Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday! First things first, I promised you guys the recipe for the yogurt parfait. Although I use the same ingredients, I like to eat my "parfait" bowl style vs actual parfait style.Here are the deets: 6oz. Greek yogurt 1c of raspberries 10 whole almonds (the recipe calls for 2TB of slivered, but I like the texture of whole almonds) Procedure: Layer this baby up parfait style. I added a TON of my favorite cinnamon to the yogurt. This got me thinkin...why don't they make a cinnamon flavored yogurt? Question of the day: What's your favorite type of yogurt to eat and how do you eat it? My answer: Chobani non fat with almond butter stirred in!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday is over with!!! Yay...I always find Monday's to be the hardest day of the week. Last night I made it back to my apartment at 8:45pm. Much later than expected. I whipped up my Cinch! Smoothie with yogurt,berries and almond butter. I also added a sprinkling of cinnamon :-)
By 9:15 I was exhausted and had showered and was comfortably watching Antenna TV (All In The Family is so much better now than what I remembered), when I looked at my room and thought about rearranging. Now, I told myself that I'm pretty tired and I will rearrange when I come home at a decent hour. The problem is, I was already thinking about how I would rearrange my room and once I go thinking about it, I know I will do it. Yup...so as exhausted as I was, at 11pm, I started rearranging! Ok- so it wasn't that bad. I only moved my bed and TV. For some reason they were bothering me the most. I still have a couple of other things to move, but they are some light things which I will finish up today. Needless to say, I got a pretty good nights sleep.
Ok- now that you know all about my night, let's talk breakfast. This morning I had my Cinch! breakfast a little differently than yesterday. I chopped up my spinach, sliced my egg, added slivered almonds, dusted with some onion powder and balsamic vinegar. On the side I had a bowl of berries. This time I got a mix of black and red berries. So far so good, this is day 2 and I've been doing well!
Will post more later....
Question of the day: What is your favorite tea to sip on?
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Yesterday for lunch I had a hearty pasta and veggies dish is a creamy sauce. The secret of the creamy sauce is Greek yogurt. This is such a wonderful trick,if you mix a tablespoon of pesto sauce into 6oz. of non fat Greek yogurt, you get a thick, rich, creamy sauce with such little fat and calories. Below is the recipe for my Whole Wheat Pasta and Veggies. Ingredients: 1TB of pesto sauce 6oz. non fat Greek yogurt 1tsp. onion powder 1tsp. garlic powder Freshly cracked black pepper 1/2 cup of cooked whole wheat rigatoni 1 1/2c of chopped veggies of your choice Preparation: Stir the pesto sauce, onion and garlic powders and black pepper into the greek yogurt. Place the pasta and veggies in a bowl. Add the pesto- yogurt sauce. Toss to coat. I enjoyed this meal cold and it was delish. Enjoy! Servings: 1 Here's how this meal shapes up: Whole grain: pasta Plant fat: pesto sauce Produce: veggies Lean protein: yogurt Sass: onion and garlic powders
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Today I woke up to a slight wintry mix, but no worries...all I needed was a cup of steaming coffee. I LOVE my coffee black, with cinnamon sprinkled in. I usually make my own coffee in the morning, but since I was running a bit late and was a bit lazy last night to set the coffee timer last night, I bought a tall cup from Starbucks. When I got into work, I made my famous bowl of creamy oatmeal, with one change: instead of the whole almonds, I used two tablespoons of raw almond butter. Mmm...so deliciously creamy!
How was your commute this morning?
