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Photo Food Blog ~ Saturday May 15th

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I think I did pretty awesome today :-)

Breakfast: 1 cup blueberry Special K Cereal... 1/2 cup 1% milk, 4 strawberries - 212
(first time I have tried the blue berry.... it was pretty good!)

As soon as we were done with breakfast me and the kids and hubby all went to the park. We took a great walk and then played with the beach ball a bit. My baby girl was as red as a cherry though by the time we left.... she does not do well with the heat. We had alot of fun though and got some much needed exercise in.

all my sweet hearts

kicking the beach ball around

tired and ready to go... lol.... shes so red

Lunch: 1/2 grilled turkey and cheese sandwich on double fiber bread..... 1/2 apple.... yoplait light key lime pie yogurt (yum! I splurged and got cups of yogurt instead of the big bulk container lol) - 333
(And I erased my darn photo... grrrrr!)

Snack: Fiber one oats & chocolate bars - 140
(these are adictive.... I am trying my hand at keeping them in the house again though since I seem to have a bit more control over what I put in my mouth now.... I use to get up at midnight and polish one off.... it was pretty bad)

Dinner: BBQ chicken sandwich (1/3 cup light meat rotisary chicken, 2 tbls bbq sauce, doulbe fiber bun).... 1/2 cup cole slaw..... 1/3 cup bushes grillin beans.... 1/2 serving harvest cheddar sun chips - 598

Snack: String Cheese - 80

Snack: Strawberries, 1/4 cup light cool whip, 1 chocolate cup cake - 279
(OMG! yum)

Total Calories for the day ~ 1641 .... right on target!

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RORYTA 5/19/2010 10:51AM

    Awesome blog, I love those blogs they always put things in perspective as to how much you can eat and still be low on calories...

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LOSINGJESS 5/19/2010 8:54AM

    I have not tried them yet... I saw the 90 calorie ones but the regular ones had 6 per box instead of 5 and ended up being way cheaper once I added in the coupon I had. Usually the 50 extra calories is not gonna matter that much anyway and I find most of the higher calorie stuff tastes better.
I might try them out eventually though. I think I am going to skip getting the fiber one bars for a while after these are gone. I thought I could handle them being in the house but the temptation to have more than one a day is reeeealy getting strong. These are one of my weak foods that I just dont think I can keep in the house in bulk.

~ Jess

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/18/2010 1:48PM

    Have you tried the new 90 calorie Fiber One bars? The chocolate is pretty taste, and I have replaced these with the original ones.

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MAMAFEELGOOD 5/17/2010 11:03PM

    You have given me some of the best ideas for food. Keep up the good work.

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BRANDI0074 5/16/2010 8:52PM

    Thanks Jess for the idea, think I will go and load me up some fresh berries, and free cool whip! YUMMY! Glad you guys had fun at the park! How was the skating?

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JAQUILLIN 5/16/2010 5:32PM

    looks great and you even had some treats!

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CHRISS77 5/16/2010 4:26AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun at the park.

I also love your photo food blog idea! Might try that one, too. :)

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LOSINGJESS 5/15/2010 11:18PM

    she is fine now... She had lots of sunblock on so it wasent sunburn, she just gets really red when she gets hot, kinda like she burns from the inside out.
I am the same way ... when I exercise I turn bright red and stay that way for a few hours.

we both have really sensitive skin when it comes to sun or heat

~ Jess

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LOVEMYKIDS874 5/15/2010 11:15PM

    It looks like you had fun at the park! I hope your daughter's redness goes away soon. That's the worst! I had strawberries and lite cool whip for a snack tonight too! It was really yummy!

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Week 3 C25K progress

Friday, May 14, 2010

I just finished week 3 of couch to 5k and things are going pretty good. Jogging really sucks and I have not gotten to the point where I enjoy it but I have been taking a 30 minute walk after Im done with my walking/jogging intraval and I have really been enjoying that. If I dont keep up with the jogging after the 5k I will definately still try to get out for walking because its really enjoyable to be able to sink into my own little world and have some me time.

