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May 2013

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Tasting Is Believing

Before we left for vacation I got a package from Weight Watchers asking me to try out their new Red Velvet Crème Cakes.  Long time readers will know that Weight Watchers was how I lost 70 pounds back in 1999-2000.

Weight Watcher’s new campaign “Tasting is Believing.”

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Each cake is 90 calories and has 4 grams of fiber, or 2 WW points.

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The verdict?  These are delicious.  I actually like the size of it – two bites and your sweet tooth is satisfied.  It’s not overly sweet and I also like the fact that they are individually wrapped so it helps with portion control.  Thanks Daniel for letting me sample these treats! Open-mouthed smile

Breakfast yesterday was a Biz McMuffin, this time with goat cheese, egg whites and baby spinach with fresh fruit.

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I thought I had planned my insulin perfectly – look at all that fruit!  I was shocked when I tested my blood sugar before working out that it was 127 – while normal, too low for me to work out. Sad smile

On my last Sam’s Club run I thought it was a good idea to buy 10 pounds of carrots because they were only $2.98!  The bag was so big it hardly fit in my vegetable drawer!  So I decided to find out what the hell I could do with carrots.  Have you ever had carrot soup?  Me either.  I found inspiration from this blog.  The only changes are underlined below.

Carrot & Ginger Soup

4 servings: 1.5 cups each:

  • with heavy cream added:  262 calories, 12 fat, 32 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 3.6 protein
  • without heavy cream added:  160 calories, 1.9 fat, 31 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 3.6 protein

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium-large carrots, peeled + chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped  (nope!
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar (I used a teaspoon)
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • I added 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • I added 12 ounces of cooked potato with skin on
  • I added 1/2 cup of heavy cream at the end

Since I made this before work, I just chopped up the carrots and added everything in the pot except the heavy cream and cooked over medium heat for 30 minutes.  Off the heat I used my stick blender to puree and then stirred in the heavy cream.

I had a basil, baby spinach, roasted red pepper and goat cheese panini on the side.  Holy yum!  I really really liked this soup.  The red pepper balances out the sweetness of the carrots, and I think the potato gave it some more texture too.

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I had on our dinner menu cauliflower pizza crust pizza.  Um, turns out I didn’t read all the directions and the cauliflower crust had to bake longer than I expected, so I just went with my go to no rise pizza dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix together and roll it out.  No need to rise.  Although its been so long since I’ve made my own thin crust pizza, I forgot two important steps – one, to pre-bake the crust for about 5-7 minutes, and two, taking the pizza off the pizza stone and putting it directly on the oven rack for the last 5 minutes to crisp up the crust.

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So while this is good, it wasn’t great.  Oh well, can’t win them all. Open-mouthed smile

We had storms last night so I had to keep the computer turned off, so I am not sure about my calorie stats for the day, but my guess is around 1600.

We have more storms in the forecast today, although right now at 7:30 in the morning it’s sunny and 65.  So I decided to make crock pot tacos for our work lunch today with cilantro rice and my baja fresh salsa and chips.  I was actually able to grill the tomatoes before the storms came through last night.

I never met my 100 mile goal for May, although I will follow through and announce a winner of my salsa tomorrow for all those who joined in my challenge.  Also, new June goals will be posted tomorrow!  (hint: insanity may be in my future!)

Make it a great day!

Breakfast

Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

So it’s not unusual for me to be Bizzy in my Kitchen before work.  Over the weekend I bought a whole container – nearly three cups – of poppy seeds for only $1.58!  Since I know my boss likes sweet breakfasts over savory ones, I decided to make some poppy seed pancakes with slivered almonds.

I was going to use honey as my sweetener.  I just bought an $8 jar.  But as I was reaching for it, I changed my mind and decided to use agave nectar.  Sadly, I didn’t put the honey back on the shelf right, and before I knew it, my honey smashed on the counter and then all over the floor.

Somehow I thought I could catch it, and in the process ended up cutting my left hand in three places. Sad smile

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Instead of getting pissed, I slowed my roll, and thought with all the ugly shit going on in the world today, if this was the worst thing to happen to me today it was all good.  It did end up taking me 15 minutes to clean up though!  And in the end, the pancakes were worth it!

Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes

  • makes 10
  • 135 calories, 2.4 fat, 21 carbs, 3.6 fiber and 4.8 protein

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds
  • 10 teaspoons of slivered almonds

I am lazy, so I just mix everything together just until combined.  None of this shit of one bowl for dry, one bowl for wet, then combine.  I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make mine.  Once the batter is in the pan, then I sprinkled the teaspoon of slivered almonds over the top, pressed them in a bit so they wouldn’t fall out during the flip. I served with sugar free syrup and a couple slices of deli ham.

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I like these pancakes because they are not overly sweet, and with the sugar free syrup its just right.

I am sore people from my cross fit workout the other day.  Especially my shoulders and delts (I think?).  So I just did 32 minutes on the StairMaster on the interval setting – 2 minutes fast until you think you can’t step anymore, then 2 minutes slow to recover.  I was super sweaty in the end!

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Over the weekend I picked up some naan bread – 5 loaves for .99 cents!  I decided to make a naan pizza for lunch, using leftover grilled chicken from our Caeser salad the other night.  I also used baby spinach and chopped jarred roasted red pepper.

