Family · Mission to Get Healthy

Mission to Get Healthy

We’ve had a major shift in our eating habits around here. One of our daughters was diagnosed with high triglycerides, which frightened me, to say the least. Being a longtime participant in the health and wellness field – first as an ophthalmic technician, then as a yoga instructor – I know what high levels of fatty acids can do to a body and the associated  risks that come along with it.

Me, I eat fairly well, and likely better than anyone in my household. However, I’m completely guilty of not consistently demanding leaner foods for the kids. I cook healthy foods, ask them to try them, but whether it ends up in their bellies is another story. Stopping those handfuls of Goldfish after dinner because they’re still hungry?… Yes, I’m guilty of allowing that too. And then we have the handling of split custody — different house, different rules, different meals. Right there is a whole other blog post. Lastly, there’s the fast food issue. Again, I’d like to think I’m better than most at limiting such intake, however I’m just as guilty as the next mom who drives through the line for a quick and easy meal every now and then. Quick and easy. There’s just no other excuse for it.

BUT there IS a better way! We can’t change the past. We can only learn from it and move forward. So having said all of the above and setting guilt (and a tremendous amount of it) to the side … We are now on a

Mission to Get Healthy!

Our first night of eating healthy was exciting! I planned a dinner of oven-roasted salmon with veggies and rice. Walking through the grocery store, gathering my ingredients, I stumbled upon this…


Yoga Rice!!

You’ve got to be kidding me! Can you believe it? I couldn’t, but I had to get it to go with our first Mission to Get Healthy dinner.

Not sure what I was expecting, but it didn’t taste any different than regular light brown rice. It turned out to be quite delicious, nonetheless, and perhaps even more so because it was Yoga Rice! Which every time I exclaimed or talked about, I got an eye-roll or an “Oh jeez, Mom…”

Regardless, dinner went off without a hitch and without any complaints.

Simple and easy with very few ingredients. Follow these instructions for a healthy dinner served in 30 minutes, including prep time:

Roasted Salmon

* Preheat oven to 350.
* Sear both sides of salmon fillet (1.5 lbs) in skillet over medium/high heat.
* Place directly in oven and cook for 12 minutes, or until salmon bounces back with touch. 
* Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. 


* Cook rice as directed on package. (There are many different types of rice to choose from. The directions and cooking time all depend on brand and kind.)

Green Bean Almandine 

* Bring skillet to medium heat over stove. 
* Pour in 1 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil, followed by green beans. 
* Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
* Cook green beans until just tender.
* Throw in almond slices and stir. 
* Sauté for a couple more minutes, yet avoid cooking the beans too long to prevent "squishiness". 


* Complete your plate with any fruit of choice.


Here’s to healthy kids…

Bon Appetite!


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