Question of the day: Do you take a multivitamin?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
As promised, I wanted to share my delicious lunch with you guys. Today I had Whole Wheat Macaroni Tuna Salad. Here are the deets: Ingredients: 1/2c cooked whole wheat macaroni 1c of chopped mix veggies of your choice (I used Trader Joe's chopped mixed veggies made of carrots,cabbage and radish) 1/2 can of tuna, drained Small box of raisins 2tsp of onion powder 2tsp of garlic powder Freshly cracked black pepper 1TB of Kraft Olive Oil Mayo Preparation: Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine well. Enjoy! Servings: 1 Here's how this meal shapes up: Whole grain: whole wheat pasta Lean protein: tuna Produce: veggies and raisins Plant fat: olive oil mayo Sass: onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper
Seeing the ingredient lists not too different from each other, I decided to buy the olive oil mayo and give it a shot.
Nutritionally, the stats are slightly different. Light mayo ranks in at 50 calories per TB and olive oil mayo ranks in at 45 per TB.
So, what's the verdict? One TB of this stuff is very creamy and you do taste a slight taste difference from regular light mayo. This could be due to the addition of olive oil. I do like this a lot. Yesterday I made an awesome Tuna Salad for lunch. Today, I made a whole wheat macaroni salad (pics and recipe to come later).
I suggest if you use mayo, go ahead and try this out!
Question of the day: Does chewing gum make you more hungry?
Monday, March 21, 2011
Lunch was a delicious tuna salad that I made. I used half a can of tuna, a TB of Kraft Olive Oil mayo, shredded cabbage, brown rice and some chopped up veggies from Trader Joe's.
Well, another week has started. I totally have the Monday morning/day blues. Probably because of the wintry mix of weather we are having right now! Nothing like waking up to a cold, rainy Monday morning.
On a brighter note, breakfast was delish! I'm continuing to following the Cinch! principles and each of my meals contains a whole grain, plant fat, lean protein, produce and sass. Today I had a yogurt bowl with some oatmeal in it. Now, this may sound weird but this was a deliciously creamy bowl of goodness! I took 6oz. of non fat Greek yogurt, 14 whole almonds, sliced banana, cinnamon and a 1/4c of McCann's Instant Irish Oatmeal in Maple and Brown Sugar (I cooked this quickly in the microwave with water), and mixed it all together for a creamy bowl of goodness!
What did you guys have for breakfast?
Question of the day: How was your weekend?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Yesterday I went right back on track from my little setback! I started my day off with a bowl of oatmeal made with 1/4c of oats, raisins, almonds, cinnamon and some coconut milk.
A couple of hours later I got hungry for a sweet treat so I grabbed a wedge of my favorite TJ's chocolate. This kept me satisfied until lunch time.
I usually bring my lunch to work but forgot yesterday. So, I went out and bought some brown rice sushi. I bought one brown rice california roll and one brown rice veggie roll. This was delish and kept me full
for a while.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dinner felt like an even bigger disaster! I went to the Indian street in Jersey City and checked a new joint that opened up, called Chore Baazar. The theme of this place was good, but the food and chai was not that great. I did have a craving for biryani and ordered that from Lucky's Biryani stall. First of all, the biryani did not taste that good, second of all, they were out of the mirch ka salan, third of all, I asked for hot oil and they gave me mint chutney. I don't know if it was just Lucky's being like or if the whole joint is like this. I may give Chore Bazaar one more shot, just to check out another stall and see how the food is. The service was good and so were the portions.
So, I did eat the biryani for dinner. The overload of granola and biryani has made me feel very sluggish and bloated this morning and I do feel like doing a lot of clean eating today, such as a salad for lunch. This morning's breakfast was oatmeal with raisins and almonds. I plan on eating right through out the rest of the day. Even though I had a set back yesterday, it's exactly that, just a temporary set back. This really did not effect my weight, just my mood and energy. I also did not work out yesterday, which did not help me either.
Ugh, I do feel out of it today :-(
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
control, you can guarantee you will be on your way to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Try my recipe below for a delicious Pesto Salad.
