Day 6

27 04 2010

Today was much better!

I started off the day with a yummy chocolate brownie protein bar (it felt so wrong and yet so right to have chocolate for breakfast).

Then I grabbed my iPod and headed out for a walk, I need to get a pedometer (I have no idea how far I walked), I walked for just over an hour around my parents neighborhood.  We had great weather here today and it was nice and sunny so the walk flew by and I felt great afterwards.

Lunch was a Green Monster!!! YUM!

And dinner was wonderful, I found some stuffed chicken breasts in my parent’s freezer, and while most stuffed chicken breasts I’ve seen are breaded and therefore high carb and high cal, but these weren’t.  They were skinless, all white meat chicken breasts stuffed with 3 kinds of cheese and jalapeños (for kick).  They were sooooo yummy and with only 200 calories, 6g of carbs and 34g of protein it was a perfect dinner.  I paired it with the Green Giant Immunity Blend of steamed veggies (broccoli, carrots and bell peppers) and it was probably the best dinner I’ve had since I made stir fry last Monday.  Not that I didn’t like the rest of the food I ate this past week, but this was way up at the top as far as taste goes.

Here’s hoping tomorrow goes just as well 🙂





Do You Cook With Quinoa?

26 04 2010

I recently took a trip to Kansas City with my mom and while we were there I was served something I’d never seen before under my seared Ahi Tuna, the menu said it was called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) and it was DELICIOUS!!!!

Apparently it only used to be available in health food stores, but now its become more mainstream, popping up in local supermarkets (I found it in mine).  Quinoa is usually thought to be a grain, but it is actually a seed.  And what a seed it is.

It is a perfect protein, it provides the body with all nine essential amino acids!  One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8g of protein (more than twice that found in other grains!!!) as well as iron, magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, fiber, copper, phosphorus, selenium, maganese, magnesium, tryptophan and lignans.  Because of this, studies show that quinoa helps promote digestive health, may prevent certain types of cancer, is full of antioxidants that can help prevent and repair free radical damage and can help with weight loss.

As if all that good stuff wasn’t reason enough to eat quinoa, another reason is that it can eaten as a savory or a sweet item.  For savory mix in your favorite veggies and a protein, and for sweet use it as a breakfast cereal and top with bananas or your other favorite sweet toppings 🙂

So have you cooked with it yet? And if not are you interested in trying it?

I’ll post some yummy quinoa recipes in the future, you can count on it.





Day 4

25 04 2010

Well today was an interesting day, I wasn’t feeling well so I slept in (and therefore missed breakfast) but once I was up my sister called and asked me to go to the mall with her.  Rushing to get ready, I fell in the shower 😦 But I decided to tough it out and go anyways.

I wore my Shape-Ups (for four hours and I didn’t feel even the faintest hint of a burn…so either I’m in better shape than I thought or these aren’t as effective as I had hoped) since they’re currently my most comfortable shoes.

For lunch we went to a place called The Picnic Basket, which is a cute little salad and sandwich shop in downtown Libertyville.  I got a turkey wrap, on the spinach wrap with lettuce, tomato, green pepper and mustard with some fruit salad on the side.

We did about 4 hours of leisurely walking through the mall (if you go by yesterday’s post that 40 minutes of shopping equals 100 calories burned then I burned roughly 500 calories at the mall…yay).

I only ate half of the wrap and about half the salad at lunch (it was really filling) so when dinnertime rolled around I didn’t want anything heavy.  I decided to use the two La Tortilla Factory wraps that I had left to make flatbread pizzas for the boyfriend and I.  This pizza ended up being compiled out of almost everything in my fridge, we’ll call it Hodgepodge Pizza.

I preheated the oven to 400 and I covered a cookie sheet with tin foil and sprayed it with cooking spray.

I placed the tortillas on the cookie sheet and brushed them with a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil…sorry my inner Rachel Ray is coming out).

Next I spread some minced basil and garlic on them.

Then I started adding toppings (feel free to add whatever you want) we had sliced mushrooms, sliced grilled chicken, sun dried tomatoes, crumbled turkey bacon, capers, bell peppers and seasonings.

Then I put a very thin layer of shredded low fat mozzarella cheese.

Put them in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned to your personal preference.

Enjoy!

It wasn’t bad, the boyfriend even liked it, but I think that next time I’ll work with a slightly different flavor profile :-/ and he thinks it needs a sauce, but the only thing I can think of using is a pesto because of how thin and crispy the tortillas get (I don’t think it would support the weight of a tomato sauce).  If you guys have any suggestions on how to make this work better let me know 🙂

How was your Saturday?

I’m trying to avoid the scale until Monday to give my body a little time to adjust to the new routine….I know a lot of people weigh themselves everyday, and I might once I’m in the swing of things (plus its a certain time of the month and I am BLOATED…I know I know…TMI…)

Anyways, its past my bedtime, but the boyfriend wanted to watch Avatar on BluRay (it looked spectacular!).

Night guys!