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Sunday Seasonings: Starting a One Week Challenge

To start off, here is a recipe that I found very tasty after a good hard workout. I call it chocolate blueberries πŸ˜›

Take a scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

and a tiny bit of water to give the powder some smoothness (ice cream consistency with the frozen-ness of the blueberries)

HEAVEN!!!!

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I wonder if you blend it up a bit if it would BE ice cream πŸ˜€

Here’s to letting you guys in on something that my mom, me, and (at least for some of it) my dad will be undertaking this week. A while back, my mom bought this book called the Belly Fat Cure. I was in high school and didn’t think that I would like it, it would be too hard, or I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t into that whole “health” thing. Getting my dad to do something like this–yeah…..right….but as I was talking about Friday: enjoying Christmas, food, and such it was great until that cursed scale started to inch itself back up (much to my dismay).

So mom pulled down this book again, looked at it, and then handed it to me.

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As I looked at the book, and read through it–I realized that what he was saying the same thing that THM is saying. Jorge however runs his system through a S/C system. No more then 6 servings of carbs (120 grams) a day and no more then 15 grams of sugar a day. In this book, he talks about the harm of sugar (especially refined sugar) and how it causes problems with belly fat. (This is what I’m struggling with right now with these last couple of pounds and inches). He uses a carb swap system and believes that insulin is the cause of all problems. He does say that exercise is optional while following this plan, which…….in my case, increasing calories and then lowering the intensity of my workouts in order to balance my hormones, (and get Mother Nature to get back to running), this sounds good.

He talks about how you can lose up to 4-9 pounds in a week. Now, while this sounds amazing–I’m wondering if it’s actually true. (I really hope it is though….at least so that way I can lose what I gained back πŸ˜› ) The book gives 5 one week plans to follow, so we’re following the “carb lover” week, and we’ll see how this works. However, if that scale starts to inch toward 155 and over then we’ll have to do something for the rest of the Christmas season, and then start this back up at the start of the year.

Ironically, he does tell you to stay away from fruits that have high sugars (but once you get to your goal then you can add back in 2 servings of fruit). But I’ll be adding in some blueberries and banana with the blackberries and raspberries because…..every where I look they say–blueberries: the weight loss fruit. The book also gives a bunch of recipes along with some carb swap products he suggests and a carb swap food list that gives you a series of food items with the S/C for each.

(This will be hard for me considering there is fudge in the fridge, cookies in the cookie jar, and I want to make more πŸ˜› )

Now here we go people, let the one week challenge begin!!! I’ll let you know what’s happening on Wednesday and we’ll see how this goes right before the holidays πŸ˜›

Merry Christmas!!!!

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Weight Loss Wednesday: 2 New Recipes and the Thanksgiving Aftermath

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IT’S FINALLY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! How did everyone do over Thanksgiving? I’ve heard amazing things from many friends, some actually lost weight (which….made me slightly jealous….) some didn’t gain anything, and me–Saturday at the Elder’s didn’t end as badly as I thought. Sunday I was going to do a “Sunday Seasonings” and talk about some other recipes that I made and then what to do in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, but due to driving back to Denver and trying to deal with the death of a friend, I just couldn’t do it. So I’m going to kind of mash it all into one.

2 new recipes: so the week before Thanksgiving break, I made a Southwest Chicken Salad and then a recipe I saw on Rachel Ray.

The Southwest Chicken Salad was a new experience for me with the “increase my calories” salad. Usually my salads are very low in calories, (even with everything in them), but this salad was 208 calories for this whole bowl. And I loved every minute of eating it–while watching the Chew with the roommates. My recipe looked like this:

  • 1.00 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp sweet corn
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Canned Black Beans
  • 0.88 oz., Roma tomato (I used half of a little one)
  • 3 oz, Boneless/skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 oz(28g), Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoons, Light Fiesta Salsa Ranch Dressing

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Here it is before and then halfway through. Look at all that goodness. And yes, it tasted as good as it looked.

