Thursday, February 07, 2013
If you've read my previous posts, you know I love food. If you haven't, here's a little background. I have worked in the restaurant biz my whole life, and went to culinary school to boot. I'm a big foodie. I'm also a big fan of that fact the many restaurants and ready-made food companies are becoming more aware of health, and making healthier, better-for-you choices more available and yummier to eat.
I am not one of those people that can just cut out foods I like. I know my weakness lies in portion control. For some reason I think I need to eat giant amounts of things. I also love to bake, so whenever I bake a cake or anything that sits around my house.... forget about it.
Here's a few of my new faves.
Healthy Choice Greek frozen yogurt-raspberry-
The greek yogurt has the creaminess I crave with ice cream, that regular frozen yogurts don't usually have. Plus, it comes in a perfect 100 cal portion, so the temptation to flll your bowl more than you should is gone.
Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches
OMGosh! Amazing. I would have never believed this was only 150 calories. Totally worth it.
I only tried these because Target was having a deal-if you buy 6 lean cuisine meals you get a free pack of these. I am hooked. These will probably be in my freezer forever!
Chili's Sweet and Spicy Chicken
MMMM. This is on the lighter choices menu.
I love going out to eat, but I usually don't want to order something like this, because I feel like I am missing out on something. It is a perfect light meal. The chicken is very flavorful. You don't feel like you are missing out with this option.
Cooking and Baking substitutes
I have recently used greek yogurt to substitute cream or sour cream in mashed potatoes. Yum. The creaminess is perfect, and if you replace it for all the cream/milk it gives it a nice tang, and almost tastes like cheesy mashed. (Just make sure the pan isn't too hot when adding it, or you will curdle it. )
I have also used greek yogurt in cake mixes by replacing all or some of the oil. Unsweetened applesauce also works great for replacing the oil. I will also sometimes replace the greek yogurt for some of the egg yolks. I do not like the texture if you use only egg whites, so I will use 1 whole egg, and 2 whites, and 2 tbsp of greek yogurt or applesauce-so as to not loose any of the moisture.
If you are new to substituting, and a little sheepish about it-start small. Replace 1/2 the oil, or milk. If you like the flavor, slowly increase the amount you replace.
Monday, July 16, 2012
So when going through the grocery store I am a sucker for things that are pre-portioned for you, I know it really isn't all that much work doing it yourself all the time.... but I seem to like to cute little packages, and when I put 12 pretzels (or whatever) in a little ziplock baggie it looks like such a gyp, but when you have a fancy, cute little package, it looks like you are treating yourself. Mind over matter I guess.
Anywho.... Here are some better options than I have previously chosen, and my reviews-if anyone cares:
Blue Diamond's Oven Roasted Almonds, Chocolate Flavor-100 Calorie Bags:
They are really good, not very sweet or salty, but just nice. Not a lot though, as with any serving of nuts it is small, but good and good for you.
Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs: HoneyMaid Delight Bars-Cheesecake:
Not for this girl. If you like Kellog's Nutri-grain bars a lot, you will like this. The flavor is off to me, and the bar is too soft. I am big on texture, and this texture does not cut it for me. So I will pass on these and not buy them again.
Ok, First of all, I am a Starbuck's-a-holic! I have been cutting way back, I was getting up to sometimes 4 or 5 times a week at worst, now I am down to about once a week. Now What I used to get was either a Grande or a Venti Caramel Frappucino, or a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino, Load up with whip cream of course, and sometimes I would even get a White Mocha Frap. and Caramel syrup and Sauce! Yumm-o! Ranging anywhere from 410-580+ calories! That's dinner folks!
So, I know there are the obvious choices-skinny lattes with sf syrup, or any of the "light" frappucinos, which I am not a big fan of because I do not like the taste of sugar free stuff, I would just rather have real sugar, less often.
My new go-to drink is a grande, decaf, non-fat Caramel Macchiato! That's a mouth-ful, but oh so good. It has all the yummy, rich caramel flavor I crave but has only 190 calories. Now the calories of a legit snack, rather than a wasted meal.
If I really have the hankerin' for a frappucino, I will indulge, but I will only get a grande, no more ventis, and no whip cream.
I will post more good things as I find 'em. Happy good snacking!
Monday, July 16, 2012
So I was looking back over the last two days.... and began to think about the "small victories" message board I was checking out a few days ago.
I went to Omaha to visit family this weekend, and completely planned on staying on track all weekend.... well I guess that didn't happen... I had to work Saturday morning, then had to pack and take care of my teething baby when I got off work, so I didn't have/make time to workout, then had a full day on Sunday and the same situation. I ate pretty decent on Saturday, out of my calorie range I am sure, but nothing crazy. Then on Sunday we had our tradition-family brunch. My mom cooked and made all the usuals: cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon, and fruit. I was proud of myself, I only took a small serving of each item, and only got seconds on fruit. That has never happened before. small victory #1!
Then in the afternoon my siblings and I went to a movie, and I passed on pop (small victory #2)-which is new for me at a movie, but I did have a small handful of m&ms, and a little handful of popcorn. Small Victory #3-not snacking through entire movie and limiting my portions.
Then my siblings all opted for chinese, and I was all ready to split 1 meal with another person since it was "dinner size portions," and they all suggest sharing 4 entrees (there were 4 of us), and my sister ordered an appetizer for everyone. Grrrr.... It was delicious, and I, of course ended up eating far more than I intended.
Oh well.... yesterday is done, and I am back on the wagon today. Praying for some will power for our trip coming up this weekend.
No weigh-in today....
Friday, July 13, 2012
Somedays just showing up is what counts right?! I showed up today. Here I am. I logged in for the day. I logged my food so far for the day. I will be working out shortly.
So, I can't figure this thing out. I've been eating pretty freaking good lately-great by my standards-and yet I am still hungry. Like all the time. Ravenous! Part of me is thinking.... "Well, my body says it's hungry, so FEED IT!" And when I started this thing I told myself I was not going to cut out any food that I love, not entirely, but I have been. I have been depriving myself, and now I am hungry!!! This is the part of my diet where I usually just go eat everything I am craving, and fall of the wagon and feel guilty, and forget about this whole diet thing. But not this time. I am going to treat myself to a little starbucks later-one of my favorites (minus the whip cream, and not the giant size either). And I want to treat myself to a little contraband fast food as well. Haven't decided as of yet on that last thing.
I am going to have a good day, no matter how hungry I am. I will make the best of it all. If I can just get through another day.... Think how great that bikini will look in a few months!
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