Since my knee injury, almost 7 months ago, I’ve been making changes in my life in order to prevent a dislocation from happening again. It all starts with making your body healthier and stronger.
My first change was to add a fitness program. While my trainer wanted me to change eating habits right off the bat, it just wasn’t happening. It’s kind of like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.
I worked the fitness program 4-5 days a week and after a month or two it became a new habit.
Cutting Out What?
Next, I introduced Weight Watchers into my life. A fitness program is going to do me no good if I’m not eating well. I follow my points religiously and have started to make better choices along the way. My first change was cutting out all soda pop, going on almost two months now! Yay me!
Introducing New Foods – 2015 Goals
Then I started to watch my sodium intake and realized how much sodium processed foods was filled with. My intake was around 4,000 grams of sodium a day! That’s just ridiculous.
To bring my sodium levels down, I’ve been finding new and fresh foods to replace the processed foods in my diet. This is where my goal with 2015 comes in.
My latest food kick is blueberries. They are healthy, delicious, easy to snack on, flavorful to cook with and blueberries are an easy way to add a healthy twist to your meals.
What most people don’t realize is how healthy blueberries really are. Blueberries have just 80 calories per serving, they are FREE to eat on the pointsplus plan and contain 3.6 grams of fiber per serving. Blueberries contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, making them a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.
How to Incorporate Blueberries
A lot of people are new to blueberries, like myself, so I started by adding a few to my yogurt in the morning, grabbing a small handful for an afternoon snack, mixing them into my daily protein smoothies and tossing them into my pancake batter.
Need blueberry inspiration? Try this Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancake recipe!
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website hosts a variety of tips on how to make eating blueberries apart of your lifestyle as well as a slew of recipes in which you can incorporate blueberries, which can be found here.
Little Changes Bring Big Rewards
While you are visiting the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website for those yummy blueberry recipes, be sure to enter their sweepstakes!
Because Little Changes Bring Big Rewards, you could win some amazing prizes!
- Win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney.
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- 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt - Try different varieties! See notes below for tips
- 1/4 cup Egg substitute
- 1/2 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
- In a small bowl, stir yogurt until smooth. Pour in your egg substitute and mix until well combined .
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda.
- Pour liquid mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Fold in the blueberries, be careful of breaking them open.
- Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto a non stick skillet or griddle, for traditional pancakes. I used a BabyCakes donut maker and filled each hole with batter. Should make 10 mini pancakes or 12 BabyCakes donuts.
For the greek yogurt, we used lemon, but you could use vanilla, blueberry or plain. Every variety that we've tried has turned out really well.