The Last Supper

7 06 2010

Tonight marked the last dinner that my boyfriend and I might be able to eat together for the next 12 weeks (he’s doing a weight loss challenge at his gym and his trainer has him on a super strict diet) so I decided to make the fish that I was going to make last week (when I accidentally thawed the chicken instead).

Its a favorite in our house, super yummy and healthy (its from the Cooking Light, Fresh Food Fast cookbook)

Just pre-heat your oven to 425F

Line a baking sheet with some aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Place your fish on the baking sheet (I use 2 4oz filets) this week I used cod, but I’ve used tilapia and halibut before (any firm white fish will do)

Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and add sprigs of fresh dill (stems removed) to the top of the fish, return to the oven for another 5 minutes or so or until it flakes easily with a fork.

Mix together a couple tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream, lemon juice (just a squirt, about the amount from 2 lemon wedges) and capers.
The amount that you make of this sauce is really up to your personal taste and preference.

This is the final product.

This is my boyfriend’s plate, I only eat one filet.

Enjoy!

What are some of your family’s favorite dishes?

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Yum

5 06 2010

I just made the best guacamole…I would post a picture, but I taste tested it in the kitchen and now its gone lol.

I mashed up half an avocado, added about half a tablespoon of chopped garlic, 1/3 of a medium sized tomato-chopped, cilantro, black pepper and sriacha hot sauce (to taste…I like it spicy, and the avocado cools really well).

Mix and enjoy. I had it with some pita chips and some carrot chips. I love avocados ūüôā

I promise to post pictures next time.





Yesterday

4 06 2010

Yesterday was kind of a boring day…I wish it hadn’t been, since my boyfriend was off, but he hung out in his “man cave” and played on the computer and watched tv until he went to the gym. ¬†I asked to go with him to try out his gym, since he HAD gotten me a 7 day guest pass, but he adamantly said no. ¬†I think he was kinda embarrassed to take me with, last night was his second appointment with his personal trainer and apparently during the first session he spent a lot of it dry heaving and almost puking. ¬†But seriously, I didn’t want to go watch HIM workout, I wanted to check out the facilities and get MY workout on ūüôā

Didn’t happen, bummer.

I did about 15 minutes worth of my physical therapy exercises (which include a lot of work with resistance bands and my balance ball) and then my mom called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk and a light dinner with her (after we swung by the mall real quick). ¬†Well we never left the mall, its what usually happens, but I wore my pedometer anyways and according to it and MyFitnessPal.com my four hours of “walking at a slow pace” burned over 900 calories for someone my weight…hmmm…don’t know if that’s 100% right but it made me feel better.

Being on a limited calorie diet I’m used to eating 5-6 times per day, usually 3 meals and some snacks, however when I met up with my mom yesterday, thinking that it was just going to be a “quick mall run” I hadn’t eaten my afternoon snack and was only sitting around 400ish calories consumed since I’d had a light breakfast and lunch (I haven’t been hungry at all lately and its really bothering me…). ¬†So needless to say, after several hours of wandering the mall with my mom and watching her try on clothes my blood sugar was running pretty low and I was starting to not feel so well (light headed, irritable…) so I kinda snapped (sorry mom) and said I needed to eat something now and that she could keep eating but I had to eat.

Well, she felt bad about it and for the sake of the diet we skipped the food court and headed to one of the¬†restaurants¬†attached¬†to the mall called McCarthy’s. ¬†I was a little worried about going an Irish Pub style place (bar food..eep?) but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of healthy options they had available. ¬†I was set on getting a salad until I saw a burger that they’re apparently “famous” for, their Iri-Shroom burger (a burger with mushrooms¬†saut√©ed¬†in Guinness, havarti dill cheese and a herb garlic spread) so my mom and I decided to split the burger and the salad so we could try it and be healthy at the same time ūüôā

It was perfect, and unlike a lot of restaurants, their portions weren’t HUGE so I was just the right amount of full without feeling bloated. ¬†I stayed within my calorie count so that’s a plus ūüôā

I also got my mom to sign up for MyFitnessPal.com! ¬†It’s a great tool if you’re trying to lose weight, or just want a way to track your food and exercise. ¬†Yesterday I used the message board on the site to join a June weight loss group where everyone has to set their weight loss goals for June. ¬†Even though I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks I decided to be ambitious and set a goal of 8lbs for June. ¬†This will put me well under 200lb (w00t) and is an average of 2lbs per week which is totally attainable. ¬†Everyone who set a “mini” goal set up a corresponding reward, mine is a spa pedicure, I haven’t had one in so long!

