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Freggies: A Love Affair

Saturday, July 27, 2013

For the first time in months, we're low on vegetables and fruits. I need to drop by the farmer's market - and will tomorrow morning - because it's slim pickings at home. It got me thinking about the dramatic change my taste buds have made in less than seven months.

1.) The old breakfast stand by was a Soy Joy Bar. Now I reach for bananas and apples as my breakfast stand-bys, whether it's mixed in a protein shake or raw.

2.) My previous comfort food was homemade macaroni and cheese (corn pasta). I always justified the deliciousness with the time consuming process of preparing it; contrary to that I almost always ate enough to make myself ill. Now I prefer spaghetti squash with meat sauce - and I by prefer I mean crave it. It's sweet, salty, filling, and delicious.

3.) I used to indulge in french fries and potato skins. All artificial, all the time. Now I will happily dice up my own potatoes to steam, bake, or sauté. Not too mention my excess use of sweet potatoes (though I always loved those).

4.) I was inhaling potato chips and gluten free pretzels all the time. Now I have pre-weighed servings of carrots that crisp, delicious, and filling. I rarely leave home without them.

5.) Not too mention I was dipping numbers 3 and 4 in mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, and/or melting cheese on all of it. I never felt great after doing that and soon understood the benefits of not doing that. I enjoy - and quite frankly crave - a good Greek yogurt now (technically not a freggie replacement, but I do include blueberries and strawberries quite a bit).

6.) I was eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream by the pint. Sometimes two. It's not an absolute freggie replacement, but I grab trail mix for snacks now. They certainly aren't perfect for nutrition, but they are loaded with raisins, cranberries, and bananas. So instead of a 300 calories 1/4 of ice cream, I enjoy a 300 calories 1/2 cup of protein rich trail mix.

I'm loving my substitutions, which are technically no longer substitutions. They are my favorite foods. The above "past life" foods aren't even on my crave radar (yeah, even ice cream). The one I do crave (ahem, pizza) I indulge in. Not everyday or even every week. But my freggie cravings? I indulge away in deliciousness.
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    Terrific! I love pizza too and get my fix a couple of ways.
    1) I make a pizza using a garden burger as the crust. Top with pizza sauce, a little cheese and some onion and it is pretty darn yummy.
    2) I use low cal pita bread as a crust. Top with pizza sauce or marinara, assorted veggies, maybe some diced chicken or black beans and a little cheese. Makes great low cal single serve pizza. I have a stack of them in my freezer lol.

    You are doing great. Healthy nutritious food really does a body good.

    1721 days ago
    And a husband sanctioned love affair at that! :) Summerlicious fruits and veggies in abundance! I treated myself to a piece of technically not "all that" nutritionally corn on the cob last night with a bit of balsamic and herbs that we grilled and it was like a former days dessert to me. I so enjoyed it! Love reading your blogs.

    1727 days ago
    Oh my gosh, I didn't realize we were snacking together!! Really great changes you've made. It's such a pleasure to read your blogs and pick up great ideas. I have been eating a lot of the gluten free chips and I found some low sodium tortilla chips and realized that I really can't have them in the house. Thanks for sharing the changes you've made.

    1728 days ago
    I am so proud of you and your healthy life-style changes.
    You most certainly are on the right road to reach your health goals.
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    1728 days ago
    Nice work!
    1728 days ago
    What great changes you have made. emoticon
    1729 days ago
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