Sunday, March 29, 2015
I don't always eat breakfast, but when I do...
I'd rather eat what I know.
While I have had my fair share of McD's over the years, I have not been in 2015 at all. This is really a great accomplishment since I live between 2 different locations. Convenience at it's finest.
I realized that I have not posted my Maple Breakfast Patties recipe yet so I will have to link to that later.
Homemade Breakfast Sandwich
1/2 Flat Out flatbread (I used Light original but any flavor is acceptable)
1 extra large egg
1 liquid egg white
1 Finlandia Reduced Fat Cheddar slice
2 Maple Breakfast Patties
I use my little bullet blender for fast and consistent blending for my eggs. Use a small frying pan and let it cook in one piece. Flip or use a cover to cook the top side. Place the egg on half a flat out, add cheese, and add the heated breakfast patties.
Note: If you do not want to make them from scratch, try AmyLu's chicken breakfast patties. The nutrition info will change so record accordingly.
Once you see the breakfast patty recipe, you will see how easy it is and want to make them for yourself!
Compare to McD's
Chol 45 (that can't even be right! Is it not a real egg and sausage?)
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Well, hello spring like temps. I've missed you.
Today was 36 but sunny with a real feel of 46. Lovin' the sunshine today.
Last night I had dinner with some friends and we went to a Persian restaurant. It was so good. Today's flavors are inspired from the Mediterranean region.
1lb Lean ground beef (Kirkland lean 91/9)
1/2 sweet onion approx 120gr
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried mint leaves
Evenly divide into 16 meatballs. Shape either round or slightly flattened. Spray pan. Brown on both sides. Turn down heat to lowest setting and cover for about 5-7 minutes to steam cook the beef. Remove lid and reduce all the condensation. Some onion will fall out of the meatballs. Mixed with the meat drippings, it was delicious to add to the green beans.
Add a vegetable of choice. I chose a can of cut green beans for an additional 55 cals.
Serves 1 (6 meatballs and green beans)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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
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!
Leave out the maple syrup and it's under 300 cals!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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)
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.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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.
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!