Do you use goals to motivate yourself?





My BMR

3 06 2010

So I’ve been playing around on My Fitness Pal (www.myfitnesspal.com), which is the site I use for my weight loss ticker, and for the first time I noticed that they have a BMR Calculator. ¬†For those of you who are not familiar with what BMR is, it stands for basal metabolic rate and it is essentially the amount of calories your body would burn on its own even if you were just lying in bed all day. ¬†For someone like me who is recovering from major surgery and can only undertake a limited number of activities I was quite curious to see what mine was. ¬†Apparently for someone of my height and weight, my body burns about 1686 calories per day! ¬†Thats pretty sweet, especially considering that I’ve been eating around 1000-1200 calories per day (I’ve consumed just shy of 1000 calories today) so I’ve burned more than I’ve consumed ūüôā

I know that my calorie count may seem pretty low, but I assure you that I have eaten TONS of food today, 3 meals and 3 snacks to be exact ūüôā

Here’s my daily food diary from My Fitness Pal. ¬†The site recommends that I consume 1200 calories, 165g carbs, 40g fat and 45g of protein daily. ¬†As you can see I’m way below my carb count (which is good because I’m trying to limit my carb intake due to my PCOS) and have exceeded my protein by 28g. ¬†I also kept under my fat and calorie goals for the day and I’m totally fine with that ūüôā

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Eas – Advantedge – Carb Control Protein Shake – Chocolate Fudge, 11 oz 100 4 3 17 Ico_delete
Add Food | Remember Meal 100 4 3 17
Lunch
Homemade – Turkey Sandwich (4 Thin Slices) on Earthgrains Thin Buns With Light Mayo, 1 sandwich 185 23 8 14 Ico_delete
Add Food | Remember Meal 185 23 8 14
Dinner
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Tomatoes – Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 2 slice, thin/small 5 1 0 0 Ico_delete
Alouette – Crumbled Goat Cheese, 1/8 cup 40 1 4 3 Ico_delete
Fresh Express – Heart of Romaine Lettuce, 2 cups 15 3 0 1 Ico_delete
Apples – Raw, with skin, 0.5 cup slices 29 8 0 0 Ico_delete
Cranberries – Dried, sweetened, 0.17 cup 62 16 0 0 Ico_delete
Generic – Slivered Almonds , 1 Tablespoon 40 1 4 2 Ico_delete
Pork – Cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted, 0.5 slice cooked 22 0 2 1 Ico_delete
Trader Joes – Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, 2 tbs 35 9 0 0 Ico_delete
Beverage – Red Wine (House Glass 300ml), 150 ml 111 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Add Food | Remember Meal 477 39 16 31
Snacks
Dannon – Yogurt – Light & Fit Nonfat Vanilla, 6 oz 80 15 0 5 Ico_delete
Nuts – Almonds, dry roasted, without salt added, 0.3 oz (22 whole kernels) 51 2 4 2 Ico_delete
Earthgrain – Multigrain Whole Wheat Bread – Double Fiber, 1 slices 100 14 2 4 Ico_delete
Add Food | Remember Meal 231 31 6 11
Totals 993 97 33 73
Your Daily Goal 1,200 165 40 45
Remaining 207 68 7 -28
Calories Carbs Fat Protein




Perfect Summer Dinner

2 06 2010

Soooo YUM! ¬†I made the PERFECT SUMMER DINNER tonight!!! My boyfriend rated it a perfect 10 and asked me to make more for him to take for lunch this week. ¬†It all started with a bit of a debacle…I THOUGHT I was thawing fish for dinner, but when it was done thawing and I reached in the freezer bag to pull out the¬†filet’s¬†I found CHICKEN instead of fish. ¬†I was upset for about a minute but then I remembered that I had a chicken recipe that I had been DYING to try!