The other recipe that I tried was Kristie Alley’s Parmesan Chicken. I might have to try this one with the full recipe, because I don’t know if it’s just caused I did it for one–but I didn’t really care for it……might have also been the mustard. So I’ll have to try again but you should try it and see what you think.

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http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/17836_Kirstie_Alley_Parmesan_Chicken_and_Veggies/

Ok, so now that Thanksgiving done, I have to say that I think I followed through with the plan I talked about pretty well…….kind of. I did attack the desserts, but I feel like I went for the healthier stuff more then anything. Ate a lot of veggies, only had my one plate of food and dessert during lunch, and I didn’t munch all day till I ate again at 5. I then went home and did some Rockin’ Body Disco Fever dancing and that probably helped a bit. But I have to say that I truly just sat with my family, enjoyed good food, played games, watched football, and just enjoyed being able to be with my whole family.

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My cousin/sister HayleighΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  I love my family time (they all cute)Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  Our games get pretty intense y’all

Surviving the Thanksgiving Aftermath–> this can work even for Christmas, but Christmas will be different because there are a LOT more sweets involved, but here’s some good advice that I had to take in order to survive my first Thanksgiving while truly working on weight loss.

1) Don’t beat yourself up

This is a hard concept for me still, you can ask my mom as I through a fit as I went into the Elder Thanksgiving at 153.6. I had gained 2 pounds in 2 days without eating really anything, so I was upset. But when I got to the grandparents, and I ate what I did–I just said you know…..maybe this will help me get over any hump I might be at. Yes, I was trying not to gain weight, but hey–it’s about good food and family. So you might gain a few pounds and end up at 156 or 160, but you can lose it just like you did before. As I attacked those desserts a bit more then I should have, I stopped beating myself up–but I did also stop myself a lot when I wanted sweets, and instead turned to veggies. What I’m trying to say, you’ll bing–just get over it and move on.

2) Do some sort of exercise afterwards

Get your cardio up. At my grandparent’s, most of my cousins and I sit downstairs to eat. This means that we have to go up and down when we want to get food. (This probably also helped because it kept me downstairs, away from the food, and I ran those boys every time I did go up.) But even with running stairs, and getting chased by my baby cousin a bit, I went home and did a good dance workout to get my cardio in. This also helped take off my mind that I had a few more sweets then I wanted too πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

3) Don’t weigh the day after

Like I’ve mentioned before, sometimes that scale can be a cursed thing. There will come a day when I will only step on that thing once a week or once every who-haw week, but until I get toned, have a flat stomach, and get to my finished weight–I still need the scale. However, after days you bing heavily, don’t weigh. It’s only going to make you upset and then go against the first thing I told you not to do–you’ll start beating yourself up. I had a drive to Denver on Sunday and so I just made sure that I didn’t eat any carbs (breads and such), made sure to eat veggies, had lots of protein, and just ate much lower. I also did another dance workout Sunday.

4) Do a cleanse

These past three days I’ve done a “3 day cleanse”. Basically following the 3 Day slim down that Rockin’ Body talks about, so I have a smoothie for breakfast, an apple or celery with peanut butter for my morning snack, a smoothie or protein bar for lunch, a protein shake (with water) or something small for my afternoon snack, and then a salad for supper. During this I also drink lots and lots of water and then green or detox tea through out the day. I’ll see what my final results will be tomorrow, before I go back to eating “real” food again. πŸ˜›

But that’s all I got for this Weight loss Wednesday. My brain is almost fried from school—(I HAVE A WEEK LEFT!!!!!!!!!) And due to other things that happened over break, I’m just emotionally drained. I’ll be back Friday if I can and let you know how my “Thanksgiving Recovery/preparing for Christmas” is going.

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That in mind, this is the Farmer’s Daughter signing off!! Wish me luck on finals–I’m going to need it πŸ˜‰

Sunday Seasonings: End of the season of Pumpkin

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only got 3 more days until I get to GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh boy, my first break since August. I must sound like such a sap to some people, but I’m seriously missing home. Text messages and phone calls are great. Skype is even better (if my mom would actually get it) but, in the words of that famous Kansan, “There’s no place like home”.

