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Five years ago, Martin was making our favourite meal of grilled chicken tacos* while I watched Mission Impossible reruns on the TV. I heard a pop from inside my belly and our lives were never the same.

baba grizzlin

Watching him grow over the past five years has been an incredible journey. He gets more and more clever each day. Sometimes it’s my own mission impossible and I can’t keep up!

Clever boy

So, today is a very special day. My baby grizzlin is no longer ‘baby grizzlin’, he’s ‘boy grizzlin’ turning five. Happy birthday, Grady Joe!

Birthday boy

Lego Ninjago birthday boy

Lemon cake with marshmallow frosting

Tonight, we celebrate with hot dogs (sausages), chicken nuggets and lemon cake with marshmallow frosting!

Also, happy birthday to my Papa Joe, whom I miss very very much. Since they share the same birthday, I made sure they shared the name.

PapaJoeErica

*Martin did get to have the chicken tacos in the end since I was sent back home, but I never did find out what happened at the end of that episode of Mission Impossible… 🙂

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Since moving to the UK, I have always been forced (for lack of a better word) to create my own Tex Mex deliciousness. I’m not fond of the El Paso or Discovery brands that line the shelves of the UK supermarkets. Most of those “authentic brands” are made in Denmark, not Texas or Mexico. Thankfully, we are able to source our own ingredients to make as close to traditional Mexican and Tex Mex as possible.

Last night’s meal, while originally going to be tacos, turned into a platter of healthy, tasty goodness: shredded chicken breast (from a leftover roast chicken), homemade black beans, homemade salsa, a tortilla and Total Greek Yoghurt (in lieu of sour cream). The sour cream in the UK is more of a pouring cream vs the sour cream in the states which is set. I find that Total Greek Yoghurt is closer to the US style of sour cream, just as tasty and much healthier.

Tasty Tex Mex

So, not only was our Tex Mex creation good for the waistline, it was also easy to make and easy on the pocketbook.

* I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. *

I am getting myself back into shape. But let’s go back to the beginning…

On and off throughout my life since adolescence I’ve battled weight issues. I managed to get thin in high school, only to gain the freshman 15 (and more!) into college. Then in my late twenties, I got thin again. This lasted for a few years and then I moved to the UK. As I adjusted to a new live in a new country, I fed my insecurities with the deliciousness that is comfort food like stodgy meat and potato based food or tasty puddings and cakes. Then I got pregnant and had to adjust to a new way of life so I turned to food once again. But back in February I looked at myself in the mirror and did NOT like what I saw. I’d really let myself go and it was time for a change.

I recently read (for the second time) Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat. This was the kick start I needed. I could do this, for real this time. I wanted to get fit.

I consciously changed my eating habits, not by extreme dieting but by cutting down on the calories. I didn’t cut out my favourite foods, I just ate less of them. I even got social with my regime by downloading a fitness app to my phone to help me keep track of what I ate and the cardio exercise I did. And although I’m only halfway to my goal, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since February.

One of the changes I made to my diet was eating more yoghurt.

Totalyoghurt

A very healthy recipe my husband and I put together was a Spiced BBQ chicken with Total Greek Yoghurt, cucumber, beetroot and pita on the side. This meal feels indulgent, but is very low in calories.

chickenwithyoghurt

The Menu: The chicken was skinless, marinated with cumin and smoked paprika and grilled served with diced cucmber, diced beetroot with fresh coriander sprinkled on top, a dollop of Total Greek yoghurt, one pita grilled and sliced in half  and garnished with fresh mint from our garden.

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up flavour, in fact over the past few months we’ve found the opposite. I definitely feel better about myself for the change in diet. But as I said before, the metamorphosis is only half complete… (watch this space)

** I am reviewing Total Greek Yoghurt in a series of posts over the next week. I am not being paid to do so, but have been sent the yoghurt free of charge from Total. These views are my own. **

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