Happy Monday! I'm sharing some recent, delicious and healthy meals. I also wanted to share a few things I do to motivate myself to eat healthy and be physically active. I've been getting some emails asking for suggestions for motivation to have a healthy lifestyle:
Tips for getting back on the healthy track
Find a health/fitness role model
( I really like MankoFit - her personality, tips, and workout clips are great!)
Try different healthy foods & find a favorite
(I try a different fruit/veggie every month based on what's in season or on sale.)
Get a workout buddy and healthy eating buddy
(Instead of just eating out to meet up with friends, I like to workout with friends who I know enjoy fitness. And, I have several friends who I go to when I need a healthy eating accountability partner.)
Work your way back to a healthy lifestyle - doing it cold turkey is hard!
(I started off by eating one clean meal a day, then 2, and now it has become a lifestyle.)
Reward yourself for following through on healthy eating
Read and remind yourself of the benefits of healthy living
(The CDC has some great facts that always make me feel good about living a healthy lifestyle. Read them here.)
Start a healthy eating/fitness Pinterest board
(I am inspired by my healthy pins and they are proof that healthy food can be delicious! Follow my healthy eating board here.)
Keep healthy snacks around, toss the sugary ones
(Fruits, veggies, nuts, and dried veggie "chips" are all great snacks to replace the unhealthy ones that make us gain so much weight.)
Salmon, black beans & sliced potatoes
Same as meal above + broccoli and squash
Cabbage cooked in olive oil with black pepper & sweet onions (one of my favorite side dishes & it's so easy!)
Arugula with sliced cheese, tomatoes and olives w/ a lemon vinaigrette dressing
Romaine lettuce with onions, orange and red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers & poppyseed dressing
I made this meal for my friend and I (very first photo) after a really hard workout. I cooked veggie crumbles in olive oil with onions and purple cabbage. I also made us an arugula salad with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and poppyseed dressing.
FYI, this is the size of the salads I have for lunch (about 2 handfuls). I like to pair these with a veggie burger patty, (grilled chicken would be great too), or a side of vegetables.