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Farmers Market + Food Blog ~ Saturday May 22nd

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I had a pretty good day. As far as eating I actually struggled to get all of my calories in and found myself trying to fill that calorie void with extra snacks after dinner. My problem was that I had basically all vegetables for dinner, hardly any protien (although it filled me up pretty good) and pretty much no carbs. In retrospect I should have added some kidney beans to the vegetable casserole and I should have maybe added a side of couscous or rice. That would have balanced out my dinner nicely and added a few hundred calories.

I went to the farmers market this morning looking for fresh and hopefully cheap produce. I have been very unhappy with the selection of produce at walmart (where I normaly shop) and the prices have not been very good either. I have a farmers market within 2 miles of my house but I have never been in the 4 years I have lived here. I figured today was a good day to check it out.

The produce there looked awesome, very fresh and not all bruised and picked over like walmart. I could actually find decent looking zucchini (walmarts are always very bruised with fingernail marks all over them).... I got a huge bunch of carrots for 2 bucks, and some really nice lettuce for 2.50 each! Grown organically I might add! There wasent much fruit yet, just a few mellons but I was able to get my carrots, cucumbers, corn, zucchini, scallions, sweet potatoes & mushrooms there. I only ended up spending 20 dollars for all of that, which is pretty good for the quality and freshness. I will definatly be going back next week.

Look at this beautiful produce

super proud of my 2 dollar carrots

I saw a few vendors for meat there... all sustanably raised, humanly treated, grass fed and all of that.... It was waaaay out of my price range though. I would not mind eating meat like this but at the moment it just isent going to happen. At the regular grocery store I got a small bag of veggie chicken though and a small box of veggie sausage, a thing of firm tofu which I am going to replace for the chicken in one of my recipes this week and some TVP (texturized vegetable protien) Its the stuff they make veggie crumbles and veggie burgers out of... Not as greatly seasoned as morning star or boca but its only 3 dollars a bag and will make 3 times as much as a bag of veggie crumbles. I will just have to find creative ways to season it ... Im planning on using it in place of ground beef.

Anyway Im excited to try some new things this week... some things might be keepers and Im sure some of my experiments will bomb... but thats the breaks.


Food Journal for the day

Breakfast: 1 cup blue berry special k..... 1/2 cup 1% milk - 188

Lunch: 2 slices roasted garlic artisan bread - grilled, 1/2 tomato sliced, 1 tsp honey mustard.... 1 cup yoplait light orange cream yogurt -388

Snack: 1 square dark chocolate - 27

Dinner: (a few weeks ago I made vegetable roll ups which were really good but hard to eat, so I tweaked my recipe a bit and made the recipe into a casserole... same great flavors but way easier to eat and enjoy.... recipe at the bottom of the page if you are interested in making it)....

- 2 servings vegetable casserole, 1 serving steamfresh lightly sauced broccoli, cauliflower, carrots & cheese sauce.... 1 glass lemonaid - 260

Snack: 1/2 fish in a pond with no goldfish ( I made this snack for my 5 year old and he only ate half... its 1 caramel corn rice cake, 2 tbls blueberry cream cheese with blue food coloring mixed in, a few gold fish crackers... very tastey and a healthy snack for kids or you) - 1/2 = 70

Snack: 2 wasa wheat crackers, 3 tbls moroccan hummus...... 1/2 apple - 231

Snack: 1 slice double fiber bread, 1 tbls natural peanut butter, 1 tbls jam... 1/2 cup 1% milk -255

Total Calories for the day ~ 1419

Recipe for my vegetable casserole ~ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

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ESMOMMY13 5/26/2010 7:08PM

    Love looking at your food blog. I also love the farmers market. My family and I were out there saturday and looking forward to stocking up on some more goodies this saturday. :)

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CHERKYLE 5/25/2010 3:03PM

    This always looks so great. Knowing how much I tend to eat, some days I am wondering if I would be hungry. Do you always fill you have had enough and are full? Has your appetite adjusted with your weight loss? (your blogs always make me hungry!)

