I really value healthy eating and exercise, but they aren’t my only values. My family is of utmost importance, and some weeks even obligatory meetings, social activities and necessary evils like oil changes need to take precedent. Or heck, sometimes a trip to the pumpkin patch is more important.
During these times, I don’t beat up on myself for not ‘staying on track’ because it’s important to know that life happens. It’s how we navigate these times that make the difference.
For example, not all days allow for a trip to the gym. When this happens, I squeeze in a walk if I can, or better yet, a quick circuit workout with no gym equipment or weights needed!
This circuit by Tina Reale is great to squeeze in during nap time.
And this one from Jen DeCurtins can be accomplished in the driveway. Hailey would love chasing me back and forth, especially if I carried her over my head in place of the weight- ha! Legal Disclaimer: exercise caution when using your toddler as a plate weight
As much as I’d love to spend every evening playing in the kitchen, I don’t always have time to make a meal like this one:
(Shameless brag on last night’s dinner that actually only took 20 minutes to pull together)
And other times, lunch would pass me by if I didn’t have something quick to grab. For those times, I try to keep a few meals stocked in my freezer. I’ve mentioned some of my favorite freezer meals before and shared how much I enjoyed the wild caught salmon from the new Lean Cuisine Honestly Good line. When I was offered the opportunity to try out some of their other Honestly Good meals, I jumped at the offer.
Since I enjoyed the salmon so much, I decided to give the Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish a try.
You might have to enlarge the above picture, but do it. The ingredient lists on these meals will kick any fast food meal’s and most other freezer meal’s butt. I get it, there is soybean oil that probably isn’t organic and ‘natural flavors’ which can mean all sorts of things, but 99% of this ingredient list is real, honest-to-goodness recognizable food.
And it tastes like it.
The sauces they put together for their Honestly Good meals are freaking incredible. Seriously, I want to try and make copy-cat versions of several of them. I also appreciate that they use vegetables and grains that our outside of the mainstream, like wheat berries, edamame, millet, yellow zucchini, steel-cut oats, flax seeds and more.
I tried one new meal that might even rival my love for their salmon.
The honey citrus chicken knocked my socks off.
Hailey actually wouldn’t let me eat this one on my own. She downed the pasta and broccoli as I scrambled to try and eat them all myself.
It sure doesn’t look like a freezer meal, does it?
In a perfect world, maybe we’d all eat organically grown kale from our backyard, but I don’t live in a perfect world. I live in a world of do-the-best-I-can and when a week gets hectic, I feel good about picking up a couple of Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals from Target to have on hand.
What helps you stay healthy during the crazy weeks?