I have been inspired to make a few changed in our home’s eating habits! A very healthy chicky I know blogged about some wonderful ways to to keep breakfast and snacks simple and healthy (thanks, Tiffany!) and so I set out to do just that! It’s been over a week now, and it’s going beautifully. I’ve even broken through my plateau and lost 2 pounds this week!

One of the things I’ve done, and really hope to continue doing, is dedicating a morning or afternoon to some baking. I’ve starting making a huge batch of whole wheat waffles and freezing them for the coming week. The recipe I’ve chosen is very low sugar and has no oils in it (hooray for applesauce!) After toasting them up in the morning, we top them with a swirl of syrup and some fruit. I can’t believe how much longer the girls stay full on it! I’ve never allowed them to have sugar cereal for breakfast in the mornings (with very rare vacation exceptions!) and mostly because they’re SO hungry 30  minutes later (and it’s awful for you!)

I’ve also been including a batch of muffins, again with whole wheat flour and/or oats. No oils and lots of fruits. This is typically what I will grab to munch on at one point during the morning.  And like the waffles, I just keep them in the freezer and let it defrost before I get snacking. Below I put the recipe I used today along with my tweaks. We give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Making the switch to whole wheat is so tricky. White flour is just so delicious! But these are super moist with lots of sweet fruit flavors!

Also, did you know that lots of time when your body feels hungry, you are actually thirsty?! Another thing that works with both me and the girls, especially since spring is here and we’re constantly on the move.  It’s a bit annoying to run back in the house every half hour for another apple or cheese stick, but I bought some groovy straw cups for them and they can keep some apple juice or water on the porch for when they need a refresher. I bought for me a new water filter for the fridge so I have a steady flow of cold water available, which again, curbs those moments where I otherwise may have grabbed a quick processed snack out of convenience.

Low fat ranch dressing has turned out to be the secret key to getting Juliet to eat veggies and I am SO happy! And when they eat veggies, I eat veggies. I’m looking forward to my hair growing shinier and my nails stronger!

I remember hearing Elizabeth Elliot on the radio years ago talking about how if you stay to the outer aisles of the food store, you will be getting more for your money and a better quality of food. So, with the exception of staple pantry items, I’m going to see what I can do about that. My fridge will probably be over flowing!

One of my new rules with the kids, and they seem ok with it for now, is that there will be no sweets during the week. We’ll do other sorts of desserts like yogurts or fruit with whipped cream, but we’re canceling having a treat after every single meal. Then on the weekend, that will be a good time for a pan of brownies or a lollipop. Also, we’re cutting way back on TV during the week. Busy is better! The weekend will be for relaxing.

I’ve been able to translate some of these changes over to dinner too and still keep it the way Craig likes it. He has no desire whatsoever to do the whole wheat thing, so I’ve done a few meals this week where I can incorporate a ww pita for me and a white roll for him. Tonight I’m making flatbread pizzas. I’ve controlled the quality of the ingredients going into the flatbread so I know it’s healthier than a typical pizza crust (and it’s much more flavorful!) and for me, I’ll grab a pita out of the fridge for my pizza. I’m thankful it’s been easier to please both schools of thought in our home =) Although hubby won’t like the wheat muffins. I’ll have to get some cookies going… half for the freezer for next week!

BANANA BLUEBERRY WHOLE WHEAT MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (I only had 2 banana’s so I supplemented with natural applesauce to make up the difference!)
* 4 egg whites (I just used 2 eggs; my muffins probably came out a tad denser than intended.)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup fresh blueberries (mine were frozen from last summer.)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, and vanilla extract.
3. Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
4. Bake 16 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.


2 comments to “Healthy Hippos!”

  1. Denese

    Sounds fabulous T! I recently read something about mistaking hunger for thirst. I think that happens a lot. It wouldn’t hurt for any of us to curb the desserts till the weekend! (Dave just added that he is sooooooo glad we see y’all on wkends. lol

  2. Tiffany

    Oh, yay! I love healthy eating and eaters! lol Your water statement is so true. I actually drink 96 oz. of water each day, and seldom have any desire to snack. I have to be very conscientious about this, but I think it is one of the best things for our health. We have actually cut all other drinks out of our diet, besides 1% milk twice a day for Cadi, and of course our Starbucks pot of black coffee each morning. :) hee hee. My husband used to be addicted to soda - no joke. So this was a huge and very positive life change for our family. He has had to just completely eliminate it from his diet. And thankfully, I don’t care for it, and Cadi has never had it.
    Your muffins sounds soooo yummy! I am coming back to copy it down. (And you can always throw in a T of wheat germ or flax seed to up the nutritonal value!)
    And about your hubby not liking whole wheat flour, here is a trick. ;) (Not that I am condoning tricking him or anything! Hmmm . . ..) Try subbing out 1/4 C. white flour for whole wheat flour in your recipes. I promise he will not be able to tell, but you will feel better knowing that he is getting SOME nutritional value. And then if that goes over, you can increase the amount. Just a thought. ;) My husband was hesitant at first, but he actually prefers whole wheat flour most times now. And Cadi doesn’t know the difference. :) Good luck! It is fun to incorporate healthy foods into your home. I actually am at the other end where I need to ease up a bit, I get a little “caught up” in it all! But a summer away with no control over the meals served cures that a bit. ;)


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