Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Holy moly... This is a no-brainer, but I had to share because it was so good. Like, real pizza good. The bf loved it. It was ready in minutes. I got the idea from Skinnytaste.com, which is a great WW recipe site. I get lots of ideas from that skinny lady.
Sauce- 32 oz. can of whole tomatoes with basil, 6 garlic gloves, 1 T olive oil
Ricotta mix- about 1/4 cup ricotta, a little finely shaved garlic, salt, and pepper
1 9x12 inch whole wheat lavash (the whole piece I had was about 240 calories)
Mozzarella- 1 slice (about an ounce)
Parmesan and red pepper flake- optional, but delicious!
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-To make sauce, sautee whole cloves garlic in oil until lightly browned, then add canned tomatoes with the juice, break up the whole tomatoes as they warm up, and let reduce until chunky
-Half a piece of lavash, spread a couple tablespoons of marinara on top, dollop with riccotta mixture, topwith broken up pieces of mozzarella
-Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown and the edges are crispy
For one whole lavash pizza (2 big pieces) it was about 340 calories, cheese and all. I served it with a light Cesar salad :)
Skinnytaste recommends spraying the lavash with oil before baking to make crispier, but these were plenty crispy without the spray...
I am having this again for lunch tomorrow.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I will avoid cliches entirely int his post.
Week 8 was hard for me, but I haven't a clue why. I had the week off of work, got a lot of schoolwork done, ate withing my calories all 7 days and exercised 6 days of the week. I blogged my about my food, pushed myself by doing more hikes (fewer flat walks), and I finally started a little strength training (with cardio as a Sparkfriend suggested- it helped!). I bought clothes in a SIZE 8 because my 10 and 12 work pants have been sliding off of my butt. I have NEVER bought a size 8 that really FIT.
All of these things make me proud, but dang is it hard not to obsess. I want to re-evaluate everything, but I have to trust that what I've been doing is working and just keep it up. I am an experienced quitter, but not this time.
Yesterday I went to a brunch for my best friend's birthday- and it was FUN. I ate a beautiful salad, fruit, crab legs, a glass of champagne, and a chocolate covered strawberry. It was all within my calories, so I'm thinking I need to incorporate more chocolate and champagne into my life, lol! Everyone said Mike and I look great, which I LOVED (I'm such a sucker for compliments!)...
Alright... Onward march. In week 9, I will keep it up, not stress about this little loss, and NOT step on the scale mid-week. I really hope that in my next weigh-in, that I feel like I'm really in the 140s, and not on the edge of the 150s. I'm ready for the next level.
Love and luck to you all in the coming week. Here's to a fresh start!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Day three of blogging was just as fun for me. My usual meals aren't too far off from this, but during work weeks I always repeat breakfasts and lunches (like oatmeal and yogurt/fruit/granola twice each, and a Greek salad Mon.-Thurs.). But having this week off, I could try out different things, which was really fun.
Breakfast: Quinoa with cinnamon, brown sugar, 1/3 cup light soy milk, and strawberries- I loved this, it was delicious, different, and kept me just as full as oatmeal (349 calories)
Lunch: Pork tamale I found in my freezer from the holidays over romaine lettuce with tomato, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and salsa verde mixed with light sour cream (256 calories)
Snacks: First I sectioned a HUGE pomelo (it's like a grapefruit, but less bitter) and ate the WHOLE thing! It was great, but I needed another snack before our walk tonight... (113 calories)
2nd snack: half a pretzel rod with a piece each of ham and mozzerella cheese, a little mustard (126 calories)
Dinner: I've been dreaming of chicken pot pie (of all things), so I concocted a casserole by browning a large chicken breast (cut into pieces), tons of black pepper, a pint of mushrooms, and some onion, then deglazed with a splash of reisling, mixed in 2/3 of a can of 98% fat free Cammpbell's cream of chicken soup, topped with a little parmesan cheese, and baked... NOTHING like a pot pie, BETTER. It was like a really good chicken and gravy meets French onion soup. I'll be making this mistake soon again. A little steamed broccoli, and Mike got brown rice, too ;) (478 calories)
And the nutrition:
Thank you all for reading. I love reading other food logs and recipes for ideas and inspiration- especially all of you Bahama Mamas! Are you ladies doing this just for a week? Longer, I hope!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Here's day two of food logging/blogging... I noticed I left out something very important yesterday: NUTRITION! Lol, you know, just the reason we're here... NBD.
Breakfast: A strawberry parfait with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a crushed Nature Valley granola bar (181 calories)
Lunch: Greek salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, parsley, pepperoncini, feta, a little leftover chicken, and 1/4 cup (dry) quinoa (I made 3 times that to use throughout the week). I also had some carrot and celery sticks with store-bought red pepper hummus (480 calories)
Snack: 23 (lol, diets are crazy, I really counted) pistachios and a 90 gram banana (I actually weighed it!) (156 calories)
Dinner: Shrimp friend rice on a bed of steamed bok choy- it was really good, but I had to use more oil and soy sauce than expected (okay today, though I was on the lower end of cals, whew!) (483 calories)
And the proof!:
This is really fun... And addicting!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I LOVE following your food blogs, and I am off of work this week, so I thought I'd give food log blogging a try!
For breakfast, I enjoyed Greek yogurt with frozen grapes while my oatmeal simmered:
McCann's steel cut oats with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a couple walnut halves (both the yogurt and oatmeal photo'd kinda ugly, so I went with their pretty containers instead!):
My stomach rumbled well before lunch, so I had a fuji apple:
For lunch, I reheated homemade veggie soup along with half a PB&J, and some veggies
Had half an ounce of almonds halfway to dinner (before SP, I would have had about ten times this many per serving!):
Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Tonight is was egg tacos with anaheim chiles, green onion, tomato, cilantro, and AVOCADO(!), with some homemade smashed cranberry beans topped with a little feta (and Mike and I shared a bowl of strawberries that aaalmost tasted like Summer):
That was today. I think I'll do this again tomorrow- it was fun!
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