Cheeseburger Salad - Yuck? No... Really Awesome!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Well it's an early fall saturday, halloween in fact - uw badger football game and hopefully a really pleasant day with my wife!

Last week, Monday thru Friday I was running a reduced calorie plan and after reviewing the results yesterday with my medical/nutrition team we upped my parameters to:

Calories: 1450-1490
Carbs: 140-150
Fat: 40-45
Protein: 110

Still trying to get the majority of my carbs in at breakfast & lunch with far less for dinner. Going to try and pick up some no-carb protein powder(isopure) and maybe use that as a nightime snack or just to fill in the gaps throughout the day once in awhile if I'm hungry.

I read another member's blog yestersday and was inspired to make a goal of buying a set of resistance bands, as a way for to get a little more exercise each day and that it might be fun and I can keep them near my desk so they are real handy and I can just pop up and bang out a few sets whenever I that felt like another subtle shift...wanting to figure out another way to exercise that could be fun, simple and produce results...I was proud of myself for putting this on my list of things to buy.

My wife had found a new recipe/idea yesterday morning for us to try called "Cheeseburger Salad" the idea being that it was a really healthy and from what she had read from the reviews...a tasty alternative to a "chesseburger fix" for people trying to eat healthy & lose weight. So at first, I thought ok whatever I'm tired, just go with it - sounds gross, but if it's good for you just do it. Well, we both took a few bites and looked at eachother and smiled as if we had struck gold.

She made these tiny, I think 1oz little 93% lean ground beef meatballs mixed with a little worcestshire & montreal seasoning(no salt) flattened them out and cooked them with no fat, just a little fat free Pam, and just a little bit of fat free shredded cheddar cheese on the tops - but then salad was of course lettuce, tomatoes, cut up pickles and there was a low calorie yellow mustard vinagrette that had cut up green & red bell peppers in it. So three little burgers on to of the salad with the yellow mustard dressing drizzled over all of it.

It was great, tasted so much like a real good cheeseburger and yet it was super low carb, low fat and healthy -we think we might fold this in as a regular staple to our dinner meals a few times a month.

Since getting diagnosed with diabetes I have done really great at cutting out all juices, desserts, candy..all the crap that I used to eat...well last night my wife had a found a bakery that makes diabetic friendy stuff and she splurged(expensive -like $25) for a sugar free low fat coconut cream pie, 6 slices, 100 calories per slice...when she first told me I kept asking her a few times "are you sure it's sugar free?" So I had two small pieces and really enjoyed that special treat at the end of a busy & successful week. Not something I can or want to do very often, but it was good to see that every once in awhile I can have a "treat" without the emotional/physical fall out and that I can practice self-restraint and discipline and that I can also sometimes indulge myself with a healthy treat.

Looking forward to today and I hope you all have a really Smooth Saturday! emoticon
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    emoticon on a very successful week.
    4287 days ago
    So you found another wonderful addition to your repertoire of healthy foods! emoticon

    HereĀ“s a few more stretchy band exercises I found last week -
    4287 days ago
    Sounds great! Can you ask her to share her receipe?

    I love healthy versions of Taco salads so I know this will be great!

    4287 days ago
    I think I will try this recipe this week. Sounds like a great way to get my cheese burger fix. Thank You!
    4287 days ago
    The cheeseburger salad sounds like a unique idea. Salads are great.....limitless combinations so you never get bored. Your weight loss is very impressive! Good job!!!!
    4287 days ago
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    keep up the good work
    4287 days ago
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