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It is no secret that I have issues with my weight and body image. I’ve been pretty open about it. For some reason, after this pregnancy it has been so much harder for me to get back into the swing of working out and eating healthy. I mean- Charlotte is almost 13 months. I think its to the point now where I can no longer use “I just had a baby” as an excuse! After my first, I was super excited and motivated to get back to my pre baby weight. This time around, its not as if I am not motivated- I am (believe me- I am!)- I just am missing that umph that I need to get moving!
Usually for me, the first step toward getting myself going is the eating part. I am the type of person where if I eat something unhealthy for breakfast or lunch I automatically think “the heck with it I might as well indulge the rest of the day!” I get so mad at myself for eating that cheeseburger, or that chocolate, that I just go crazy the rest of the day. And for me, its not like I think healthy food tastes awful to me! I know eating healthy does not have to be boring and tasteless (despite what my husband, who has the metabolism any girl would kill for, thinks)!
Now that I am home during the day, I don’t have an excuse anymore! I don’t need to eat on the run, or skip a meal. I have always been a fan of frozen meals. They are easy, they are quick, and they are edible. Yeah, they may have the frozen meal taste to it, or you wonder if the meat is really meat. But, they get the job done, right?
So when I was able to try Lean Cuisine’s new collection of Honestly Good meals, I was excited! One of the main reasons I was excited, was for the opportunity to start eating healthy. Baby steps here! These aren’t your typical frozen meals either- they are made with 100% wholesome ingredients. Seriously- when you look at the ingredients it says things like: chicken, edamame, whole grain pasta. Cool, right? Nothing makes you question your meal more when there are ingredients that you can’t even pronounce, know what they are, or make you question why yellow or red dye was used to make it. Unlike other frozen meals, you don’t have to wonder if the meat is really meat! And, as if I need another reason to head to Target! I can easily add this to my weekly (ok maybe like every other day) trip to Target.
They offer a pretty good variety too, which is nice. I always seem to gravitate towards the same two or three frozen meals, but these selections are tasty: Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. They each come with their own separate sauce pouch for some added flavor, and you can use how much or how little you want. I’ll tell you it stinks when you get a frozen meal that is drenched in sauce and becomes mushy!
I loved that the food wasn’t in one giant frozen lump like most frozen meals are. It even looks fresher when its frozen! The Pomegranate Chicken was so delish! It did not have a frozen meal taste to it at all like most frozen meals.
Rocco even wanted in on the meal. Can you see the look of panic in his eyes saying “You didn’t finish it all did you? Did you??? Where’s my bite??”
The Honey Citrus Chicken was also good. I usually despise cooked broccoli- I will eat it raw but once its cooked I don’t like it. This wasn’t that bad, really. I was able to use some of the sauce that came with it, and it made it taste a lot better than just plain cooked broccoli. My husband even had a couple of bites and he said “that’s actually not that bad” and he is usually convinced all diet/low fat food is poison. (when he accidentally gets diet pop at a restaurant and takes a sip you would think he is dying).
This time around I had Charlotte begging for some! The second I sat down with it she was right at my chair, smacking my leg and giving me the “more” sign language sign!
Unfortunately, I had to share with her the rest of the meal. After every bite she would do a “mmmm! mmmm!” and point to the plate.
Overall, I really, really liked them. They are tasty, the meat is tender (the beef was soooo tender) and not chewy at all, and the sauce is the perfect touch. I think what makes me enjoy them even more is that together, with their farmers, Lean Cuisine is donating a portion of their vegetables grown for the meals to local communities! How can you not love a company that is socially responsible?
So here’s to getting healthy again. I think I would be more likely to tank on this whole get healthy/fit/back to my pre baby weight thing if I completely did a diet overhaul all at once. For me, simply swapping out a meal or two a day with a healthy Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meal and I will be on track
What about you? What gets you motivated? Is it something simple like choosing one small healthy meal?