Saturday, November 16, 2013
One of the things I've had to do on this weight loss journey has been to dramatically change the way I eat. This has been a challenge, because I have a husband and kids who don't necessarily think they should have to eat super healthy all the time just because I am trying to lose weight. So it's been a balancing act of trying to find healthy foods we all enjoy, modifying less-healthy foods so I can eat them, and sometimes just making something different for myself to eat at mealtime.
I've been wanting to post some of my favorite recipes, but most of them need some kind of explanation, so I decided not to do this in one big post. Instead, I'm going to post my meals, with links to recipes as available. I won't be doing this each day, but I'll try to do it often enough that it might be helpful to people looking for a healthy way to feed your family and yourself.
Before I share my daily breakfast smoothie recipe, I wanted to share a little bit about my weightloss/healthy eating plan. My calorie limit is between 1490-1820 calories a day. Most days I try to stay in the 1600s. I do not make any foods off limits, but I try really hard to eat healthy most of the time and to count every calorie I eat.
I do not eat low-carb, although I have been trying to remove many of the carbs I would normally eat from grains and replace them with fruits and vegetables. I feel that grains tend to cause me stomach upset.
I also do not limit food after dinner time and often have a large snack in the late evening.
I also drink a lot of water-- on average probably 15 cups a day.
So this is what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Coffee with 2 tablespoons of chocolate caramel creamer; green smoothie
Lunch: roast asparagus; tomato-pesto-chicken pizza on a pita; grapes; 2 pieces of dark chocolate
Snack: Coffee with 2 tablespoons of chocolate caramel creamer
Dinner: maple-glazed salmon; roasted potato slices; roast broccoli
Snack: lowfat frozen yogurt with half a banana
I want to share several of these recipes eventually, but I thought today I'd start with the green smoothie, since I eat one almost every single day for breakfast. This gives me a great start to my day with lots of fruits and veggies and protein.
ERINTFG'S GREEN SMOOTHIE
fresh spinach-- 85 grams (I fill my blender to the top)
water-- about 1/4 cup
baby carrots-- 50 grams (usually about 5)
plain greek yogurt-- 1/2 cup
almonds-- 14 grams (I think that would be about 14 whole almonds)
sweetener-- to taste (optional)
frozen banana-- 100-120 grams (pretty much just one whole banana)
other frozen fruit (I use a mixture of pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries)-- 140 grams (maybe a cup?)
Blend the spinach and the water until you have a lovely spinachy liquid. I usually have to do this in stages, because my blender is lame. The less water you use, the thicker it'll be, but you have to have enough to actually mix up the spinach. Add the baby carrots and blend it all up.
Add the yogurt and the almonds. I sometimes leave the almonds out if I know I'm likely to have lots of calories later in the day, or if I'm eating early (then I take the almonds as a snack and have them halfway through the morning). You can also add 1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal here, but I am limiting grains so I don't usually include it anymore. Blend that all up really well. This is also where you would add your sweetener if you think you'll need it. I used to but I weaned myself off of it.
Add in your frozen fruit. You REALLY want it frozen; it makes a huge difference. Especially the banana. It makes it much thicker and much more enjoyable to eat. I usually make half of my fruit mixture pineapple and then the other half is the berries. You can do it however you want; it's your smoothie. Blend this all up on ice crush until it's all well mixed. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
This makes one serving and fills up my glass one and a half times. With the almonds and no sweetener or oatmeal, it equals about 350 calories.
Later on I will share some of the other recipes I used yesterday, but I hope that this smoothie recipe will be helpful to someone! :)