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LOSINGJESS 5/24/2010 9:01PM

    Thanks... the fish in a pond snack I found on the internet but most of the recipes I post are my own ideas. :-)

I love my smurf cup :-D

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/24/2010 2:25PM

    Wow, meat at the farmer's market??? Wish they had some like that here too! I have to agree with FITNTRIMTIFF on the SMURF cup!!! aaahhh memories...ok - back to the blog! sorry =) lol

Are these your recipies, or ones from here...they are always so new, creative and super fresh looking. I know my kids would love the goldfish swimming in a sea of blue cream cheese...GOOD THINKIN!! Absolutely GORGEOUS looking veggies you bought!

Another wonderful blog, dear JESS!!


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STEPHANON 5/23/2010 9:59AM

    I quit buying produce at my local walmart, too, because it's always terrible looking. Looks like you found a great alternative at the farmer's market! The fish in a pond is a cute snack!

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JRMORFORD 5/22/2010 11:43PM

    I love the local farmers market here, too bad it's only open when I am at work.

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DUSTEDTWIN 5/22/2010 11:40PM

    Yummy! We used to have those same Smurf cups when I was growing up! How funny! Great job keeping up with this. I have tried using different Mrs. Dash seasonings to spice up my chicken, soy, tofu, etc. You can get the ones that are Sodium Free, and they are DELICIOUS!

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SHASHEE71 5/22/2010 11:34PM

    I will definitely be trying your veggie casserole soon! It looks delish...I love eggplant! And your little rice cake treat is A-dorable!!!!

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/22/2010 11:28PM

    Yummy yum yum!! Everything looks SO tasty! And I LOVE the SMURF cup!!! :)

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Menu Change

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yesterday I spent like 2 hours working on my menu for this week and my shopping list with plans to go shopping last night after my kids went to bed. I had alot of great chicken and beef recipes that I was going to try out from my low fat cookbook I have and was really excited about them.

I popped on the roku (netflix instant player) and desided to watch and episode from season 3 of "30 days" .... I absolutly love morgan spurlock and have been watching 30 days when ever it comes out on video since the show started 5 years ago. If you have never watched it before it takes someone usually of an opposite oppion on a subject and makes them spend 30 days learning about what they are opposed to... for example placeing a person who is pro-choice into a pro-life halfway house for women who have been talked out of having abortions.

Usually the people on both sides end up learning something really valuable from the opposing side... sometimes not.

Anyway last night I watched one about a guy from NC who was a hunter and loved meat and just dident understand vegans or animal rights activist.... They had him for 30 days move into a household of all vegans/active animal rights activists/peta members. They had him go on protests and eat the vegan diet and watch some of there peta shock videos and none of that seemed to faze him much.

Then they sent him to this animal rescue place that rescues sick and dieing farm animals from the huge farms. Wow I never knew how bad those places were. They said that they just pack the cows in there and they dont even have room to move because there are sooo many cows. Thats how they keep prices cheap and move them on to the customers. So basically that is my sams club / walmart beef standing out there in piles of there own poo. Then they said that the milk cows they have to be pregnant all the time to keep them producing milk... so they get them pregnant and then imediatly after the calf is born they take it away from the mother and put it in these boxes that are only as big as the calf its self and it cant walk or anything... they put rope around the calfs necks and tie there heads down to the ground so they cant move. They showed them rounding up some of the calfs to take to slaughter and it made me start crying because they are so rough with them... like 3 big guys grabing there tails and ears.... it was so sad.

Then the absolute worst part is that when the cows get sick (which most of them do living in conditions like that) and die they just take the dead cow and grind it up for hamburger. OMG.... I dont know if thats really true but I can see it with these big companys expcially since all the meat is found to be deseised every 6 months anyway (mad cow and all that).

Well after watching that I seriously did not want to eat that crap anymore. I love meat and all that and I dont really want to go vegitarian but I am not in the possition to buy meat that I know was well cared for when it was living and is not full of nasty stuff that I dont want going into my family and myself. The only thing that I can afford is sams club meat (which is what I have been buying) and I just dont want to eat that crap anymore.

So last night I found myself up untill after midnight changing my menu around, trying to find meat substatutions for the same recipes... which wasent too easy. I ended up with tofu for a few things which scares me because I have only had tofu once and my mom cooked it... and she obviously did not know how to cook tofu. yuck! Im gonna try a few things though and hopefully find a happy medium in some form.

The chickens dident bother me as much as the cows but they werent treated much better and I know they are injected with a whole bunch of crap too. So Im just going to go ahead and cut out chicken too.

