B.E.A.C.H

1 06 2010

Its June!  Which in my book means that Summer is OFFICIALLY here 🙂

I enjoyed some great weather this weekend with some nice walks and swimming, but I had to make sure to slather on my super strong SPF since I unfortunately never tan, I only burn.

Since today might be the last day before I return to work, I decided to make an omlette for breakfast-YUM!  I kept it simple and just did three egg whites and in the center I mashed up a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese and topped with a some ketchup.

I also paired it with a Pink Lady apple, sliced extra thin, using the Iowa Girl Eats method.

See?

I love slicing apples that thin, its great for dipping and it makes it seem like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are.  I also LOVE pink lady apples by the way, those and honeycrips are my absolute FAVE!

So I’m not addicted to Oprah by any means, but I kinda like Dr. Oz.  I’m currently reading his book “YOU on a Diet” but I’m not really into it yet, its kinda a slow read.  I read an article today about Dr. Oz’s B.E.A.C.H diet for summer, apparently some housewives tested out this diet and over the course of 4 months each of them lost between 30-60lbs.  The full article is here but I can sum it up for you:

His plan uses some pretty basic concepts (if you’ve looked into healthy eating habits at all)

The B stands for breakfast, and he emphasizes how important it is that you have a nutritious one and not skip this meal (as so many people do).  Make sure that you choose a breakfast that is high in protein and fiber (like my breakfast 🙂 ).

The E stands for eliminate simple carbs (i.e. white rice, white potatoes, anything made with white flour and sugar, alcohol, etc…).

The E stands for exercise ALMOST everyday.  The women testing out this diet exercised six days per week doing a variety of activities from walking, dancing, kickboxing, etc…(apparently its BEEACH lol)

The A stands for add antioxidants to your plate.  Fruits and veggies are not only so low in calories that you can eat almost as much as you want to fill up, but most of them are full of antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation in the body which is directly linked to weight loss.

The C stands for indulge in dark chocolate.  Eat chocolate and lose weight? SCORE!!! However, you need to remember that moderation is key and look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacoa.  This will help keep your sugar cravings in check and is also full of antioxidants.

The H stands for hydrate yourself.  We all know how important water is not only for weight loss, but for over all health.  Stick to water especially if you’re trying to lose weight, the other stuff is just empty calories.

Pretty straight forward.  I was already doing everything on that list already (however, I’m not fully healed from my surgery yet so my workouts are pretty basic).

What are some of your favorite tips for weight loss?

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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 🙂

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?





Green Bananas

18 05 2010

I woke up this morning CRAVING some oatmeal and banana, however when I went to the kitchen I noticed that the bananas that we’d bought at the grocery store were still green.  I only recently started eating bananas (it was a texture thing, not a flavor thing) but even I knew that green=unripe.  But it was the only thing my body wanted so I sucked it up and peeled the banana (much harder than a ripe banana).  It only took one bite to taste the difference, the banana was definitely missing its sweetness, so I drizzled some  organic honey on top and that solved the problem 🙂

Weight Control Oatmeal with chia seeds, banana and organic honey.

I’ve been keeping up with my physical therapy exercises and sitting on my swiss ball while I watch TV and read my Kindle and my core is soooo sore (but sooo worth it).  But I need to step up my walking, the gloomy weather we’ve been having lately has given me and excuse to skip it (lame I know).

Grocery shopping was fun, we got a lot of produce and organic items.  I was so sad they were out of my favorite Larabar (apple pie) but I got another favorite:  banana nut bread and two flavors I haven’t tried yet:  peanut butter and jelly and pecan pie.  I also picked up a Kind Bar after reading about them on the blogosphere, I got the protein one thats mostly nuts, it looked pretty good.

I also finally picked up some popchips, I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and I am trying to do low carb as much as possible but I figured its better to have these around than some pringles.

So I have lots of healthy snacks and a set routine, I’m still nervous for tomorrow’s weigh in (because its that time of the month and I am BLOATED) but I’m sticking to my diet and drinking crazy amounts of water so thats all that matters for now 🙂

How is your week going so far?





Green Monster!

22 04 2010

I’ve been reading about the benefits of green smoothies for awhile, but I’ve always been too nervous to try one.  That was until I came across Iowa Girl Eats she raves about the Green Monster on her blog and drinks them all the time.  So I decided to be brave and try one today for breakfast, and I have to say, I’m impressed!  I tweaked her recipe just a bit, I added a spoonful of Chobani vanilla Greek yogurt to make it a little thicker (mine seemed a bit watery) and I haven’t received the Chia seeds I ordered yet so I couldn’t add those.

Here’s her recipe

1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (almond milk)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 frozen banana (I cut it in half before I froze it to make it easier to blend)
enough spinach to fill the blender to the top

1 spoonful of vanilla Chobani greek yogurt (optional…this was my add in)

Put all the ingredients in the blender except the frozen banana and blend until smooth.  Then add the banana and again blend until smooth.

And enjoy 🙂

Here’s my Green Monster