I don’t believe in diets. I don’t support eliminating entire food groups (unless you have a medical reason to) or living off of expensive shakes and protein bars. When I work with clients on nutrition and/or weight-loss, we focus on real, unprocessed food (ideally made at home), and making small changes that are sustainable. This is the way to ensure that you are eating for health and energy, and that if weight-loss is your goal, you will not only lose it, but not gain it back. No deprivation required.
That’s why I have no problem sharing this fantastic recipe for macaroni and cheese from Active Hip Momma. It is just as easy and fast as a popular, highly processed, boxed brand. It is also delicious and definitely kid friendly.
I usually use whole-grain macaroni, but a friend was moving and donated several packages of organic Garofalo pasta. I also steam lots of broccoli and mix it in at the end. There are several other florets hiding under the ones you see here. I have a reasonable portion and no seconds. For me, using a smaller bowl, which the one above is, works best. When I eat, I do it slowly, savouring every creamy, cheesy bite. That way my body has the time it needs to tell me when I am full. Small, sustainable changes. No deprivation.