1/2c of cooked whole wheat rotini
1c of frozen spinach
1/2c of sliced mushrooms
1/2c of sliced red or yellow bell pepper
1/4c of skim ricotta
1TB of pesto sauce
Place the mushrooms in a bowl. Top with frozen spinach. Microwave this for five minutes, until the spinach has defrosted and the mushrooms have softened. Place aside. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and
pesto. Place the pasta in a salad bowl. Top with spinach and mushrooms. Add the bell pepper. Toss with the pesto mixture. Sprinkle with black pepper if desired. Enjoy!
Here's how this meal shapes up:
Whole grain: pasta
Lean protein: ricotta
Plant fat: pesto
Sass: seasonings in pesto
Monday, March 14, 2011
I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! I wanted to share what I've been having for breakfast lately. Yes...I have moved on from oatmeal bowls to cereal bowls. I pick a whole grain, high fiber cereal and carefully portion out a serving size. These days I'm liking Kashi's Honey Sunshine cereal. I then top my cereal off with some raisins and almonds -14 almonds to be exact. Lately, I've been on a coconut milk kick. Silk makes an amazing coconut milk. I've only found the sweetened version, which contains 6g of sugar per 8 ounces. I use half a cup. so that's not bad. I also sprinkle in a ton of my favorite cinnamon - Simply Organic Cinnamon. This bowl of cereal will seriously keep me satisfied until lunch time!
Here's how this breakfast shapes up:
Whole grain: cereal
Lean protein: coconut milk
Plant fat: almonds
Also, weighed myself this morning, and I'm down .6 pounds from last week! Yay!!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I hope you all are getting a healthy start to the day. If you haven't had breakfast yet, you should try making my Yogurt and Granola Bowl. Breakfast this morning was so delicious and satisfying. Also, a good change from my ricotta toast breakfast, don't get me wrong, I still <3 my ricotta toast :-) Here are the deets for my wonderfully delish breakfast:
6oz. of non fat Greek yogurt
Small banana, diced
2TB. of sliced or slivered almonds
1/4c of low fat granola
Place the yogurt in a bowl. Top with banana, almonds and granola. Sprinkle cinnamon. Enjoy as is or stir to combine all ingredients.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
I hope you all had a great weekend! Luckily, I was able to eat healthy consistently and did not have any set backs. I weighed myself this morning and lost .4 pounds since last week! Yay!! So far, no weight has been gained back.
So, I wanted to share my recipe for a Mexican Bowl. I made this for dinner last week and brought in for lunch the next day. This bowl was pretty filling and contained all the pieces of the Cinch! puzzle that I needed. Enjoy my recipe below for my Mexican Bowl!
1/2c of cooked brown rice
1/4 of an avocado
1TB of lime juice
1 green chili, very finely diced
1/2 tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2c of white vinegar
1/2c of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 yellow or red pepper, diced
2tsp. of chili powder
2tsp. of cumin powder
Place the tomatoes and onions in a bowl and pour the vinegar on top, set aside. Mash the avocado with the lime juice and chili, set aside. Mix the black beans with the chili and cumin powders. In a deep bowl evenly distribute the yellow or red pepper as the first layer. Place the black beans as the second layer. The tomato and onions go in as the third layer, followed by the brown rice. Top with dollop of avocado.
Here's how the meal shapes up:
Lean Protein: black beans
Plant Fat: avocado
Produce: tomatoes, onions, peppers
Sass: cumin, turmeric, chili powder
Friday, March 4, 2011
6oz. Non fat greek yogurt
1/4 avocado, mashed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
Add the vinegar to a bowl and place in tomato and onions. Allow to sit for ten minutes. In the mean time, place the yogurt in a bowl. Stir in bell pepper and mashed avocado. After ten minutes, stir in the tomato and onions and black pepper. Enjoy by itself or with a slice of whole wheat toast!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Shortly after, I did have a blood orange as a snack. What does a blood orange taste like? I have to say a twist of berry and tangerine. Very delicious! Lunch was a mexican bowl I made last night. Mmmm...so delish. This was made with brown rice, avocado, black beans and a tomato and onion ceviche. I will post the recipe soon. Dinner was at a wonderful Thai restaurant called Room Service. Delicious Thai food with a chandelier right in the middle of the room. See pic.
