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This Week I Will 32

A weekly post of healthy-intention goals for the sake of accountability; [inspired long ago by Jess and her #sayitdoit style]

A review of last week’s goals:

Continue my healthy intentions. Daily check-ins via Marco Polo and/or email with my accountability partners have made such a positive impact on my healthy choice making. I’ve been successful at checking in each morning with my list of intentions.

Do #30DaysofYoga PLUS. This goal was a total win, thanks in part to those healthy intentions mentioned above. Every morning I would list my fitness plans; some days I would be specific about my “plus” workout – walking for 2+ miles on a warm-ish day, for example. Other days I game myself a “choose your own fitness adventure” list of suggestions to choose from after I completed my yoga and strength workout.  Even when I gave myself a list of choices [15 minute Zumba video, 20 minute additional Yoga flow, 40 minutes on step machine, etc], I made each choice specific so I had a plan ready for me to complete when it got to my designated “post-work workout time.” 

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Read my daily pep talk. I did well on this during the work week, remembering to read the short pep talk to myself while getting ready before work. I did forget about it on Thursday morning while at home, but remembered when I was walking into the office. I had previously sent a video of my reading the pep talk to a friend and was so thankful that it was stored on my phone. I watched the video while starting my computer and gave myself a mental check mark [and high five] for still getting it done. I’ll continue my plan to spend time with the words each morning for the next week and will then evaluate the practice and what it has done for me. [spoiler alert: so far it’s not making me feel as silly as I thought it would going in to the experiment!]

Make progress in #THSTheJesusYears. I stated my goal was to progress a few months forward, and that’s exactly what I accomplished – 3 more months from book number two. I also spend a little time organizing the structure of the document and adding date headings for easy sorting moving forward.

I was really happy with my goal success this past week and hope to take that momentum with me moving ahead.  I leave for Tampa a week from tomorrow for a work trip, and I really want to stay healthy in body and mind as the trip approaches. I have A LOT of work to get done at the office before I leave. I have a lot of determination to not get stressed, sick or lazy before I leave, too.

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This Week I Will

Eat according to my meal plan. I’ve been on a mission not to waste ANY food this year. And more recently to clean out the fridge before I leave for Florida.  I’ve prepped all of my breakfasts and some of my lunches for the week. I plan to spend 30-60 minutes on dinner each night, with podcasts playing in my ears as I meditatively cook my way through each recipe on the menu.

Finish the book I’m reading. I’m currently reading my 4th!!! book of 2017 [What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding] and I since I’ve seemed to of caught a reading bug this year, I’m want to keep the momentum going with my 1 book a week completion rate for as long as I can. My eyes love the rest that reading books has given them from all the screen time. Plus taking breaks from work and looming to do’s will also be good for my wellbeing, too!

Last week I shelved what I had been reading because I just couldn’t get INTO it, but this collection of travel stories from TV comedy writer Kristin Newman has been able to keep my attention without much effort on my part, and I’m embracing that to stay on track. I’ve still got well over 200 pages to read as I write this, so we’ll see how this goes.

Keep a Fitness Focus Forward. Goal: do not loose the will to keep moving! I’ve had a lot of fun with my mix of fitness this month and I want to keep chasing those endorphins, especially as I face my pre-trip To Do’s.  Listing and stating my fitness plan each morning has been truly beneficial and I’m planning to keep that up this week, determined to continue my evening follow through each day.

Keep on Tracking. I’m in a few different health challenges/goal setting groups that have me tracking my nutrition, fitness, water intake, and weight pretty regularly this month.  As a productivity, list and organization lover, this is a habit I’ve never dreaded. I find the simple act of keeping tally so comforting it’s nerdy.

What healthy intentions are you setting for the week?  Tell me about them on twitter and show me the proof on Instagram by using the #Make1HealthyDecision hashtag!

Easy, Easier, and Easiest! Dips 3 Ways with Stonyfield and Simply Organic

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

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There has been bunches of dip talk in my life the past several weeks.  First with the holidays, swapping recipes with co-workers and internet pals as we all plan our respective gatherings. Then the discussion continued with two different friends chatting menu planning for toddler birthday parties.  I’ve said it before and I don’t expect I’ll change my opinion anytime soon: I’m a flavor loving snack lover who loves to get my dip on!