So I geuss Im going to try to go vegitarian... Im still going to eat dairy and prob sea food (if all the seafood isent killed by the oil spill that is ::hang head::) I Just cant see myself eating this meat that I dont know what happened to it before it came to me or how horribly it was treated. I dont want to end up making my family sick and I cant get the imagies of how thouse animals are most likely treated while living and after they are slautered.

~ Jess

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CRYSTAL_OK 5/24/2010 11:23AM

    In Oklahoma we have a lot of 4-H kids who raise show animals and then sell them for school money later on. These pigs and cows are treated like family and raised very well. When I was a kid my aunts and mom would go in together and buy a whole animal, have it butchered, and split the meat. We had a freezer full that lasted forever and I think the price per pound turned out to be way better than what you get at the grocery store.

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SAPPHIRE983 5/23/2010 1:29PM

    I am starting to lead to a vegetarian as well...I still love meat and I will never be a full blowed vegan, but I am starting to eat turkey and boca burgers. I've had Morningstar Farms veggie burgers, but I don't like those that much.

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MICHCLEARY 5/23/2010 9:23AM

    I've been eating more fish these days and once in while just doing a vegetarian meal. Not that I intend to give up meat, I just like that option sometimes. I think with a little research you can find local that is raised better, or recipes for tofu and alternatives that you like. Check out Morning Start products. I use their sausage patti alternative and it's a good choice for me once in a while.

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LOSINGJESS 5/23/2010 7:59AM

    Thanks for your advice... I will definatly be trying out some new cook books.

~ Jess

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BELUGA20 5/22/2010 11:29PM

    I tried the vegetarian lifestyle for a while. It's easier in the summer than in the winter, so you're starting at a great time. I know a lot of vegetarians and they all told me that meat substitutes are helpful, but don't try to live on them because they're not very appetizing. There's a great vegan cookbook called Clean Food (you can usually substitute the non dairy products for dairy stuff... and kind of muddle through it). And I loveeee the Morningstar Grillers. I eat them now. Unfortunately a lot of the meat substitutes are expensive. :( Try sticking to beans and tofu for your protein. You'll be surprised at how much protein you get without meat!

I have this one friend who is vegetarian at home, but when she goes out she'll occasionally eat meat. She was raised vegetarian, but her parents always said that you eat what you're served at other peoples homes. I kind of like that philosophy. Good luck!

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CRIS76 5/22/2010 11:50AM

    I have no problem eating meat but I have always had a problem with the hormones injected into animals (that translates into the food we are eating) and how the animals are treated. I was a vegetarian for YEARS because of this although I can't say I was full vegetarian because when I went home, our farm-raised animals that are slaughtered HUMANELY and not injected with crap were always on the table. I have never minded wild game or farm-raised animals for food - but the animals are taken care of and treated as they should be. The mega-farms are disgusting. I don't want to take that crap into my body.

We are getting to a point now where we can afford some organic, farm-raised meats so I'm looking forward to that.

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MALEXANDER4 5/22/2010 10:49AM

    Now, don't get me wrong I love meat...but i'm learning that I don't need to have it nightly. Beans and such work for me and i'm loven turkey and such. Morning star is awesome.

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DOCYJK 5/22/2010 10:23AM

    Have you tried finding sustainably raised livestock in your area? I know that here in CA, we can get beef and chicken that is raised on farms that practice animal-friendly behaviors. Grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and practices that respect the animals for the value they provide to us are available around the country - sometimes you just have to look a little harder for it. Try Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, or other organic distributors. It costs a little more, but you'll be surprised about how much better it tastes!

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LOVEMYKIDS874 5/22/2010 10:22AM

    Have you watched food inc.? That has changed the way we eat. Thankfully my mom & dad buy a half cow that is organic and humanely raised. They split their 1/2 with us. Good luck Jess, I know it's not easy but you can do it!

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THE_NEW_ME_24 5/22/2010 9:53AM

    oh wow Jess, that is crazy. I agree with Chriss77 that you might try to find humanely treated meat, and just buy less of it. That way you can still have meat, but feel good knowing that you are supporting a good cause AND supporting the farmers who make good choices. Reading your post I really think I should do the same. Thanks for sharing.
Oh, also, I wanted to tell you that today they are starting a 75 day challenge over at the LJ community. It's going to be a teams challenge. I've never done a teams challenge there before, so I'm excited to see how it goes and excited to get cracking on losing again.

