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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Go-To Snacks

So you're a snacker... Me too! I really look forward to snack time at night. Especially if I did my strength training at the gym. My night snack depends on my remaining calories for the day. Here is a list of my Go-To snacks to squelch that sweet craving without ruining my hard work!

  1. Vitatops by Vitalicious - Where do I even begin with this... They are all delicious! The Deep Chocolate helps those chocolate cravings. The Banana Nut Energy Loaf tastes like banana bread! I love to nuke it from frozen for about 45 sec. The hubs loves to add 2 oz skim milk for a nice banana bread  pudding type snack. VitaTops and loaves have a calorie range from 50 - 120 depending on which one you choose. Choose any, you can't go wrong.
  2. Fruit - More specifically frozen grapes. Yeah, who knew. 100 grams of frozen grapes is about 67 calories. I find that I eat the frozen grapes slower since they are so cold, which makes the serving just the right size. The natural sugars in fruit are good to have in moderation. Everything in moderation.
  3. Skinny Pop Popcorn - 1 serving is 150 calories. Sometimes I save my calories (or burn enough) to eat 2 servings. Skinny Pop is are free of GMO's and contain no artificial ingredients. Fantastic!
  4. Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk - This tastes so good! 100 cals for 8 oz. it is also free of GMO's and free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, and MSG. Can't get much better than that!
  5. Orgain Organic Plant Protein Powder in Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk - Whew! That was a mouthful. Depending on how hard my strength training was, my go-to is a great protein powder. 150 cals for the protein powder and 30 cals for the almond milk. 
There is my list. You will usually find all these items in my house because I never know what I might want to snack on!

What do you snack on?

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Lunchfest Time!

What is Lunchfest? Breakfast foods for lunch. You might be thinking, "that's what brunch is". Yeah, well I didn't make up that word so I made up something else. You're welcome. 

You could also think of lunchfest as HUGE amounts of breakfast foods for lunch. Because this little gem is a nice healthy portion. All for just over 300 calories!

Red Pepper and Maple Turkey Sausage Frittata

4 slices red pepper (width-wise)
1 extra large egg
2 (96gr) egg whites
2 oz homemade maple turkey breakfast sausage crumbles
1 oz feta cheese

Mix egg and egg whites. I like to use my wannabe bullet blender. 

Turkey sausage: I used about 1/2 a package of ground turkey from Costco. It's Butterball which 4 oz is 150 cal and 8 fat. I didn't measure this because I knew I'd weigh when I assembled the egg. I added Italian Sausage Seasoning from Penzey's. It has about 3 cals per tsp. I added until it smelled good which wasn't more than 1/2 tbs. When that was well cooked and crumbled, I added 1 Tbs of pure maple syrup. This is just a little extra flavor but not necessary. I thoroughly enjoy AmyLu's Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage...that has not been stocked at Costco. grrrr...

Put the red pepper in the bottom of your frying pan, divide the egg misture, add the turkey. Cook until set, then add the feta, cover pan to set the egg and heat the cheese. 

Leave out the maple syrup and it's under 300 cals!

Serves 1

Cal 307
Carb 8 
Fiber 1
Fat 14
Chol 270

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Twist!

Oh Em Gee! This was so good! I'm really excited to share with you a great little treat I had today. 

First off, fresh rolled oats are amaze-balls. My local grocery chain has this machine from The Grainery. Check out the website for all sorts of info. I'm happy I picked up this brand!

Secondly, what does that picture look like? As soon as I pulled it out of the microwave, I thought "Peanut Butter No Bake!". I was equally excited to devour this and was not disappointed. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake

1/2 C or 40gr fresh rolled oats (you can use any plains oats you prefer)
1C water
12gr PB2 with chocolate
a little no cal sweetener to taste (sugar will add more calories)

Microwave for 2 min. Make sure to use a big bowl or cup as oatmeal likes to expand. 

