Unplanned Healthy Meals

So one of the biggest things I have learned with food (as well as many other areas of life) is when I fail to plan, I plan to fail. Fail to plan, plan to fail So MANY times I’ve failed.  Life gets busy, things don’t go as planned, kids need more attention so dinner doesn’t get made, we get home late from piano lessons or gymnastics, the list of excuses can go on and on!  It used to derail me from healthy eating quite easily, but with time and practice I developed a plan for my “unplanned days” that has helped keep me eating healthy!  Here are the steps I take to put together dinner for us on those days…green veggies

Step 1: Vegetables!  What vegetables do we have and what can I do with them.  I try to use any fresh veggies we have first.  I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping our freezer stocked
with frozen veggies we can steam in a pinch, but fresh
veggies are our favorite.  Generally I roast them in the oven with a little olive or coconut oil and salt and pepper.  I try to choose a green one because usually those provide the most health benefits, but I use what we have.  Learning to build our meals around a vegetable instead of a meat, definitely took some adjustment!  Almost all of us are raised to think of what meat we are going to prepare first and build sides around it.  Making the vegetable the star of the meal is still new to us, but I think we’ve embraced it well.

Step 2: Protein!  Sometimes this is a meat, sometimes it quinoa.  When cooking my unplanned meal those are generally the 2 we bounce between.  The most common for us is leftover chicken breast, lean steak, or turkey burger that we season with our homemade taco seasoning.  I think that is my favorite!  Sometimes I add onions and peppers to it and place it on a bed of mixed greens and a scoop of guacamole or avocado slices.  🙂

Step 3: Eat it! Yes, it’s that simple.  Meals don’t need to have 3 or 4 sides.  Keep it easy and simple and you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully satisfying it is to eat REAL food!  That’s how I adopted this unplanned yet planned meal idea in the first place…make it easy and I’m more likely to see it through!

Back Up Plan…Worst Case Scenario  So this happens sometimes.  I’m SO hungry and it is SO late, that I don’t even have time for what I’ve laid out above.  So, what do I do?  Well, I used to hit the nearest drive thru, but now that I’ve kept to healthy eating for so long, going through the drive thru makes my body feel horrible!  Now I just make a protein shake.  We have a couple protein shakes that we use.  We love Pure Protein Complete from Young Living, (contact me for wholesale pricing) or the All in One Nutrition from Vega. (I’m not affiliated with Vega, just love some of their products!)  Those are our favorites.  We just add a little unsweetened almond milk, sometimes a little frozen fruit and blend it up in our Ninja.  It helps keep me on target and even on days that it’s not what I really want, it tends to hit the spot.

How can you make dinner easier when you’ve forgotten to meal prep?  What are your favorite healthy go-to meals for your family?

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My Top 10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

There are so many fun and interesting ways that we use Tea Tree Essential oil in our home, that I thought I would share my top 10 list with you!  Tea Tree Oil is one of the best selling essential oils of all time, and is pretty famous for being gentle on your skin.  I find it quite practical and useful, like many other essential oils as well.  Here’s how we use it:

10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Give Deodorant an Extra Punch ~ If you make your own homemade deodorant, adding a little Tea Tree oil gives it some extra aweseomeness for your skin!teatreetop10
  2. Support Aging Skin ~ Just give a little dab to yourself where you feel you need some support to assist in beautiful aging skin.
  3. Add to Your Shampoo!  ~ Do you make your own shampoo?  Or go for an all natural sulfate free version?  I love to accelerate mine by adding tea tree oil to it to support a healthy scalp!
  4. Diffuse with Lemon ~ Oh I saw this tip on a blog somewhere to add about 10 drops to any diffuser with Lemon and you have a wonderful purifying scent that is great all year round support!
  5. Add to a Neti Pot ~ A good friend of mine told me to give it a go in my Neti Pot when I was having some congestion issues.  5 drops of Tea Tree with 8 tablespoons neti pot salt that I mixed in a small jar.  Then it was ready for me when needed to add to my Neti Pot as much salts as called for.
  6. Cleanse the Skin ~ I like to dab a little bit of Tea Tree oil on a blemish, the cleansing properties get rid of that unsightly sucker in no time.
  7. Support Healthy Skin ~ Tea Tree goes quite well with coconut oil, especially when tending to sensitive bottoms.
  8. Support the Immune System ~ Diffuse Tea Tree to cleanse and purify the air and support your immune system.
  9. Power Up Your Body Wash ~ Have you ever had a not-so-clean feeling on your skin, even right after a shower?  Add a few drops of Tea Tree to your body wash and WHA-LAH!  It cleanses like nothing else I’ve seen.
  10. Add it to Your Lotion ~ You’ve caught on by now that Tea Tree is GREAT for the skin!  Just one more place to get some extra bang for your buck.

Got more questions?  Feel free to contact me and I would love to help support you on your journey with oils.  You can also check out my website at www.getoiling.com/wellnessmomma

What’s your favorite way to use Tea Tree oil?  Are you going to try something new? Let me know!

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