The Health Craze

Recently, Paige and I decided to make a renewed commitment to healthy living. I know that this sounds like another tired story beginning with a New Years resolution and a pricey gym membership, and ending with a healthy dose of reality and humility. Well, fear not reader! For of those four items, our story boasts only a healthy dose of reality.

Our health craze, which has developed into more of a lifestyle rather than a craze, was based on the firm reality that fitness goals need to be longterm and diet is a large part of achieving those goals. That said, our lack of posts over the last several months hasn’t been due to a lack of activity in the kitchen. Far from it, we’ve been continually tinkering with a number of tasty and healthy recipes we’ve found. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be posting some of the results of that tinkering in the hopes that all of you can try out some of our favorite foods for yourselves.  To whet your appetites for the recipes to come, take a look at some of the really great recipes that we found when we started our commitment to healthy eating.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – I can’t say enough good things about these pancakes that come courtesy of bodybuilding.com. They are super easy to make, and they taste great. I had a tough time finding Oat Flour (called for in the recipe) at my local grocery store, so we used whole wheat flour instead. The sugar substitute we used is Stevia. It’s an all natural sweetener that is gaining in popularity, so you can find them with relative ease. What’s also great now is that you can get these all natural sugar substitutes in a form that works as a cup for cup substitution for sugar. Sweeteners like this usually have their own ‘not quite sugar’ flavor, but you can’t taste it at all in this particular recipe. When we make these, we add about a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and about a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Also from bodybuilding.com are these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. I’m a huge fan of meatloaf. Paige doesn’t share my enthusiasm for the delicacy, so I won’t spend too much time on it here. If you’re into meatloaf, these are super quick and easy to make. But be warned! You’ll need some a potent breath freshener after downing two or three of these bad boys.

Chicken Sausage Stir Fry – Paige made this one night on a whim, and I was instantly hooked. This is a great basic recipe, and there are so many great ways to tweak it. The only thing we routinely change however, is the type of chicken sausage. We generally go for the chicken sausage that has the lowest calorie, sodium, and fat count. It typically ends up being a different brand than is mentioned in this recipe. This comes from the Self.com blog Cook Like Me, which is a sub-blog of Eat Like Me. Definitely worth the time to check these out.


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