Sometimes….I think about a well-balanced meal…..

Sometimes, I really try to think about ensuring that I have a well-balanced meal. Sometimes, I try to be sure that I am eating fruits and veggies with my meal. I do that for my girls. Why wouldn’t I do it for myself? Sometimes, my meal is a giant salad. (I’ve written before about my newfound love for bagged salads which is what I’ve done almost every day for my lunch now that school has started.)

Sometimes, I am very careful about what I’m eating for dinner.

But….sometimes….I’m exhausted and I have zero effort left in me and dinner is a bowl of cereal once the girls have gone to bed. I know the importance of eating a meal together but I also know that the girls need to eat, read, do homework, have a bath/shower, get in their jammies. While they are doing that, I need to get laundry done (started), load/unload the dishwasher, and get some miles completed on the treadmill. If there’s extra time, I would much rather have some extra snuggle time with my girlies while we read (for the 2,000,000th time) something by Mo Willems.

So, sometimes, I really try to make that effort to eat something that’s well-balanced.

And sometimes, dinner is cheese with a side of cheese.

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Manchego cheese with manchego cheese – why have a cheese board filled with things you might not like when you can have two giant cheeses that you know you will love? 🙂

To be honest, I am going to give myself credit for the hard apple cider that I drank along with this meal. That’s fruit! So, dairy, carbs and fruit. Not too bad.

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A healthy brownie….?…..

OK.  This isn’t actually a healthy brownie.  But it’s a healthier brownie.  I’ll bet that you knew that you could substitute apple sauce for oil in baking recipes.  But, did you know that you could also substitute yogurt?  Because I didn’t know that until I started Weight Watchers and was being very careful about what I was eating.  It really couldn’t be easier.

  1. Grab a box of brownie mix.  Whatever type you want.
  2. Simply substitute the yogurt for the oil.
  3. Bake according to the directions on the box.

I’ve found that the brownies are very moist and have a slight tangy taste to them.

Yummy.

And you can still eat a brownie without ruining the work that you did during the rest of the day.

Brownie mix + yogurt = yummy without the guilt

Brownie mix + yogurt = yummy without the guilt