Making the Healthy Switch to Olive Oil

Have you ever found yourself eating too much of something like cake and then when the scale shows those extra pounds declaring to yourself that you are never going to eat cake again. No matter how much you really want to give up eating cake most people that make declarations like that never make it very far. One of the reasons why you fail when you say that you’ll never to do something again is because it is too extreme of a jump. Because there is no instant gratification for giving it up, you don’t all of a sudden lose all of the weight you gained by quitting eating cake. So in a society driven by instant gratification it is too big of a temptation to get frustrated and give up and continue with our bad habits. I have been guilty of being a yo-yo dieter for so much of my adult life often going to extreme measures of preventing myself from eating my favorite foods will forcing myself to eat terrible things like those awful prepackaged meals from NutriSystem. But nothing ever worked because I couldn’t stick to it. But a year and a half ago my husband and I talked about how we needed to make some real changes to our diet and lifestyle other wise, so we decided to make some smaller more realistic goals. Small things like, I started buying brown rice and whole wheat pasta. We stopped keeping the house stocked with chips and instead got granola bars and trail mix. We didn’t make all of the changes at once but over time we added and took away more things, and over time we turned our changes into habits. We don’t even think about the changes any more they are so apart of our life that it feels normal.

Another of the small changes was I switched to Olive Oil, like Olivari Olive Oil, for almost all of my cooking, from everything from baking to frying. Some people feel that the taste of olive oil isn’t good for certain foods but what I found was that I am so use to it that I don’t notice it. Olive oil has the lowest amount of saturated fat and contains more mono saturated fat a healthier type of fat that can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in your blood, it is considered the healthiest oil to cook with. Substituting olive oil was a small change but one that has reduced the calorie count and fat count of every dish I make. Just another of the small changes that made a big difference in mine and my husband’s life.

If you want more information about the benefits of olive oil and other facts you can check out this article.

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Change is coming for Small Wallet, Big Appetite

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Some big changes are coming to my life and they will effect Small wallet, Big Appetite, but change is good and I am excited about these changes. The first big change is happening April 11th, my husband and I are moving back to his home country, England. We are so excited about starting our new life together, excited to see what new adventures are in store for our family. The second big change is coming in July with the expected birth of our first child. No words describe how excited and joyful we are about this new arrival in our family.

Now what does this mean for Small wallet, Big Appetite? Well several changes are coming and not all of them related to my personal life changes. In the next few weeks you will start to see changes to the interface and design of the website as well as updates on all of the recipes. Being new at blogging and creating recipes there are a few things that I didn’t take into consideration before that I have become aware of. For one thing none of my recipes had serving sizes and when my main focus is on how to help people budget and eat healthier that can prove to be very frustrating especially for those on things like weight watchers. So I will be reviewing all of my recipes and doing my best to give accurate serving sizes for them. The other thing that I found has proven difficult for many of my readers is that for some of my recipes I haven’t added a weight amount. In the US it is common for certain items to be pretty standard when it comes to the packaging so I have been guilty of saying something like 1 pkg of X. Well seeing as how I have a lot of readers in the UK and across the Globe this proves to be a difficult thing to convert. So I will be also making changes to include proper weights and measurements so it is an easier task to convert for others.

Other changes related to my upcoming move is that there may be weeks where I am not as active as normal, however this will not last long and there will always be at least one new posting a week. But by far the most exciting adventure that I am looking forward to undertaking is when my little one arrives. The mission statement of Small Wallet, Big Appetite is how to enjoy food without breaking your budget and that will continue. But with the new addition of a baby I will be challenged to undertake what many of my readers already do and that is juggle it with taking care of a baby. I look forward to the challenge and in overcoming the obstacles I face related to it and I will share that as they happen. I will also be talking about budgeting tips when it comes to the expenses of a child. Tackling the cost of baby food and healthier and cheaper solutions with making your own. I won’t fool myself into thinking this is an easy undertaking but I am excited for the challenge and I hope that you as my readers will enjoy coming along the adventure with me.

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Teriyaki Sauce

As I look for more ways to save money I started looking at what I was putting in my recycle bin. While not all containers are reusable I started thinking about the very nice glass jars that I was throwing away. I am sad to say I have bought mason jars before and never even thought about all of the ones that I had been throwing away all of these years. Glass jars are perfect for certain leftovers, especially tomato based ones that will stain your plastic containers. I spent a little extra money on some nice plastic wear last year and one has already been stained really badly from tomato sauce. So instead of ruining my plastic containers I am now using my reused glass jars. You have already spent the money on them so why not get the most out of them.

The first important thing to do before you decide to reuse a container is to make sure it goes through a sterilizing process, just to be safe. You never know how the outside of the container was treated before you bought it. To do this clean the jars so there is no more residue on them and them submit them into a boiling pot. This process will also help you remove the label. Leave them in the boiling water for 30 minutes, then carefully remove them from the water. Allow them to cool and remove the label.

I have used my jars for many things, homemade custards, curds and sauces. Recently I decided that I wanted to make some Teriyaki sauce. So I turned yet again to to find the perfect recipe. One of the best things about Allrecipes is not just the recipes themselves it is the comments and reviews. I have been able to sift through the hundreds of recipes to find the right one for me just by the reviews and comments, and so far I have never tried a recipe I didn’t love. And this recipe was no exception, to be honest after trying it I am not sure I could go back to store bought.

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Grilled Arctic Char with Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans

How to spend under $20 on a perfect romantic Valentines dinner? Funny thing about holidays like Valentines day it is a holiday created by retailers to sell their products and we accept it as a social norm to treat it as the day we celebrate the ones we love. Now don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful to set aside a day to celebrate those we love. I just think it is silly that we buy into this strange list of rules that says we must do it on this day and we must do it in a particular way. Buying your significant other a gift, or telling them that you love them with a card shouldn’t be limited to one holiday in the year. My husband and I have never celebrated Valentines day and as I am reading more about how much people spend every year I must say we will probably continue not celebrating it. Retailers and restaurants push for higher sales on this day through almost guilt like advertisements. And restaurants, well don’t expect that to be the highlight of your night if you don’t like waiting. The average restaurant sees its dinner rush swell to over double and will leave you and your significant other waiting a long time to even just sit down. Again I will say there is nothing wrong if you want to choose to celebrate Valentines day, I think it is just also important to not get so caught up in the marketing that you feel you have to spend a lot of money. Instead of an expensive dinner try cooking up a private romantic dinner at home. If you have kids arrange with either a family member to watch them or if you have friends with kids arrange to watch their kids for one evening in exchange for them to watch yours. This will give you both the opportunity to have a quiet moment alone. For my husband and myself we choose a day last week to celebrate, we just found out that we are going to be having a little girl so our day was a celebration of our love and what that love created. For under $20 we had an incredible dinner that we would have had to pay at least $50 dollars for at a restaurant. Just remember saying I love you doesn’t have to be through spending a lot of money, it is those quiet unexpected moments that speak the loudest. Offer to be the one that cleans up the kitchen while your spouse sits down with a glass of wine. Or secretly arranging for a kid free evening just with the two of you. And don’t forget the other 364 days of the year.

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