Thank you for Salata for partnering with me on these tips!
It’s hard to believe there’s only a little over 3 weeks left of summer! What a whirlwind it’s been with the fun and stress of our 2 month hotel stay waiting on the completion of our house, our move and new house, and tons of traveling! The kids have also done a few weekly camps at their gymnastics studio. It’s given them fun, crafts, and a place to burn off energy in a familiar environment and it’s given me something I haven’t had much of in the past year- time to myself. The kids were on opposite schedules in this past school year and it made it difficult for me to make the time to stick to a fitness routine and healthier lifestyle. I was on a roll for a few months if you remember last year, but being brutally honest the kids’ schedule was tough to MAKE the time (Bravo to the mamas that do!) and I just gave up.
These weeks have given me a sneak preview of the fall when the kids will be on a similar schedule and I will have a block of time to myself 3 times per week. I have been able to schedule doctors’ appointments for eye exams and checkups, hair appointments, and yes, start laying the foundation for turning over a new leaf for a healthier me.
I bought a Fit Bit and some comfy shoes and reinstalled my Weight Watchers app. I also have also used the time to be more intentional about choices I’m making at meal time. Salata invited me to try some of their delicious salads for lunch and these are 3 of the simple healthier swaps I made that you can make anywhere.
- Choose a filling salad over a burger or a sandwich. Many people think a salad won’t be filling as a meal (I did before I tried it!), but with a hearty portion of greens which you don’t have to feel guilty about and great proteins like Southwest Chicken and black beans added, a salad can definitely fill you up while keeping you on a healthy track. You can add more flavor with jalapenos and a dash of cheese and southwest dressing and a few spicy croutons (Go easy on the last few items so that you don’t undo your healthy choice.). I created a delicious healthy Southwest salad and I never missed my usual sandwich.
- Choose a broth based soup with vegetables over a creamier soup. I love broccoli cheddar soup but let’s face it- that’s a lot of fat and calories disguised as a little bit of vegetable. I paired a lower calorie broth based tortilla soup with my Southwest salad. It was the perfect pairing and saved a ton of calories and fat. Minestrone, vegetable, and chicken noodle are all good broth based soups to keep your calories in check.
- Choose a flavored water over diet soda. This one is by FAR my biggest challenge. I am a 20 year diet soda drinker. I am well aware of all the bad things about it and no judgement if you have the same problem. Water is so much better for us for so many reasons including helping our body metabolize what we put into it. I am starting small and make a swap at one meal per day and choosing a water with a delicious flavor like lemon or orange. Baby steps.
I feel like the key to not letting a big change feel overwhelming is to start with small steps and build on them. These changes are not only easy to make, they didn’t leave me feeling deprived especially with the delicious soup and salad from Salata. They are changes you can make anywhere though! Simple changes and moving a little more- that’s what I’m focusing on. I hope the school year brings lots of positive new changes and learning for my kids, but also for mama too!