Good morning and Good Friday for those who celebrate it
If anyone is having family in town this weekend, include them in your physical activity! Who knows who you might inspire to a healthier lifestyle - we want our loved ones around as long as possible.
Saw some great stuff on yesterday's thread. Yes, it's OK to splurge. "What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease." - (George Dennison Prentice) So watch what you eat, but on special occasions, or just because, treat yourself. You may think about non-food treats, but sometimes there is nothing better that a Dove bar, or a can of Pringles
. I just repeat to myself that days that end in "y" don't automatically constitute special occasions lol.
Saw a wonderful testimonial on yesterday's thread from someone who has really committed to keeping her health under control. She has made tremendous progress, and even tho she is experiencing a rough time, she has already shown she has the tools to do what she needs to do. We all do. All we have to do is weigh (no pun intended) that goodie against the damage it may do to us. Compare the thought of letting one more half hour be drained from our lives in front of the TV versus adding to the quality of our lives by using that half hour to walk.
Keep up the great work!! (And drink your water!
Putting two recipes in today since I missed one yesterday. Remember, holiday cooking doesn't have to be fattening. But you should also give yourself a day now and then, as several posters pointed out yesterday, to "splurge"
. It's guilt-free.
This is a nice recipe for Easter - since it will be just hubby and I, It a great scaled-down dish
Sweet potato casserole
2 med sweet potatoes
8 dried apricot halves
1/4 c raisins
1/2 c dried cranberries
1-1/2 c milk (skim)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground ginger
dash ground cloves
Steam or nuke sweet potato until just tender. Peel and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Cut each dried apricot half into 8 or 10 pieces. Put sweet potato, apricot pieces, raisins, and cranberries into a medium sized bowl.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a small pan (or in microwave) heat milk to steaming. Reduce heat to low. Remove several Tbsp. of milk to a small bowl and mix in the cornstarch. Stir paste into remaining milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Fold sauce into potato and fruit mixture. Spoon into prepared casserole and bake 30 minutes.
Black Bean Sloppy Joes
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1/3 cup water
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 T soy sauce
1/2 T yellow mustard
1 t honey
1 t chili powder
Place onion & pepper in saucepan with water. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.
Mash beans with a bean or potato masher (do not use a food processor). Add the beans and remaining ingredients into the saucepan and cook over low heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve on buns.
I am still working on our toning routine, but vettech showed us some great stuff yesterday. We are back to legs today. I you're not that far along yet, just get out and move. When you establish that as a firm habit, then you can jump in. Inner flylady speaking here: You are not behind!