Protein Balls Never Tasted So Good!

October 20, 2012 in Nutrition

First off, I have to post a very cute picture…

Sleepy-Superheroes

These two little cuties have been in their Halloween costumes for 3 days straight!  The first thing my 2 year old says in the morning is, “I wanna be HULK!,” and my 4 year old thinks he really IS Captain America.  It’s adorable and I just want to eat them both up all day long.  I wish I could just freeze them and have a perma 2 year old and 4 year old forever.  They are so much fun.

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Moving on.  I’m still going strong with my little diet dealy thing.  I’m almost done with the hardest part though!  Ya-hoo!  On Monday, we get to add fruit in.  I can’t wait!

So far, I’ve lost about 5 pounds.  I lost 4-5 pretty quickly, but I’ve just been “holdin’ steady” for the past week or so.  However, I’m feeling hormonal right now and I usually gain 5 pounds when I’m hormonal.  Sooooo, “holdin’ steady” is just fine with me!

I’ve been making Protein Balls lately and I gotta say, they have never tasted better to me!  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

Peanut-Butter-Protein-Balls

I realized my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls are legal on this diet if I leave out the chocolate chips!  I am so happy and they are so so yummy!  I need to remind myself that although they are legal, they still have calories!  I sorta OD’ed on them the other day! LOL.

My kids all love protein balls too.  I like to leave a few in the car when I go to the gym so I can eat them after a workout.  If I have my two littlest ones with me, I always need to remember to bring extra for them.  They love protein balls!

Kids-eating-protein-balls-in-van

Other than protein balls, I’ve pretty much been eating the same thing.  There is only so much you can do with eggs, chicken, nuts and veggies!

Lately, I’ve been having this for breakfast,

Eggs-chicken-and-avocado
1 whole egg +4 egg whites scrambled and topped with a little low-sugar ketchup.  I have it with a side of chicken topped with Wholly Guacamole.

This is so yummy.  I especially love the guacamole.  We made grilled chicken for dinner the other night.  We purposely grilled A TON so we could keep the leftovers in the freezer.  Love it.

I had this for lunch the other day,

Chicken-avocado-and-protein-shake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake with a side of Fajita filling (chicken, peppers and onions from the freezer) topped with Wholly Guacamole.

Okay, I know this is a TON of food, but I was starving.  Figuring out what to eat on this diet is kind of a pain, so when I DO eat….I make it count!

Well, that’s the latest!  I will just keep trudgin’ along with this diet and keep you all posted!

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday night!

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It’s Nice to Not have a Raging Appetite!

October 12, 2012 in Adventures, Nutrition

Well I am officially on Day #5 of my “healthy cleanse.”  Yay!  I actually really love doing things like this.  It’s tough, but I know a little self discipline is good for me!

I already live a pretty healthy lifestyle, but I know my “healthy lifestyle” can quickly become a little too casual and comfy if I’m not careful.  I told y’all I had 5+ pounds creep up on my lately.  I don’t like that!

Soooo, I think it’s a good idea to jump start the system every once in a while!  In fact, I think I’ll do this cleanse once a year.  YIKES….did I really just say that outloud???

I must say I’m so dang sick of chicken, eggs and veggies!  Bleh.  Actually, my appetite for everything has gone way down.  The first few days of this cleanse, I was starving!  But, yesterday my body just started to chill.  I feel very stable and I really don’t have any cravings.  It’s kind of amazing.  My stomach lets me know when I’m hungry, but I don’t feel that “crazy, starving, going to eat everything in sight” kind of hunger.  It’s really cool.  It’s a reminder to me that what I am doing is GOOD for my body.

With that being said, I went to visit my doc again on Wednesday.  She told me I can have honey, stevia, agave and xylitol.  I was SO HAPPY to hear that!!  She also confirmed that I can have Whey Protein Powder even though I can’t have dairy.  She said Whey Protein is just the protein from milk and nothing else.  Cool.

She also gave me the results from the blood tests I had taken.  I am happy to say ALL of my tests came back awesome.  Wahoo!  Here are some of my results, in case ya wanna know:

Hemoglobin A1c: 4.5 (They want you to be under 5.5.  5.7 is prediabetic and 6.5 is diabetic.)
Estimated Average Glucose: 82
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: 1.95 (It’s nice to know my Thyroid is working properly!)
Total Cholesterol: 149 (should be under 200)
HDL (Good Cholesterol): 56 (should be between 40-83)
LDL (Bad Cholesterol): 84 (should be less than 100)

I also had a complete blood count done and my kidneys and liver tested.  Everything turned out great.

I’m happy to know my “issues” probably stem from just having a lame immune system.  I’m also in the process of fixing that lame immune system, AND I think it’s working!