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Even though the package says “nan” I always thought it was “naan?”  Correct me if I am wrong! Open-mouthed smile   Each loaf is 230 calories.  (note to self, clean out the office toaster oven!)

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Yum and yum.  I was planning on having that whole pizza you see in the toaster oven.  But one of the partners was running late, didn’t have a lunch and had to leave for a meeting in 15 minutes, so I split my plate with her (um, she was going to eat a bag of brownies!).  And you know what?  That plate was plenty! #winning!

Even with the honey debacle, I still managed to cook some rice in the rice cooker before work so Tony could make his famous fried rice.   Chicken, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts and bean sprouts.  If it were up to me I would double the veggies, but I cannot complain – it is the best fried rice I’ve ever had.  And I didn’t bring out the low sodium soy sauce either!

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Yum and yum.  It was all I could do not to finish that entire bowl, but I restrained myself and ate 3/4.  Ha!

So the day before yesterday?  I was hungry all day.  I ended up having snacks of granola in the afternoon at work and then had a cup of peanuts in the shell after dinner and ended up with about 1900 calories.  Yesterday?  Just a couple garlic crisps with some cheese spread.

Stats for the Day:

  • no stretching because of operation honey clean up
  • 32 minute Stairmaster
  • 1394 calories, 44 fat, 152 carbs, 13 fiber, 81 protein
  • 44% of calories from carbs, 28% from fat and 28% from protein

Today I think I am going to swim to hopefully loosen up.  Right now I have some carrot potato soup on the stove – lunch today is carrot soup with a ham, roasted red pepper and goat cheese panini.

I puffy heart goat cheese.  Question of the Day:  Do you like goat cheese?

Make it a great day!

Poultry

Asian Marinated Chicken Chopped Salad

Thanks to all of you for welcoming me back from vacation!  It was funny when I went to the grocery store on Monday the first half of my basket was all fruits and vegetables, I think even my body was like “no more meat!”

Since I didn’t have a blog to post yesterday I got my walking shoes on and went for a 30 minute walk before work – so refreshing to start the day out like that. 

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Breakfast yesterday was what I like to call an inside out omelet –it’s low carb and high protein too!.  This was for two servings, one for me and one for my boss:

Inside Out Omelet

2 servings:  223 caloires, 6.7 fat, 6.1 carbs, .2 fiber and 33 protein

  • 4 slices of deli ham
  • 1.5 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1.5 cups chopped baby spinach
  • 2 roasted red peppers, chopped (I used jarred in water)
  • 1 ounce of cheddar cheese

Scramble the egg whites with the spinach and peppers.  It takes a while – I usually just put that in my pan on medium and walk away for about 5 minutes. 

When I got to work I laid out the ham, divided the egg mixture between the slices of ham.  I put the filling at the top of the ham slice, then rolled it tight.  Sprinkled the cheddar cheese over the top and then put in under the broiler until the cheese was melty and the filling was heated through.  I was in a hurry so no natural light in these pics! Open-mouthed smile

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My sister is friends on Facebook with Courtney from Biggest Loser Season 11.

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She posted a workout on her wall that my sister said might work for me during a lunch time workout.  At the time, I didn’t know it was a cross-fit workout until my co-worker told me it was!

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First of all, I totally modified this – I did a 1 mile run, then for the pull-ups, I used the rings like this for the 100 pull ups:  Still fucking hard though!

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Then I did 50 push ups, 50 sit ups, 100 air squats and then finished with a 1 mile run.  It took me 40:50!   I am happy that my first mile and second mile were almost the exact same pace!

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My friend Jody put on Facebook that they were showing cross fit on the Extreme Weight loss show last night.  I told her I was taping it.  She’s a huge cross-fit fan, has lost 40+ pounds and keeps trying to convince me to do it.  Here was our conversation:

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I thought it was funny when she said “and ur still alive?!”  I am feeling it today – especially in my back and shoulders.  As soon as I hit publish on this post I am going to do my Classical Stretch on the DVR to stretch out.

When I was at Sam’s Club I saw they had a new salad kit for only $2.39.  I was going to make a chopped Asian salad from scratch, but I couldn’t buy all the ingredients for that price, so I used this as the base.

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It said it was 3.5 servings, I only made it two.  I used 1/3 of the dressing and my boss used the other 2/3 – I don’t like an overly dressed salad.  Monday night when I was grilling our steak, I cooked the chicken for this dish.  The chicken marinated for about 2 hours before cooking, but I am sure it would be even better marinated overnight.

Asian Marinade

4 servings:  53 calories, 3.1 fat, 5.3 carbs, .1 fiber and .5 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon splenda (you could use sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
  • .25 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha

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I may or may not have added sriracha to my salad. Open-mouthed smile

I also drank all my Detox Water at work.  You know how I could tell I was dehydrated?  I drank all 2 liters and only went to the bathroom once!       

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Dinner was grilled chicken Caesar salad – a super easy week night dinner.

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I had to stop by Walgreen’s after work to pick up my insulin.  I had to get a new prescription when I went to the doctor a few weeks ago.  I have no idea what he wrote down, but I got two boxes of pens for the price of one!  Normally a box costs me $40, yesterday I got 2 boxes for $40!

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Check out how much it would have cost without insurance for those two boxes – crazy!  I don’t know what people do without insurance!

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Alright, off to stretch – make it a great day!