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JESSSPARK 5/22/2010 9:33AM

    Tofu can be pretty good if you spice it up. Do NOT tell my mother I said that, I'm on record as hating the stuff.

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KARENE10 5/22/2010 9:23AM

    I,too like the Boca burgers. Also Morningstar has these "chicken patties",but they are actually veggie patties-they are also pretty tasty. We eat a lot of pasta and rice dishes.Also have breakfast for dinner(could use egg beaters?)and have veggie omelets etc.Or homemade french toast. It is sad what the poor animals go through:(

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CHRISS77 5/22/2010 8:39AM

    If you want meat, try your local butcher. Often times (at least here) they have quality meat from local farms at decent prices. If the prices are higher, then you can buy the better quality (and better treated) meat occasionally and simply reduce your meat intake. Honestly, I have no idea what meat prices are like as I have eaten meat in 20 years, but it might work.

Otherwise, there are lots of great veggie and vegan sites out there. I personally really like Fat Free Vegan and 101 Cookbooks (not veggie, but has lots of veggie dishes).

Best of luck! :)

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NIELSENSLADY 5/22/2010 8:31AM

    Also, read some of the pic food blogs of KLMGSU07. She eats alot of meat free stuff too.

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NIELSENSLADY 5/22/2010 8:29AM

    What about Boca burgers? Those are pre-packaged and really good! I know that only helps maybe two meals per week. They are good though.

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Me vs. Chinese Buffet ---- Photo Food Blog - Friday May 20th

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today I ate pretty light durring the first part of the day and its a good thing because I ended up going out to eat tonight at a chinese buffet / hibatchi grill...... Buffets are tricky because its very easy to over eat and eat the wrong foods... I found myself wanting to get up and eat more even though I knew I was full and I know I would have eating alot more bad stuff and alot more food in general if I was not taking the pictures. Knowing that I would have to come home and fess up kept me alot more on track.... So thanks guys for reading my blog and keeping me on the stright and narrow...

and now for todays damage ..... Que dramatic mucic .... lol!

Breakfast: Egg white omelet w/ 1/4 diced potato, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 small tomato, 1/4 cup 2% cheddar cheese - 195 cal

Lunch: 1/2 can light progresso meat ball soup, 1/2 cup plain couscous - 168 cal

Snack: 1 banana.... 1 tbls skippy natural peanut butter - 225 cal

Dinner: 859 ... a bit high but not bad... I think I would have done really well with my calories for the day even if I had not of eaten so light at breakfast and lunch.

1 plate hibatchi noodles and veggies... cooked with no butter - 1/2 cup noodles, mushrooms, scallions, baby corn, shrimp, garlic & teriyaki sauce

5 peices sushi w/ pickled ginger

1/4 cup wonton soup w/ 1 wonton

1 dumpling, 1 fried cheese wonton (my faves), tsp duck sauce

3 peices sushi, 1 fried cheese wonton

Fruit & 3 tsp ice cream

I know it looks like alot of food huh.... lol.... but I go to this buffet at least once a month and I have to say this was the best I have ever done and Im quite proud of myself. I would like for someone to try and tell me that you cant go to a chinese buffet and still stick to a healthy eating plan... Its not a thing you should do every day of course, Im sure my sodium was off the charts but it is something you can indulge in occasionaly and still lose weight.

Total Calories for the day ~ 1448 .... thats almost under my calories for the day.

I hope everyone had an awesome day and I would like to say that I am really enjoying the food blogs that have been popping up since I started mine. Its so great that we can all inspire each other to eat better and make healthier habits.

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SAPPHIRE983 5/21/2010 1:55PM

    Yum! I love the egg omelet, it looks good and filling for less than 200 calories!

