My “Clean Eating” Journey Continues!

Hi friends! Several of you have emailed me about my “clean eating”. Am I still doing it? What am I eating? I also posted this picture of a green smoothie on instagram and you asked for the recipe. So here’s my update and a recipe!

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First, yes I’m still committed to “clean eating”.  Clean eating can be different for everyone but for me, I’m trying to eat as little processed food as possible. Which means I have to cook more. Ugh!

I don’t think I will ever be 100% clean, that’s not a realistic goal for me but I would like to be 75% clean. My husband loves to ask me if our food is “dirty” or “clean”. He thinks he’s so funny!

I’ve mentioned several websites I’m using such as The Gracious Pantry, and 100 Days of Real Food. Both of them have great recipes and most of the ones I’ve tried I love!

Another thing I’ve recently signed up for is Emeals.com. Emeals meal plan arrives in my inbox every week—complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly dinner recipes. Each meal includes an entrée and side dishes.

All you do is choose a meal plan based on your eating style (there’s paleo, clean, glutten free, low carb, slow cooker, organic and the list goes on), your family size and even your favorite grocery store.

So far, I’ve been very impressed! I joined for 3 months which was $21. You get your meals and your grocery list delivered each week! If you’d like more info. just click the button below.

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Now for the green smoothie recipe. I got this from the blog The 2 Seasons Blog. It’s a mother/daughter blog and I’ve met them in person. The one word I would describe for both of them is elegant! I loved getting to chat with them and I’ve enjoyed reading their blog.

Green Smoothie

1 cup of coconut milk, almond milk or regular milk. (I used organic whole milk.)
2 cups of kale or swiss chard
1-2 carrots
1/2 to 1 cup of blueberries
5 big strawberries
1 frozen banana (break it into pieces before freezing)
1 tablespoon of peanut butter for protein and an extra kick.
 

I didn’t have any carrots so I didn’t add them. I also like my smoothie to have a little more of a sweet taste so I added a tablespoon of pure maple syrup.

That’s it! Super good and super healthy!

Are any of you on this journey with me? How are you doing? Have you found any great websites?

Beauty For the Heart~~Christianity isn’t about larger church attendance numbers or buildings. It’s about people being born again & changed by the power of God. -Jim Cymbala

Have a blessed day!

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My “Clean Eating” Journey

Good morning friends!! I pray you had a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend. We sure did, and now my husband and I are on a little vacation. We’re at a hotel somewhere in Indiana, close to Chicago. We’re going to be staying in Michigan this week and I’ll be sharing some of our trip with you.

Today I wanted to let you know how my first week of “clean eating” has been going. Many of you have emailed me about it and I appreciate all the encouragement.

My "Clean Eating" Journey

I’ve already figured out the key is in the planning! As long as you plan your meals then half the battle is over. I did a great job with that so it made my first week run smooth.

The hardest part of “clean eating” for me is lunch. For breakfast I eat plain mini wheats with organic milk and honey. But I struggled with lunch ideas. Some days I ate left overs from supper but I’ve got to figure out some lunch options.

I’ve fixed three meals this week that we loved so I will definitely be making then again.

1. Homemade Spaghettis Sauce with whole wheat pasta.

2. Homemade Chicken Nuggets (pictured above).

3. Taco Salad

My "Clean Eating" Journey

Of course this week we’re on vacation and it’s really hard to “eat clean” but I’m going to try my best. I’m steering clear from white bread and white sugar.

I already feel better! I know that sounds crazy but I do.

I would love for you to join me on this journey! Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re joining me!

Beauty for the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day!

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Our Cleaning Eating Journey

My daughter and I (along with our very reluctant husbands) are starting a new adventure on Monday. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have mixed emotions.

Here’s one of the reasons I’m starting this new adventure. I get a lot of emails from you all with questions like, “What do you do to stay in shape?”  “Do you diet, exercise, etc.”

And I always avoid the question like the plague! Why? 1. Because I’m not really “in shape” 2. Because I don’t do a lot.

I try to eat healthy, I exercise some (right now I’m doing a pilates DVD by Denise Austin). But I need to do better. I want to exercise more, but I also want to change my eating habits.

