Mashed potatoes piled high, creamy mac and cheese, warm apple cobbler straight from the oven… it’s that time of year when all we see around us is FOOD! As Thanksgiving peeks at us from around the corner, we need to fight back with a plan! A plan to enjoy the friends and family that surround us… and let that joy fill us up instead of food!
Welcome to Week Eleven of Weight for it Wednesday! If you remember, the hubs and I are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I have already started thinking about what I will serve. Being the bread lover that I am, I would be happy with a turkey and a smorgasbord of fresh baked breads… oh.. about 8 different types! That’d be tasty!! And some mashed taters and stuffing. Carbs much?!? That’d be my dream meal. But I have goals here! And I know that all those carbs will do nothing but pull me further away from the goal.
That’s why I decided to seek out some ways to sneak veggies into one of my favorite treats… stuffing!!
Of course there are tons of recipes out there that include putting diced veggies in your stuffing. But what about putting stuffing in your veggies?? That will give us a larger portion of veggies and help control the portion of stuffing that we eat! Genius, right?
One of my favorite finds are these Stuffed Jalapenos over at Oh Bite It. These are stuffed with cornbread, but you could use a traditional stuffing as well. And how cute are they? Just the right amount of stuffing to treat yourself!
I also love the idea of stuffing mushrooms like Cathy did over at the Noble Pig . Another tiny treat with just the right amount of stuffing to satisfy!
And these button size tomatoes stuffed to perfection caught my eye as well! The recipe is over at The Fresh Fridge!
On a bit of a larger scale are these scrumptious stuffed squash over at The Hungry Hedgehog. They are deemed sweet and salty and take only 30 minutes to make… you gotta check these out! Perhaps for leftover lunch the next day!
And last but not least, if you just aren’t feeling stuffed veggies, make your tradition stuffing but bake it in a mini muffin pan like these I found in Kalyn’s Kitchen! Her recipe if 100% whole wheat… double bonus! Portion control and healthy ingredients.
So what are you making for Thanksgiving?? I gotta have something to go with my stuffing!! Leave me some healthy ideas in the comments!
Now for this week’s weight loss…
“Slow and steady wins the race!”… I heard those words from a dear friend, Lauren, this week! And as I stepped on the scale this week, I could hear those words as if someone was whispering them from afar. I was happy to see I LOST 1.8 pounds this week! I was so happy to see the loss. I have really been trying hard.
Yup… so that puts me at 14.2 pounds lost since I started this 26-week journey! I am well on my way to reaching my goal!! Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but can you tell a difference in the size of my feet? I mean, I didn’t think I had fat feet before… but I feel like they look a little smaller in the second picture. Maybe it’s the lighting! Ha ha!!
I’m hoping to hit 15 pounds lost by next week!!
A quick update on my blog growth and a tip I learned this week as well! I am happy to say that I have 64 new followers! That may be small to some… but I am grateful! I have been told that November & December are traditionally the slowest months for bloggers, so I am please that each and every new follower decided to come along for the ride!
As a blogger we often write sponsored posts. Those posts require disclosure at the top, so readers know what they are about to read is a paid post. I don’t know if you have noticed this or not, but bloggers everywhere are starting to use Rich Pins, which allow you to see the first paragraph or so of their post beneath their pin on Pinterest. And the first few lines of your post also shows up on any truncated feeds that you have going out to your readers via email.
I say all of this to say, who wants to click over and read a post that says “this is a sponsored post in partnership with yadda yadda yadda”… no one! So we need a way to put the required disclosure at the top of our posts, but not have it show up in feeds and pins.
BOOM! Enter genius idea I found over at The Thinking Closet… an image!!
Lauren came up with the idea to create a graphic to put at the top of her post. That way the first words you see in a truncated feed or on Pinterest are the actual words of her post! Seriously?! What a smart cookie!! I would put her image here to show you, but I don’t want folks to think this is a sponsored post, so you’ll have to just pay her a visit to see what I am talking about… she’s showing off some pretty snazzy pumpkins anyway, so double win!
Last but not least, my little sniplet of inspiration for the week! This is one you can hang onto throughout the holidays. I alluded to it at the beginning of this post.
Until next time,
Vintage News Junkie