Snack time!!! Peanut butter dip <3

20140203-164944.jpgThis afternoon I really really wanted peanut butter!!! I use all natural peanut butter with no added sugar or oil that is DELICIOUS! But it is so calorie dense that you can’t really have very much of it and I wanted a treat that was filling and a bit more to feast on 😉

So I grabbed my non-fat Greek Yogurt and made a blend 🙂

1/2 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
Large dash of cinnamon 😉

I paired it with a sliced apple. Yum!!!

Greek yogurt is amazing for you! It’s an awesome source of low fat protein. There have been numerous studies saying that regularly eating low fat dairy daily. It is also such a good alternative to sour cream, dips, and salad dressings.

Peanut butter gives you healthy fats and oils and protein. It is so good for you but easy to go a bit overboard and have too much too quickly so watch out!

Cinnamon is so good for you. It raises your metabolism and keeps hunger at bay. It also contains healthy antioxidants which makes your body say THANK YOU!

apples!!!! my favorite! Apples and bananas rule my fruit bowl. Apples have a low GI which means it keeps your body feel full for longer plus they are crunchy and sweet which is a major win for me 🙂

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Creamy Barley, eggplants, and zucchini :) {Food from last week}

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad

So this week is a very good example of why I plan out meals but also stay flexible.

So on Monday we had creamy barley salad and OH MY GOODNESS! SO GOOD!!! Going in the cook book 😉

I even had enough left over for my lunch the next day. The sauce was so tangy and crisp. I did have to make sure my man had enough to fill him up so I added some seedy bread on the side 🙂

Tuesday Andy made dinner so that moved my schedule for the week around a little bit. Which is why it is important to STAY FLEXIBLE! You can keep healthy by planning meals out but if you’re so stressed out about it then that is not a very healthy lifestyle and definitely not sustainable. So tuesday’s meal of Cuban Beans and rice got moved to Wednesday which was fine. The Cuban beans were awesome. We have a hard time finding black beans in the UK so I have realized that kidney beans make a great substitute.

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice

Thursday we had some curried eggplant which was pretty good. I made it a bit too spicy (not too sure of how intense cayenne powder is…) but that means Andy loved it! I guess it went down well because there was not enough left over for my lunch the next day 🙂 So I grabbed some leftover veggies and salad (from Monday’s dinner) and added some salmon, cottage cheese, and walnuts. AWESOME SALAD! No need for dressing, there’s plenty of goodness and flavor in there just on it’s own. Keep your mind open to various dressings, Ranch is not where it stops 😉 This salad also is packed full of protein 😛

Awesome lunch!

Awesome lunch!

Stir fry "en process"

Stir fry “en process”

Friday was meant to be stuffed zucchini but we had quite a few veggies leftover from previous meals and I just couldn’t be bothered following a recipe. So I made a stir fry! I started with sautéing onions and garlic in toasted sesame oil and toasted a few tablespoons of sesame seeds. Then I started chopping carrots, peppers, zucchinis, and threw in some frozen peas. I boiled a pot of rice and voila’ ! Yummy stir fry that the guys loved 🙂 Wonderful collection of color and flavor. Awesome easy standby meal to use up leftover veggies.

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!

Ready to dish up!
Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry :)

Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry 🙂