This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias I am going to make a confession. I have been overweight most of my adult life. Before I had children, I was carrying an extra 1-15 pounds, but I felt healthy and was confident being that size. After 3 kids, I put on an extra 30-45 pounds. I wasn’t exactly happy with this weight, but I adjusted. When I was in nursing school, I had an injury in 2010 that kept me from being as active as I wanted. I gained another 25 pounds.
At the beginning of this year, I was at my heaviest and felt I was at my most unhealthy state. I decided I needed to make a major change. I decided in 2016 I was going to get my health back. I decided to change the way I ate, get active and finally lose this 75-100 pounds. Now, most of my meals are vegetarian. I have given up eating red meat altogether and I’m limiting my animal proteins to chicken and fish.
Because I am eating so many fruits and vegetables, I buy in bulk for the week. I shop at my local Sam’s Club because they have everything I need at prices I can afford. You cannot beat paying $2.98 for a 2-pound bag of broccoli florets?! Because I eat fish 2-3 times a week, I wanted to stock up on some salmon. At just $5.98 per pound, I couldn’t resist! That is going to taste so darn good on the grill with a little asian marinade! Sam’s Club offers a plethora of quality of fresh produce, fresh and frozen meats and fish. You can find everything you need got your healthy Easter brunch/dinner essentials.
Have you see the online magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple? It is the ultimate place for all your health and wellness needs. In the January/February issue, you can read about the Healthy Living Made superfood: broccoli. In the March/April issue, you can read up on my favorite superfood; salmon. When I was reading about the salmon, I learned Salmon is a good source of amino acids and fatty acids like omega-3.
Sam’s Club offers everything you and your family needs to stay healthy. I was super excited to see Sam’s Club also made it easy to stay on top of my health by offering free health screenings. I love that my Sam’s Club helps me focus on my whole-body beauty by offering this valuable service, don’t you! At my Sam’s Club, the screenings are offered the 2nd Saturday of each month. When I spoke to the gal in the pharmacy, she said they check your blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, cholesterol and more at no cost to you! She went on to say although the screenings are open to everyone, they will sometimes focus on a certain group like women, men or kids. For more information, please visit or contact your local Sam’s Club pharmacy to see when they offer the free health screenings.
I will admit, I was worried most of my meals would lack flavor and variety and I would be bored within a few weeks. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth! I am finding so many recipes that fit into my meal plan and am even creating recipes of my own! I have had a lot of fun playing around with different flavors and am trying new foods all the time!
I am working out 5-6 days a week, so I need to fuel my body appropriately. I usually work out in the morning, so I want to be sure I eat a breakfast that will carry me through a 2 hour workout. My Crustless Mini Southwest Quiches are packed with veggies, protein and lots of flavor! I eat 2-3 before my workout and I am good to go until lunch! I top mine with a bit of salsa or picante sauce and some sour cream. What would you top yours with?
- 3 cups egg substitute (I used a Southwest flavored option)
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped fine (I used my food processor)
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (I used red, yellow and orange)
- 1/4 cup diced sweet onion (you can use more, but my hubby isn't crazy about onions)
- 1 small can of diced green chilies
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped fine
- 1 can of black beans, drained
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used pepper jack)
- 2 cups salsa or picante sauce
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375. Spray regular muffin pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine all your vegetables & black beans and stir. Add your egg substitute.
- Using a measuring cup add your mixture into your muffin pan, about 3/4 full
- Add a sprinkle of cheese.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool 5-10 minutes.
- Top with a small amount of salsa/picante sauce and a dollop or drizzle of sour cream.