Enjoy Recipe Favorites, Treats, and Sweets
Grandmas, you can become fit and still enjoy foods you like. Like sweets or treats after dinner but trying to cut the sugar out of recipes? Enjoy the same recipes but make them sugar-free.
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I don’t completely follow a sugar-free diet but have changed several recipes to include sucralose instead of sugar. Many of them are included in my new cookbook, Simple Summer Recipes.
If you think sucralose is bad for you, then choose the type of sweetener you prefer, like local honey. Need inspiration? Read about Caroline, a 70-year-old grandmother, who curtailed her sugar intake but found a way to eat the foods she liked by changing the ingredients. She opened her SweetLife business at age 55.
Eight Nutrition Tips
- Plan your meals – We tend to overeat when we don’t engage in meal-planning. No meal-planning can result in spending more money on going out to eat and eating fattier foods.
- Write down what you eat – How often do you write down what you eat? If you’re feeling bloated or gaining weight, write down everything you eat for a week and measure your food. You may be surprised at the amount of food you’ve been consuming. For example, eating a salad of nutritious raw vegetables is a healthy choice. However, adding extra toppings and doubling up on salad dressing could be greatly increasing the amount of calories in that salad.
- Include plenty of protein in your eating plan. Not sure if you’re consuming enough protein? Check out “Protein Intake-How Much Protein Should You Eat Per Day”. Vegans and vegetarians, read this article “Proteins for Vegetarians-A Simple Guide to Getting What You Need”.
- Add vegetables to your menus, even breakfast – For years, I never ate vegetables with my eggs and bacon for breakfast. The combination is filling.
- Eat more fruit – You may not miss the sweets once you eat enough fruit every day.
- Season your dishes with herbs and spices. Savory food helps to satisfy the appetite.
- Use less sugar or a sugar substitute – Try drinking Shakeology, a nutritious drink that helped reduce my sugar cravings. Find out more about my story on The Fitness Grummy page of this blog.
- Drink the amount of water you need. It’s better than drinking soft drinks and juices loaded with sugar. Need more convincing about not drinking soft drinks? Research soft drinks and bones.
Work Out Consistently
Hate to work out? I know how you feel. Some days, I really do not want to work out the first thing in the mornings. Sometimes, I don’t and end up exercising in the evening. I remind myself to work out and keep a DVD player nearby with an exercise DVD already inside. Since I started my workout regimen in 2016, I have felt much better than before. It isn’t easy for me. I’m still overweight, still trying to lose weight, and some exercises are more difficult to do than others – even the modified version.
Struggling with midlife weight frustrations? Take a look at these ladies’ fitness stories for motivation:
- Read how Wendy Ida, a 64-year-old grandmother, dropped four dress sizes in her book Take Back Your Life: My No Nonsense Approach to Health, Fitness, and Looking Good Naked!
- Learn how you can change your lifestyle by lifting weights. Read what the world’s fittest grandma, Ernestine Shepherd, has to say on how to be fit.
You can be a fit grandma. Work at it. Be consistent. Eventually, you’ll be able to tell the difference. Your grandchildren will appreciate you for it. One of my friends, a great grandmother, told me about a time she visited her grandson and his family. During the visit, she sat down on the floor with her little great-grandson who was playing with his toys. Her grandson walked in the room and was astonished at his grandmother playing toys with his son. He made the remark, “What great-grandmother would get down on the floor to play toys with her great-grandson?” So make memories with your grandchildren – and great-grandchildren. Be a fit gram!
The key to eating nutritiously and working out is moderation. Check with your medical
I like to create new recipes. Sometimes, they turn out fantastic. Other times, they need a little less or more of an ingredient. So here’s one I’ll share with you. It’s a snack using vanilla-flavored Shakeology. I hadn’t planned the sweet treat but was looking in the pantry to see what I had on hand for a healthy snack. This is what I came up with:
Vanilla Shakeology Haystack
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 10 pecan halves, chopped
- 4 servings unsweetened coconut flakes a serving here is one orange portion control container from Beachbody
- 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave for a minute or two.
Add the other ingredients and mix very well.
Spread the mixture in a small square container and put in the fridge.
I hope that you enjoy this nutritious haystack treat. It’s simple but tasty. Add to it, change it up, and make it your own – and send me your version so I can try yours. Make your Haystack Treat with Shakeology nutrition: