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1st Blog Ever: Meals in mins & Almond Coconut Milk

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I've been blogging elsewhere since starting my journey this past July 4 (2012) but haven't done any on SparkPeople so am going to start trying to do some "blogging" here.

On Spark Coach today I learned about the plate method (I already learned), but using that method to create meals for myself and family in minutes some as few as 7 minutes. Some of the ideas they gave me were:

1). Can of tuna, chopped celery, (still can't go without my mayo), onions if you like, little relish, and serve with whole wheat crackers or I like to use Arnold Deli thins for sandwhich and then some petite carrots , peaches fresh or from a can drained and a glass of milk. see discussion on milk below.

2). Can of great northern beans, mash them on galas plate, add half chopped pepper, half chopped tomato, 1/4 cup salsa, sprinkle low fat cheese over , put in microwave for 1-2 mins. Serve with baked tortillia chips, grapes, and a glass of milk.

3) Peanut Butter sandwhich on whole wheat bread( again I use Arnold or Pepperidge Farms whole grain, seven grain, or grain w/ flax seed Deli thins). Serve with brocolli with light ranch dressing, apple slices and a glass of milk.

Milk :
I currently use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend Milk from the refrigerated section . I've tried lots of varieties and types of soy and almond milks off the self (unrefrigerated) were all untolerable and quite nasty even after trting to put them in fridge. Then I learned that their were refrigerated versions in the coolers beside regular gallons of milk come in half gallons milk like cartons at my local stores. I looked, researched and compared health benifits, calories and carbs and decided after drinking skim milk my entire lfe until trying soy milk 5 months ago at the start of my journey, I could make an even better Almond Milk. I tried serval refigerated kinds/versions and due to calories and carbs for myself I opted for the Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend Milk from the refrigerated section and are $3:08-3:16 and worth every penny. It does take a little gettin use to but I adjusted well and it has a mild coconut flavor that goes surprising well with just about anything you can pair it with.

My brand Almond breeze unsweetened Almond & Coconut Blend Milk can say that It's soy and lactose free AND its nutrional info is as follows per half cup serving:
45 calories
3.5 g fat
0 g Cholesterol
125 g sodium
180 g Potassium
1 g carbs (yep just 1 gram) !
1 g dietary Fiber
45% daily value calcium ......thats 50% more calcium than regular dairy milk

In my humble opinion you can't go wrong with this milk !

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