Ok, on Wednesday I introuduced y’all into my crazy life of weight loss and eating. I know many were worried about me (thank you for your concern! It warmed my heart to know that if I ever did get into that position that I would have so many people that would help me out of it!!) but I update y’all. I did go up past 900 on Monday but then on Thursday and Friday I went again over 900 and Friday I got over 1000 (1172 if you want to know πŸ˜‰ ) I gained 6 oz and I was like “SERIOUSLY!?!?!?” But it didn’t matter. So yesterday, I decided to try myfitnesspal again and so far I’m enjoying it. Of course, sometimes it’s a pain in the butt, because you have to put everything in, make all the recipes, figure out if every things right, etc. So it’s a bit of a hassle, but I think it will be worth it.

However, I must say–that making sure that I’m getting things I need (adding veggies and eating more protein/complex carbs/fats) I’m actually starting to see better toning in my stomach. I have this last bit of fat around my middle that I’m trying to get rid of, and I’m just like, “duh Lisa. More protein and healthy stuff you put in your body, the better your results”. Not rocket science, but sometimes you just need bonked on the head.

But today is Sunday, so I must give you Sunday’s Seasonings before church starts πŸ˜€ (and because my recipes are piling up lol)

My first recipe was an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie. I must say, I went out an bought a ramekin just to make this. It was interesting, and I think I put in too much baking soda because it tasted salty. On a grading scale I’d give this a B- to a B. Creativity, it’s a great idea. An Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie for breakfast?!?! HECK YES!!!! Guess this means that I’ll just have to experiment and get it healthier and much better tasting. It registered at 347 calories, but with working with myfitnesspal, I’m beginning to think some of my past calories are wrong.

oatmeal cookie dough breakfast bake

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Now, you might remember when I made a Cauliflower soup, well this is a cauliflower chowder. It tasted about the same as the soup, but I think I prefer the soup to this. Don’t get me wrong–this was tasty, but I had to add cheddar cheese to it (course in our family we add cheddar cheese to EVERYTHING) and then some parsley and pepper in order to give it a bit more flavor. There was also some added 1 oz of turkey to the 1 slice of bacon because there wasn’t enough protein in my mind. But it was still tasty. Make it, taste it, tell me what you think. I don’t remember the calories on this, because some of them got fudged and I don’t think they were right. However, it’s still good for you–so just eat it πŸ˜›

Cauliflower Chowder

IMG_1842Finished off the rest of my protein bars this past week so I needed to make some more. Now some of you would probably think, “go buy more” but I wanted more protein with less calories. I have a few recipes on my pinterest snack board that I wanted to try, and since they’re there I might as well right?! Well these are Red Velvet Protein bars. They probably could have made 10, but the dough was really sticky and some of them are bigger then the rest. I added red food coloring to the dough to give it the red color because I couldn’t find the chocolate the woman said to get. I also ground up Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in order to make oat flour. The oat flour might have been why it was sticky (or I might have needed more) but these are actually quite amazing!! I was surprised, so it makes me wonder how I’m ever going to choose between these and the others. Guess I’ll just have to make them and see what I think!! So here’s the recipe I made:

4 scoops Lean 15 Vanilla Cream Protein Powder

2 Tbsp whole wheat flour

4 Tbsp oat flour

1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder (could probably actually only use 1)

Β½ C Unsweetened original almond milk

ΒΌ tsp vanilla extract

ΒΌ C dark chocolate chips

9 bars at 48 calories each (according to myfitnesspal)

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Don’t know if you can tell, but the one on the left is the before chocolate, and the right has the chocolate on top (yyyuuummmmmmmmmm)

Yesterday it started to snow and snow and snow…..again…..and because I’m going home I wanted to bring a “Hey Dad and Mom, I’m HOME!!! Here’s our family’s favorite food–BREAD!!!!!” This is a Pumpkin Cream Cheese bread, and get this–makes 2 loaves, and at 14 slices for each bread (unless your my dad, who could probably demolish one in a day) it’s only 60 calories per slice. Of course, me being me, I revised the recipe a bit.

