Posts tagged ‘dinner time’

April 22, 2014

Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish.

Someone, somewhere, spread a vicious rumor that being fit and healthy was difficult. In order to be considered fit, you have to eat clean always, never taste a pastry again, wake up ready to “train mean” every day, and, oh yes, you must have a favorite protein shake. We’re not robots, nor are we consistent. Our lives become uncontrollable in an instant, and our schedules are exhaustive. Sometimes, we choose the pizza and wine over the organic chicken, spinach, and blueberry salad.

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“I don’t care what you did last night. I care what you do on a consistent basis.” I mentioned this to a client once, who was kicking herself over making poor food choices at a party. Too often, we degrade ourselves, and our healthy efforts, after a mere slip-up. I’m not sure where we learned this self-destructive behavior, but we’ve gotten really good at it. Life is meant to be lived. Being healthy is a journey… a lifestyle. Be careful you’re not missing out on life’s best memories because you’re too focused on “being healthy.”

I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of time with family this month, and I am forever grateful. I managed to stick to my healthy lifestyle for the most part, but I also took the cookie my niece handed me (and ate it.) I also shared an egg and bacon taco with my other niece, so she didn’t have to finish it all herself. We celebrated a birthday with chocolate cake (and butter cream icing), and cookie dough ice cream—the real stuff, full dairy. And the wine… yep, between four sisters the wine and stories flowed.

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My inspiration comes from Pinterest pins and photos like these I find on my favorite blogs.

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A little spinach, kale, lime, celery and green apple keeps everything sunny-side up.

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Spinach salad creations are a favorite past-time of mine!

I enjoyed the time with family, and now I am enjoying being creative with my salads and juicing this week. It’s fun! I created a new spinach, hummus, egg salad combo, and for extra zest one day, I added dried cherries. Yum! I exchanged spinach for arugula for a different spicy taste. If you haven’t smashed macadamia nuts in a baggie and sprinkled them atop your salad greens before, try it immediately. Delish! I stocked up on frozen tropical fruits for a cooler touch to my green drinks. Juice your favorites then blend the juice with several frozen chunks of mango, papaya, pineapple, or watermelon for something cool, crisp, and refreshing.

Being healthy means being alive, and being alive is getting exciting. There’s a lot to do, so be good to yourself, stay committed to your health, and have a little fun with it. Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish. And smile through it all… Cheers! Lacey

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January 29, 2014

Quality Maintenance

You’ve heard the terms high maintenance and low maintenance, but I’d like to introduce: Quality Maintenance! You can imagine the debate I’ve sat smack in the middle of for most of my adult life:

When is someone considered high maintenance?

Being “raised” on the Texas pageant stage doesn’t help grow my low maintenance perception… Neither does being a professional spokesperson. For that matter, neither does being a Healthy Housewives Team Member. (Especially on weeks where we have a photo shoot or appearance booked.) From the outside, I’d say some days I appear downright high maintenance. Not true! I’d like to share some of my Low Maintenance Momma Tips with you, so you can be high maintenance in disguise with me.

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Skin Care

I use Dial Bar Soap on my face. (I’ll pause for the gasps.)

A Dermatologist shared this tip with me as a way to detour breakouts and combat my combination  (I say, oily) complexion. When I travel, I cut the bar in half (or in fourths for smaller for quick trips) for easily packing and use on the road.  (I do use a super-secret face oil afterward that moisturizes and protects my youth. This is proprietary info at this time.)

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Body Care

Coconut Oil is my skin lotion, lip balm, teeth brightener, hair moisturizer, cuticle softener, foot scrubber (when melted to a liquid and mixed with sea salt). When I travel, I put a few scoops into a small container and I’m set.

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Hair Care

I try to go 3-4 days without washing my hair. Before you judge my nastiness factor, let me say that I have super dry hair. I’d even add a ‘duper’ to that. I wash my hair one day, style the next day, style the following day with a spray of dry shampoo on my roots, and if I need/can, I’ll even do an up-do the following day—then wash my hair again.  I use Kenra brand dry shampoo and hair spray. LOVE IT! No it’s not all-natural, but it works. If you find something all-natural that works as well, let me know. I’ll give it a try! (I haven’t found one yet.)

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Nourishment

I don’t have time to cook, or prepare food every day. Rather, I don’t make the time. It’s not worth it to me, because I know I can get the nourishment my body needs from blended nourishment (I am a juicing queen—it takes a total of seven minutes from start to finish, especially if you cut produce ahead of time and store in your fridge. I make time for this. It’s a self-commitment and conscious decision. I will hang up with you to get my juicing in.) and supplements. Call it what it is—it’s my life and it works for me. The Standard American Diet (SAD) hasn’t impressed me in a while, and sadly, it appears to be getting even more difficult to find convenient, organic options sprinkled among my daily activities and obligations. (I love traveling to the West Coast—most airports there have a few all-organic food stands to choose from.) OneBode whole foods supplements travel well and have a permanent spot in my luggage and purse. Lectro Life’s ImmuneCleanse and UltimateO2 products are also daily consumables. I find a smoothie or juice bar as often as possible when I am out and about. Drinking my ideal ratio of carbs, protein, and fat is fine with me. I have stuff to do!

