Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Adventures in "Clean Eating"?!

Here we GO!

Drew and I have made some big changes to our daily eating habits and I'm excited to talk about it! We've both been working out (Drew with running and lifting weights) and I with my (high intensity interval training) and weight lifting workouts. We are tired of not seeing the results we want so we decided to change things up a little. We're not trying to lose weight.. we're trying to burn fat. We're actually trying to GAIN weight! The good kind..

I gave up soda for Lent so I was already a little more used to the concept of cutting back on sugar. I was talking to Drew about "clean eating" and how it is so important when you're looking to burn fat and see the muscle definition that you work hard to gain. There are a few different views on "clean eating" but basically we avoid packaged foods (soda, candy, snack foods like Little Debbies, cookies, most breads that aren't whole grain, etc.) We enjoy lean meats, veggies, fresh fruit, eggs, milk, and some cheeses in moderation. 

Clean eating isn't a diet.. it's a change to our eating habits. We pay attention to sugar most importantly and try to stay below our daily recommended allowance. For example, my daily allowance is 38 grams (at 5'6" and weighing 128lbs). It's TOUGH to stay below 38! We also try to eat our body weight in grams of protein (yep, 128?!) because we're working to build muscle.

The reason I'm sharing this information is because I want to show friends and family the huge difference in "clean eating" vs the other way of eating. I've made revisions to a few of my recipes (they're not all 100% clean but are definitely improved). I love figuring out the nutrition with myfitnesspal app on my phone. Here are a couple of things I've noticed:

This is the nutrition for my homemade spaghetti sauce (left) vs Prego Chunky Garden Combo (right). This is for 1 cup of sauce. Big differences in calories, sodium and sugar! Yes, it takes time to make the sauce.. but it makes a big batch and can be frozen. Interested? Here's the recipe: 

A's Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

2 T olive oil
1 c onion
3 oz baby carrots
3-4 cloves garlic
28oz diced tomatoes
29oz tomato sauce
12oz tomato paste
2 c water
3 t fresh basil (or the stuff in the tube)
2 t dried parsley
1 t kosher salt
1/4 t crushed red pepper
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 c red wine

Process onion, carrots and garlic in food processor until finely chopped. (I do this to "hide" veggies for the family I cook for. The kids love spaghetti and don't know it's full of the good stuff!) Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat and add veggies. Cook 3-4 minutes until tender. Add all tomatoes, water, spices and stir well. Bring to boil and reduce heat to low. Add in wine. Simmer on low 1-2 hours (or longer) stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn! Serves 12

Need some meatballs too? 

Here's my recipe (left) vs Rosina's frozen Italian Style (right)

Similar calories (that's for 6 meatballs by the way) but compare the FAT!

Easy Meatballs

1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
2 T milk
1/2 c bread crumbs (I used one slice of Earthgrains Wheat Berry, processed into crumbs)
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup carrots
1 clove garlic
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Use food processor to finely chop the garlic, onion and carrots. Combine all ingredients (except the beef) and mix well. Add in beef and mix with fork. Make 24 meatballs (I use a small cookie scoop so they're about 1 1/2" each). Bake 20 minutes.  

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Birthday, Baptism, and Halloween Fun!

Wow, I'm behind on the blogging.. I hope you have all seen most of these pictures through email, at least! Here's what's been happening with us:

Pajama Day at School :)

Reese's Baptism at St. Anne's Chapel 10/20/12

She did great!

What a blessed day 

The girl of the hour! Eight months old that day..

Happy 4th Birthday Brett!

Handsome boy.. He was happy about the Fireman Sam Station

Sage and Reese in her new hat!

Barrett made the trip from Eastern Arkansas

The Jupiter Engine came all the way from Ireland!

Fireman Sam meets Play-doh

Showing off her two teeth

Captain America

Ready to Trunk or Treat with Sister and Haleigh Ann

Cute babies

Daddy and his Bumblebee girl

A fun picture with Mommy

This gets us all caught up.. Hopefully I can do better over the coming Holidays! Love you all!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Little Blessed Rose Baptism Invitation
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Loving Every Minute!

It's so nice to have NO set plans! We are enjoying swimming, beach-going, watching cartoons (and football) and relaxing. The beach has been great since the rain moved out!

Cute little ladybug

Brett loves to dig

Silly boys

look at that black eye :(


She's been such a good baby on the beach!

Melt my heart

Just the girls

Loving my baby boy

Loving my other boy :)

Fun in the pool

Water bug
We are so pleased with everything in Seaside, Florida! Our little cottage is perfect :) 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beach Time in the Rain

It rained all day yesterday. That's not good when you've got a wound-up preschooler! Brett asked us about 500 times when we were going to the beach so we gave in and toughed it out. He is such a beach boy! First, here's a picture of his injury:

He was on the top bunk and got hit with the ceiling fan :(

Reese's first time on the beach!

She likes it :)

Beach baby

Look at that sweet smile!

Brett is in HEAVEN

He looks like he's been in a fight.. but he's smiling anyway

Daddy and his babies

Loving it!

Reese loves it too

I'd say she's pretty happy at the beach

We had a great rest of the day and took a little drive to Rosemary Beach for some ice cream. Now it's raining again but looks to be letting up. Either way, Drew and Brett will head to the beach soon!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

We made it to Seaside!

It was a long night but we made it to our vacation destination. We left home at 10pm on Sunday night and rolled into Florida about 13 hours later. Drew and I took turns driving and napping. We stopped in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a big breakfast and looked for Brett Favre (no luck). Overall, the kids did GREAT! We stopped at Navarre Beach to play a little while and have lunch before heading into Seaside. 

Sweet Reese is a trooper! She slept all night.

Brett woke up a few times but was so excited "to get to the vacation" :)

Tired Mommy and giddy Brett

We made a stop at the Navarre Beach splash pad near Pensacola

Reese was curious about the splash pad

Brett needed to burn off a little energy after 13 hours in the car!

They found a shady spot :)

Brett wouldn't wait to get in the water.. even brown water with lots of pine needles..

Reese was more interested in the grass!
More pictures to come.. we were exhausted last night and Brett had a little incident with the ceiling fan and bunk bed (pictures next time) He has a nice blue, swollen nose :( Both kids passed out before 7pm and we all slept great. It's been raining today but we'll head to the beach later!