1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Truvia (I don’t like stevia, it has a weird texture to me–but use what you like)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soad
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Cream Filling:
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
1/4 cup Truvia
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
(There’s only a few times that I actually use egg whites. I like the full benefit on an egg but you can follow the original recipe if you need to do that. I think the bread tastes great, might not be as tall as it should, but that’s high altitude for ya…….maybe…… :P)

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But yes, it does taste as delicious as it looks!!

Last night I made a salad I call a Broccoli Salad salad. I love broccoli salad (or any other salad that has mayo in it πŸ˜› ) but I wondered what it would taste like on a bed of lettuce. You might know the traditional broccoli salad, but I revised this for one serving.

  • 1/2 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1.00 tbsp onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (there’s that cheese again :P)
  • 2 slices Hormel fully cooked bacon (love this stuff!!)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Kraft Mayo Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Fage Total Greek Plain 2%
  • 1/4 cup chopped Frozen Broccoli Florets

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At 134 calories, this is a full-filling salad and oh so good!!

I also made a really easy Egg Drop Soup in order to combat the cold wave that came through. I actually liked this recipe, but I’m always open to try others and find THE BEST one. But this one isn’t bad (lol)

http://cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com/2007/12/mm-mm-good-egg-drop-soup.html

As you guys can see, I do eat and I eat a lot of good things!! I’ll have some more recipes for you next week, but I’ll have to put them up on Saturday because Sunday–I’m HOME!!!! And we’ll be having the Scholz Thanksgiving on Sunday πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’ll see y’all tomorrow, got some more information on Johnny Cash for ya!

This is the Farmer’s Daughter! Have a great Sunday, and stay warm!!!!

Sunday Seasonings

Where has the time gone?! I’m sorry all! It seems that all my teachers wanted to be Oprah and was like, “here’s a project for you, project for you, PROJECTS FOR EVERYONE!!!!” But I’m seriously making myself sit down and work on these things because I seriously WANT a Thanksgiving break and don’t want to be doing papers and projects over it. I just want to sit back and relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and friends. You guys get me right?!

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But, it’s Sunday and yes…I have tried out many new recipes that I would like to share with ya’ll!! You might be thinking, “how the heck does she have time to make all this stuff?” Well truthfully, I would rather cook and read a book then be on the computer all the time. Seriously, I’m on the computer enough and sometimes all it is is a time killer. So that’s how I get to cook so much….and because I have to eat too. BAHAHAHAHHAHA

Oh hey, so I did make my October goal of 155! (YAY!) So now I got 12 days to get down to 2014’s year goal weight of 150!!!! (Technically, 19 days–but I want to be 150 or lower by Thanksgiving break). It’s been going good….I’ve hit a kind of plateau, so right now I’m trying to figure out how to get over that and move the weight on down. But anywho, Sunday Seasonings anyone?!

For me, pumpkin season is almost done. And with Hallmark having started their “Countdown to Christmas”, I’m seriously ready for hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, Grandma Elder’s homemade rolls………..yeah….you guys get the picture. Course you’re probably thinking again, “Lisa, you’re trying to lose weight.” Yeah well….live a little people!!!! It’s the holidays!! But I’ll talk about that on Wednesday. (Promise, there will be a weight loss Wednesday this week!)

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Now, recipes!!

So when I made those spiced carrot cookies, I have a package of butterscotch chips left. I know, I know, I’m an oatmeal fanatic and I don’t care. So all this is is water, Quaker Old-Fashioned oats, butterscotch chips, and a bit of brown sugar. I wanted it to taste like a cookie, and it did. I might have put more butterscotch chips in it if I wasn’t watching my weight. πŸ˜‰ But it really did, though I think there was something missing…..cinnamon anyone? But, I will be making this again–that I can promise you!

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Doesn’t it look good? I mean, seriously. Good.

Next, I decided to make this Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon rolls. Yes, you heard me right. Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon rolls!! Now, I didn’t know how I would like these bad boys, but boy-oh-boy did they turn out to be absolutely, positively, amazingly, wonderfully, beautifully, delightful! Like….they’re 161 calories per roll (which stinks because they whittle) but seriously, you can’t have just one of these. My roommates will contest to this because by Sunday morning when I went to eat them before church….there was only two left. πŸ˜› This, definite success and will be making them again next fall! Especially for Dad and Mom.

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As you can see, I devoured my two before the picture was taken…..was only supposed to have one…yeah…that didn’t happen.

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

A week went buy and I had this recipe that I wanted to make last year for Thanksgiving breakfast…but didn’t because Mom reminded me that we were going to Thanksgiving at Grandpa and Grandma Elder’s. So I had a yogurt and that was it. So I swore I would make this sometime and try it. This is a Pumpkin Spice French Toast bake. It really wasn’t bad, and I really liked it–but when I make it again, I’m going to have to add either cinnamon or some more pumpkin spice and some truvia. It was just a bit bland and just needed some kick and sweet too it. The maple syrup did help, but it still needed that bit of something. But yum guys, yum. 121 calories for a bake of 9 slices.

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As you can tell, I always forget to take a picture UNTIL after I get my fill πŸ˜›

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Lastly, for Halloween I decided to treat myself so I made this healthy Chicken and dumplings. These were great and I really loved the recipe. I added peas to it because I wanted some more green then just the celery. I also halved it because it’s supposed to make like….5 quarts (20 cups)…and I didn’t need that much. Needless to say, I don’t think that it made 10 servings–or maybe I just ate more then I should. Which people, is a big possibility. It also tasted like a chicken pot pie. Double bonus. This is a recipe that is going into my cookbook! Most definitely!

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Yes, it was a delicious as it looks, and no–those are dumplings, not meatballs πŸ˜›

Clean Eating Chicken And Dumplings Recipe

That’s all I got for this week, but there will be more next Sunday! πŸ˜‰ So until Wednesday, I must get on my homework, projects, and I need to go study for my law test tomorrow…….also practice for my vocal concert on Friday. (So there probably won’t be a Fitness Friday–sorry, they’ll be back!) So until then, hope you guys try these recipes, enjoy your week, and I’ll see you Wednesday!

And here’s the Farmer’s Daughter signing off till next time!

Sunday Seasonings

(I seriously need to stop coming up with corny little title names for the days of the week πŸ˜› )

Oh it’s Sunday, why can’t the weekend be just a bit longer? That would be nice! But now that midterms are over, here’s to looking at the downward spiral of the semester. NATS will be next weekend, final projects are starting, final assignments, extra credit (if you need it), final papers, preparing for November….the month of hell. I started breaking out with a few pimples, so I’m trying to figure out if it’s food related or my body telling me I’m stressed and I’m just masking it really well. Oh well…..I know, sometime between now and Thanksgiving break I will get out of this cursed city. I need trees, grass, clean air, open space, and most importantly–complete and totally absolute silence!!! Peace and quiet…no cars, no trains, no RTD, no neighbors up or below you, only the sounds of nature.

But anywho, hope everyone’s week went well and you are getting rested up for the next. Oh can I say, how bout them Royals?!?!?! I screamed, jumped around like a loon, and then shed a few tears. It’s a great feeling that finally I will get to see the Royals play in the World Series. It’s something to be very proud about. Proud to be a Royals fan!!

So I was going to write Friday, but things got busy, and then I was going to write yesterday and things got kind of busy again–so I finally just sat down tonight to do it because I finished all my new recipes for…last week πŸ˜›

So my first recipe I’m going to hit you up with are these little beauties. I was trying to find some egg recipes, because I was looking on my Pinterest breakfast board and saw that I had a lot of……muffins, oatmeal, and pancakes. (And thus the story of my life because these are like my 3 favorite fastest things too make, and when I find HEALTHY ones–well…day made πŸ˜‰ So I decided that I needed to find some good egg recipes, and I found these. Quick, simple, and easy. They also have my 4 favorite things in them: eggs, green onions, bacon, and Parmesan cheese (mouth watering yet?)