It’s a miracle!!!!!!!!

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Here are some of the things I’ve been eating the past few days…

Ham-and-eggs-with-ketchup
I had this for breakfast today.  I wasn’t feelin’ the “veggie vibe”, so I just scrambled 1 whole egg + 4 egg whites together and topped them with a little low sugar ketchup!  I also fried up 4 slices of ham in a little bit of olive oil.  I’m not technically supposed to have ham, but I had this in my fridge and it needed to be used.  It’s lean , nitrate/nitrite free and I think it’s pretty harmless. ;-)

Eggs-tomatoes-and-ham
I had this for breakfast yesterday.  Pretty much the same thing except I topped my eggs with tomatoes instead of ketchup.  I’m sorry to say I’m getting really sick of veggies!  I’m still eating them a ton, but I can’t stomach them for breakfast.  Uggh.

Chicken-and-Veggies

I had this for lunch 2 days ago.  I just stir-fried some broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, peppers, onions and rotisserie chicken together I seasoned it with a little seasoned salt and soy sauce (I’m not sure if that’s legal, but I don’t care!)

Turkey-Burger-pickles-salad
I had this for lunch yesterday.  A leftover Turkey Burger topped with low sugar ketchup, mustard, tomatoes and salt & pepper, pickles and salad!

Turkey-Meatballs-Zucchini-Noodles-potatoes-and-salad
We had this for dinner 2 nights ago.  Zucchini noodles (I’ve been meaning to put the recipe on here!) topped with homemade spaghetti sauce and turkey meatballs served with a side of mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and salad!

Modified-Taco-Salad
We had this for dinner last night.  I made tacos for the kids and Kev and I made “modified” taco salads!  We had mixed greens + spinach with taco meat, hard boiled eggs, olives, tomatoes and Wholly Guacamole topped with salsa and a little Walden Farms ranch dressingIt was really tasty, but like I said, I AM SO SICK OF VEGGIES!

Vanilla-Almond-Butter-Protein-Shake
I’ve been having a protein shake every day.  They’ve almost been like a treat for me and I really look forward to them.  This one was 1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 T. Almond Butter, 1 tsp. Honey, a couple drops Almond Extract, 2 big handfuls Baby Spinach and 6-7 ice cubes!  YUM!

Chocolate-Mug-Cake-+-Almond-Butter
I just had this for a snack a little bit ago!  It was a WELCOME change!  It’s my Peanut Butter Chocolate mug cake recipe topped with a little almond butter.  YUM!  It might look a little nasty, but it was so awesome!  I did modify the recipe just a bit.  I used almond milk instead of skim milk and Stevia instead of Splenda.  It tasted just the same and was healthier!

Justins-Maple-Almond-Butter

I gotta say Justin’s Maple Almond Butter has been my saving grace!!  Man, is it good!  It does have a little bit of maple sugar in it, but it’s still stellar in the health department.  However, it’s $8.00 a jar (at Walmart), so I am using it judiciously.  I’ve just been eating it with a spoon (makes the perfect little sweet snack!) or topping my mug cake with it.  Super yum.

Well, there ya go.  I’m determined to succeed at this cleanse!  I will just “keep on keepin’ on” and will of course, keep you all informed!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!

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Still Pluggin’ Away…

September 18, 2011 in Nutrition, Recipe

Well, I’ve now completed day 6 of my low-carb diet.

I must say that I really really love it!

It is hard, but it’s so so good for me!

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I’ve been really surprised by how “not hungry” I’ve been.

I can honestly say that I don’t crave carbs…at all.

I still think they sound yummy and I would love to eat them, but I don’t crave them.

In fact, my body feels very very stable.  I love it.

When I get hungry, I just feel hungry, not out of control and ravenous!

It seemed like before if I got really hungry, I would fiercely crave all carbs…in fact I would crave them so much that sometimes I would throw all caution to the wind and eat whatever the heck I wanted.

Now, I feel like I can make thoughtful and planned decisions about what to eat.

My favorite foods and cravings don’t control me…I control them.

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Even though I’m not craving carbs and I’m feeling in control and stable, it still is not easy!

I miss a lot of my “old” food and I’m getting kind of sick of the food I’m eating.

I went to the store on day 3 of my diet and every carb in the store seemed to call my name! 

The Cheerios looked so heavenly…yes, Cheerios!

It was tough!

It seemed like around day 4, my body started to chill and the cravings went away.

However, last night we had a birthday party for my son who turned 8.

I usually make the cakes for my kids birthdays because I think store-bought cakes are gross.

