As a follow-up to Deb’s post yesterday, I want to chime in on the positive side effect of this delicious new lifestyle I’m embracing.
While it definitely hurts to see your family and friends living life in an unhealthy manner, it’s sort of exhilarating to realize that you’re having a positive effect on the people around you.
My fella, who is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, called me the other night on his way home and said, “Hey, I’ve been meat-free all day, let’s keep it going for dinner tonight!” I’m not saying that being a vegetarian or a vegan is the best way to go (though I will sing the praises of a mostly plant-based whole foods diet all day), but for him, it’s a big step toward being more conscious about what he’s eating and how he feels after eating a certain way. So I’m calling it a success.
We’re both sort of into seasonal eating right now, so we just made a big dish of roasted root veggies with brown rice. A little more starch-heavy than I usually like, but with my smoothies starting the day off right, I feel like I finished the day balanced.
While we were getting that together for supper, I found a box of cake mix in my cabinet from…probably 6 months ago. No joke.
So I decided to make some cookies. Or cupcakes. And not to follow the directions at all.
I didn’t want to add oil or eggs to the mix, so I decided to go the applesauce substitution route. So I put in the water it called for, 4 oz of unsweetened applesauce, and hoped for the best. The mix was a little too runny to be cookies, so I slapped it into cupcake pans, and hoped for the best. Here’s what I came up with:
Except, actually, they were a little too sweet, which has to be the actual cake mix. So I might be done with this kind of short cut baking for now.
So we had a meat-free dinner, a healthier dessert alternative, and a fun evening building Legos. Healthy nutritional plan win!
Tell me something exciting that you’ve gotten your significant other or family members to eat that they initially resisted!