I thought about going back through my past 6 1/2 years of blog posts to count how many times I brought up the fact that I was trying to lose weight, or struggling with my weight, etc. But then I knew that it would just be “a lot” and decided to go with that. It’s been no secret that I’ve had a constant struggle with the scale since having kids. With each baby, I’d gain weight and would always hold on to 5-10 pounds afterwards. Well, with 4 kids, that 5-10 pounds has definitely added up!
I was thrilled when the folks at the Blueberry Council asked if I wanted to chat with Alison Sweeney, host of one of my favorite reality shows, The Biggest Loser. I have followed Alison since her early years on Days of Our Lives and have watched her have some of the same weight struggles I have. It’s been so neat to see her turn her life around and come full circle into a healthy lifestyle.
Here is what I wanted to know from Alison, and what she shared with me…
(D&D) What are your best tips for keeping weight off long term?
(AS) Stick to it! It’s easy to let one bad meal or a bad day throw you off course. But remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. A healthy and active lifestyle is a commitment to live better each and every day.
(D&D) What is your weekly exercise routine like?
(AS) I don’t have a set routine but I do schedule time to work out. Sometimes I’ll have time for a quick run, other times I’ll be able to take a spin or yoga class. If I can’t work out, I make sure I adjust my nutrition accordingly.
(D&D) What are some of your favorite healthy snacks that help keep sweet cravings at bay?
(AS) Greek yogurt with blueberries, agave & cinnamon is one of my favorite snacks. The blueberries are sweet and tangy, so it makes me feel like I’m having a treat, but it’s still healthy with only 80 calories in a cup of blueberries, plus fiber and vitamin C. My kids always try to steal a bite it like it’s a dessert!
Alison also shares in this video why blueberries are one of her favorite energy boosting snacks! Check it out…
Luckily, I love blueberries. I grab a handful before and/or after a run, throw them in smoothies, on top of breakfast cereal and my favorite… secret ingredient oatmeal! So, what’s the secret ingredient in my secret ingredient oatmeal? 2 Tablespoons of French Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix. Sounds strange, but I use this secret ingredient in milkshakes, sweet bread dough, cookies, oatmeal and so much more. It makes for the most delicious, creamy and flavorful addition to so many recipes.
- 2 cups fat free skim milk
- 1 cup Quaker Quick Cooking Oats
- ⅛ tsp kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons fat-free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Stir in oats, pudding mix and salt.
- Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in cinnamon. Divide between two serving bowls and top with blueberries.
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Disclosure: I have been paid by The Blueberry Council to share this post, however all opinions expressed are my own.