Resolution Challenge: Keyword: Made

I went to a panel talk featuring women CEOs and entrepreneurs talking about work/life balance. Now that I'm older, balance seems more of an unattainable illusion. I mean, at any given time, there are certain things that take priority over others. It's more about learning how to ride the ebb and flow of things and understanding what's important and not-so-important to you. Anyway, one of the panelists told the audience she'd turned her kitchen cupboards into storage for her bags and shoes since she's never home and doesn't cook. This was me until the Resolution Challenge!

Stocking my fridge with goodies that are good for me!

If you'd told me that I'd be making meals for myself and my boyfriend regularly, I might've laughed. Now that I've expanded my knowledge of healthy foods I enjoy, being in the kitchen has become a welcome, necessary part of my day.

Super Bowl Superfoods: flatbread pizza w/organic mushrooms & olives; goat cheese, vegan mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce; homemade spinach artichoke dip; homemade guacamole

Most of the recipes Jenn's shared with us require very little time prepping, and not much (if any) time in the oven or on the stove. This is great for someone like me who sometimes comes home late or is working with little time to prep everything.

Salmon sesame kale

Grocery shopping is a weekly necessity for me now. No more cereal and milk or leftovers for days :) I am learning how to really pay attention to the kinds of foods I'm bringing home, and trying to adhere to the rule of buying things with 5 or less things I recognize on the ingredient list.

Quinoa cake benedict at Portage Bay Cafe Seattle

Okay, I didn't make this dish, but I did want to mention how my eating out habits have changed during the Resolution Challenge as well. While I might not always be in a restaurant with something healthy, I try to find ones that serve at least some organic, locally-sourced foods. After that, it's really been all about moderation. One taco instead of two. Skipping the side dishes. Just water instead of soda, thai iced tea or drinks. Opting for salad instead. Not eating 'til I'm stuffed. 

It's all about the little steps to making big changes!

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