You can make it a little creamier with milk or any milk substitute. Try PB2 without chocolate too. 

It will be a little hot so it is more like a hot, gooey, no bake cookie. 

Serves 1

Cal 195
Protein 9
Carb 33 
Fiber 5
Fat 4
Chol 0

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gyro Greek Salad

My fave place to go for lunch is a local chain called Fleetwood Bar & Grill. I love the Mediterranean dishes that they have and especially the Gyro Greek Salad. I found a fat free Greek Dressing at my local grocery store today so I recreated the Gyro Greek Salad at home. 

Gyro Greek Salad

2 slices of fully cooked gyro meat
2-3 cups of spring lettuce mix
85 gr chopped cucumber
85 gr chopped tomato
28 gr feta cheese
4 Tbs Greek dressing

The gyro meat came fully cooked from the grocery store but I pan fried (with a light spray of Pam) and then tore the meat to mix into the salad. 

You can also substitute 3oz chicken for an additional 30 calories. 

Serves 1

Cal 233
Protein 13
Carb 19
Fiber 5
Fat 11
Chol 37

Helpful Hint! - State Your Intention

I've decided to start a new category of things to write about called Helpful Hints. These are in no particular order. I will write about them as I come across them and add a nifty little tag so you can find them all later. *wink

As I wrapped up my weight training tonight (see pic below of me leg pressing 240lbs!), I proclaimed to the hubs that I was going to go to yoga in the morning and then hit the gym on the way home for some cardio. 

See what I did there? I said, out loud even, what my intention was for the next day. You know how when you write yourself a reminder note but you don't even have to read it to remember what you wrote? Yeah, me too. I'm sure there is a fancy word for that, but I digress. 

It's along the same lines. You said your intention out loud which makes the percentage of you achieving that goal much higher. Perhaps self accountability? 

Just don't beat yourself up if it doesn't happen. Things happen. Life happens. But ask yourself this...was it a good excuse? Can you go later? Should you go earlier? More than likely you don't have anyone to answer to except yourself. Maybe the doctor. Will you be happy with yourself when the day is done? 

Today was a good day!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fish, Fish, Baby!

What is high in protein and low in fat? FISH! Tilapia to be more precise. This was really filling for a 200 cal meal. Have more calories to spend? Double it! Triple it! Easily feed the family with it! 

It does not cost more to eat healthy at home. It also keeps you in control. You control the butter. You control the oil. You control the portions. 

Tilapia and Green Bean Medley

4oz Tilapia fillets
1 can cut green beans with sea salt drained
130 gr fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 garlic clove chopped

Start with either a little Pam spray or a tsp of EVOO. Saute chopped garlic. Add drained green beans and diced tomatoes. 

If the tilapia fillets are frozen, you can add them to your pan of veggies and cover until thawed or cooked. If you like your fish with a little crispiness, take the thawed fillets and pan fry with a little spray or a tsp of EVOO. 

Season fish with salt and pepper, Old Bay, or Sazon Seasoning to your liking. Seasoning will add minimal calories. 

Serves 1

Cal 195
Protein 29
Carb 21
Fiber 5
Fat 2
Chol 56

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hidy Ho There!

Hello Faithful Blog Followers!

It's been so long since I've posted! Fear not, I'm still here. And still on my journey. 

Since last I've posted, so many things have changed but some have stayed the same. 

I got married! Yay! 

I got a Fitbit! Yay! (more on my Fitbit obsession later)

I still need to lose weight! Boo!

I found a great article on protein and protein sources on My Fitness Pal. Today's lunch is inspired by that article. 

Black Bean and Pork Scramble

1 extra large egg
2 egg whites
2oz shredded pork sirloin roast
130gr black beans
Sazon seasoning to taste (from scratch found on here)

I like favorful foods and this delivered! Great way to start the day...or end it!

Serves 1

Cal 310 
Protein 37
Carb 22 
Fiber 9
Fat 6
Chol 243