When I started I was doing 1 minute of walking and 30 seconds of jogging for 30 minutes..... This past week I was Jogging for 2 minutes and walking for 1 minute for 30 minutes. I have made some progress so hopefully in the next 2 weeks I will get to where I can jog for quite a bit longer. Im thinking that I will be able to make pretty good time on the 5k if I can run at least half of it so thats what Im shooting for.


The last 3 weeks my weight loss has been great!!! I have lost almost the same amount in the last month that I had lost from Jan - april if that gives you any idea how much my weight loss has sped up. I started out this year at 200 pounds and this time last month I weighed 191 pounds. I now weigh 184 pounds.

I think 2 things are really contributing to my weight loss and one of thouse two things is the intraval jogging. Its alot more intense than the exercise videos I was doing plus its high impact. It makes me want to keep it up just because of how good my weight loss has been.

The other thing that is really helping me I think is keeping track of my food with pictures. I eat alot less, eat more vegetables and do alot less nibbling. I think I was eating way more calories before than I realized because I nibbled alot! Im doing pretty much no nibbling now because I know I will have to take a picture of it and put it in my photo food blog.... When I have alot of pictures of this and that and they look not too healthy I feel bad when i look back at it so now I dont do it. It makes me think instead of mindlessly poping things in my mouth.

My current weight loss goal was to be at 180 by mid june. Thats when the pound for pound challenge ends and back in january I pledged to lose 20 pounds. I was off track with that for a little while and dident think I was going to make it. Im back on my line now though..... I use fitday.com and they have goal tracking that lets you see your current weight compared to where your weight needs to be to reach your goal by a certain time. Its great and I keep it pasted on the desktop of my computer to keep me motivated.

My body is really starting to change now... Hips are starting to shrink, belly shrinking, back rolls going away & my butt shelf (that area of fat right above your ass that if you get really huge looks like a shelf) is almost non-existant... its all back now! I have never seen me without these things, even when I was a little kid... I have always had the same basic body shape (minus the stretch marks and loose skin) ... This is a really exciting time for me.

Yesterday durring my workout I actually wore a size medium workout top, wow a medium!

Messurements: before & after

Chest 1/28/09 : (49.5) 5/14/10 : (40)
waist (48.5) (38)
Hips (57) (45)
Thigh (29) (24)
calf (19) (16.5)

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MELTINGMIMI 5/15/2010 2:39PM

    That's AMAZING girl!

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SUSH_ASH 5/15/2010 2:21AM

    great going!! all the best

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MALEXANDER4 5/14/2010 8:57PM

    I'm sorry you don't like running. I love it. I started a bit last fall, and now i'm back to the basics, walk, run, walk, and so forth. I love the way it makes me feel. You have come so far. When I saw your stats it just amazed me. YOur doing great. About the pound for pound...I pledged 10 pounds and i'm not even sure where i'm at with that. you are doing way better.

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KENNYWHEELS 5/14/2010 5:19PM

    Great work. spark people has that very same graph. if you go to your start page and go to My tools and on the button for Weigh in & others click on view progress it shows you that graph and graphs for the other measurements you might be keeping track of. emoticon

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HRD2HNDL74 5/14/2010 3:10PM

    Way to go.

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/14/2010 12:36PM

    Great great job!!!! You are inspirational, indeed!!


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SUGIRL06 5/14/2010 12:26PM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/14/2010 11:48AM

    You are doing so great!

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Photo Food Blog ~ Thursday May 13

Friday, May 14, 2010

Breakfast: 1 cup multigrain cheerios, 1/2 cup 1% milk - 165 cal

Lunch: peanut butter & Jam sandwich on double fiber wheat bread.... 1/2 banana.... 1 cup 1% milk - 350 cal

Snack: 1/2 mini snickers bar - 50 cal

Dinner: vegetable rotini lasagna bake, 1/2 cup green beans, steamfresh lightly sauced broccoli & cheese sauce - 427 cal

Snack: 1 serving baked scoops potato chips, 1/4 avocado, 2 tbls light sour cream -261 cal

Snack: 1 banana, 1/2 tbls natural peanut butter - 175 cal
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Total Calories - 1421 (right on the low end of my calories)

Recipe for lasagna bake - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

Recipe for Pico - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

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CRYSTALFLAIZ 5/14/2010 3:20PM

    Yummy!! Great job.