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/eggs-in-clouds/

IMG_1760And ready for this, made with Oscar Mayer Fully cooked bacon (1 slice per cloud) and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese=112 calories per cloud

Next, it got kind of cold and so I looked again at my breakfast board. Not really feeling up to doing tried and true oatmeals, I wanted to try something new. So I found a chocolate cherry bomb oatmeal. Yeah, you heard me right, chocolate cherry bomb and guess this: 211 calories.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/07/24/chocolate-cherry-bomb-oatmeal/

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Does that not just look amazing?

I bought some grapes for the chicken salad that I made. (I didn’t like it, so I’m going to have to try another recipe….might have to save some grapes then :P) But till then, I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I found this recipe for a quick and easy snack. It’s good, especially if you’re wanting something sweet and frozen. So, what you do is take grapes and stick them with toothpicks, dip them in yogurt (preferably vanilla Greek yogurt or plain Greek yogurt and then make your own flavoring to it) and then add then dip them in chia seeds. Freeze them and then enjoy!

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I took the toothpicks out and then put them in a Tupperware container, easier storage.

Next I needed my “desert” for this coming week, and so I decided to try a “healthy” alternative to pumpkin bread. πŸ˜€ Yep, and the loaf I made is only 100 calories per slice!! (Which is MUCH less then what the recipe says. And I used 1 egg and coconut oil instead of what they say).

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/healthy-pumpkin-bread-recipe

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The bad part, is that the flavors blend so nicely together and they created this nice moist loaf….it’s hard to just eat 1 slice πŸ˜› (but I have to remind myself, goal weight Lisa, goal weight….)

Because of working hard all week, both working out and in school and school work, Saturdays are the days I like to give myself a treat. Both with breakfast and supper. So this Saturday, I treated myself to Pumpkin Spice French Toast and then (what I call) Cheesy Cauliflower Soup. The French toast==oh so so good. Of course, it doesn’t take the place of the original French toast like my mom makes, but it’s good for something different in the fall. I took the recipe and got the equation down to just 1 serving and the total calorie count came out to be 180 calories for these beautiful slices (minus the maple syrup, but who counts the small amount of syrup I use–thanks Dad for always making us use so little so we didn’t waste it πŸ˜› )

http://www.emilybites.com/2012/10/pumpkin-french-toast.html

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It doesn’t look like much, but this combined with some coffee is actually very very filling.

That night I made a cheesy cauliflower soup. Sounds so weird and you’re probably thinking “disgusting.” However dear readers, do not be put off by the fact that it has cauliflower in the title. Even I, the one who hates cauliflower without lots of cheese or ranch, actually liked this soup. (Course, it has cheese in it.) I did use a bit more chicken broth then they suggested and then I had to put some extra pepper, salt, and then some parsley in order to give it a flavor. Not that it was bad before, but I the parsley and extra seasoning really brought out flavors. And that helped take out the cauliflower taste too. I’m going to try a chowder and a roasted cauliflower soup to see which I like better, that way I can try them out on my dad.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cauliflower-soup?keycode=ZFB0114SOD

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I also made a snack today that I liked. Take half a banana and slice it up, top with a small amount of peanut butter (or PB2 as I’m experimenting with that this week), and then melt some semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and dip the banana/PB slice in the chocolate giving it a nice coating. Freeze and then enjoy. They were eaten before I thought about taking a picture, but I bet you can imagine it.

These recipes, I really like so I hope that you guys try them and enjoy them too! If you want to see what other recipes or stuff I’m trying, you can always follow my Pinterest boards πŸ˜›

Welp, that’s all from this farmer’s daughter!! So until next time, God bless!!!!

Slim-down Saturday

I was going to write about Fitness Friday, but here’s the problem now–all my fun recipes I’m going to start baking/cooking on Saturday for the weekend and the upcoming week. Hopefully next week (when I’m not dying from midterm assignments) I’ll do next week’s Fitness Friday, but I start T25’s Beta cycle on Monday….which means….I might be dead anyway πŸ˜›

