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heathier takeout

Takeout is a normal nightly routine for a lot of people these days, with people having less and less time to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families!  In the past, it has received a bad reputation because there were not many healthier options.  However, today you can pretty much get anything you want!

After spending a weekend in NH, the last thing we wanted to do when we got home was cook dinner!  We arrived home around 7pm last night and decided to go for takeout instead.

Living in a city, there are so many takeout options, that sometimes I get very overwhelmed!  We always just seem to go for pizza!  The fact that it is cheap and easy to pick up is a definite plus!  My thought is that if I am going to spend $40+ on a dinner, then I am going to eat it at the restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere.  So, pizza it was for us last night!  Many people believe that pizza is not good for you, but like I have said many times before – I believe that anything in moderation is ok!

I absolutely love pizza.  I love the dough and sauce and cheese…but, I always try to add veggies for something more nutritious.

5+ years ago, I would have ordered a large pizza and eaten 3-4 slices no problem!  But, now, I try to fill up on other good-for-you things so that I will not just scarf down the delicious pizza and feel sick afterwards!  Instead of just ordering a large pizza, my husband and I make a healthier decision and order a small pizza with a garden salad.  This way, we fill up on the greens so that we don’t overdue it on the pizza.  By ordering a small, instead of a large pizza, there is also less temptation for overindulging.  I think it is a smart choice!

Sidewalk Cafe Pizza and Salad:

This was the Alfreso: White pizza with ricotta and mozarrella cheese topped with tomatoes and a garden salad.  I definitely ate 2 more small slices after that!

Our pizza of choice for the evening did not include many veggies, but it is one of our favorites that we only get every so often!  Plus, the delicious salad (which I topped with pomegranate seeds!) gave us more than enough veggies for the meal!

To get some more antioxidants, I had a virgin cocktail of sparkling water and a splash of pomegranate juice straight from a pomegranate!

And, for dessert (which I can never give up!) I had 2 chocolate covered snowballs!

Delicious and nutritious takeout dinner!


healthy & fitness lap of the week – water & move

I have decided to give you all both a healthy and fitness tip of the week here on my blog each Monday morning, so I hope you enjoy them and find them useful!

Healthy Lap of the Week – Drink more WATER!!

I know that this is a simple and somewhat boring healthy tip of the week, but it really is an important one!  Our bodies are made up of mostly water, therefore, we need it to survive.  But, it is amazing to me how many people do not drink water!  Water not only hydrates you, but it flushes any bad toxins out of your body.  I drink water all throughout the day, but I especially try to drink water with my meals.  This way, I know that I am at least drinking it a few times a day, and it fills you up a little more so that there is less chance of overeating!

Fitness Lap of the Week – Get on the Move!

I am not saying that you need to workout at the gym every single day, but you should try to move!  Whether it is cleaning your house, walking (instead of driving) to the store, walking up that flight of stairs at the office instead of taking the elevator/escalator, walking your dog, etc.  Anything that you can do to get your body moving and your heart rate up a little bit each day will not only help you burn calories, but it will help you combat your stress as well!  I know that I definitely feel better when I have moved a little bit each day!