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I'm glad to say I figured out what was dragging me down for several weeks. As many parents know, this time of year can get hectic. It certainly does for me. Not only are there the usual end-of-school-year events for my children, preparations for summer travel, and registrations for the next school-year's activities, but I also put on a spring dance recital every late May/ early June--a culmination of five months preparation that must come together perfectly in one day.
While all this went on, I fell into some bad habits without even realizing. Eating on the run, meant turning to pre-packaged foods. Now, I don't know if this is true for everyone, but sodium content in pre-packaged meals gets me every time. I swell up like someone attached a tire pump to my body. Sea salt I use at home is fine, even when used generously on steak, and more moderately in my other cooking and baking. But no matter how healthy (low-calorie, low-fat, well-balanced) that packaged meal seems...I almost always regret it by the next day, waking up with puffy eyes and feeling bloated and heavy. In all fairness, if I were to buy meals labeled, "low-sodium", I might not have this problem.
If this sounds familiar, try fixing all your own food to control what's going in your body. I have the same sodium issues with eating out, although I will say I've had good results so far with The Cheesecake Factory's "Skinnylicious" menu items.
Busy? Keep simple foods on hand. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always winners. Also, fill a tupperware with pasta for a quick re-heat. Or try my pumpkin or banana muffins for breakfasts, or a healthy snack on the go. (Recipe can be found here: Pumkin Muffins ). These types of items can be made in less than 30 minutes and used for several days after. I recommend freezing the muffins if you don't use them within 3 days though. Those fresh ingredients will turn eventually if left at room temperature.
Moral: When life gets hectic, show yourself love by tossing out the high sodium and keeping foods simple and homemade when possible!
Do you have any suggestions of handy, healthy foods for busy people? Please comment below!
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