The recipe is actually from Devin Alexander’s book I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fattening! Devin Alexander is actually the mind behind The Biggest Loser Cookbook and also has several other cookbooks published under her own name. ¬†The recipe is SUPER simple and takes about 15 minutes TOTAL to prepare!!!

Preheat your oven to 350F

Take a skillet at drizzle a little EVOO on the bottom and turn to medium heat.

Take your trimmed, boneless chicken breasts and season with a little salt and pepper.

Sear the chicken in the pan for a few minutes on each side (a few minutes on each side).

Remove from the heat and top with either tomato slices or canned diced tomatoes (her recipe calls for the canned, I didn’t have any so I used fresh) and crumbled goat cheese.

Put the skillet in the oven for 5-9 minutes until the cheese is melted and the chicken is no longer pink.

Top with chopped herbs (optional…I forgot this step)

Here’s what it looks like fresh out of the oven!

To compliment the chicken I decided to try and replicate a yummy salad that I had recently at Champps, with a few changes.

The salad that I had was their Chopped Salad Americana and it was chopped lettuce, dried cranberries, sliced apples, candied pecans, bacon, chicken and blue cheese tossed in honey mustard dressing.

Well I was missing the dressing, the blue cheese and the candied pecans (and omitted the chicken since we were having it as the main course) but I made it work and I actually liked mine better!!!

In the mix:

romaine lettuce, torn not chopped

dried cranberries

slivered almonds

thinly sliced Pink Lady apple (about half the apple)

1 and a half pieces of well done bacon, crumbled

goat cheese

all tossed with….

Let me tell you, this salad was OUT. OF.  THIS..WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Check it out

Close up!

And the finished plate

Another close up!

So yes..the perfect summer dinner ūüôā

You’ll notice that the quality of my pictures have improved (hopefully) right? ¬†I busted out my DSLR…I figured I should start taking my food photography a little more seriously ūüôā

For those of you that are curious the nutritional info for the chicken (courtesy of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fatting!)

171 calories, 29 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 198 mg sodium

Not bad!!!

If you want to check out her book you can order it here

Oh by the way, since it’s WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY, my boyfriend weighed in and he lost 2 POUNDS! ¬†I’m so proud of him, he’s thinking of starting a blog too, I’ll make sure that I link it when he does.

What are some of your favorite summer dishes?





Yummy, Effortless Breakfast

31 05 2010

Now that my boyfriend is on the healthy bandwagon we have ZERO unhealthy food items at home! ¬†We cleaned out the fridge and the pantry and went grocery shopping last night to stock up on some goodies. ¬†We’re both huge fans of yogurt (regular and greek) so when we saw Dannon Light&Fit 80 calorie yogurts on sale 10/$6.00 we jumped on them.

And it was that yogurt that led to the subject of this post ūüôā

This breakfast took less than two minutes to put together and you could even take it to go (sub tupperware for a bowl).

Simply empty the contents of 1 80 calorie container of Light&Fit yogurt (or any yogurt of your choice, any flavor-I had vanilla) into a small bowl, top with a spoonful of chia seeds, a scoop of vanilla protein powder and a handful of Bare Naked fruit and nut granola and volia! Yummy, effortless breakfast (comes in at 200 calories, 4g fat, 34g of protein and 7g of fiber. ¬†With the granola containing 14g of whole grains) thats good for you too! ¬†I know that whey protein gets a bad rap sometimes, but it blends perfectly with the yogurt, you won’t even know its there.

What are some of your favorite breakfast combinations?





