As you may recall, last month we talked about how we’ve teamed up for the Countdown to a Better You campaign with Tyson® Grilled & Ready® products. I sincerely hope that you’ve decided to join us. It’s the perfect opportunity to kick your pants into a healthier you. If you’re anything like me you probably ate 50 lbs of those mini Cadbury eggs anyway, so it’s essential we head back to healthier eating.
These Asian Lettuce Boats are the perfect way to add protein and veggies to your diet without all of the carbs and heavy cream sauces. As much as I adore vegetables and chicken I struggle to get enough protein and vegetables in my diet. Here’s the simple, delicious solution. We used Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Chunks, and then chopped them up even more, sautéed them with stir fry veggies and served in crunchy lettuce cups with a killer Hoisin sauce.
You’re Probably an Emotional Eater and You Didn’t Even Know It. Cue Saturday Night…
And while we’re on the ol’ become a better you subject, the Mr. and I decided to throw out a few ideas (these are actually all the husband, but I quickly adopted these habits from him once we got married.) on how to set yourself up for success in the kitchen by planning ahead. I will say, that I struggle the most with Saturday. By the time Saturday rolls around I’m either too tired or too busy from running errands, hanging with the family etc to think about meal time. Which interprets to junk food. Saturday night finally hits and we’ve been gone all day, so what happens? We are tempted to grab Cafe Rio (while delicious it’s actually quite loaded with calories, including the Tostada. Sorry to break the news to ya), Pizza or whatever else we can quickly get our hands on. A lot of it is that I’m, most of us, are emotional eaters whether we realize it or not. We become tired, worn out, busy, anxious about it already being Saturday night and we only get one more day until life starts all over again, and suddenly we want easy take out.
How to Set Yourself Up for Meal Time Success
So, whether you make poor decisions during the week due to work, school etc, or the weekends because you’re so exhausted from the week there are a few things that you can do to set yourself up for success. And trust me, the better you eat, and the more prepared you are you’ll discover that not only your weight benefits, but your emotions, stress, and even sleep. And guess what? Tyson® Grilled & Ready® products will save your behind with healthy eating.
1. Plan it out- Now that’s an obvious one, but we aren’t just talking meal plans, although that’s a huge part of it. So, here’s the deal when you’re heading to the grocery store, take a moment to think about what’s in season and/or on sale. Purchasing in season and on sale will actually make you feel better because of the money you’re saving (and happier people are more inclined to make healthier decisions and respond to life/stress in a better way), plus it takes a little of the thinking out of your meal planning. If you know squash and blood oranges are in season you can plan your meals around those items. And because you’re shopping in season you’ll find yourself grabbing healthier options in the produce section, and you’ll plan out each days meals to make sure that you don’t waste any of those items that you buy. Planning it out will help you to follow through and make your meals each day.
2.Food Prep- Trust me on this one. So many people tell me that prepping takes too much time, but if you think about it you’re going to do it anyway, so why not do it ahead of time and not slave at the stove at the time of day you most want to be relaxing. Ohhhh, it totally makes sense doesn’t it?! I prep my food in the mornings after our oldest heads off to school, but you could totally prep everything at the first of the week. Veggies especially. Chop, mince, dice etc and store in individual containers in the fridge. This is especially helpful with lunch and snack time. If you’ve made the decisions when you aren’t tired and hungry you’ll have made better deicisions. Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken or Steak makes this step even easier because all of the work is done for you. If you wanted to marinate it you could just pull it out, whisk up the marinade and stick it in the fridge for dinner the next night. Booyah!
3. Cook extra- We like to cook extra when there’s only going to be enough for one meal, or plan our meals together. Let me explain, if I’m making these lettuce wraps, I’ll throw a little extra of everything in so that tomorrow I just have to make rice (or even better use my day old leftover rice-seriously, it makes it better to use old rice) for chicken fried rice and veggies. Just throw your chicken and veggie mixture in a food container, the extra sauce in another, and tomorrow combine everything in a skillet for hot fried rice. Or if I’m making something bigger like a roast I’ll set aside the leftovers for pork or beef tostadas (I’ll even use the sauteed peppers from the pan fried tortellini to nights before). We love layering our meals in a way that at least one or more steps are already done for the next day. Tyson ®Grilled and Ready® products again win because you can cook it up, save the leftovers and have chicken tacos, chicken salad, steak and mushrooms etc the next day. Woohoo!
4. Stop Buying the Junk- Another obvious one, but if you’re buying treats, snacks and junk food, you’re going to eat it. I love when people say, “My problem is those darn Doritoes, I can’t stay out of them.” Well, you’re the one that bought them. Stop it. This goes back to number one, but what you buy is what you’re going to eat. I like to start my grocery shopping trip in the produce section. It helps me remember what I want to eat like. I try to avoid even going down the isles and stick mostly to the outside of the store. If I do go down the isles I do it last. That way my cart is already getting full and I’ll feel like I’m already spending so much and I’ll be more inclined to hurry home and skip the junk.
If you haven’t already, make sure you head over to the Countdown to a Better You facebook page and join us on our 100 days program. And we would love to hear what your healthy living and food choices are. How do you make it happen so that you take care of that body of yours?
Asian Lettuce Boats
- 2 Cups Tyson Grilled & Read Chicken Breast Chunks, diced
- 2 Cups Stir Fry Veggies, defrosted
- Romaine Lettuce
- Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 Teaspoons Hoisin Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Oyster Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Red Chili Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- ¼ Teaspoon Sesame Oil
- ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, drizzle a little (about 2 Teaspoons) of olive oil. Add the chicken and vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally until heated through and tender, about 5-6 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan combine the sauce ingredients and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and veggies mixture and stir to combine. Serve in lettuce leaves.
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