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What to talk about today that can help you and inspire. Well I’ll give you some recipes that I made this week, ones that I liked and ones that I didn’t. I’m also happy to announce that I am 1 pound away from reaching this month’s goal: 155!! You might be thinking, “gee Lisa it’s only 5 pounds. It’s not like it’s a huge drop.” But here’s something I think is good to remember: go for small goals. Going for many little goals is a lot easier to accomplish then it is trying to get to one big goal. I started doing that at the beginning of the year when I said I wanted to be down to 150 by the end of 2014. (Holy cow……that was 30 pounds ago O_O ) My goals were “huge” I wanted to lose 10-15 pounds each month, but with school and life–that just wasn’t feasible. It wasn’t until recently that I realized–celebrate the little things. This will allow you to see your progress and will help you from not getting discouraged and will keep you pushing forward. At least in my opinion πŸ™‚

So Thursday and Friday were not good days for me. Everything seemed to be falling apart and I’m just feeling a bit emotionally drained. Between school, life, and people just being plain rude, annoying, and stupid–it’s put a lot of stress on me. Usually here is where I would fall apart; I would start eating everything I could get my hands on (which happened yesterday. As the picture says,

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However, this means that you HAVE to do both lower focus and total body workout.

Β So I decided to treat myself to some pumpkin pancakes. (Actually…I had it planned if I was doing well in my weight loss that I would do this. I mean…it’s October…pumpkin time). But here’s the cool thing about these pumpkin pancakes: I only counted them to be 56 calories EACH!!!! 56!!! (I had 5…)

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Don’t they look delish!?!?!? πŸ˜€ (they were!!)

Skinny Pumpkin Pancakes

So I did change the recipe around a bit, I halved it and then added 3 Tbsp of semi-sweet chocolate chip (too many, next time I’m going with 1 1/2 -2 Tbsp). And instead of egg whites, I did one whole egg–because that’s protein people!!!!!

So some other things I tried were these Spinach, Turkey Sausage, and Egg (……a water downed egg because it was all egg whites) muffins. These are a great concept, but I feel so wasteful when I do the whole “egg white” thingy, and they aren’t very filling because you’re missing the protein part of the egg. I actually didn’t like these, not enough flavor even with some salsa on top. But here’s the link if you want to try them.

Egg Muffins with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese

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Another thing that I’m not going to be a big fan of apparently is Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. It wasn’t bad, just not my cup of tea.

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Looks tasty though

Now, for good cooking, I tried a Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookie recipe this week. Guess what, only 57 calories per cookie, and literally it tasted like cake!! My roommate (yes, only one of them) devoured the rest of them…I mean like, they were gone in 2 days and there were 30 cookies, and I took 9….she’s loved them….and so did I. (These will go into my cookbook).

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies #OXOGoodCookie

Also today, I made a soft and chewy spiced carrot cake cookies and homemade tomato soup.

Ok, so the tomato soup turned out to be delicious, course I did have to add a bit more salt and basil then the recipe called. I forgot the saute the onions in the oil and so forgetting that actually cut out 42 calories. I also added oregano to it because it was missing something. Now that I did this, (for a person who doesn’t like tomato soup) I actually really enjoy it and I like it, especially because it’s also 32 calories per 1 cup if the batch actually makes only 5 servings.

http://www.nutritionmeetslife.com/blog/testing-tuesday-healthy-tomato-soup#.UO2bk-hDl2o.pinterest

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Lastly tonight, I made spiced carrot cookies, and oh my goodness, here’s another recipe I’m adding to my cookbook!!! These are amazing, just the right hint of all the spices combining together to make one awesome cookie!! Though I might save these cookies for Christmas time, cause the cloves and butterscotch just make the cookie more…….Christmasy. Another great part about it, only 78 calories per cookie if batch makes 28 cookies (mine did).

http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/soft-and-chewy-spiced-carrot-cake-cookies.html

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Well that’s it for today, hope you guys like the recipes and I’ll be back next week with some more tips, how T25 Beta is going, and whatever else you guys might want to know, but remember—Facebook me or ask questions on here. Without you guys I won’t know what to write about anymore πŸ˜‰ Have a great rest of the weekend!!!!!!