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LOSINGJESS 5/21/2010 1:23PM

    I have noticed that too... its pretty cool :-)

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KENNYWHEELS 5/21/2010 12:47PM

    congrats. i too have noticed an upswing of food blogs since finding your. You are inspiring the masses. emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 5/21/2010 12:34PM

    I loved the breakfast option. It looked good and fillin emoticon

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CRYSTAL_OK 5/21/2010 11:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You did awesome for being at a buffet!! =)

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CRIS76 5/21/2010 8:50AM

    You definitely have given me reason to start snapping shots of my food - although I haven't done it yet simply because I'm a weinee! I am loving all the food blogs because it gives me new food ideas :)

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/21/2010 6:59AM

    Way to go! Buffets are SOOOOO hard to control. You did a great job :-)

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CHARANN3 5/21/2010 6:52AM

  emoticonLittle things can keep us on track--just having to take a picture of what we eat can do it. emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 5/21/2010 3:52AM

    i'm enjoying your blogs very much. Every now and then we have to enjoy a buffet. I mean you just gotta.

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JDYJMM2000 5/21/2010 1:06AM

  Nice meals and good job for the control at the buffet

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Photo Food Blog ~ Wednesday May 19th

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breakfast - 1 1/2 cup chocolate special k, 1 cup milk,- 350 cal

Snack - 1/2 special k bar... 1/2 apple.... 111 cal ( I cant even count this as a snack because it was one of thouse pop it in my mouth without thinking about it moments... hangs head... I feel totaly crappy about the first part of my day... I over ate at breakfast and then had this stuff... grrr Im mad at myself)


Lunch: Flatout burrito w/ 1/2 cup wild rice, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 tbls salsa.... 1 medium apple - 373 cal

Snack: 1 cup strawberry halves, 3 tbls light cool whip - 81 cal

Dinner: 1 cup whole wheat rotini with 1/4 cup ragu cheese sauce, 1 light beef hotdog, sprinkle of panko bread crumbs, sprinkle of dried rosemary...... 1/4 cup bushes grillin beans (horrible in calories, I will read lables better next time)... 1/4 cup cole slaw..... 1 cup green beans - 604 cal

Snack: 1/2 serving sun chips - 105 cal

Snack: Lrg salad with - lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, kidney beans, bacon bits, kens light sweet onion dressing - 186

Snack: glass lemonade .... 1 glass water mixed with 3 tbls bottled lemon juice, 2 tbls splenda, 1 lemon slice - 10 cal

Total calories for the day ~ 1815 ..... I went 65 calories over my limit for the day... Im mad at myself because I overate durring breakfast because the cereal box was almost empty so I just pored the last 1/2 cup in my bowl and then I had the un-thought-out snacking after breakfast. I tried to get in lots of veggies today though and all my water and succeeded so I geuss thats a possitive note. I know tomorow will be better but right now Im feeling kinda fat even though I know Im not any bigger... I just feel it.

~ Jess

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CRK910 5/20/2010 4:00PM

    Hey Jess.
Don't worry about going over.
If your counter is anything like mine by default its already between 500-1000 calories below what you need to maintain so that little bit wont mean a whole lot in the long run.
Just keep at it, your doing great.

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/20/2010 3:54PM

    I like the added touch with pictures of you! emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 3:21PM

    thats a good idea... restaurnts can be scary places, good job resisting... I know when I go out the mixed drinks look pretty good... but really bad on calories

~ Jess

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MICHCLEARY 5/20/2010 1:35PM

    cool pics and way to be accountable. I went out to dinner with a client last night and don't know about calorie ranges but instead of taking pictures, I emailed a SP friend so I would be accountable. That helped me avoid ordering things I shouldn't have like alcohol and dessert!

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 12:13PM

    I just take a non stick frying pan and spray it with cooking spray and then over medium heat brown it on both sides. By the time Im done all the cheese is melted and it tastes yummy.... Im big on pan grilling sandwiches, brings out so much flavor.

~ Jess

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 12:11PM

    yeah I later regreted the sunchips as well... I did not have the calories to be eating them but I dident figure that out till later.

I love my smurf glass too...Its the perfect weight to drink out of and it brings me back to my childhood.

~ Jess emoticon

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BRANDI0074 5/20/2010 10:40AM

    What do you use to toast you burritos and wraps? Do you do it in a skillet, or do you have a press?

Comment edited on: 5/20/2010 3:34:12 PM

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STEPHANON 5/20/2010 9:51AM

    Yum...flatout burrito...All your food looks so good! And I agree with WATCHMEGO2 - 65 calories is not a biggie, especially since it was at breakfast. Looks like a good day!