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/14/2010 12:41PM

    Love your blogs!!!! Keep up the good work!! And the lasagna looks YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BOVEY63 5/14/2010 11:44AM

    The chips and avocado looks so good - my mouth is watering. I have to give that a try!

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/14/2010 11:09AM

    1/2 a mini snickers. Will I ever be able to do that? Wow..... emoticon

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JPVALPO24 5/14/2010 11:08AM

    sounds good!

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WILDBLUEORCHID 5/14/2010 10:49AM

    MMmmm. that snack looks AMAZING!

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SAPPHIRE983 5/14/2010 10:49AM

    Yum! I love reading your photo food blogs! Very inspiring :-)

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    Those nachos look fabulous!! YUM! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/14/2010 10:39AM

    OMG. I want nachos now. I think I have everything to make them. Yum!

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CALLIKIA 5/14/2010 10:32AM

    Ooh...I like that dish in the last picture! *lol*

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JANRTEACH 5/14/2010 10:29AM

    nice pictures~~

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Wednesday photo food blog

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Breakfast: 1 slice double fiber bread toasted, 1 tbls tripple berry jam, 1/2 large apple, 1/2 cup 1% milk - 173 cal

Snack: (random munching) 1 leftover rice ball - 42 cal

Lunch: Burrito - flatout wrap, 1/2 cup uncle bens santa fe ready rice, 2 tbls salsa, 1 tbls chopped fresh cilantro, 1/2 sliced jalapeno, 1/2 slice cheddar cheese...... 1/2 cup baby carrots, 1 tbls wishbone regular ranch dressing..... 3 quarterd and sauteed mushrooms - 353 cal

Snack: vlasic pickle strip - 5 calories

Snack: random munching - tbls strawberry nerds (no pic) - 60 cal

snack: 1/2 pushpop (kids really went to town on the other half) - 45

Dinner: 1 serving california pizza kitchen thin crust BBQ chicken pizza, 1 serving steam fresh garlic cauliflower, 3.5 stalks fresh asparagus with ragu double cheddar cheese sauce - 423 calories

Snack: one square hersheys special dark chocolate with pomagranet - 59 cal

(went to the movies after the kids went to bed last night and did not eat any of hubbys popcorn.... I usually have a handfull but resisted last night :-) .... I was holding out for a mcdonalds ice cream cone but when we went through the drive through there credit card machines were all down :-( so no ice cream for me..... I came home and had 1/2 a sandwich because I was really famished and wouldent have been able to sleep being so hungry.)

Snack: 1/2 sandwich thin with turkey and honey mustard..... 1/3 serving pringles - 203 cal
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Total calories for the day ~ 1363 calories - hmm ... under my calories for the day... dident feel like it. Breakfast arfed me over because it was only 170 calories.

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PAULABEAR3 5/16/2010 11:54PM

  Great Pictures

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PAULABEAR3 5/16/2010 11:45PM

  Great Pictures

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SILVERWING2623 5/14/2010 1:08PM

    I am really loving the idea of your food journal. This is something I might need to start incorporating.

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LOSINGJESS 5/14/2010 11:18AM

    I do use the ragu cheese sauce alot, its great over veggies, pasta or baked potatoes... The calories really are not that bad if you use the correct serving size. I mainly get it for the kids. I use to feed them boxed macaroni and cheese but felt guilty because it really was not very good for them. Now I take whole wheat pasta and put the ragu cheese sauce on top of it, so they are getting whole wheat and there is alot less extra crap in the ragu then there is in the powdered cheese mix.

~ Jess

PS. you know the first ingredient on kraft boxed mac and cheese is "enriched macaroni product" .... MMMM that sounds like something you want to give your kids huh. I prefer "whole wheat flour".

