Wash,dry, and freeze your greens (spinach/kale) in a bag and throw them in the blender with your protein shake. They get so small and don't over power the taste you wont even know they are in there!
To keep myself feeling full and satisfied, and the sugar/carb cravings at bay, I make sure I'm getting plenty of lean protein. On days when that seems to be hard, I make myself a small smoothie of only 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 of a banana, a handful of salad greens, and one scoop of whey protein powder, and 5 oz. water. Very filling and nutritious without over doing the sugar.
One or two teaspoons of fat free/sugar free Pistachio or Butterscotch Instant Pudding mix into a cup of fat free plain yogurt. Stir until blended....YUM!
I've started entereing recipes I try and like into the SP Recipe Builder right away, along with any notes from my cooking experience. That way I know I can find the recipe again AND it's simple to add it to my food tracker moving forward :)
Zucchini is a fantastic replacement for "shake and bake" potatoes (Potatoes have so many more calories). You can coat them in the box Shake 'n' Bake or in bread crumbs with your own spices, and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've absolutely loved root beer floats. Eating is emotional to me, when I think of root beer floats, I think of being at my grandparent's house on a hot summer day when my grandma would make everyone an ice cold refreshing float. I still crave them today, but instead of having a full one I have a root beer shot. It's less than half the calories, with all the familiar taste.
Recently, I have been adding recipes instead of food groupings to my food tracker. Instead of putting foods together, I do it in the form of a recipe that I add to my cookbook. This way, my food tracker is tidier and I find it easier to see what I've eaten on a single meal
Recently I've started going through my cooking magazines and saving the recipes that I honestly think I would cook for myself or my family. So far I've managed to clear off a shelf in my office of old magazines into a neatly organized recipe box using this method:
A recent new bar recipe got whacked when I forgot to add the egg. I didn't want to waist it, instead I kept reheating for 20 min. at 350 degress; until it got 'crunchy'. Finally got 'crisp' bars out of the omission.
This brand is, without a doubt, the BEST Greek yogurt on the market, if not the best yogurt out there, period. It is rich & creamy and good enough to be eaten plain. However, for a well-rounded breakfast, I mix in a generous handful of berries and some original FiberOne or plain Kashi GoLEAN cereal to add in some antioxidants and fiber. It makes a great, breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
If you like to cook from scratch or just want to know how many calories are in the way YOU mix it together, add your own recipe! You only have to measure it once and then you know. Also, add the serving measurement to the title so you know exactly how to enter it in your tracker.
I love making soups and I usually make enough for 3-4 days. To keep it crunchy, I finely cut some cabbage and line the bowl with the cabbage and ladle in some hot soup. The cabbage takes on the soup's taste and also stays crunchy.
I use the Recipe Calculator to determine calorie count of a new recipe. I check the recipes on file to see if someone else has made it yet or create my own recipe and add it to my Meal Planner