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At some point, my New Year’s Resolution became a lifestyle
change. I feel like I’ve started some
new habits that are now here to stay in my life, even if I forget about my original New Year’s Resolution.
They say it takes 2 weeks to create a new habit. Maybe I’m a
slow learner, because I’d argue that for me it takes about two months for
something new to feel like a normal part of my routine. In the past week or so
many of the changes I’ve been trying to stick to over the past couple months have
suddenly clicked. They no longer require as much effort. They’ve become new healthy
habits instead of something on my to-do list.
I now turn to the blender when Beatrice and I
need a quick healthy snack or something to take on the road. Smoothies used to
be something I made a few times a year but now we make some kind of smoothie
once or twice a day. Beatrice has
started asking me for green smoothies (which sounds like “geen mootie” when she
says it, aww) instead of other less-healthy snacks. And these are green
smoothies made only from a bit of fresh fruit plus several cups of spinach
and romaine. I know I mentioned these miraculous green smoothies in my post
last month, but it really blows my mind that she loves them so much.
One of my goals for this month was to become more organized
when it came to meal planning and grocery shopping. I wanted to minimize trips
to the store and reduce wasted produce that went bad before I could use them. I tried
out several meal and grocery-planning apps and my favorites were Cooking Planit
and BigOven. They were the easiest to use and I loved how BigOven had a feature
to help you use up leftovers. I have added these apps to my Healthy and Cheap Family
Eating Pinterest board for you to check out if you’d like.
This month I continued to to try out new, healthy recipes. One of my favorite discoveries was carrot dogs! Carrot dogs
are essentially a carrot on a hot dog bun. There’s a simple charring technique
used to prepare the carrots that transforms them into a soft, smoky and
savory-sweet meal. I would even call them
meaty! Top them with some vegan chili
and a bit of cheese and I am in heaven! Beatrice absolutely loved them.
This may sound boring, but whole foods have also been a big
part of helping me stick to my resolution. I resolved to find low-cost foods
that were healthy and quick to prepare. I think sometimes as moms we feel like if we’re
not working really hard at preparing the snacks and meals that our kids eat,
that we could do better. But the truth is that you often can’t improve upon
what nature already made. So I’ve embraced the no-prep beauty of eating whole
foods. Beatrice recognizes so many more types of foods now because she eats
them in their original form. Foods like avocado, apples, fresh fruit, carrots and
hard-boiled eggs are all very portable, ready to go, and fairly inexpensive.
In the next few months I would still like to keep trying new
recipes but am loving the fact that I have gathered quite a collection of healthy,
fast and cheap recipes. I can start returning to my favorites and modify them to make them healthier. It’s always harder to cook something for the first time and it
can be expensive to stock you pantry with spices or staples that you’ve never
used before. I feel like I’m past the
I’m at a place now where I have fallen into a comfortable
new pattern where the new habits feel easy to continue and I have the right
tools to keep them going.