Fitness Friday: Oatmeal Obsession

I’m still on this whole, “Royals are in the playoffs” kick. I was even watching the game, but when it got to the bottom of the 9th and they were still tied….I totally had to go to bed. Waking up early and doing laundry isn’t something I was too excited about either….but it needed to be done, and living in an apartment/dorm setting where EVERYONE has to share the laundry room…it’s the only thing to do.

But today is Friday, and because of that it’s FITNESS FRIDAY!!!!! (Eh, the big booming voice in my head made that sound cooler.) Like I said on Wednesday, reached my goal of 160 and so this week I’ve been fighting this 159 stall. Not that I’m complaining about stalling at 159, I mean I have 28 days to lose 5 pounds, but I kind of enjoy when I see that number drop. However, it’s October and because of this I’ve started experimenting with food. So I want to share this week’s “experiments” with you guys! First off, to those that know me, might know that I have a massive LOVE for oatmeal. Yes, you read that right….I love me some oatmeal!!!! I love everything about oatmeal and what I love most is experimenting with oatmeal. Of course I do have my favorites that I always return to:

What I call the No-Bake Cookie Oatmeal:

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, 1 Tbsp Hersey’s Dark Cocoa Powder, 1/4 cup milk (regular or whatever you prefer), 1/2 Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter, and some chocolate chips for garnish.

Didn’t realize that a recipe I tried this week was basically this–except minus the Peanut Butter. (I knew it tasted weird πŸ˜› but it was still delicious!!! ) Oh, this recipe also had 1/2 a mashed banana in it, if you want to put that in too….it’s good either way.

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Next I introduce something I made up: Elvis Oatmeal. Basically it’s my favorite sandwich, (Peanut butter, honey, banana) in oatmeal form. (SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!? HECK YES!!!!!!!! ) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ So this one is

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, 1/2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter, 1/2 of a banana, 1/4 cup milk, and then top off with a drizzle of honey.

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I then tried this new recipe I found called Pumpkin Protein Cinnamon Rolls. These aren’t bad actually. See you’re supposed to make them with Cinnamon Roll protein powder….but I don’t have any and so I improvised with using vanilla protein instead. Still not bad and I’ll probably make them again. Makes 4 rolls, really easy to make a head, and then pop into the microwave the next morning. I would say….you should try them!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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Here’s a recipe that I wasn’t really excited about, but I needed to try it before I made any judgements. Again, it wasn’t bad–just not my cup of tea…..or quinoa…….whatever. So this is called Pumpkin Spice Quinoa and it wasn’t bad just weird. Course, I’m still getting used to the taste quinoa gives, (make sure you rinse it first), and then the pumpkin and maple just made a weird combo to my taste buds. Here’s the link to the recipe. So try it and then let me know what you think!!!

http://www.onceuponacuttingboard.com/2013/10/pumpkin-spice-breakfast-quinoa.html

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Lastly, (for this week at least) is the Apple Pie Oatmeal. This was a bit different for me, because usually (and probably like most people) I just put all the ingredients in the bowl and then put it in the microwave. But this one I actually decided to make it stove top. I did this so I could soften up some of the apple chunks that are in the dish. So the recipe goes like this:

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup milk (I think I might just use water only if I ever make this again and then put a dab of milk after)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

I thought that there was a bit too much of a nutmeg taste to make it an “apple pie”, so I added some more cinnamon and then some brown sugar just to liven it up. I can’t decide if I liked it or not….so I guess I’ll just have to make it again. πŸ˜›

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I also have these other recipes that I tried and did like: Fruit parfaits

2 Tbsp Kind Maple Quinoa Granola

4-5 oz Greek Vanilla Yogurt (I use Dannon Light & Fit Greek. Only 80 calories and tastes AMAZING)

Favorite fruit (I use either 2 tbsp of frozen blueberries or 1/4 cup cherries)

Also this…..I wasn’t hesitant about this….but this guys is actually really good and very filling!!!!

Blueberry Cheesecake Snack

Sorry for such a long post, but I wanted to get all these in one post!!! Hope you guys try some of these and let me know what you think!!!! And I’ll talk to ya’ll later!!!! LET’S GO ROYALS!!!! (oh, and the Chiefs too πŸ˜› )