Anywho, I incorporated The Cinch! Puzzle and ordered: steamed mussels, brown rice, sauteed greens in garlic and oil. Yup...got my lean protein, whole grains, produce, plant fat and SASS in one cute lil meal.
Couple of things I'm really happy about: I'm really happy because my favorite cinnamon arrived today. I LOVE LOVE Simply Organic's cinnamon. Its like no cinnamon you've ever had and I put this on everything...I even sprinkle in my morning coffee! I bought a pack of three from amazon for $10. Not bad, considering the store I get them from is $4.69. So, yay! I'm also happy that I made it to the gym and got my workout in! Yes...so far on track for the week. Well, that's it guys. That's my day in a nutshell. How are you guys doing?
So, I feel I may be a little out of my league on this recipe, but this was adapted from the South Indian dish, Curd Rice. Now, I looked at many recipes online and found many different ways to make this, and I have to say, mine is a bit different, but hopefully provides the same flavor. So, all you hard core curd rice eating people out there, don't kill me for this adaptation :-)
Of course, I applied the Cinch! puzzle method for this recipe. I have to say, this recipe does not LOOK appetizing, but it tasted fantastic!
Here are the deets:
1/2c of cooked brown rice
1TB of canola oil
1tsp. of mustard seeds
1tsp. of cumin seeds
1 dry red chili
1tsp. of turmeric
1c. of frozen/fresh spinach
1/2c. of shredded cabbage
1/2c. of non fat greek yogurt
Add the oil in a sauce pan, place on medium heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chili and turmeric. Allow this to cook for about a minute. Stir in the brown rice. Stir in the spinach and cabbage. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the yogurt. Enjoy this dish hot!
Here's how I incorporated The Cinch!.
Whole Grain: brown rice
Lean Protein: yogurt
Plant Fat: canola oil
Produce: spinach, cabbage
Sass: cumin, turmeric, chili
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Oh, I weighed myself this morning. I'm down .3 pounds from last week. Not bad! So far I have not gained any weight!!! Yay, go me. How did your day go?
As promised from yesterday, here is my recipe for my Mediterranean Pasta Salad. I had this twice for lunch this week and it is delicious! This dish is so flavorful and hearty you will love it. Just a side note, 2oz. of uncooked pasta yields to one cup of cooked pasta. So, make 2oz and you will have two portions. If you don't know what two ounces of pasta looks like, get a cheap scale. I bought one from Target for less than six bucks!
1/2c of cooked whole wheat pasta
1c of mushrooms, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1c of spinach, fresh or frozen
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves of garlic, shredded
2tsp. of chili powder
1/4c of crumbled feta cheese
1TB of of EVOO
1TB of balsamic vinegar
Place the mushrooms, celery and spinach, garlic and chili powder in a saute pan. Place on medium heat and saute until spinach has wilted or completely defrosted. If necessary, add a little bit of water. Once the veggies have sauteed, place them in a bowl. Add the pasta and toss. Add, the cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and EVOO and toss. Top with the feta cheese. Enjoy!
Here's the breakdown:
Whole Grain: Pasta
Lean Protein: feta cheese
Plant Fat: EVOO
Produce: mushrooms, celery and spinach
Sass: garlic, chili powder
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Dinner was another creation of mine. I don't have a name for it now, but was inspired by a south Indian yogurt rice dish. I'll think of a name and post the deets. My go to snack for the day was a peanut butter larabar. Oh sooooo good, but they can be a bit expensive. I'm working on creating my own version of larabars which would be much cheaper! Lastly, I managed to get my workout in today. I did thirty minutes on the arc trainer and then did 90 crunches. I feel good. How are you guys doing?
Place the ricotta, almonds, nectarine and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to combine. Top toast with spread. Enjoy!!