I’ve never considered myself to be a “healthy” person. Writing that instantly makes me feel bad about myself. I’m not-at-all active and if ever given the choice between cheese fries and a salad, I will hands-down choose cheese fries every single time. Believe it or not, I used to eat really well when I worked full-time, though. I’m a woman of routine and taking a somewhat healthy breakfast and lunch to work every day was part of my routine. I would have yogurt and a banana for breakfast and then for lunch I would have either leftovers from home or a low-cal freezer meal and berries. Every day. Around 2:00p, though, I would find and binge on candy. Offices are always chock-full of sweets, aren’t they? Anyway, now that I’m home full-time, eating healthy has been a challenge. There’s just no time. My meals usually consist of the scraps from my kids’ plates to hold me over and then by time I have a few minutes to sit down and feed myself a meal, I’m starving and gorge on whatever junk I can find. It’s a bad cycle and I’ve realized I need to make some changes.
I mentioned I’m a woman of routine, right? Well, I think the answer for my dilemma is establishing a new routine for me at home. I’ve been so busy trying to get my kids in a groove that I’ve put myself on the back burner. Well, May 14-20 is Women’s Health Week and I’m determined to get myself on a more healthy path. At some point I’ll work in exercise but for now, I’ll start with what I eat. Eating freezer meals worked for me in the corporate world so I thought I would give them a try for my at-home life. To my pleasant surprise, I learned that Healthy Choice – a long-time favorite brand of mine – is also focused on women’s health (everyone’s, really) and has a new line of Power Bowl meals! Healthy Choice Power Bowls are made with a combination of nutrient-dense vegetables, proteins and whole grains. They’re inspired by Korean, Cuban and Latin cuisines (yumm!) and are packaged in new bowls made of plant-based fiber instead of plastic. Yay for the environment! What I love most about these is that I can recognize the ingredients, they’re made with all natural meat (antibiotic-free chicken and USDA choice beef), and they have bold flavors!
On top of all of that, they’re ready in just a few minutes and have 16g of protein and 6-8g of fiber in every bowl. In addition to the Adobo Chicken Bowl and Korean-Inspired Beef Bowl, Healthy Choice also offers a Cuban-Inspired Pork Bowl and a Chicken Sausage & Barley Bowl.
I know being healthy isn’t just about what I eat but it’s a good first step! Here’s to hoping I can figure out how to get some exercise in, too!