New Year, Cookies, Cocoa, and #PinkRelief

The holidays are a special time for so many reasons. For some, it’s spending time with family, and for others, it’s the joy of the winter weather. But for people like me, it’s all about the food.
I love to eat, especially foods of the sweet variety; the sweeter the better. Christmas brings out all my favorite sweet, tantalizing treats. Cookies, cakes, pies, you name, I’m eating it.
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Stouffer's #FitKitchen Meals: My New Wingman On My Weight-Loss Journey

I have always struggled with my weight. As a kid I was chubby for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a single-parent home with a mom who worked long hours to make sure the bills were paid and the lights stayed on meant I was on my own most nights when it came to dinner. It also means I formed a very close relationship with microwavable dinners at a very early age.
I knew they were never the healthiest of options, but when you’re young, alone, and kitchen-inept, popping a frozen meal in the microwave was the quick and easy option.
Those habits follow you as you get older. In my early 20’s when I was in the Army, I never wanted to eat in the chow hall, so like most of the guys in the barracks, if we weren’t out getting fast food, we were popping frozen dinners in the microwave. Even when I eventually returned home and moved in with friends, microwave dinners were a mainstay at mealtime. Because let’s face it, not only are they quick, but microwave dinners usually fit well into a young bachelor’s tight budget.
Now in my late 30’s and in the throes of parenthood, I find that my fairly poor diet choices from my youth have begun to catch up with me in the form of an ever-growing waistline. I’ve started to try and correct this by becoming more active. I know, I know, how can someone with a toddler BE anymore active? Over the last two years I’ve joined a gym, increased my activity and started to feel better, but I’m still finding the diet part of getting healthier to be the tricky part.
Unlike at the gym, when I’m at home I don’t have someone to work with me. To help me make proper choices. Someone to tell me I need to correct my form, or eating habits as it were. What I need is a mealtime wingman for my weight-loss journey.
Introducing new STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen meals. These are not your grandfather’s TV dinners. Nope, these new microwave meals are the perfect thing for active parents, parents on-the-go, heck, parents in general.
Mealtime can be tricky for any parent, no matter what your activity level might be. There are going to be plenty of days where life gets in the way of preparing a healthy meal. For example, in our household, I work a conventional 8-5 schedule, but my wife’s career has unpredictable hours that sometimes force us to be like to ships passing in the night. Needless to say, when this happens, meals tend to be more grab-and-go and less like prepared sit-down dinners.
The big worry in situations like this is that your frozen meal won’t be filling and you’ll end up snacking on something extra (and usually far less healthy) in order to curb that craving. But not with STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen as your mealtime wingman you won’t. Each meal contains at least 25 grams of protein, which is awesome, especially for someone like me who is looking to be more active and needs to replenish my energy after a hard workout. And they come in some amazing flavor choices too:

  • STEAK FAJITA in smoked red chile sauce with a mix of red & green peppers and seasoned brown rice;
  • CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN white meat chicken with a black bean & corn mix, seasoned brown rice and a verde tomatillo sauce;
  • ROTISSERIE SEASONED TURKEY with a mix of diced red skin sweet potatoes & green beans;
  • MONTEREY CHICKEN with diced red skin & sweet potatoes, lightly buttered green beans with BBQ style sauce;
  • BOURBON STEAK with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli & red peppers; and,
  • OVEN-ROASTED CHICKEN with diced red skin potatoes, seasoned broccoli and a savory wine sauce.

I tried the steak fajita #FitKitchen just last night when I was on solo-parent duty and I have to tell you, I was blown away by how full I was after finishing the meal. Not too stuffed, and certainly not still hungry. It was just right.
As the parent of a growing toddler, I need to keep my energy up at all times. I can’t afford to be slowed down by constantly being hungry, and really can’t to allow my weight to get out of control by eating junk food or constantly snacking. That why I’m glad I found these new meals from Stouffer’s. Now I know there are healthy/filling options out there, that are also quick and and afforable, that won’t derail me from my weight-loss journey.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and STOUFFER’S® for this promotion.  I have received compensation and product for my participation, but my opinions are my own.