Juggling a Healthy Life

What is the hardest part of juggling a healthy lifestyle? For me, it’s time. My schedule gets so crazy, it’s hard to work in gym time. (And sometimes, I don’t try hard enough to fit it in my schedule…) I don’t mind cooking, I love grocery shopping, and making healthy food. I know what I need to do, and having a trainer has definitely helped me from getting bored at the gym, but sometimes, I just don’t find time to go!

When do you like to work out? Do you like to get it done first thing in the morning? At lunch? In the evenings? I usually prefer doing it at lunch time, or doing it right after work, but I’ve heard doing it in the morning can help you sleep better… so maybe I should try a little harder on that one.

On to some delicious (or not so delicious) food!

I had this delicious hummus, avocado, sun-dried tomato, sandwhich on Saturday and it was so delicious, it had me craving hummus all weekend! So I decided to whip at the vita mix and try my hand at hummus! Here’s what I used:

Basic Hummus Recipe

  • 1 can (16oz) chickpeas
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

I just tossed it all in the vita mix and ran it for about a minute, until it was nice and creamy. I might have added a bit more water, because it started out pretty thick. I LOVE hummus & carrots, so that became my afternoon snack!

Another super-simple recipe I finally tried was the brownie/fudge recipe that Heather mentioned awhile ago. It couldn’t be easier:

Super-Easy 2 Ingredient Fudge

  • 1 box of brownie mix, the 13xx9 pan size (I found one that didn’t have milk or eggs in it)
  • 1 can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, just plain pumpkin)

Just mix up the brownie mix and the pumpkin (mix it really well, which kind of takes awhile) and then spoon it in a greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake for 35 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle will not come out clean, but that’s ok. Stick it in the fridge and let it cool. Then slice it up and enjoy! It’s seriously amazingly delicious, and it’s a little healthier than regular brownies! Go make this, and rejoice in the simplicity!

Again, I’m lacking on the pictures here… but just trust me. It was delicious.

And now, for a not-so-healthy dessert:

This was a deep fried twinkie my friend Sam got at Galaxy Diner. Grosssss. I’m all for trying new things, but I’m drawing the line here. Yuck!

Have you tried any new foods lately, healthy or not-so-healthy?

Happy Monday!


12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Lisa said,

    I agrree with you, that deep fried twinkie doesn’t look too good or healthy! I read once that twinkies have so many preserveratives that they can stay in tact for like 7 years or something!

  2. 2

    I struggled with rearranging my schedule to fit in my exercise. It can be difficult especially if your day is already jam packed. For me, I have noticed that if I don’t get in my exercise it affects other areas of my life. I have increased fatigue and crave more carbs. Even just 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial. Are there other ways you get in physical activity? Like walking around the office, parking further from the building. Getting up even an extra 15 minutes might help. Do what works for you though, these are just what works for me.

  3. 4

    Megan said,

    Your sandwich sounds soo good! I love homemade hummus. I recently tried justin’s choco hazelnut butter and fell in LOVE with it!

  4. 5

    Thanks for the fudge recipe! I need to try that! I love fudge!

    Haha, deep fried twinkie! I think I tried a deep fried oreo once! Yeah, I don’t think twinkies and oreos really need to be fried! I wonder who first came up with this!

  5. 6

    That is such a neat fudge recipe! I’ll have to try it with one of the “No Pudge” brownie mixes (have you tried them? I love ’em!)

    I’m definitely a first-thing-in-the-morning workout person–6am on weekdays. If I don’t do it right after I wake up, it’s too easy to let other distractions get in the way.

    Hope you’re having a good week!

  6. 7

    Deep fried twinkie??? hahaha, no thanks. I had deep fried Reese’s at the fair and I’ve had deep fried Snickers before — they tasted good but I felt so sick afterward. Too much sugar!

  7. 8

    Simply Life said,

    I definitely prefer working out in the morning!

  8. 9

    emily said,

    I think it’s hard to create variety in my workouts. I usually work out in the evenings, but I also like not having to workout after work, so it’s a toss up! I like to try new things, like taking a dance class vs. running every day bc I get bored!

    Love your idea of brownies + pumpkin!

  9. 10

    Oh, I’m a morning workouter definitely.

    I’m in college, so there are lots of easy, not so healthy options around all the time. And roommates. I try my best.

  10. 11

    I really like working out in the AM – it’s a great way to start the day and I like to enjoy my evenings at home, cooking dinner and hanging out with my bf.

  11. 12

    erica said,

    i struggle with this ALL THE TIME! i’m really bad, if there’s no time, i won’t go…and the gym is the first thing i’ll get rid of if i’m running short on time. i need to change that!

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