Saturday, October 30, 2010
I was in the mood for some 'fries' with my burger tonight.
I was looking for something with a little something "extra!"
This version of Oven Fries uses several spices to "up" the flavor factor.
And they are made with heart healthy olive oil.
The recipe does not include salt - but you can add that to your personal taste, if you desire.
Makes 1 Large Serving!
Oven Baked French Fries
1 Large Baking Potato (actually, any type of potato will work here)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Cut potato into wedges. Mix olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and onion powder together. Coat potatoes with the oil/spice mixture and place on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 45 minutes.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Healthy Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates, Yum!
I am on a quest to find some recipes for semi-healthy holiday sweet treats this year.
I came across one that I am definitely going to be making this year – once I get some more of my beloved Medjool dates!
It’s called: Israeli Stuffed Dates.
It’s a chocolate covered, nut-filled date candy. The recipe came from Yemen.
It says it’s easy (sure looks very easy as I read through the list of ingredients and the directions) and it says it’s delicious!
That’s a given, I’m counting on it to be delicious!
Great, another easy, semi-healthy recipe to add to my collection of Holiday Recipes!
Israeli Stuffed Dates
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
25 pitted Medjood dates
12 pecan halves
2 Tablespoons of sweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until almost melted. Stir until smooth.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Stuff each date with a pecan half and place onto the baking sheet. Drizzle the stuffed dates with melted chocolate, then sprinkle with coconut. Place into freezer, and freeze for 1 hour before serving.
Makes 25 Servings.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My Story: How did I End Up at Spark People Anyway???
I had a new Spark Friend ask me to tell her more about myself and my journey.
As I wrote my reply to her, I had to sit back and just go through in my mind when and how this Journey all got started.
I will share those thoughts here today, as they have helped me understand and put it all into better perspective.
It’s a journal entry that is shedding some light on various issues for me.
Here’s a bit about me & my journey. I’m married (22 years), a Mom to one daughter in college (20). I worked in business for 31 years (28+ in banking) left my job at the end of last year and gained 27 pounds from January to June, 2010 on an already overweight body. I like to cook and bake and want to find a way to continue to do so but in a healthier manner.
I have struggled with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I went on my first diet when I was 16. I weighed 150 pounds (5’6”) and thought I was overweight – based on all my shorter, skinny friends. I thought 125 sounded like what I should weigh – so I went on a diet that summer. I lost 15 pounds – not 25 and thought I was a failure…can you see how we get sucked into believing there’s something wrong with us at such a young age and we can’t shake loose of it? From that point on, I gained weight. I sure wish I weighed 150 right now! LOL!
My Mom was a chronic dieter. She belonged to TOPS and Weight Watchers…so that’s where I got the idea I needed to diet and that 125 should be my goal…because that was her goal (she’s only 5’2”). How unrealistic was that?
Yes, Weight Watchers was a good program. I lost 80 pounds on it when I was 19 -21 years old. It was a diet. I thought I had to diet to lose weight. I have thought that most of my adult life.
Until I got to age 45. I said to myself “enough dieting, I’m not doing this anymore!” “If dieting doesn’t work? What does?” I always thought if I could just eat like a thin person I’d get thin.
I started by walking…I bought a pedometer (Digi Walker SW-200) that just counts steps. I really researched which one to buy. I wanted a simple step counter that was VERY accurate. I started using it and discovered that I was walking 4,000 to 4,500 steps a day (real shocker!).
My goal was to get to 10,000 steps a day. I had read that people who count steps move more than people who exercise for 30 minutes a day. I since have determined that is true! 10,000 steps is approximately 5 miles.
As I focused more on increasing my steps…I found I was eating less, making better choice in foods. The weight started to drop. I went from 200 pounds to 155 in about a year. And I wasn’t dieting. I thought this was the way to go! I felt so good!
Then for whatever reason…I wasn’t walking as much, I started eating more and not focusing on my choices. I lost the magic! I realize now there is no magic. I need to stay aware of what I am doing.
So here I am, using those tools that helped me on that leg of my journey.
But I also realizing after talking to my doctor that I need a program that helps keep me more accountable.
He suggested Weight Watchers…I told him that I think DIET when I hear Weight Watchers.
I had read about Spark People. So I came to the website on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. I had been to the doctor on Friday, June 11th – had a nephew’s wedding on the 12th – started to be aware of what I was eating and started walking again on Monday, June 14th. I also weighed myself that day. Since that day I have lost about 25 pounds.
I eat healthy foods that I want to eat. I use the calorie range Spark People has given me. But I choose the foods.
Do I eat perfectly? No – there’s no such thing. I do eat better and well.
I exercise almost (I schedule 6 days a week with Sunday off – but still want to reach 10,000 steps) everyday for about 60 minutes. I walked outdoors during the summer.
Some days for 60 minutes at a time, other days 20 minutes 3 times a day… I tend to break it up.
I live in Minnesota so I needed to find a plan I could use indoors for the winter months. I am using Leslie Sansone’s Walk Slim and right now am using 3 Fast Miles. It’s 45 minutes. I add additional walking or yoga to it.
I’m not breaking any records here, but I am moving forward slowly and surely. It doesn’t feel like a diet. I do have to motivate myself to exercise. But I am always glad when I do because I do feel good. I’m trying to take it a day at a time.
And, yes, I pray about it – everyday.
And my Spark Friends are an awesome help to me!
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