Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Yesterday Texas was under a weather advisory. My school district shut down it's doors, so that meant all of us stayed home. The roads were deemed too hazardous to drive in. What did I do?
I broke my healthy eating habits!!!
It started out innocent enough… I had done well in the morning. I cooked healthy scrambled eggs with onion, turkey bacon, and pepper. I made two toast- the low calorie kind. I got after my husband because he wanted to heat up waffles, eat the scrambled eggs, and have oatmeal as well. He didn't understand that it's not fair to have a smorgasbord while I'm watching and counting every calorie!
I ate my eggs, toast, and then my husband offered me some of the oatmeal. I ate a little of that too. Then…. I did absolutely nothing.
I watched t.v. all morning, I took a nap while watching some movie on HBO, then I woke up and scrounged around the food pantry delighted to find two junk food treasures: gummy bears and HEB garden chips.
My husband left to run an errand in the cold….I stayed behind to knowingly attack his stash of chocolate. See, we have 42 inch cabinets. I cannot reach the two top shelves of the cabinets. Way up in the cabinet….he has something so delicious….
I managed to use a cooking spoon to drag it down to me.. and tore two chocolate chunks off…. they were divine.
For lunch I made me a cheese sandwich. Those generic processed individually packed cheese slices…. in between two slices of bread!
I continued to watch t.v.
Around 7 I began to get hungry. I did end up cooking chicken, spinach, and snap peas with white basmati rice. It was delicious.
So, I guess I sandwiched healthy food in-between my lazy day.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Prior to meeting meeting my husband, goat meat was eaten in my home on special occasions. Usually, it was grilled by my dad and only when we were visiting Mexico. Now, married to Awais, he introduced me to goat chops, ground goat, & goat chunked meat. Today, I decided to cook some ground goat with Mexican flavors.
Chipotle Cabrito con Arroz Blanco
1 lb of ground goat
1 large onion chopped
1 large green chile chopped
1/4 cup of chopped ginger root
2 large cloves of garlic chopped
4 large carrots
2 large tomatoes chopped
Knorr chipotle packet
cumin, salt, pepper to your taste
Basmati White Rice (1 cup cooked)
All I did for this dish was sautee the onions, green chile, garlic, and ginger root first using some olive oil (you can use any cooking oil you like).
I added about 1/2 cup of water after about 15 minutes once the onions were translucent. I added the chopped tomatoes and all spices next. Stir and then cover.
I cooked that for another 15 minutes on high. I added about another 1/4 cup of water. I kept stirring about every 5 minutes or so and covering.
I added the chopped carrots, stir, cover for another 15 minutes.
Finally, I added the ground goat. Stir, cover and reduce heat to medium/high. Cook for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile you can boil your white rice. We love to use basmati rice. The grain is long and the rice comes out really fluffily.
Approximately: 438 calories for 4 ounces of Chiptole Cabrito and 105 1/2 cup of rice.= 543 calories for the entire meal. :)
A bit about goat:
It all depends on how you cook this meat, but if cooked as healthily as possible, a 4 oz. cooked serving of goat meat has 124 calories. There are 2.6 grams of fat, 0.8 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of protein and 64 mg of cholesterol in this serving.
" Goat meat is lower in fat than chicken, but higher in protein than beef. Goat meat outshines traditional meat sources in most areas: it's lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. The low levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, combined with its high iron and protein content, make goat meat a good choice for anyone looking for a healthy red meat. It's a leaner, healthier choice when compared to equal serving sizes of chicken, beef and pork." Livestrong website.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Yesterday I left for Austin for a women's leadership conference for today. This outing could have posed a problem for me. I mean, I've been counting my calories and I could easily eat out of my range.
This is what I did. I saved about 600 calories for dinner. We ended up at Texas Land and Cattle for dinner. I poured over that menu until I finally settled on a grilled pork chop- cooked dry, with a side salad and sweet baked potato. So, I thought I was going to eat everything… I was hungry after all. After scarfing that salad, I really only ate half of the pork chop and half of the potato, I was full! So, score for me… I saved calories there!
Then for the conference- I encountered a buffet continental breakfast. I went for the Dannon Yogurt Light and Fit, and mixed fresh fruit with coffee.
Lunch: grilled chicken salad- tea, and coffee.
Dinner: Chili's margarita chicken and tortilla soup- from the "lighter choice" menu. Felt full after eating only the chicken and soup; barely touched the beans and rice.
I ended up coming right at my caloric allotment.
And I made it safely home today. :)
Let's see what happens at tomorrows weigh-in.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The night before last we went to Luby's to eat dinner. I tried the okra as a side. I've always liked okra, but somehow, that night it was just even tastier.
This morning as I was deciding what to eat for breakfast- I opened my fridge and low and behold…. okra was right there in the veggie box. :)
So, my hubby and I decided to make scrambled eggs with okra, bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes. It was delicious!!!
I also wanted to research this little delicious green gooey veggie.
This is what I learned:
Each figure is based on 1 cup (100g) of okra.
Fiber – 2.5 grams. 10% of RDA (recommended daily value)
Vitamin C – 16.3 milligrams. 27% RDA.
Folate – 46 micrograms. 11% RDA.
Vitamin A – 283 international units. 6% RDA.
Vitamin K – 40 micrograms. 50% RDA. The vitamin K found in okra is known as vitamin K1, one of two beneficial forms. The other beneficial form is K2; K3 is synthetic and should be avoided.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) – 0.9 mg. 4% RDA.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – 0.1 mg. 9% RDA.
Vitamin B6 – 0.2 mg. 9% RDA.
Magnesium – 36 mg. 9% RDA.
Manganese - 0.3 mg. 15% RDA.
Beta carotene – 225 mcg.
Lutein, Zeaxanthin – 516 mcg.
This little green veggie also can:
-Promoting colon health and preventing colon cancer
-Boost digestive health
-Promote a healthy pregnancy
-Maintaining healthy skin
-Protect against free radical damage
-Relief from respiratory issues like asthma, cough, or trouble breathing
-Promote eye health
- Help ease constipation
If you haven't tried Okra… give it a try! If you have, what dishes or recipes have you tried with okra?
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Woohoo! It's only been four days since I started and I already have been losing some weight!
Water and journaling what I eat has been very helpful. I have increased my water intake by 3-4 bottles of water a day. I'm going to potty a lot….but it's okay, I have a restroom in my office.
Also, I'm jotting down everything I put into my mouth. I have been cognizant of what I put into my mouth too.
I'm staying in my caloric range.
I know that the next step is to start exercising. I'm going to increase activity simply by walking around more at work.
See I'm there from 6-6 and then by the time I get home it's 7 or 7:30. I think that if I disperse walking throughout the day it will energize me more and help with my sedatary state.
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