Are you ready for some new food finds to add to your healthy shopping cart? I know I am! It’s time for me to toss those holiday high calorie, low nutrient leftovers and start feeding my body more healthy good eats. At first the sugary, high fat stuff tasted really great but at some point it became over – kill and now I’m craving salads, vegetables and fruit. Hmmmm I guess if I listen carefully, my body tells me what it needs. Since having foot surgery I have been craving protein and red meat. It’s kind of strange for me since I don’t usually care too much for red meat or large portions of protein and go for the side dishes on my plate before the protein. Again – I need to listen to what my body is telling me it needs.
This seasoning blend has been a staple in my pantry for years. We love it sprinkled on a white or sweet baked potato as well as veggies and fish.
It contains all real ingredients with no added salt or sugar.
If you have followed my blog for very long you know I love fresh produce. Since having my foot surgery I can’t drive, which means driving to the grocery store on a whim to get fresh produce for recipes is no longer an option. This has lead to discovering how convenient frozen vegetables can be. First they are economical, already washed, cut and ready to use. Since they are frozen at the peak of their freshness they are nutrient rich. The bonus is there is no spoilage. You just gotta love that! I still prefer fresh over frozen but right now in my life frozen produce is a meal plan lifesaver.
I need fast and easy foods right now and I surely don’t want to stand and cut and cube a fresh pineapple. Use in smoothies, Hawaiian Pizza, mix with fat free Greek Yogurt for breakfast or a snack. Frozen bananas (I freeze my over ripe ones) a three berry blend, blueberries, mangos, peaches and cherries also happen to be in my freezer right now. They can all be used frozen in smoothies or thaw in the microwave in seconds on defrost then mix with fat free Greek yogurt for parfaits, tossed into hot oatmeal or made into Berry Chia Jam. Any brand will do just make sure they don’t contain added sugar.
These are one of my favorite frozen food finds. Fresh leeks are not something I keep on hand, they are something I only purchase when I know I am going to prepare certain recipes. These are so amazing to keep in the freezer, they are already cleaned and sliced which is a huge time saver. Perfect for using in Split Pea Beef & Barley Soup.
No Trader Joe’s where you live? Don’t worry any brand of frozen artichoke hearts will do. Hubby Tom took me to Trader Joe’s and I stocked up on frozen goodies like this. Thaw these out and use them in pasta dishes like this Antipasto-Style Penne, or Homemade Healthy Pizzas, salads or my favorite Perfect Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Buy two bags of this as you are going to want it again soon. Trust me.
Amy’s frozen foods are so good. Daughter Katy went grocery shopping for me and chose a few prepared frozen meals so I would have some easy lunch options when I find myself home alone while recuperating. This is so tasty and filling.
A meal for under 250 calories is a good deal. Yes, I know frozen meals do have a higher sodium count but I don’t have issues with sodium or high blood pressure – in fact I have just the opposite with low BP! Amy’s frozen entrees can be found in most grocery stores in my area. They are in with the other frozen health food type items.
Hubby Tom’s favorite cereal! Shhh – don’t tell him I like it too. It’s so good over some fat free Greek Yogurt and a little fruit or served with a splash of unsweetened Almond milk. In my area this is available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s (best price), health food stores and regular grocery stores.
It’s organic, Non-GMO which means it contains no genetically modified organisms, is made from whole grains, contains 5g of fiber per serving and only 120 calories for a big 3/4 cup serving! The addition of barley malt extract gives it a slightly sweet flavor without being too sugary. It gives you something to crunch on. The flavor reminds hubby Tom of a boyhood favorite – oat flakes which is no longer made. Nostalgia is a good thing!
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How To Navigate Nutmeg Notebook
You can browse all the recipes posted here by using the Recipe Tab at the top of the home page. It takes you to a self explanatory navigation page where you can search recipes by different categories. Each recipe has a photograph and nearly all contain nutritional information as well as Weight Watchers Points Plus Values if you are following that program.
Printable Shopping Lists
If you use the My Kitchen tab at the top of the home page a drop down menu gives you the option of a Trader Joes or Whole Foods tab for printable shopping lists that also contain links to products that have been reviewed on the blog. The Lunch Box tab gives you ideas for packing lunches for yourself or your family complete with links to recipes. Explore and have fun with it.
Yesterday was my 4 week post foot surgery appointment with my doc. Things are progressing along. I did find out that I have had an allergic reaction to the self dissolving sutures used in the layers under the skin. I will spare you the gory details and just say that my incisions have been a little inflamed, very tender and sore (not infected) and now I know why. He said it’s rare but does happen. This too shall pass.
I can experiment and see if any of my regular shoes fit – most likely my athletic shoes which have more toe room. I can go back and forth with them and my post op ortho shoe depending on how things feel on any given day. I can do some toe exercises to try and limber up the ligaments in my toes as my second toe still has some curvature to it. Hopefully once the swelling goes down it will be better but he thinks that toe will always have some curvature. Bummer.
When I feel ready and can wear a regular shoe I can try driving again. He said right now it wouldn’t cause any harm to the bones but “not to hurry into doing anything”. It’s important to be able to brake the car hard if needed and I don’t feel like my incisions can handle that kind of pressure on them yet. When I am ready to try driving I’m going to have hubby Tom take me to an empty parking lot and let me experiment and make sure I can handle the pressure on my foot. When I told the doctor that he laughed and said it’s just like a teenager learning how to drive! Yep that’s what we did with our kids when they were first learning how to drive – we took them to empty parking lots to practice.
He gave me an application to get a temporary handicap car hanger tag so I can use the handicap parking stalls once I start driving myself. All those steps saved - help my foot from swelling.
No exercising allowed - yet. In three weeks I have x-rays taken again and depending on how things look inside he will decide if I can walk a little on the treadmill or outside. At least I have that to look forward to.
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