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 5/20/2010 9:01AM

    Your food blogs are awesome! I made your asian dumpling recipe a couple nights ago and everybody loved them. Even my picky eating son loved them. Thanks for all of the great recipe ideas. I just love the smirf glass. I have a little smirf plate. I can remember watching them when i was little. You are doing great! Getting all of your water in is very positive. That is what i struggle with. emoticon

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WATCHMEGO2 5/20/2010 8:40AM

    Don't beat yourself up over 65 calories girl!

If you are going to overeat it is better to do it at breakfast so you have the rest of the day to work it off. You are doing awesome!

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MALEXANDER4 5/20/2010 6:53AM

    It's funny how when we overdo it we feel awful afterwards. I did this myself tuesday night, and of all things watching the biggest loser. i just got past it and moved on. you will also, you always do. Keep doing what you've been doing.

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MSNIKE 5/19/2010 11:23PM

    Everything looks good! IDK if those 4 Sunchips would be worth it though LOL Love the smirf glass....I had some of those growing up! Keep at it...I love your food blogs!

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    I love that Special K...can't get it here anymore. emoticon

Keep at it,every day is another chance to succeed.

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photo food blog ~ Tuesday May 18th

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breakfast: 2 slices double fiber bread toast, 2 tbls jam, zero calorie butter spray, 1 medium apple, 1 yogurt

Lunch: 1/2 baked potato, 1/4 cup ragu double cheddar cheese sauce, 1/4 cup kidney beans, 1 tbls sour cream

Snack- 5 large strawberries, 3 tbls whipped topping, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Dinner - Carrots.... steam freash lightly sauced broc, cauliflower & carrots....... 1/2 cup plain couscous...... 1 serving louisiana smothered chicken (chicken, onions, tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper & flour)
(recipe posted at bottom of blog)

Snack: fiber one bar

Did not track calories for the day but I ate less than I normaly do so I dont think I went Over.

~ Jess

UPDATE: The recipe for lousiana smothered chicken comes from the cook book "great taste, Low-fat" by: time life books... I got it from my grandmother for my birthday in 1999, This was my first cook book and I love it... I need to get a new one cause mine is falling apart... If you have never used this cook book, get a copy, its full of great recipes that are both tastey and seem gormet with not too much effort or ingredients.

Anyway I posted the recipe as it is in the book and the recipe as I made it... they differ slightly as my receipe uses less chicken and consists of chicken in peices kinda like a stirfry... the origional recipe has whole chicken breasts, 1 per serving

Here is My version of the recipe ( 204 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

Cook books version (370 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

both versions are great!!!

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CHOCMOM 5/19/2010 3:14PM

  Thank you so much - love meal, food ideas anywhere I can find them. emoticon

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BRANDI0074 5/19/2010 10:59AM

    Of course awesome again, my favorite blog everyday. Please let me know when you post the chicken recipe, it sounds like a creole chicken. Can't wait to try it!

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LEYETTE 5/19/2010 10:39AM

    Oooo, thanks so much for sharing your food blog!!! I learn so much from these blogs...they are my favorite!! I'm not so good at creating & planning my meals so these really help me a lot. emoticon

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CINDYY00 5/19/2010 10:39AM

    I'm HUNGRY!

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LOSINGJESS 5/19/2010 10:36AM

    I really like interesting dishes .... you will notice that most of my dishes are all different and dont match lol... Im always buying new ones on clearance. Most of the dishes I get at IKEA on clearance for between 0.50 - $1.00.

My sister got me the oval bowl for christmas and there is a kinda round triangle plate that goes with it.... she got them at marshalls which is kinda like a closeout store so you might have a problem finding them.... the brand is "red vanilla" though and they have a website which is listed on the bottom of the bowl too... www.redvanilla.com .... they may have similar styles but I have not checked it out.

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COMMITEDJC 5/19/2010 10:32AM

    Hi did you take your snack at morning or at the evening? I guess if I had that B'fast I'll be hungry by 10am....

Thanks for sharing

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AMBERADAMS1 5/19/2010 10:26AM

    I absolutely love food photo blogs! Thanks for sharing! Looks like your eating is on point! Good job! (Oh, and I'd LOVE to have that chicken recipe so please post.)

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SAPPHIRE983 5/19/2010 10:25AM

    Your meals always look so delish! I love the oval bowl you use for your lunch! Where did you get those?

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 5/19/2010 10:24AM

    Love this! What a great way to track your food. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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