Well today marks day 9 of the challenge. I wish I could say that I have followed the plan 100% but with 6 of those days being flu days, my challenge was getting out of bed. My appetite still isn’t back but I wanted to share a few ideas. I enjoy the Spark drink, the fruit punch is my favorite and with being sick, the vitamins and nutrients have helped sustain me. If you are doing the challenge, don’t skip your Spark! Keep plenty of fresh fruit on hand and have it washed, chopped and ready to eat. I’ve always been a sweets eater and have found that eating fresh strawberries, grapes & blueberries more than satisfies my cravings.  Oatmeal is a great breakfast, however, if you are like me it’s usually filled with brown sugar. For an alternative, with your plain oatmeal, you may add puréed fruit for some sweetness.  If you desire crunch put 6 or so chopped natural almonds on top and drizzle with a tsp of honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cinnamon, by the way, has numerous health benefits which I’ll share in another post.  Did you know Triscuits have a ton of flavors now? One option is a brown rice and wheat cracker, topped with a dollop of low fat cottage cheese and fruit slice; delicious. Another “cracker” is Wasa whole grain crisp bread. I like topping these with a mixture of chopped low fat mozzarella cheese sticks, fresh tomato, basil and a drizzle of balsamic.  Ground turkey and ground chicken are 2 of my faves. I’ve substituted these for ground beef for years. They go perfectly, whether you are making tacos, chili, spaghetti, meatloaf or burgers.  Lastly, if you are new to quinoa, there are some really good “box” mixes that make it easy. My favorite, Near East quinoa & brown rice with rosemary and olive oil.  This mix pairs nicely with sliced chicken, filet or just top it with slices of fresh tomato and fat free feta cheese with a balsamic glaze. #gethealthy #makeyouapriority