My favorite party plan includes a collection of dips, spreads, and sauces with a variety of dipping agent freggies and carbs.  Add a meat and cheese board a la Jessica’s How I Make a Killer Cheese Plate. [Plus 3 Mini Cheeseballs!!!] or Andie’s How to Make a Cheese Plate, and I’ll be the happiest hostess in the world.

The key for me is stacking my party menus with foods I rarely get sick of, since several days following any party means eating leftovers at every meal. [Which stands as further proof I am my mother’s daughter.]

It may be my general Midwesterness that makes me such a dip lover, and maybe my start-all-things-but-finish-half Taurus self that loves a snack plate with just two bites of ALL THE OPTIONS.  It’s no surprise that my NYE game night menu included a collection of dips and dippers to share even though the guest list was simply a couple of friends who joined us for a double date night-in at THS HQ.

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Today I’m sharing a choose your own level of ease adventure of three dip recipes featuring Stonyfield’s new Double Cream Plain Yogurt [which is perfect for use in the kitchen! I’m using it anywhere I would normally add sour cream!] and this month’s partner, Simply Organic. Choose from the easy, easier or easiest recipe trio or take a nod from my NYE menu and combine 2 or 3 recipes below for a dipping spread to share.

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An Easy Recipe: Fiesta Taco Dip

This dip is an inspired warm-up version of one of my favorite Midwestern specialties: cold taco dip! [another favorite for parties of any kind! Check out a healthified recipe from my cousin Amy here: Shugary Sweets’ Healthy Taco Dip

The recipe below is easily customizable to what your preferences and lifestyle; swap well drained canned tomatoes for fresh, black beans for beef, or add extra veggies like diced peppers and squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 T + 1 t Simply Organic Adobo Seasoning
  • 1 t Simply Organic Cumin
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 c Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt
  • 3/4  Shredded Cheese of choice, divided
  • 1 c diced tomato
  • 3/4 c corn kernels
  • 1/2 c black olive slices

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook 3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and seasonings, stirring to combine. Cook until no longer pink, stirring every couple of minutes.
  • Drain fat from meat and onion mixture and set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, double cream yogurt, 1 teaspoon Adobo seasoning and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Add beef mixture, tomatoes, and corn kernels to the bowl and fold together.
  • Pour into baking dish and smooth evenly with spatcula.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes on lower rack.
  • Turn broiler to low. Move dish to top rack and cook 2-4 minutes. Keep a close eye and remove when nicely browned to your liking.

serve with your favorite dippers such as: tortilla chips, celery and carrot sticks, colored pepper strips, pretzel sticks or chips, bread cubes, and crackers

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An Easier Recipe: Layered Greek Dip

This recipe takes me back to family vacations on the hunt for the best Greek food we could find. [Tarpon Springs, Florida – I’m looking at you!]  The ingredients in this dip are those of a classic Greek salad, which makes eating it on a bed of greens and a side of pita chips for lunch completely acceptable. DIP FOR EVERY MEAL!

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Instructions

  • Stir double cream yogurt and seasoning mix together until well combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a glass dish, layer hummus, followed by yogurt dip.
  • Sprinkle a layer of olives, followed by tomatoes, followed by cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Top with feta crumbles, and finally minced chives.

serve with: your favorite dippers such as: pita bread or chips, sea salt crackers, cucumber slices and carrot sticks

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The Easiest Recipe: Pairing Stonyfield’s New Double Cream Plain Yogurt with Simply Organic Onion and Chive Dip Mix

This 2-ingredient quick dip also makes a great base for other recipes, such as the Layered Greek Dip above!  You can add to this recipe by adding minced chives on top before serving or mixing in an onion worth of caramelized slices. [I always use the method in this Caramelized Onion Mashed Potato recipe from Daily Garnish. ]

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

serve with: your favorite dippers such as: pita bread or chips, sea salt crackers, cucumber slices and carrot sticks

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