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Relaxation

I exercise daily (I’m worth 30-50 minutes and so are you.) and yes, it’s a stress reliever. I love my Lectro Chi Premier Foot Spa and soak my feet while reading the mail, news, or a good book. (Let’s not lie, some times I am on a conference call… but it’s still relaxing if your feet are soaking in warm, ionized water.) Sometimes I’ll just stare into space and hold one of my pups. Depends on the day I’ve had. I do share massage swaps with my husband. He rubs my shoulders and neck, and I rub his back. We also give each other bonus points for quality time.

DISCLAIMER: I occasionally treat myself  to a massage or pedicure with a girlfriend or for special occasions (PMS). My hair IS high maintenance. I own that one.

Feeling and looking your best doesn’t mean you get a speed pass to high maintenance status. Be kind to yourself, be real with others, and invest your time wisely. As I learned just this week as I said goodbye to a loved one, life is way too short and you just never know what tomorrow will bring. Celebrate the moment right now—for this moment is your life. Maintain your quality, sassy self without stressing!   –Lacey

January 22, 2014

A Portion of Health and Fun

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Given the hectic season of life, the laser-focus on healthier living per New Year’s resolutions, and the fact we’re all pretty ‘creeped out’ about what’s happening with our health insurance costs, let’s chat about dinner. You want a healthy dinner, but you have time for a quick fix dinner. You want to be Rachel Ray in the kitchen, but you didn’t have time for a grocery trip today. You want the kids to say, “Mom this is awesome” but also feel good about what they’re eating.

Try these recipes out the next time you need a quick fix for healthy family dinners. Nobody has time, that’s why it’s time to get creative and crank up the sense of humor. Let’s go!

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Flatbread Family Fun

Flatbreads rocks! There are gluten-free versions, if you’re so inclined, and various flavors and brands are available in the bread or bakery sections of most specialty grocery stores. Grab a few options for the clan, and grab yourself the latest People Magazine for your chill out time later tonight.

Flatbreads are simple and everyone is satisfied. Grab toppings for each of your loved ones. You know what they like and what they detest. Throw in some organic spinach to sneak into each before you bake them in the oven. No one will see you. Cover the spinach with a sauce or other topping. Don’t forget to grab your favorite toppings, too! Some of our favorites are fresh veggies, lean, grass-fed ground beef, and bacon for the teenager, but I buy turkey bacon and he never questions it.

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On that note, if you don’t buy it, they won’t use it. Sure, they may ask for the (fill in blank), but you can always say you couldn’t find it and offer one of the healthier ingredients you did purchase. If they are hungry enough, they’ll manage. (Pick your battles.)

Family bonding time occurs as everyone designs their flatbreads. Ask embarrassing questions—that’s always fun for me. Ask about their favorite moment of today. Ask what they like most about you. (Kidding.) Sneak a glass of wine with your spouse, if one is available. If not, you’ve still earned a glass of your own. Put it in the sassy glass and toast to making it all happen today.

BEEP! Flatbreads are done! Have everyone grab a napkin and choose a seat at the table. Put someone in charge of grabbing waters for everyone. Deliver the flatbreads, and have a moment of gratitude for everyone’s health, safety, and other blessings you may want to share together. Enjoy dinner! Encourage everyone to try someone else’s flatbread to introduce diversity.

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Fancier Then Flatbread Dinner Night

Okay, so flatbread fun won’t do for tonight. There’s something special to celebrate? Okay, enter simple, yet sassy, salmon here!

Ingredients

12 ounce salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces

Coarse-grained salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Toasted Almond Parsley Salsa, for serving

Baked squash, for serving, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Grab a glass of champagne (or chamomile tea) for yourself and toast to your hard-working day. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet or in a non-stick pan. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with fresh or slightly steamed in-season vegetables. For children who need some more flavors, offers some Parmesan sprinkles and a sea salt/pepper mix on the table.

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Serve in cute or fancy cups, dishes add celebration to the dessert, so if there’s something fun to celebrate (and isn’t there always something?) break out the fancy dishes.

Fit and Fun Dessert 

Blend frozen fruit of choice with protein powder of choice, coconut water, and chia seed. Even on a chilly night, it’s creamy, sweet goodness.

Don’t forget to put your super hero cape on before you start preparing dinner. That just never gets old.

Now, some food for the soul compliments of my husband, Captain Pruett:

“When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”  ― Henry Ford

Make today worth it, friends!  –Lacey Pruett

July 3, 2013

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes!

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“But Lacey, it’s scary to change the way we eat.” These are words a great friend spoke recently at a catch-up lunch date. The words resonated with me long after I cleared my plate of fabulous quinoa salad and hummus. (You do not have to clean your plate, Lacey… repeat!) As we chatted life, kids, work, fashion, and yes, nutritional advice in the sunshine on the patio at Nick and Sam’s Grill in Dallas, Texas, I didn’t immediately hear the fear in my friend’s voice. I figured that, like most people, she was sharing that her hurried life, differing preferences and personalities of family members, and list of professional and personal obligations left no room for preparing healthy food at home.

For the sake of time, I’ll share that the lunch date came and went without any action plan or new revelation to make implementing healthier choices easier or more convenient.  The evening, I finally heard my friend. She called a little after 8:00 p.m. to share that her evening was filled with yelling, crying, and bitterness, all stemming from a meal she prepared, with love, for her family. Something can’t be right… so much anger and fearful emotion over food? Are we making things too difficult? I stopped my inner-questionnaire and listened to her story.

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She was four weeks into a new fitness plan, and became interested in the way I balance my nutrition. As her coach, I saw much improvement with our workouts simply because, before our work together, she didn’t workout at all! This is a passion of mine—to get sedentary people moving. Success! Once she saw the difference in her physique, she wanted more. She became eager to see what her body was capable of if she fueled it with optimal nourishment. Heck yeah—I’m excited to show her! Full speed ahead… until the evening of the somber phone call, that is.  Her words; her story:

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After work, I made a quick stop at Sprouts (a neighborhood farmer’s market shop) to grab something to make for dinner. I got the good chicken, the good bread, and the organic produce for a nice salad. I even got hummus and the good crackers for an appetizer, I thought we could enjoy as dinner finishes cooking. I even got a bottle of organic wine, which we never opened because the evening went south. I got home and got to work in the kitchen. The kids weren’t letting me concentrate, so I got short with them a few times.

They started bickering the minute (her husband—no names necessary) walked in. He put his things down right on my salad prep area and asked, “what the heck is going on here?” I didn’t love his tone. He grabbed a light beer before I could even show him the wine. Frustrated I went back to the appetizer tray. I proudly called everyone to the table and presented the appetizers, but nobody was interested. Strike two in my book, after the chaos my husband walked into. When we sat down to dinner, everyone’s facial expressions summoned tears to well up in me that I sucked back in time to ask, “What?”

Dinner looks boring… where’s the gravy… is this it… comments and questions shot out like bullets. I was done. I told everyone they didn’t have to eat it if they didn’t want to but that I wasn’t making anything else. The kids disappeared, and (her husband) asked why I was making such drastic changes.

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It occurred to me that we all find our “nutritional ah-ha moments” at different times, and that pacing change is best for long-term success. A former business leader comes to mind when I reference The Golden Rule: Treat others we you would like to be treated. Who wants to immediately and abruptly change what you eat and drink? Who wants to be told they can’t have something? My friend was trying to make too many drastic changes all at once, too quickly, and without any notice and very little helpful resources. I would have definitely given her my copy of, “How to Make Your Family Read Your Mind.”  Although her heart and intentions were in the right place, her delivery needed some work, and she needed a sprinkle of my creativity dust to encourage the household transformation along in a positive manner.

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Together, we realigned, reorganized, and re-energized her effort and excitement for implementing positive nutritional changes for herself and her family.  I want to share some of my favorite tips, in case you find yourself in the same spot as my friend, or if you’re ever the recipient of a good-intentions-meant chicken breast with a side of not-a-chance-I’m-eating-these kale chips in the future. Enjoy, and remember to find your own happy pace with a fit and fun lifestyle.  –Lacey