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MALEXANDER4 5/14/2010 7:19AM

    I loved the burrito idea. You come up with some great stuff. the cheese sauce is something I 'm going to try, i notice you use it alot and it looks so good on the veggies.

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JENNIFIER30 5/13/2010 11:55AM

    Amazing blog idea...and completely inspiring!!

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LOSINGJESS 5/13/2010 11:43AM

    Thanks :-) ... Im usually good with just a handful of the popcorn but last night I really wanted to stay on track. After I eat just a handfull I feel bad because I have no clue how many calories are in that handful... hubby puts alot of that oil butter stuff on it.... The smell did really get to me a few times though but I just kept telling myself that it was greasy and too salty. Yuck.... even though it prob tasted good the thought of it being too salty was enought to keep me out of it. lol

~ Jess

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/13/2010 11:13AM

    WOW Jess....Can you come to MY house????????? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are such a friggin inspiration...AND you have little ones! You make a consistent effort to prepare such AWESOME looking meals - (that wrap looked so good, I almost licked my screen - hahaha)! Not only that, you resisted the SMELL and taste of movie popcorn!!! ( I am sooo bowing down to your awesomeness!) Imagine, you were able to eat healthy all day, and still ended up UNDER you cal intake with snacks and all...YOU ROCK, SISTA!!

JeanieR> emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 5/13/2010 11:14:08 AM

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THENEWCINDY 5/13/2010 11:11AM

    great blog!!!

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LOSINGJESS 5/13/2010 10:38AM

    the food journals absolutly make me think twice about what I eat. I can scan through the pictures I have already taken for the day and say "wow I havent eaten enough veggies" so I will add more to my next meal... or when Im making my plate for dinner I go "that portion of pasta looks way too big" so I take a little off so I can even out my picture.

I do try to balance my pictures out and make them look nice and in the act of doing that I end up eating a whole lot more balanced and healthier where before I might have not cared so much about my pasta portion looking a little out of control.

I also find myself maybe eating a snack that includes fruit or vegetables so I dont look like all I have snacked on all day is ice cream and chips lol...

You guys reading my blogs really keeps me on track. Thanks!

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MORETHANWEIGHT 5/13/2010 10:25AM

    i have to ask do you feel taking the pictures makes you think twice about what you are eating? emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 5/13/2010 10:23AM

    Another good blog! I used your strategy yesterday when we had a company lunch and I took a picture of what I ate and blogged about it last night. It kept me honest and from taking food I didn't need to have.


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HARRINGTON5 5/13/2010 10:18AM

    What a great pictorial journey. You certainly serve a fancy plate at lunch. I loved it. I can't imagine running around with a camera every time I got something to eat, but maybe I should. There is no cheating that way! Good job and thank you for sharing.

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ORGOLDENDUCK 5/13/2010 10:14AM

    Yummy Yummy Yummy!!! The burrito made my stomach GROWL!!! Thanks for the post:)

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SAPPHIRE983 5/13/2010 10:13AM

    Wow, you do very well when it comes to eating healthy, yet still enjoying your food! Looks good!

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COMMITEDJC 5/13/2010 10:11AM

    thanks for sharing this info, it helps me a lot to identified you can eat pretty well and keep the calories intake low!

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Photo Food Blog ~ Tuesday May 11th

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Breakfast: Left over pancakes from mothers day.... strawberry sauce.... 2 tbls tripple berry preserves - 186 cal

Lunch: Turkey Tomato sandwich thin w/ 1 tbls kens light sweet onion dressing.... 1/2 baked potato, 2 sauteed mushrooms, 2 tbls salsa, 1 tbls light sour cream - 357 cal

Snack: 1 serving baked tostitos scoops.... 1 can sardines in hotsauce (actually mackrill not sardines but tasted about the same) - 290 cal

Dinner: 6 Asian dumpling, Rice balls, asian vegetable medley, 2 tbls kens light sesame ginger dressing - 556 cal

(dumplings are my own recipe, made from turkey sausage, napa cabbage, spices and wonton wraps.... they take quite a bit of time to make between stuffing the dumplings and cooking them, but they are really really tastey. Hubby loves when I make these because I dont do it very often and they are so good. I have attached a link to spark recipes where you can find my recipe in case you want to try it out... more pics on the recipe page)


Japanese sticky sushi rice for rice balls... rice vinagar which gets mixed in with the rice with a little sugar. very tastey!