Better Than I Thought…

30 05 2010

As you guys know I’ve been fairly disappointed in my lack of weight loss lately. ¬†Granted I’ve been happy to lose inches, but not seeing the number on the scale budge has been frustrating considering the amount of effort that I’ve been putting into this challenge. ¬†However, I found out after going to the doctor this week that I’ve actually lost more weight than I had originally thought (happy dance). ¬†According to my chart I weighed in at 223.5lbs before my spinal surgery, which was March 2nd of this year and now I’m hovering around 202-203 pound range, which means I’ve lost 20lbs since my surgery! ¬†Which is pretty impressive considering that I could barely walk to the end of the street and back for the first month after my surgery, actually its pretty amazing how far I’ve come since then period. ¬†Granted I still can’t jog (my doctor said that the impact is bad for my spinal fusion) so my activities are limited to walking, swimming and my physical therapy exercises (which in the capacity that I can do them don’t burn as many calories as I would hope).

So my weight loss is mostly controlled by my diet, which is also a challenge due to my insulin resistance (a by product of my PCOS…sigh) so I’m trying to limit my carb and sugar intake as much as possible to maximize my weight loss.

Oh, I am happy to report (since so many of you were kind enough to inquire) that my boyfriend has decided to jump on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon. ¬†He’s been eating better, and has gone to the gym almost everyday for at least an hour (he even hired a personal trainer) and he bought one of those electronic cigarettes to try and help him quit smoking!

It made me so happy when he told me all this, but sad at the same time. ¬†Apparently some guys can’t handle talking about their health and fitness with their significant others. ¬†But when our mutual guy friend stepped in and talked about how he was worried about his health and how great the personal trainer he was working out with was they became instant gym buddies.

I’m kinda jealous that he would rather go to the gym with another guy than with me (granted I just work out outside, at home or at the fitness complex that’s included in our association fees) and I’m also probably a little jealous that since he’s not on disability (he’s receiving full paychecks, I’m only at 60% pay) he’s able to splurge on a membership to a fancy gym, a personal trainer that costs $50/hr and even a fancy Polar heart rate monitor ($250). ¬† ¬†But I need to put my green eyed monster in check and just be happy that he’s making these changes. ¬†And I’m glad that he decided to do it for himself and not do it just because I wanted him to.

I did find out that I’ll be going back to work next week (my doctor’s decision, my physical therapist thinks its a horrible idea) but I’ll only be working 4 hour shifts. ¬†I’ve been trying to get a hold of my manager to work out a schedule but no one has gotten back to me, must be the long holiday weekend. ¬†Hopefully their okay with it, otherwise I’ll continue to be out of work until I have the endurance to work a full 8 hour shift.

My physical therapist has some concerns other than the obvious ones for someone who is recovering from a spinal fusion, apparently my right leg is pretty messed up from overcompensating for my back pain (through my leaning walk) for so long. ¬†To give you an idea, I cannot put my right foot flat on the ground, it looks like I’m wearing an invisible high heel. ¬†I also have ridiculous muscle tightness up the back of my leg, even after her stretching my hamstring for an hour we couldn’t get the leg to fully extend, it was always still slightly bent at the knee. ¬†Her biggest concern in the complete lack of flexibility in my right ankle. ¬†She has someone coming to our session next week to fit me for a custom brace that she wants me to wear at least once a day for twenty minutes. ¬†It will have a crank and I’ll have to use it to slowly stretch it out to try and regain some range of motion.

I’ve been pretty active this weekend though, I’ve walked about 2.5 miles each day and I swam laps for about 40 minutes on Friday. ¬†I have also been doing my physical therapy exercises at home.

I made a KILLER dinner the other night too, I pan seared some chicken until it was lightly browned on both sides then brushed it with some marinade that I made from BBQ sauce and a mix of spices (black pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley) put it in a¬†casserole dish, covered with tin foil and baked in the oven at 375F for about 30 minutes. ¬†While the chicken was cooking I sliced two ripe plantains nice and thin and pan fried them to make some nice, crispy, delicious plantain chips. ¬†I served both with a simple side salad. ¬†Oh, and I love to season my plantain chips with a liberal sprinkle of Adobo seasoning ūüôā

Its nice outside so I’m going to go walk before I enjoy some more BBQ later.

Hope you guys are having a great Memorial Day Weekend!!!