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  1. Make it fun! Implementing nutritional changes (or any changes) has to be fun, or most won’t be interested, much less excited. For example, add a fun salad side or a favorite dish made with a healthier recipe. No need to announce until everyone mentions how yummy it was.)  Decide to have a vegetable at every meal and let a member of the family choose the veggie each night.  If you’re going out, announce that everyone will be sharing, and ask them to pick a buddy to sit next to and share with. Use your imagination and tailor ideas to your family’s personality.
  2. Make it Flavorful! Use spices, herbs, and healthy oils to create flavorful sauces, dressings, and toppings. Seeds add a crunchy punch to veggies and meats. Trying to pass off mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes? Adding Italian herbs, garlic, or Greek yogurt and sea salt can help your effort. Who knew how yummy cinnamon is on spinach!?  (Simply shake spinach, a little olive oil, sea salt, and cinnamon in a freezer bag and POOF!)
  3. Communicate! Send your family members an email, text, Tweet or Pinterest board of options for dinner and ask them to select three favorites. Implement these into dinner so they have an investment in the change. Special note to moms (and step-moms): I’d refrain from posting anything on their Facebook wall, or sending photos of food options to Instagram, or otherwise communicating with them in public, on public forums… even if you think you’re hilarious, which, I’m sure, you are.
  4. Take it Slow! Implement healthy options a few times a week, then have a healthy meal each day, and soon you’ll be able to incorporate healthy options at every feast. We have appetizer night to reduce portions, make creative finger foods, and have the freedom to take dinner outdoors or to eat while playing a game together. Celebrate each week’s healthy changes!
  5. Theme Days! Who doesn’t enjoy a great theme party or costume party. A great way to introduce chickpeas, new greens, alternative protein options, and other healthier alternatives is to make it “Mediterranean Night” or “Asian Evening” or by enjoying another culture’s fare. What a great way to share the world with your family and educate them on other countries and foods. Did you know that breakfast in Egypt is often purchased and consumed at a street stall, and that it’s usually bread wrapped around assorted fried vegetables: eggplant, beans, tomatoes, and peppers? (Nobody would know if we grilled ours…) Also, according to folklore, pretzels were initially created as a gift to children who recited prayers correctly.  The pretzel shape was supposed to signify arms folded across the chest in prayer. One or two with almond butter could make for a great incentive for young children!
June 19, 2013

That’s a Wrap!

“Hello, my name is Lacey, and I don’t make time to cook.” Whew! What a load off my shoulders to say that out loud. I don’t enjoy cooking, so there’s always something else to do. I love baking around the holidays, especially for other people, but I will go months without using the oven. My female ancestors are shaking a finger at me from heaven. My mother and grandmother just got a neck twitch of embarrassment over my culinary skills (or lack there of.) Even my little sister, who loves to create in the kitchen, reminded me on the phone this week, “but Lacey you don’t cook.” She said this in response to my excitement over my latest food creation. 

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The magnificent wrap has been a saving grace this year in my hurried world. Put aside the internal debate in your mind about whether or not making wraps is actually cooking. Cooking, preparing, and creating. Whatever your verb preference, bottom line is that I found something I could make that my entire family enjoys and my guests appreciate. The glorious wrap can be your answer to an afternoon tea party, cocktail reception, kid’s birthday party, last-minute “the game is on” gathering, a boat outing on the lake, or a romantic picnic. Wraps can be packaged to-go for a meal or snack in between errands, meetings, and kids’ athletic events or to share.

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With two teenagers, a husband, and extended family to entertain this summer, I always get a bit anxious in response to, “what are we going to eat?” Recently, my husband and I were having coffee one Saturday morning when he looked outside and said, “Let’s go to the boat!” The children and I just stared at him… the pups stared at us… everyone to your battle stations! Kids scatter to grab the necessities: swimwear, sunglasses, and chargers; Husband goes straight to the garage on cooler duty; I head to the kitchen to prepare boat fuel (food) for everyone. Heaven forbid we’re stranded on the lake with no nourishment or hydration after all of the treading water and cannon ball jumps.

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We just got out of the water to take a break… back to treading water shortly…

I almost here angels singing as I evaluate our collection of wraps and fillers. It’s been a family affair to try and cycle toward an entirely non-GMO pantry, and I’m proud to say we are almost there. I’m even prouder of our family commitment to health and wellness, so when we can agree on a food decisions, my insides giggle. Some days, success means we eat very clean and discuss benefits of each meal, and other days it means a smaller portion of ice cream, less dressing on a salad, or including a side salad on pizza night. I’m proud of the children and my husband for taking steps in the right direction and making conscious decisions toward better health amid so many social and consumer pressures.

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The art of making a wrap is beautiful. It’s flexible and simple—sort of like my approach to my fitness and wellness routine. Make it work for you! Choose your wrap (I’ve even used collard green leaves to wrap instead of a grain-based product), spread, protein, vegetable/fruit fillers, and topping—seeds, nuts, or even salsa. Roll it up. Grill it, or leave fresh and cool. I like to cut mine in half, so I eat it slower and so I can continue my conversation in between smaller bites as I eat.  

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I venture to say, one could live off of wraps. I’ve made egg wraps for breakfast, fish wraps for lunch, grilled veggie burger wraps for dinner, almond and apple butter with banana wraps (topped with cinnamon) for a movie night treat, and veggie wraps, turkey wraps, and hummus wraps for on-the-go meals. I even once prepared a salad to enjoy on our patio when plans changed and I needed to wrap up my salad and hit the road. Always remain flexible (and have a sense of humor.) There’s a wrap for everyone’s tastes because you’re in charge of what goes into it. Be creative and substitute if your dietary needs or goals require another ingredient. I don’t mind a bit… Now, about some boat drink recipes… next time!

My favorite power snack–almond butter, banana, and raisin wrap (sprinkled with cinnamon!)

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Enjoy! –Lacey