I have a new product to me that you guys may already know about. I love my parfaits, and while I normally make my own granola, I haven’t made any in a couple weeks. When I was on an office run for Diet Coke, I went down the granola aisle to see what I could find. We all know that while granola is healthy, it is on the calorie bomb side. As luck would have it, not only was this Kashi granola on sale for $2.99 a bag at Mariano’s, it was also the least caloric – only 110 for 1/3 of a cup, which is the perfect amount for a parfait.
Hannah bought a bunch of frozen fruit at Walmart (I think on Instagram I said Aldi –oop!) – the mix I used to make it is the Great Value Whole Berry Medley with no sugar added – it as whole strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Each one cup serving is 80 calories, .5 fat, 17 carbs, 6 fiber and 1 protein.
- 1 cup whole berry medley fruit
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- In a small pan, heat the whole fruit and water over medium low heat for about 4-5 minutes, just until the fruit starts to defrost and release it’s juices. Mix the sugar and corn starch together. Bring the heat up to medium high, add the sugar mixture and cook for 1-2 more minutes until the sauce starts to become thick. Don’t worry, once it cools the sauce will thicken. Once cooled I put in a mason jar to bring to work. You could easily quadruple this recipe (which is what I plan to do this weekend) and store each in a pint jar to just grab and go.
- Feel free to use any frozen fruit you have on hand. The possibilities are endless 😀
This was so good. The fruit was on the tart side, with just a hint of sweetness and you get the tang from the yogurt and then just a pop of sweetness with the granola. That whole parfait was just 305 calories and super filling.
My Mom and I are getting together tomorrow for lunch/shopping for a new cell phone for her at Verizon/then a movie. While we were on the Verizon site I noticed I had racked up 115,000 points and I didn’t know what the hell I could get for that many points! Well, turns out unless I want to shell out $165 for a $360 purse using 20,000 points, not much. So I put in my zip code and sure enough, one of the restaurants we frequent was on the “list.” For a mere 1,000 points, I got a buy one/get one entrée free for up to $12. Score!
Weird to me? Going to this place and not ordering a Boddingtons! I am still going strong with the no alcohol and ordered an iced tea.
I ordered the steak kabob plate, described as teriyaki glazed beef kabobs with steamed veggies and a plain baked potato. Perfect!
Holy balls that is a lot of food! I ate one of the skewers, half my potato and about 1/2 a cup of veggies. When I got home I weighed my leftovers – 5 ounces of beef, 12 ounces of veggies and 5 ounces of potato! What the what?! I’ve been going to this restaurant for years and I told the owner Vince as we left “your portions are just too big!” I said you could have split my dinner in half, charged someone else the same $15 and the profit margin would be so much higher. His response? People expect big portions. What the What? I wish I would have taken a picture of Jacob’s pasta dish – it literally was served in a serving dish that was the size of something you’d see at a family style dinner at a wedding.
That above is the leftovers sans the baked potato. Crazy! I mean, I am all about using leftovers, but it’s no wonder that America has an obese problem when restaurants serve this ridiculous sized portions. The food was delicious though!
So that brings us to my first two week WI of the year. On January 1st I was . . .
On January 15, I am . . .
So I’ve lost 3.8 the first two weeks of 2016! I’ll take it. Like I said the first few days of not having my wine my brain went into “I can eat more food because I am not consuming wine anymore!” But calories are calories, no matter where they come from. I also curbed my night time snacking week two. So my goal is to be 169.9 by January 31. That’s another 4.2 pounds and now that I am in the groove, I have no doubt that I’ll hit that number.
For the first time in a long time I am believing in myself, that I can actually set a goal and stick with it. And you know what? It feels pretty good!
Alright, totally have to scoot – I had a ton of computer problems this morning so I have exactly 8 minutes to get my ass out the door – Happy Friday and have a great weekend! See you Monday, until then, “see” you on Instagram. Hugs!