One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A What you See is What You EAT Sensational Sunday

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There are two foods I keep in plain sight all the time. It’s become a healthy habit that not only helps me make better choices but gives my Little Man some good options when he’s hunting for a "snack"–which seems to be CONSTANTLY.

Here’s a snap shot I took this afternoon. You’ll notice the two foods I always have on hand…

What you See is What You EAT


I love fruit! Even before Weight Watchers declared it "free", it was my go to snack. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. NO one is walking though the doors of Weight Watchers because they ate too many grapes.

Normally I keep a bowl on the counter but today I bought hanging basket. Something I wanted for months. It keeps the fruit in eye shot without taking up counter space. I LOVE not taking up counter space! One of my New Years resolutions is to keep the counters clear as I tend to get buried by my own clutter.


The second "sight snack" is nuts. Specifically nuts IN the shell as it would be too easy to grab a handful as I passed by a bowl of shelled nuts all day.

I learned a few years ago that Little Guy was more intrigued by a nut when it was in it’s shell. It’s gives us something fun to do while munching on a super healthy snack. He’s entertained and I have built in portion control. It’s pretty hard to overeat when you have to work so hard at getting them open.

I also keep shelled nuts in the pantry so Little Guy can grab them when ever he wants without my help but the ones on the counter are a mainstay through the fall and winter especially. We’ve had quite a few fun conversations over the nut bowl. :)

Sensational Sunday Notes

Besides the new hanging fruit basket, I checked off a few other things on my to do to make this Sunday Sensational.

First of all I started my day with THIS…

Single-Serve Upside Down Pineapple "Cake"

You can call it breakfast. I was in a fruit mood and then I decided to have a little fun making an experimental Single-Serve Upside Down Pineapple "Cake". Click here to see how I made it.

After breakfast I got some work done while the Husband and Little Man played their new obsession. Lego Batman on the Wii.

They are too cute!

I then made a big batch of sauce and cleaned the kitchen like it’s never been cleaned before. My counters are CLEAR and I’m loving it. It’s amazing how much clutter effects my mood. With the mess gone I’m totally more motived.

I then made lunch for the boys while topping some spaghetti squash with leftover chili for me.

Once the kitchen was cleaned I headed out to run some errands and then got dinner ready. Our friends came over to exchange Christmas gifts. It was nice to eat and spend time with them and their 18 month old. I’m totally baby/toddler obsessed as I know I’ll be experiencing it all over again soon enough! :)

After dinner we cleaned up and I settled in to get my blogging done while watching Food Network–with flips to the football game, of course. ;)

Now it’s time for bed. I’m making a real effort to get at least 7 hours a night if not more and I want to start waking up a little earlier to shower before Little Man wakes up. It just helps me set the tone of the day.

Oh! and I’m reviewing the GreenLiteBites cookbook with the designer tomorrow. It’s almost done!!

Ok, time to go. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget…. what you see is what you EAT. Are there any foods you keep in plain site? What are your go to healthy snacks?

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    January 3, 2011

    Hard boiled eggs. Always. Well, sometimes it’s deviled eggs… Also milk. I usually go full fat but sometimes it’s skim milk (it depends of what’s on sale). If I’m in the mood for a “light snack” as in bread and butter :P I go for the coffee with like 1/2 cup of milk and there you go, kissing that hunger goodbye!
    Fruit, sometimes. I found out that fruit really gives me a kick in the groin IF I eat something else before. In an empty stomach, I have no problems with it. Go figure.
    Oh, and flavored green tea!

    Kim Fearn

    January 3, 2011

    love the sunday pics and updates….love the idea of having a nut bowl! Never thought of that! Thanks for sharing your life with us…you have a fun family to watch!

    Lindsey Ferguson

    January 3, 2011

    I also always keep fruit in plain site! When my husband is looking around for a snack, in the kitchen he will find lots of “ingredients” as he calls them (food that I need to prepare) and then fruit, so fruit is his snack. :)

    How soft is spaghetti squash? Is it crunchy? Your lunch looks delicious!


    January 3, 2011

    Roni, I’m still trying to see how you do it all! I never ever thought to buy shelled nuts. Go figure. Happy New Year…thanks for inspiring all of us bloggers and people on a mission to lose weight.

    I also keep fruit in plain sight at all time. It’d be too easy for me to walk into the pantry and pull down pieces of dark chocolate from my above-eye-level snack shelf all the time if I didn’t!


    January 3, 2011

    i am going to start keeping fruit in plain sight- what a great idea! now the nuts…not sure about that one. even if they are shelled, i can still see myself eating way too many!


