The advantage of eating complex carbohydrates. They are high in fiber and unlike other carbs., fiber does not digest. It passes through your digestive system cleaning things up and lowering cholesterol along the way. Also the body burns 7 calories for every gram of fiber consumed by trying to digest it. Get in 30 grams of fiber and burn 210 calories.
Easy frozen yoghurt: I took 6oz of blueberry Greek yoghurt and blended with a snack pack of gelled dessert, added a tsp of xylitol (not really necessary, it was sweet enough) then put in small containers in the freezer. I was trying to limit the amount of milk protein per serving this way (allergies) since I couldn't resist a free coupon for the dairy yoghurt, but it was really good and the gelling agent kept it spoonable. You can use unflavored gelling agent (such as gelatin if you eat it) and just experiment to see if you need to add a sweetener. The gelatin etc. seems to be what helps keep it airy. I saw in reading about simple frozen yoghurt recipes that some people prefer it tart and so don't add any extra sweetener.
More recently, I've experimented with blending 6oz (or less) almond milk, 8tbsp (normal serving size) nondairy protein powder, plus a gelled dessert cup. That filled two 4oz plus one 2oz containers in the freezer, I might try reducing the almond milk to 4oz. Tasted quite good, although it needed to thaw for about ten minutes to be spoonable. Nondairy yoghurt would probably stay spoonable right out of the freezer, just like the dairy yoghurt.
In the past, I've tried freezing portions of protein powder shakes without any gelling agent, and they were scrapeable after thawing a bit but not really spoonable. The gelling agent does make a difference.
Fitness Minutes: (129,510)
160,822 1/1/15 5:55 A
Non-fat cream cheese. I just made a dip/spread with non-fat cream cheese, scallions, and some culantro in the blender - it was quite good. I'll put non-fat cream cheese in almost anything to give it 'creaminess.' It's the first time I've used culantro (recao in Puerto Rico) and I liked it. One supermarket I frequent has a large selection of Hispanic foodstuffs - really interesting food.
Fitness Minutes: (84,079)
11/9/14 8:40 A
Does it actually taste like BBQ sauce? Remember way back in the day when there was a product line for diabetics that offered everything from candies to sauces to dressings (Think the name was 50/Fifty?) - they tasted HORRIBLE!
Getting healthier one choice, one moment, at a time!
Finding it hard to get enough fiber into my diet... always fall a little short daily! I found something that said black beans are super high in fiber and I had some in the cabinet... so what to do with them to make them delicious?
I decided to drain the beans, toss in a bowl. Add a drained can of sweet corn and cut up a tomato. I tossed the whole mixture with a little taco seasoning, and then topped with some cheddar. It's not too high in calories, great for fiber and a little calcium with the cheese... and I find it DELICIOUS!
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -Thomas Jefferson
There are more but these are some of the things I rely on most: - Sparkpeople (tracking especially - the awareness really ups compliance) - FitBit - awareness again - Plain non-fat Greek yogurt (doctored up, of course, with Splenda, flavorings, nuts, or fruits) it's got soooo much protein and without all the sugar and additives in pre-flavored yogurt - Trader Joe's whole grain whole wheat low carb tortilla (only 4 carbs + 2 fiber) - Pre-washed organic baby spinach - Chia seeds - super versatile & super healthy with calcium, Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber; takes on taste of whatever you have it in; can be left in almond milk, water or other liquid about 10 min and used in baking; good to sprinkle in yogurt; very filling - Al Fresco chicken sausages - super low fat; no nitrates, taste great; bkfst & dinner styles - Almonds and walnuts - small amts as accents for salads, yogurts, veggies, snacks - Splenda (choose your poison I guess but without it I couldn't do Greek yogurt and a lot of other things that are very healthy for me) - Breville countertop convection toaster oven - roast veggies in it daily; fast & convenient - Digital scale with "zero out" function and pull-out display (WAY easier than measuring, especially when adding a bunch of ingredients - just zero out after each one)
Consistency over time, not perfection brings fitness success.
current weight: 236.0
Fitness Minutes: (10,138)
11/2/14 10:01 P
RE black bean noodles. I like the Explore Asia Black Bean Spaghetti. I order it online - you can goodle it. I really like it, my kids tolerate it.......if you know what I mean ;) they seem to hold it on the same level as whole wheat pasta.
Edited by: DINGOERIKA at: 10/28/2014 (18:39)
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (12,546)
3,667 10/28/14 2:41 P
“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ~ Steve Maraboli ~
Bought Italian sausage and cooked in a fry pan with onion wedges until browned. Then added huge chunks of summer squash, mushrooms, yellow pepper and spring onions. Used lots of Mexican oregano, garlic salt and pepper. Added a can of artichokes, stirred, heated and ate!
OMG! it was so good!
I have really missed veggies lately. Got my fill tonite!
I was at the supermarket yesterday and saw a little plastic gadget - at one of those displays they put next to a food shelf - that turned out to be really useful. It's a case shaped like a muffin for making breakfast sandwiches in the microwave.
I'm sure it's cheaper somewhere online, but I bought one and took it home.
I really like high-fiber 'light' english muffins. I also like Egg Beaters and I like non-fat Cheddar cheese (shredded or in slices). I mixed some shredded non-fat cheese with the Egg Beaters in a non-stick saucepan and cooked them so they were fluffy and still moist. I put some vegetarian sausage patties (Morning Star original flavor) in the oven and baked them for around 10 minutes.
One toasted English Muffin + vegetarian sausage patty + a dollop of Cheesy Egg Beaters smooshed down went into the muffin case and spent 1 minute in the microwave (High power). Done, hot, low-calorie, low-fat, and tasty!
I keep the cooked eggs and sausages in a container in the fridge. Very quick meal.
Fitness Minutes: (103,118)
8,034 10/26/14 11:00 A
Like a chocolate bar? Or like hot cocoa? I've heard cacao nibs are AWESOME (gotta go to the health food store or online to get em) and they're just pieces of the cacao bean! At least that's my understanding.
Getting healthier one choice, one moment, at a time!
greek yogurt, chobani 0% vanilla is awesome in smoothies! Aladdin smoothie glasses. I love these because I can buy replacement straws without a hassle and they are pretty fun. my stability ball. I have gotten better though my cat still wont be on the floor in case it goes across the room towards her again if I fall off! roasting vegetables. awesome and mrs. dash is super easy for seasoning with a little olive oil. try roasting cauliflower too, unbelievably great. sea salt, olive oil and black pepper make it taste great pesto. I never thought I would eat or like it, let alone make it. its is good stuff either way. super healthy too I also love land o lakes light butter with canola oil. spreadable and you cant taste any difference. bagel thins too. my latest obsession in the mornings or whenever.
This is a long list but these all are favorite things for me on any day.
current weight: 241.0
Fitness Minutes: (859)
10/13/14 2:29 P
Check out the facts on this New bread I'm in love with. It doesn't taste all bland, and its soft and good. (unlike most healthy bread)
Nutrition Facts Eureka Grainiac organic bread
Serving Size: 2 serving Amount Per Serving Calories 260.0 Total Fat 5.0 g Saturated Fat 0.0 g Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 300.0 mg Potassium 4,000.0 mg Total Carbohydrate 44.0 g Dietary Fiber 10.0 g Sugars 10.0 g Protein 10.0 g
brown rice tortillas make the best pizza crust. heat 1 side in skillet. Flip. Add 1/4 c. sauce and low fat cheese and toppings. Cover, melts and done. Thin and crunchy, and I am A thick crust lover. Yummy and quick!
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