Wayne and I have recently purchased some essential oils (more about that at another time). We’re both concerned about aging and how we feel. We can already tell we feel different in our 40s vs. how we felt in our 30s. I believe part of it is due to our diet.

Our "Clean Eating" Journey

So, I’ve decided to try “clean eating”. You may be asking, what’s that? Some of you may already be doing this, but basically clean eating is about eating foods in their most natural state.

This means avoiding processed foods, foods with loads of preservatives, foods with lots of added sugar, and foods with high levels of bad fats.

Clean eating is not a diet, but I’m hoping by cutting out sugar my husband and I might lose a few pounds. Mainly I’m concerned about us staying healthy as we age. I’m concerned because so many in my family have died from cancer. It may or may not been related to processed food but I do worry that it was a factor.

I also believe my body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and God wants me to take care of it to the best of my ability.

This weekend, I’m cleaning out my pantry and on Sunday after church Courtney and I are headed to Trader Joe’s to re-stock our shelves with healthier alternatives.

I’m going to tell you this is going to be HARD. I’m going to give myself grace because I know I’ll mess up at times. But we have to start somewhere and I’m hoping by telling you all, it might keep me more accountable!

I’ll keep you posted as we begin our journey on Sunday. I’m sure I’ll post a lot on Instagram. I’m cyndispivey on Instagram if you want to follow along. I’m also hoping to post some clean eating recipes on Pinterest. You can follow me here.

There are two websites that we’re using as a guide, 100 Days of Real Food and The Gracious Pantry.

Would you like to join me on this journey? Leave me a comment and let me know! If you’re already “clean eating” I’d also love to hear from you too!

Have a blessed day!

Linking to: Imparting Grace

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Delicious Cheese Danish

Good morning! I’m headed to the Bloggy Conference this morning but I wanted to share this delicious cheese danish recipe with you. It’s now only delicious but it’s easy and that’s always a winner for me!


Ingredients:
2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1  cup sugar
1  teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg white

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13X9-inch baking pan. Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Every once in a while I find a recipe I love and I want to share it with you. This Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banan Bread is that kind of recipe. Truthfully, any recipe that uses greek yogurt, I want to try. I love greek yogurt and it makes this bread so moist.

I always want to give credit where credit is due and I found this recipe on the blog, Daily Garnish. She has lots of great recipes and I’m hoping to check some more of them out.

I have been trying to cut down on my sugar intake and eat healthier as a whole. This bread is a healthy alternative to traditional breads made with oil, and includes Greek yogurt and bananas to create a delicious moist bread.

Here’s a list of the ingredients:

Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Start by combining flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork until they are gooey and liquid-like. Add eggs, sugars, and vanilla to this mixture. Next add a dollop of Greek yogurt! Whisk until everything is well combined and there are no lumps.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.  At this point, fold in the fresh blueberries!

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and distribute evenly. Place into the oven and bake for one hour, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing.

This bread is so moist and delicious. I think I’ll eat another piece right now!

Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by!

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Chobani Greek Yogurt Pancakes

I’ve been wanting to try a recipe for pancakes that I saw on the side of my  Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt. 

Colt Allen stayed the night with us on Friday night, so Saturday morning was a perfect time to try out these pancakes.

I don’t know if I’ve told you but I’m in love with Chobani greek yogurt! I can’t get enough of it. I have to add a little sweetener because it’s tart.

But with Agave Nectar or brown sugar, it’s amazing!

Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts.

Saturday morning I made Greek Yogurt Pancakes and ooooh were they good!

Colt Allen loved them!

 Recipe for Greek Yogurt Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 C  Vanilla 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 C milk
  • Cooking spray

Mix all dry ingredients together in large bowl. Whisk egg, Chobani and milk together.

Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until smooth.

Heat skillet over medium high heat. Spray pan with cooking spray.

For each pancake, scoop 1/4 cup batter onto skillet.

Flip when bubbles appear on top and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Serve with syrup. Delish!!

I think Colt Allen definitely wants CiCi to make these pancakes again soon!

Have a great day and be blessed!

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