    I was just saying to my husband this morning that I LOVED when my girls would just take an apple from the counter after we went apple picking this fall. I try to keep fruit out as well, but have limited counter space so not much more. My go to snack is definitely nuts – I love them, and I love how just a few can keep me going for a couple of hours!


    January 3, 2011

    Lindsey – Spaghetti squash is more on the crunchy side and it ads a bit of sweetness. I make it like this….

    It’s really a wonderful addition to bulk up chili especially!


    January 3, 2011

    Hey Roni,
    You are really amazing, I wish you the very best with your pregnancy. I just wanted to mention I was in the deli yesterday with my daughter and these two little kids, couldn’t have been more that 5 or 6 were running over to pick up a snack, the little boy picked up some kind of cake or something and the little girl said, “just remember, you are what you eat, you are what you eat”. I remembered when I saw your post this morning. Out of the mouths of babes! Love it and love you. Keep on keepin’ on.
    Have a great day.


    January 3, 2011

    Oh, I want a hanging basket! We always had one growing up (just like yours), and I had forgotten about it.

    I keep fruit on the counter, usually bananas and whatever’s in season. These days it’s oranges… the kids will eat 2 or 3 of them at a time (shared). I had never thought of nuts in the shell as a good thing to keep around, but you’re totally right. Especially would be good for my 3 year old, who is “snack” obsessed, and loves anything made entirely of sugar–but he also loves to crack and eat nuts! I’ll have to get some… I bet they’re on sale since the holidays are over.


    January 3, 2011

    Oh how I love nuts but my family has an allergy so I rarely keep it in the house. DH knows not to eat it and so does my 4 y/o but my 2 y/o would grab them without care. We are big on fruit as a snack. It’s funny how they will pick fruit over sugary things when given the option. I guess it’s just something they are used to eating. Cheese sticks are another big snack for the boys. I can’t keep them out on the counter but the boys know exactly where to find them. And I totally agree, clutter will kill you! I am trying to declutter from Christmas today. We took the tree down yesterday and I have major urge to purge all of the things that have been sitting around. Funy thing is DH took off last week so we would have extra hands to organize the house and then we were hit with 2 feet of snow and when we weren’t in the house we were sleigh riding so nothing got done. lol

    Keith Owings

    January 3, 2011

    Keeping good food in plain sight is a great idea. I’ve been keeping bananas on the counter where they can be seen, but a hanging fruit basket just might be my next purchase.


    January 3, 2011

    I love your hanging fruit basket. I have a serious food allergy to bananas and peanuts so never have them in the house. I am going to have a look for a hanger like that for my tiny kitchen. I can’t wait to see Evan, good Welsh name that.


    January 3, 2011

    I agree about the fruit! Love the pineapple thingee, will be checking out that recipe in a moment. :)

    I know what you mean about clutter and mood. One of my goals this year is to get organized. Even more of a challenge since we live in a teeny tiny apartment….I’ll have to get creative!

    Retta @ RunRettaRun

    January 3, 2011

    I love the idea of nuts in a shell. It really is TOO easy to grab handfuls when walking by. We do the fruit in eye sight as well. Maybe de-cluttering should be one of my resolutions. With two boys, two dogs and a hubby (and me), clutter adds up fast and is very stressful!


    January 3, 2011

    Just stumbled onto your blog…and I cannot tell you what an inspiration you are to me. It makes this journey actually seem doable. Thank you, thank you! I will continue to read your blog…it’s a wonderful assortment of encouragement, progress, ups & downs, and plain ol’ reality! Cheers to you!


    January 3, 2011

    Oops…sorry posted the wrong website above :) This is my blog…


    January 3, 2011

    Our go to snack is bananas. We probably go through 2-3 per person per day (3 peeps in our house…). I don’t remember where I learned this trick (and it was recently), but if you separate the bananas, they stay fresh longer. We haven’t thrown out a banana in a couple of months! Love the nuts in the shell too. I bought a bag this winter since it reminded me of my childhood, and my 4 yo loves the nut bowl too.

    Jenni S.

    January 4, 2011

    What a coincidence! I was looking through your Green Lite Bites archives and was inspired by your recipe for spaghetti squash over chili. I made a big batch yesterday, and I fell in love. Spaghetti squash may be my new favorite veggie. It was good plain as well as with the chili over it.


    January 4, 2011

    Keeping nuts and fruit around is a great idea! I love nuts though, and I think I would over-indulge, making a healthy treat, unhealthy! I like to keep whole wheat crackers around – they have protein, fiber, and good carbs that keep me going until my next meal!
    Oh, and serving chili of spaghetti squash is a delicious idea! I can’t wait to try it!

    Jen (Making Messes)

    January 4, 2011

    Now I know what I’m doing tomorrow with my leftover chili….