Lighten up for me means that I eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Making myself a fruit infused water to drink alongside my healthy dinner makes me forget that I'm not eating as many calories.
To make my flavored water, I added a couple of Meyer lemon slices, some fresh mint leaves and a few fresh raspberries to an empty water glass.
I added Trader Joe's lime seltzer water to make a sparkling water drink.
This water was so good, it didn't take me long to finish it. I left the fruit in the bottom and I continued to refill the glass with still water.
To go with my refreshing water, I made a coordinating salad. (Can salad's really be coordinating?)
I started with a bed of romaine and spinach leaves.
I added pistachios, fresh mint and fresh raspberries.
For the dressing, I whisked together some blood orange olive oil, the juice from a Meyer lemon and a teaspoon of sugar.
This was one delicious dinner. The key for me to "lighten up" is to make healthy food that tastes really great. As for the other "lightening up" - still working on that.