This is the first post that will be tagged under my “healthy living” category.
I want to share a couple of websites that I use to help us stay on track with our eating.
For us, the best way to stay on track is to meal plan and grocery shop based on that plan. I like knowing ahead of time what we are going to eat than to plan things at the last minute based on the food that is in the house. The website that I use is called Plan to Eat. You can try it for free for 30 days. You plug in your meals and your groceries are automatically added to the grocery list. You can also add recipes (typing them in yourself of uploading them). Then when you plug the recipe under a certain day, the ingredients are automatically added to the grocery list. The only negative that I found is that there is no app. There is a mobile site, however, and that works fine.
We also use Grocery IQ. If for some reason I am handwriting our meal plan, then I add the groceries to the Grocery IQ app. Kevin will also add things he needs or notices we have run out of so we always have an ongoing list. This app allows you to create different categories based on the stores where you shop. Kevin often stops at Trader Joes or Whole Foods on his way home from work – this app helps make his stops more efficient.
I love the blog 100 Days of Real Food for meal and snack ideas. This mom does a great job of posting kid friendly meals and snacks that requires all whole food ingredients. Some of our favorite recipes from here are: muffins, cereal/granola, and tortilla shells.
Also, if you are not on Pinterest, try it! I have a lot of friends who eat healthy, clean foods that they pin. I have one friend, Nicole, who categorizes the dodos she pins under “Recipes I’ve Tried and Liked” and “Recipes I Want to Try.” I love this because I know of a lot of people who have had Pinterest recipes flop. I like knowing st hat someone I know has been successful at certain recipes. Nicole also usually mentions whether or not her boys like the recipes. This is extremely helpful for moms! (The link above actually takes you to Nicole’s food blog. She does a fantastic job of adding new recipes and letting you know what changes she made and whether or not the boys like the food. Check it out!)
I also recommend using My Fitness Pal. This is basically a calorie counting website, but has a lot of other great features (however, I would suggest getting your calorie range from another site, My Fitness Pal assumes you will add in all your extra activity – but, really, who has time to add every little thing outside of exercise). My boot campers use this website and many have been very successful in adapting healthy lifestyle habits.
There are a bunch of other websites that I use for help/ideas, but these are my favorites. What websites/apps do you use to help with healthy recipes or to keep your eating on track?