Resolutions are so 2017, and goals are hot, hot, hot in 2018. Made a resolution? Skip it. Get with the program and set some goals.
If you think about, the goal setting trend just makes sense: resolutions are completely dedicated to the New Year. On January 1, we choose lofty resolutions that never seem to last. Resolutions inevitably set us up for failure. And then what? We’re stuck waiting until the next year to start all over.
For example, the gym gets crowded after January 1, but attendance always tends to peter out before the end of February. I have a feeling this trend has to do with unrealistic resolutions like “I’m going to the gym every day.” This sets difficult expectations; once you miss your first workout because you had to work late, or your friends invited you to happy hour, or you’re just plain ole tired and want to binge something on Netflix, you automatically feel like a failure. But let’s be honest, missing a day is inevitable. Things happen, life happens.
That’s what I love about goals; they can be set and reset at any point in time, so once you fall off the bandwagon, you have the opportunity to pick back up where you left off. Goals provide a much more balanced approach to staying on track and accountable.
In 2018, I want to try and eat healthier but I know that if I set a New Year’s resolution of eating completely clean, I will fail. Let’s be honest, I love chocolate way too much and I live in a city known for its food! That said, if I set a goal to eat healthier, I can approach it in a more strategic way.
For instance, I plan to cook at home more often than I eat out each week. So if I have one week where all the stars align and I manage to cook five nights a week and enjoy two dinners out, great. And if I end up eating out three nights one week, but cooking the other four, I’ve still managed to stay on goal.
Since cooking is not my forte, to stay on track with eating healthier this year (and, ahem, cooking more at home), I am leaning on some of my favorite creative foodies who make eating healthier easy and also delicious.
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite, go to recipes from some of my favorite, go to foodies. I love that each of these recipes include what is already an integral part of my healthy diet: Eggland’s Best eggs! The reason I love to incorporate EB eggs into my diet is because they are an easy, healthy source of protein. They give me just the boost I need to slay on the treadmill. Plus, they are far superior to other eggs given Eggland’s Best eggs have 6 x more vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3’s, 25% less saturated fat, and stay fresher longer.
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From Marcia’s Veggie and Egg Strata to Jill’s Spinach and Mushroom Frittata, I love being able to mix veggies and eggs into a casserole dish, let it cook for a while, and then have a meal that is as delicious as it was easy to prepare.
So what’s the real difference between a strata, a frittata, a quiche, and a casserole? Because Kusum’s Chile, Tomato, and Egg Casserole also falls into my favored “put it into a dish, cook, and nom” category!
I looked into all these yummy egg dishes and found some key points to try and differentiate them. Frittatas are Italian omelets, a mixture of beaten eggs and fillings that starts out being cooked on the stove top and is finished off in the oven. A quiche is like a savory egg pie that includes cream or milk to make the filling almost a custard. A strata is an Italian casserole, a mixture of egg, cheese and bread that puffs up while baking. And voila, mystery solved!
All hail the toast!
Have you noticed toasts are having a moment right now? I have, and I’m ABSOLUTELY ok with it! So simple, and yet you can have so much fun with it:
- Egg & Arugula with Rosemary Garlic Toast from The Fit Foodie Mama
- Spicy Avo and Egg Toast from Collectively Christine
- Squash and Caramelized Onion Omelette Sandwich from Powercakes (Ok, not technically a toast. But semantics, amiright?)
Gimme some sugar!
I have a sweet tooth; I just love the sweeter things in life. When I want to stick with my clean eating goal, and enjoy a little something sweet, I love Brittany’s Sugar & Gluten Free Cookie Cake. It has all of the sweetness to satisfy my craving but still healthy enough for me to feel good about staying with my goal to eat a little cleaner!
What’s your go-to clean eating recipe? Join the Sweat Pink Recipe Swap to get a foodie pen pal and swap recipes.