Well, this time I bought the cake (so I wouldn’t be tempted)….and it looked so freakin’ good!  Augghhh!

As I was serving it up, it was hard to not just face plant into the cake and gobble it all up! ;-)

But, I was strong!  Yay!

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Anyway, I thought I would share some more pics of what I’ve been eating….

Here’s some Breakfasts…

eggs and low carb tortilla

1 egg, 3 egg whites, peppers, onions, real bacon bits, and cheddar cheese! I also had a low-carb tortilla with peanut butter on the side! So yummy! I’m probably going to have this tomorrow morning too!

eggs, ham and low carb tortilla

1 egg and 3 egg whites topped with low carb ketchup and cheddar cheese with deli ham and a low-carb tortilla with peanut butter on the side.

turkey bacon, low carb toast and eggs

1 egg, 3 egg whites topped with low carb ketchup. 2 slices of turkey bacon. 1 slice of low carb bread topped with peanut butter.

veggie omelet and cheese toast

1 egg, 3 egg whites, green beans, peppers, onions, tomatoes, topped with homemade salsa. 1 slice of low carb bread topped with Smart Balance spread and cheddar cheese! Yum!

Breakfast has not been hard at all for me!  I love scrambled eggs (obviously) and I’ve changed them up enough that I’m not getting sick of them.  I”m also loving having a peanut butter tortilla (YUM!) or a slice of toast on the side.

Here’s some things I’ve had for lunch…

tortilla with ham and cheese

Low carb tortilla with ham and melted cheese.

chicken, zucchini and tortilla

Dinner leftovers (Almond Crusted Parmesan Chicken with zucchini and yellow squash topped with mozzarella cheese on the side). I served it with a low carb peanut butter tortilla (of course!)

egg salad, ham and tortilla

Egg White Salad (egg whites mixed with salt, pepper and lite Miracle Whip) with deli ham and a peanut butter tortilla on the side.

tunafish salad and healthy mug cake

Tuna fish (with pickles, light mayo and mustard) atop a bed of greenleaf lettuce. Served with a “legal” low carb cake! Yummy!

Here’s a little tip.  My lettuce was looking a little limp, so while I fixed the tuna and cake, I soaked the lettuce in a bowl of ice water…

lettuce on ice

Then I ran it through my little “salad spinner”…

lettuce in salad spinner

It crisped right up and it was yummy!

About the cake…I was thinking I could create a “legal” (5 net carbs or under) cake, so I tweaked a recipe and it turned out yummy!

Here it is (I didn’t take any pictures of the creation process, sorry!)

Low Carb Microwave Chocolate Cake

3 T Almond Flour

1 T Cocoa

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

3 T Splenda (or Truvia)

2 T Melted Butter (I used Smart Balance Omega 3 Buttery Sticks, not the spread)

1 T water

2 egg whites

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Mix all the dry ingredients (almond flour, cocoa, baking powder, Splenda) in a glass dish (I used a Pyrex 2 cup measure and it worked perfectly!)

Add the wet ingredients (butter, water, egg whites)

Mix very well with a fork

Microwave for 1 minute, 45 seconds or until “done”…don’t overcook or it will be dry!

Voila!  This turns out to be about 2 carbs (just from the cocoa…I don’t count the carbs from the almond flour)

I topped it all with some Reddiwhip in the can and it added 1 more carb!  Yummo!

Here’s some things I’ve had for dinner…

hot dog, chicken and salad

Hot dog topped with low-carb ketchup, mustard and pickles with rotisserie chicken and salad (Ice burg, tomatoes and cheese topped with a little lite Ranch) on the side.

This night was a “crazy” night, so this was a perfect, easy meal.

Btw, these are my favorite hot dogs,

oscar mayer premium hot dogs

They are yummy, have no nitrates and nitrites added and just list “beef” as the only meat (no mechanically separated three meat surprise!).  It’s still not a “health food”, but it’ll do!

chicken with zucchini and squash

Almond Crusted Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini and Yellow Squash topped with mozzarella on the side.

Here’s my recipe for the chicken and for the veggies, I just sliced up the zucchini and squash in my food processor.  Put a little olive oil and seasoning salt in a big ziploc, mixed it up, added the squash and mixed it up.  Put it all in a glass pan.  Covered it with foil and baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or so.  Then I took off the foil, added the cheese, and threw it back in the oven until the cheese melted.  Yum!

Last night, after my son’s birthday party, Kev and I ran over to Chili’s for dinner.  We both got Sirloin Steak with broccoli on the side.  It was very good…and so nice to go OUT to eat!

For dinner tonight, we had a “clean out the fridge” night.  It was great and we were all stuffed!

Well, I gotta go to bed!  I am a tired lady!

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