People make a lot of excuses for not living a healthy lifestyle. “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have money”, “It’s too hard”, “Vegetables are gross”, “I need _____ (insert food/drink here) to get me through the day, I can’t live without it”…and the list goes on. Believe me, there’s not an excuse out there that I haven’t heard at one time or another. Guess what, every one has an excuse. Everyone has some reason they “can’t” live more healthfully. I realize it’s not always easy to be healthy. It’s not any easier for me than it is for you, but I live as healthy of a life as I can because I recognize the value of exercising and eating nutritious food and I like how it makes me feel. It’s worth it to me. I hope it’s worth it to you too.
This past week has been crazy as I’ve been trying to find a place to live and semi-living out of my car. I’ve had some great friends who’ve been letting me stay with them (shout out Brenna and Tim!) but overall I’ve kind of been living somewhat kitchen-less so I’ve had to get a little creative to try and keep on track with all things health-i-ness… Anyway. As I prepared what my “meals” (more like 20 snacks a day) would be, I tried to focus on things that would help keep me full and provide some good nutrition while being simple and easy to prepare. This is what I packed as I headed for Utah. I of course, added things here and there and thanks to my new job at the hospital was actually provided with quite a few free meals my first week so that helped out a lot.
So what do we have?
- Rice cakes – (don’t mock, they’re great with almond/peanut butter and banana slices)
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter
- Baby carrot – (single serving packs…I love those)
- Homemade trail mix – (almonds, pecans, dark chocolate covered cranberries)
- Nature Valley Baked Oatmeal Squares
- Kind Bar
- Quest bar – (as a side note, I tried the Cookies & cream flavor for the first time today, my life is changed. forever.)
- Crystal Light – (energy version – with caffeine. much needed)
My giant bag of food that I carried everywhere with me (basically) proved to be very helpful. I always had snacks on hand. My workouts last week however were lacking to say the least. I did try to sneak in a few at-home workouts but I need to find a gym and/or running trail asap. I’m trying my best!
In other news. The last breakfast I made before I left on my journey was this amazing Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Quesadilla. It was my last meal at home before becoming homeless so I had to make it a good one. And it was.
- Whole wheat wrap (I used a flat out wrap)
- 2 Tbsp. egg whites
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Sprinkle of granulated sweetener (or sugar).
- 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana
- 3-4 large strawberries
- Dip wrap in egg whites and sprinkle with cinnamon and granulated sweetener (or sugar)
- Place wrap on a pan on the stove over medium heat and cook on each side until lightly browned
- Remove from stove and spread yogurt on half the wrap
- Slice up bananas and strawberries and place in top of the yogurt
- Fold in half and enjoy!