On My Plate: #31DaysOfMovement With ALIVE Magazine

If you haven’t heard, ALIVE Magazine did this really awesome challenge this month called #31DaysOfMovement, encouraging St. Louis to get up and moving for their health! It’s a really great, yet simple idea – just get up and move: take a walk with a friend or co-worker, stand up and stretch for a few minutes to get away from your computer, etc. I love it. And I’m very honored that ALIVE approached me to do a blog for them to share my healthy tips to help others get their move on!

In addition to sharing health and homesteading tips, I really enjoy posting good-for-you recipes on my blog called On My Plate. So my tip for #31DaysOfMovement is to move into your kitchen and make some healthy, delicious food with some simple swaps that I’ve used over the years to help me shed pounds and stay healthy.

 1. If you’re making mashed potatoes, try substituting mashed cauliflower instead. Boil the cauliflower just as you would the potatoes, drain the water, and voila. You can flavor up the cauliflower with fresh garlic, onion powder, ground pepper, and even make it creamy by using another one of my favorite swaps: plain non-fat Greek yogurt. It replaces the sour cream and/or butter that most people use to make it creamy.

2. If you just have to have a frozen treat like ice cream, never fear! There are three ingredients I bet you have in your kitchen that will make the most tasty and guilt-free frozen treat ever. Take 2-3 overripe bananas from your freezer and let them thaw just a bit. Toss them into your food processor with a big spoonful of peanut butter and a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Blend up and in seconds you’ll have yourself a chocoately bowl of goodness that hardly tastes like banana at all and will satisfy your sweet tooth! If you’re not able to eat it all, it freezes beautifully OR sets well, like a pudding, in the fridge.

 3. Cinnamon. It’s my secret weapon. Did you know that cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar? Try sprinkling some cinnamon on a cut up apple or banana; it helps balances out the sugar rush you might feel. Moreover, toss some cinnamon into your morning yogurt or to replace the sugar in your oatmeal. If you’re grilling up fresh pineapple, sprinkle cinnamon on top as soon as you pull it off the grill – it caramelizes with the natural juices of the pineapple and creates a sticky, syrupy goodness that no one can turn down. As you’re up and moving this month, don’t be afraid to move into the kitchen! With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll feel good about the choices you’re making on both the inside and out.

Make sure to check out ALIVE's Be Well STL blog and discover other inspiring and motivating posts to get you up and moving!

A special thank you to the sponsors of #31DaysOfMovement. 

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