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BLC #16: Week 9 Challenges- Healthifying a Thanksgiving favorite, Touristing, & Playlist

Friday, November 09, 2012

I have three challenges that I need to blog about this week, so I figured I would kill 3 birds with 1 stone.

First, making a lighter version of a favorite recipe. With Thanksgiving coming up so quickly, I chose to healthify our favorite sweet potato casserole. I was scared to death to enter the calories on this thing because, as you will soon see, it is a train wreck! But it is SO darn good that I can't skip it... my "healthy" version is still pretty darn bad, but definitely better; I will need to practice major portion control!

Old recipe:

Yams, 3 cup, cubes
Granulated Sugar, .5 cup
Butter, unsalted, .5 cup
Egg, fresh, 2 large
Kirkland Fat Free Milk (SKIM) 8 oz or 240 mL, .33 cup
Mash yams. Mix all together. Pour into 13x9 inch pan.

Butter, unsalted, .33 cup
Brown Sugar, 1 cup, packed
Wheat flour, white, bread, enriched, .5 cup
Walnuts, 1 cup, chopped
Mix together; sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Nutritional Info for 1/8 of the recipe (be prepared to die!)
Calories: 529.6
Total Fat: 30.6 g
Cholesterol: 97.8 mg
Sodium: 40.8 mg
Total Carbs: 72.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
Protein: 6.1 g

Healthier Version:

Yams, 3 cup, cubes
Egg, fresh, 2 large
Kirkland Fat Free Milk (SKIM) 8 oz or 240 mL, .33 cup

Mash yams. Mix together; pour into 13x9 inch pan.


Brown Sugar, .5 cup, packed
Flour, whole grain, .5 cup
Walnuts, 1 cup, chopped
Butter, unsalted, .33 cup
Mix together; sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Nutritional Info (not great, but better!)
Calories: 322.1
Total Fat: 19.0 g
Cholesterol: 66.7 mg
Sodium: 33.9 mg
Total Carbs: 40.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Protein: 6.0 g

Next was to do something active and touristy near home. This morning I took my youngest son to a local animal refuge/zoo. It isn't really a zoo; you can drive through a safari or walk through the village and see the animals. Their main focus is on breeding cheetahs, and they have one of the most successful programs in the U.S. (possibly the world). We walked through the village for about an hour and had a really good time!

And lastly, my playlist. I don't really listen to music when I exercise, although sometimes my hubby and I sing our own motivational songs (original works, of course!), but I don't think that is anything that anyone will want me to share. I am one of those weird people who randomly make up theme songs for life.

When I'm working out inside, though, I like to watch tv while I exercise. Then I can zone out and don't even really realize that I am exercising. Sometimes I watch reruns of sitcoms (Everybody Loves Raymond, Reba, Home Improvement), but I feel like I get the best workout when I watch The Walking Dead. Every time zombies attack, I unconsciously speed up the pace of my workout.

I think that's it for this blog... I need to do my WUB still, but I'll do that after I've had the chance to decide what challenges I'm going to repeat next week! I'm leaning towards going another week without weighing, seeing as that was the hardest challenge for me to complete, but we'll see!
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  • EUEK098
    emoticon job on the challenge, have yet to do mine, ohhhh,
    1833 days ago
  • SONIA260
    sounds yum...I've not had sweet potato casserole...yours sounds more appealing than the marshmallow version.
    1834 days ago
    Good job on the challenges! Yams instead of Sweet Potatoes in Sweet Potato casserole? I'm somewhat confused.
    1834 days ago
    I like the goodies of Thanksgiving too. The modified recipe sounds like it would taste good. Yummy! Luckily turkey itself isn't too bad on our diets!
    1834 days ago
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