Post # 1
Ok ladies, I am at the 8 week mark and its time to step the diet/ exercise into high gear. The exercise is one thing, the diet, well thats not so easy for me. I LOVE food, I mean, I liiiiive for it. So I thought maybe we could share some healthy recipes that also fill you up!
Post # 3
For breakfast, my favorite thing is 5 egg whites scrambled with some chunky salsa on top and also 1/2 cut of plain oatmeal with 1 packet of splenda and a spoonful of sugarfree jelly mixed in!!
For dinner I like the frozen tyson chicken breast thrown on the George Forman… add 1/2 cup of the steamable brown rice and 1 cup of the steamable broccoli and I’m set!!
Post # 4
One of my current favorite recipies is a 6 bean soup. It is super easy to make and tastes better each time you reheat it. It is very filling.
2 teaspoons olive oil (can be replaced with cooking spray)
1 package of turkey sausage, cut into half moons
1 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can rotel
1 can Ranch Style Bean
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Pinto Bean, drained and rinsed
1 can Kindney Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Great Northern, drained and rinsed
1 can low fat chicken broth
Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a large pot and put on medium heat. Add cut turkey sausage and allow to brown. Add diced onions. Once the onions are cooked though, add in Diced Tomatoes and Rotel. Stir together. Add in all the beans and mix. Add in the chicken broth and stir. Allow soup to boil and serve.
Feel free to add any seasonings that you would like to spice up the soup. A packet of chili seasoning works realy well.
Post # 5
mmm, I like what I’m seeing ladies. Keep ’em coming. I will also give some of mine…one of my faves these days is turkey chili (very similar to your recipe Lindz). I also have a good one for low fat fish and chips…yuuuum!
Post # 6
I make my own pasta sauce with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, onion, lots of garlic (both fresh and powdered), mushrooms, a can of peeled roma tomatoes, some sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, dried thyme and oregano, and a small amount of organic chicken "better than buillion." Throw it in the oven until it’s good and thick, then put it on the stove with some mussels on high heat until they’re open. Mussels are low fat, high protein, and absolutely delicious! If you’re short on time, you can always use a good jar of pasta sauce (Capa de Roma is great AND they don’t add sugar), but I think homemade food is special. I serve the sauce with a homemade garlic bread instead of pasta. I know that sounds naughty, but if you use a whole wheat baguette and olive oil instead of butter, it’s insanely delicious and well worth the effort.
Post # 7
I know what you mean about trying to lose weight while being a hungry girl, in the same boat with you.
Here is a website from a good friend/pseudo trainer that has been so helpful: http://www.hungry-girl.com. My favorite section is listed each Tuesday called chew the right thing where they profile different foods such as muffins, egg rolls, crab cakes, loaded potatoes. They have the bite it side with a healthy recipe/way to prepare the food and nutritional information and the fite it side with the store/restaurant item and its nutritional information.
On Fridays they post ‘Girl’s bite out’ which provides recipies, great new healthy treat ideas as well as tips on how to behave while socializing. Hope this helps, best of luck!
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Post # 8
I don’t know how much of a carb or sugar craver you are, but I have had great luck baking yams instead of potatoes. They keep me full longer than plain old potatoes do. They are also so flavourful that they don’t really require a condiment.
I’ve also switched from white rice to brown rice. FH hates brown rice, but enjoyed the 50/50 white and brown rice blend I made.
I second the suggestion for bean soup. I love cooking bean soups, chilis, and lentil curry in my slow cooker. They really do taste great as leftovers.
Cookinglight.com has been an awesome resource for me, recipe-wise. It lists all the nutritional information but still has all the pretty food porn pictures of deliciousness like any other gourmet mag.
Post # 9
StargazerLily posted a fantastic link — Hungry Girl is *great* and has a cookbook out currently with lots of great food ideas. She also has another coming out in a month or so called "200 recipes under 200 calories" which I can’t wait for!
One of my favorite filling recipes comes from her first book. It’s the Mexitato:
1 Baking Potato
2 Tbs of fat free creamer
2 Tbs of fat free cheese
1/2 Tsp pf taco seasoning
Optional: Salsa, salt, pepper
Clean your potato and then shave off a thin layer of the skin on one side of your potato making a "window" through the skin into the meat of the potato. Then you nuke the potato until you can scoop the guts out. (This usually ends up being about 5 minutes for a medium sized spud.) Scoop the potato guts out of the "window" and mix in a bowl with the creamer, cheese, and seasoning. Warm up your beans and then pop the potato mixture back in the microwave for another 20-30 seconds so it’s nice and hot. Then, you’ll layer the potato mixture with the beans in the shell of the potato. I usually do: potato mixture, beans, potato mixture, beans. Adding salsa on top adds a little more flavor.
It’s delish and ALWAYS leaves me full. Depending on how much black beans you use, the recipe is around 300 calories and 5-6 WW points. Another reason I love it, is it takes me about 10-15 to prepare it and clean up!
Post # 10
I have a recipe for a semi-healthy snack. Mind you it is chocolate.. but in moderation its great!!
We call them turds.. which sounds crude.. but they really are delicious!!
1. Fiber One Cereal
2. Almond Bark chocolate (or any meltable chocolate that hardens when cooled)
Poor one whole bag of Fiber One cereal in a bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave then poor it over the cereal. Mix together and then place spoonfuls on wax paper and leave to cool.
They are so delicious and the fiber from the cereal is sooo good for you!!!!
Post # 11
Those are great ideas! I really need to start cooking some of my own meals and not always buying premade stuff. I’ve started to notice the sodium levels in stuff and it’s just gross! But it’s just much more "convenient" … hmmm.
Post # 12
Thanks for the tips ladies!! I am trying to eat healthier and cook more, and these sites and recipes will really help. I can wait to try out the bean soup and mexitato!!
Post # 13
I think making your own food is the best way to control what is in it, but also the portions. When I go out to eat I think the portions are more than I need. However, I hate wasting food or don’t like some dishes reheated, so I’m more likely to eat everything on my plate. So I avoid going out to eat when I can. I like to grill my food cause its healthier. I always grill some type of meat and veggies to go along with it. All you really need is olive oil, spices like basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, etc. I mainly put those on my meat and veggies. It doesn’t sound like but it tastes great and is super healthy. If you can’t grill it then just bake it in the oven. And if you love carbs then eat it before noon that way you have the rest of the day to burn it off.
Post # 14
I love, love love, the oats and chocolate Fiber One bars. There is sooo much chocolate in there, it is like a candy bar! The fiber in there helps keep me full longer, too.
Post # 15
If you are a breakfast person (like me!) and love pancakes, here’s a nice alternative.
take 1/3 c. quick oats, 1/3 c. egg whites or egg beaters, 1/2 tsp baking powder & 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. mix it all together and throw it in a heated pan.I usually top mine with some cinnamon sugar or peanut butter. This makes one pancake. The surprising thing is 1 pancake fills me up until lunch!