Money saving tips with Food

Hey guys!  Long time no chat.  Life has been a bit crazy and hectic with spring break, now soccer is starting.  So I needed to get this out to you to help with crazy life styles like ours.  Hope you find something useful and share the blog with someone else on social media!

I make a meal replacement shake everyday, typically in the morning but sometimes lunch or dinner.  In that shake I add 4-6 medium size frozen strawberries.  Well if you look in the freezer section a bag of frozen berries is like $5.  What I do is when they are running strawberries on special like 2/$4 or 3/$5 I grab as many as I can and take them home rinse, cut the stems and sometimes cut in half and place in a gallon freezer bag.  This saves so much money and you control that there is no preservatives in that frozen bag.  I do the same thing with blueberries as our puppy loves these as a treat.

Do you have bananas on your counter going bad?  Peel them and cut in half throw them in the freezer too.  Now you didn’t throw away the banana to go buy new and you still can use in your shakes!

Now for the GREENS!!!  I typically from time to time will buy spinach and kale to throw in to the shakes but not all the time.  Since greens go bad fairly quickly and I love a cold not watered down shake (no ice added for me) here is something that will save the Greens.  Take the greens and put in your blender with a little bit of water.  Blend up as you would a shake consistency.  Now pour the mixture into a muffin pan filling it up half way.  Freeze and when solid pop out the hockey puck of greens from the muffin tray and into a freezer bag.  Now you have frozen greens when you want them for your shakes!

Another tip I do almost weekly is with meats.  You know if you go early in the morning they are marking meats down.  Grab the ground beef, turkey, chicken whatever you like and take it home, brown it up you can even season it for specific things like spaghetti, Sloppy joes, Mexican dishes etc.  Label your freezer bag with the name of what the meat will be used for – Tacos or Spaghetti.  Then divide up and let it cool with the bag open.  Once cooled completely then close it up with no air and lay flat for best storage in your freezer. Chicken cut in cubes is also great and quick to cook up in a hurry.  Finding whole chickens on sale is a bonus too cause I boil it up and shred it and place in baggies for quesadilla’s or for the puppy, yes she is spolied!  Now when you get home after work, or sports and forgot to pull something out you can pop this in the microwave to defrost while kids are doing homework or showers and dinner on the table in under 30 mins.

Green, red, or yellow peppers along with onion they run these on special all the time in the grocery.  Buy them up and cut into slices like for stir fry dishes then place in baggies per dish.  So you grab one bag throw it with some meat and make some rice and BAM dinner is served  You can also add meat and a marinade to this bag and its all in one bag when you are ready to cook.

hope these tips helped you and as I come up with more I will share.  But I would love for you to share with me one of your money/time saving tips with food below!

Have a great day!

Day 1 for $1000

Today is Day 1 for my next 30 day challenge with IDLife.  Each month since January IDLife has sponsored a transformation challenge.  Top male and female wins a $1000.  In February they added the Top 5 would win a workout with Jen Widerstrom from the Biggest Loser and also an IDLife investor.  I set this as my goal and on March 10th the winners were announced…… My name was the second one to be called!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you the emotions I went through, first I was like what is that my pic, then I was like wait a minute that is my picture, then I wanted to rewind the video but it was a FaceBook Live so I had to wait until it was over to watch it again!  I started crying when it hit me that I had achieved the goal I sat out to hit on February 1st.  I believed in myself and so many around me did as well and I couldn’t believe we had achieved it!  At that moment I knew exactly what would be next, set the goal to win the $1000 in March.  I have 38 lbs left to hit my ultimate weight loss goal of 88 lbs.  I will achieve it this year and maybe even by my 47th birthday in June.  But if not by June I will not beat myself up and I will continue down the journey.  The weight didn’t come on over night and won’t be released overnight.

So today is Day 1 for the new challenge and I spent all of Sunday doing meal prep and making sure my excuses were covered, meaning there is no way I can order pizza, or run through a drive thru because I didn’t plan lunch or dinner.  Breakfast is covered with my IDLife meal replacement shake. With all the standing at the counter and stove yesterday I think I aggravated my SI joint so I was hurting a bit.  I am hitting the gym tonight to work out this SI pain it will be some light bike work but I will achieve what needs to happen.

 

Monday check in, did you indulge yesterday?

How ya feeling today?  Hungover? ate too much of the wrong foods?  Brady won again blues? Dirty Birds blew a 25 point lead against the Patriots frustration? Can you tell I am anti – Patriots?  Yup Colts fan til the end and we all know they have not been our favorite opponent each season, especially after deflate gate.

But here we are into February and I just wanted to see how you were doing?  Keeping your resolutions? lifestyle changes? or have you fallen off the wagon?  I am still going strong with my changes.  Down 5 lbs in January and working it in February to win a competition to work out with Jen Widerstrom in April at our annual IDLife conference.  She is an investor and partner in IDLife and she comes each year does a workout out for those that earn it and then speaks to us.  Last year she brought the Hernandez brothers and Colby!  It was awesome and the brothers are so down to earth and honest.  I didn’t get to meet Colby but I did the brothers, as you see below and later that night we ran into them again while eating dinner and they took pics and chatted with us.  When you see what they went through and how they overcame objections and greater amounts of weight to lose than I have I realize that I can do this and will do it.  Believe my I still have my days and sometimes i fight the demon and other times I have a small amount of whatever the demon is serving me.  Do I enjoy the demon’s servings?  Occasionally but I am starting to get to the point that I am working hard and I don’t want to blow it so I resist the urge and I turn to veggies, apples, nuts or I drink my IDLife Grape hydrate or Mixed Berry Energy to take the craving away.  I would be lost without these products and to think they taste so good and are good for me is crazy!

Did I indulge yesterday during the Super Bowl? Not really.  I ate some veggies and dip and I made sausage/cream cheese pinwheels and I had 2 of those and a small handful of plain chips and drank my water.  Past Super Bowls at our house would have consisted of wings, pigs in a blanket, sausage balls, nacho dip, cheeseball and crackers, veggies and dip and some sort of sweet treat.  Oh and let’s not forget the soda, lots of soda.  The game sent back to a place I haven’t been in a long time and that was emotional eater avenue.  I was so frustrated to see the Falcons blow that lead and send the Pat back home Losers that I went to the kitchen and grabbed a cookie, chips and a soda.  Needless to say I took 2 swigs of soda, ate one cookie and about 6 chips and told my husband to take it away.  While I wasn’t proud that I gave in I was proud I pushed it away and didn’t eat it all.  This is a baby step process and as I say many times I didn’t get to the weight and size I am today overnight and I won’t lose it overnight, over the month, or hell even a year.  I have been on the journey for 1.5 yrs and I had the hiatus from working out for 6 months last year.  The good news is I didn’t gain any weight in that time frame as I stayed on ID Nutrition and the meal replacement shakes, with my hydrate and energy on the side.  Those components helped me continue to be successful and maintain until my body was healthy enough to come back to the gym and workout again.  I am not going to say our products will help you lose weight with no exercise but I can tell you your body will feel better, desire less crappy foods, and thank you while taking the products.

Stay Strong, Look for ways to make small changes.  I think I will add a blog each week of maybe 3 things to change this week to make a better lifestyle for you and your family.  Be on the lookout for those tips!  Have a great week!

hernandez-brothers