one on hand.
I used one red, orange, yellow, and green pepper, one summer squash, and one zucchini squash, and cut them, removing the seeds from the peppers. I sprayed the sheet with olive oil spray and seasoned the veggies with Mrs. Dash Original blend, Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, and black pepper.
Once roasted, I ate some for dinner and put the rest in containers for lunches at work! Super easy, super cheap, super flavorful, and super healthy!
- olive oil flavored cooking spray
- 4 medium bell peppers (1 each: red, green, yellow, and orange), seeded and quartered
- summer squash, halved lengthwise and chopped
- zucchini, halved lengthwise and chopped
- 1 cup red onion, sliced
- Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning, to taste
- Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 450ºF. Coat large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Arrange peppers, squash, zucchini, and onion on prepared baking sheets, lightly coat vegetables with cooking spray; sprinkle with seasoning.
- Roast until vegetables are tender and golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.* One serving equals 3/4 cup at 40 calories. 8 servings total. 0 points for those of you who do Weight Watchers!