*Spinach smoothies (with banana, OJ, and frozen berries). LOVE. Still drinking 2-4 a week.
*Air-popped popcorn (instead of microwave popcorn). Daddy and the boys enjoy making popcorn. I just received a stove-top popper so I can make kettle corn! Yum!
*Local, natural pork. We purchased 1/2 a pig from our neighbor. The pork is soooooo delicious. We'll enjoy eating it throughout this next year.
*Had water filter system installed. Finally. No more bottled water. It was so inconvenient to drink water (so I didn't very often), and I hated all the plastic. Now our tap water tastes great!
*Caught up on dental work and had silver fillings replaced.
*Replaced swiffer mop with washable terry-cloth mop covers and natural spray.
*Organic oatmeal. One more choice for breakfast and Levi and Leif love it.
*Unbleached flour (white and wheat) from Bob's Red Mill (in Oregon). Natural and fairly local. I try to use a combination of white and wheat in baked goods.
*Began adding wheat germ to banana bread (we eat often). I love my recipe. I suppose I need to share it here sometime.
*(Whispering: Taking antidepressant/anxiety meds.)
*Reusable shopping bags. I always forget to take them into the store!
*Apple cider vinegar. I tried drinking a couple tablespoons in a glass of water with honey or maple syrup. Didn't last. I'm not sure why.
Goals for 2009:
*Severely limit Dr. Pepper. I'm working on this one, but it is sooooooooo hard.
*Drink more water. This happens naturally when I don't drink Dr. Pepper.
*Add green tea (or white, red...). I've been having a couple cups a day. Love Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea with a smidge of honey. (And I'm not a tea drinker.)
*Add quinoa as a staple menu item. We've had this a few times now. Delicious with a splash of olive oil.
*More extra virgin olive oil. I've used extra light olive oil almost exclusively in baking and cooking for the last year or two, but I need to use the extra virgin olive oil when possible. Even better if I have a warm, crusty loaf of French bread to dip in it. Ahhhhhh.
*Edamame. I've purchased the dry roasted stuff with a little sea salt. Not bad. Crunchy and salty. Healthier than anything else I enjoy snacking on... Nice salad topper, as well.
*Buy reusable cloths for window cleaning. Done! I had some last year, but they disappeared. Just purchased a few more.
*Try apple cider vinegar again.
*Try reusable shopping bags again.
*Find local beef.
*Shop more often at farmer's market and local produce stand.
*Eliminate HFCS in our diet.
*Use more local honey.
*Eat out less!! (Both Russ and I love to eat out.)
*(No more diapers!)
What baby steps are you taking this year to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family?