Finished Meal.... Yum!

Snack- Pure Heaven! - 301 cal

(1 chocolate cup cake, strawberries, splenda & 1/2 cup 1% milk)

Total calories for the day - 1690 calories

Asian Dumpling Recipe ~ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

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LOSINGJESS 5/12/2010 8:41PM

    You can find all the recipes I have posted on spark recipes here is a link - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/more
BR>There are not that many I have just started using spark recipes but I add new ones weekly so keep checking back. I will post the link on my spark page as well if anyone needs it later on. :-)

The recipes I make mostly are made up by me... I dont normaly follow recipes when I cook because I like making things with minimal ingredients I already have on hand and most recipes call for alot of stuff. Usually I get my inspiration from watching food shows and then put my own spin on the dish I see made by trying to make it healthier and something my whole family will eat.

:-) ~ Jess

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RACHELLY0724 5/12/2010 3:09PM

    Hi Jess,

Quick question, as if you don't share enough already, but do you have your recipes listed anywhere? Or where do you get your recipes? From Spark People?

Thank you so much for this blog, I"m sure it's a great help to you for the visual reminders, but it's wonderful to see how much yummy food one can actually eat and still be healthy!!

thank you, thank you!

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SWEETNEENI 5/12/2010 1:07PM

    Gosh that dinner looks like PURE HEAVEN. You have mad culinary skillz.

I can't read your food blogs anymore because I feel woefully inadequate and terribly hungry every time.

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LOSINGJESS 5/12/2010 12:07PM

    when I pan fry the dumplings I just use olive oil cooking spray... you dont need much, just enough to coat the bottom of a non-stick pan.

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SILVERWING2623 5/12/2010 11:58AM

    Wow, seriously this makes me realize that I miss eating healthy. Thanks for the blog!

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SAPPHIRE983 5/12/2010 9:28AM

    Impressive! Looks very tasty and healthy!

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/12/2010 9:00AM

    Your last snack of the day made me lick my lips. emoticon


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BRANDI0074 5/12/2010 8:46AM

    This is my favorite blog to read! I make sure I read it everyday! I tried the strawberry sauce, so good, we also made blueberry with fresh blueberries, it was also very good! Thanks for sharing, you always give me great ideas! I am also making the dumplings this weekend with some stir fry veggies! Can't wait!

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MICHCLEARY 5/12/2010 8:37AM

    Wow...impressive cooking. DH and I were talking about how we need to do more cooking on the weekends because we don't have time during the week. Or don't make time.

I'll have to check out the strawberry sauce. You're a very creative chef!

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KMARTIN9061 5/12/2010 8:36AM

    This is awesome! What kind of oil do you use to pan fry the dumplings?

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LOSINGJESS 5/12/2010 8:21AM

    Ok here is a surprise, my pancakes are just regular old hungry jack light and fluffy pancakes... 1 serving of mix which makes 3 - 4inch pancakes is just 150 calories. The key here is to make sure that you stick to portion sizes.

I make strawberry sauce to go over top and that is only 26 calories!!! Its really tastey too, I dont even miss maple syrup which adds alot more calories.

Here is a link to my recipe


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CITAPITA 5/12/2010 7:37AM

    Oh, man...I NEED to make those dumplings!

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CHRISS77 5/12/2010 3:48AM

    I want to come for dinner at yours! Those dumplings look delish. Off to check out the recipe and see if I can vegify them. Thanks for the link!

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KIRKEN2 5/12/2010 1:29AM

    what is your recipe for pancakes to keep the calories low?

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