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Sunday Seasonings: SO MUCH FOOD!!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to do a Sunday Seasonings, and boy do I have a lot of new and tasty recipes for you guys!!! Enough chat, let’s get started….breakfast anyone?! 😀

Close……but not quite. I do like a little variety–like for instance:

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes!!!!

You’re probably thinking “chocolate cheesecake pancakes……no wonder you gained weight Lisa.” WRONG!! These bad boys are only 48 calories per pancake. Yes, you heard me right:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1 g 2 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg 8 %
Sodium 263 mg 11 %
Potassium 70 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 4 g 9 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 1 %

Now you’re probably wondering how these beauties were created. Very simple so here’s the recipe that I used (oh and these are Lisa and roommates approved, so if you have doubts–don’t. They’re delicious!)

1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
2/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
1 1/2 cups Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 cup Unsweetened Original or Vanilla Almond milk (no sugar)
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

And here’s the link for the instructions.

http://overtimecook.com/2013/01/30/healthy-chocolate-cheesecake-pancakes/

Oh and by the way, it’s 48 calories with the sugar free chocolate chips. It’s about 50 or so with the chocolate chips, but you almost don’t need the chips, but I LOVED them too! 😀

Next breakfast thing I made was a egg waffle. Sounds weird, but it was like an bacon, cheese, and spinach omelet–but as a waffle. Just add a tiny bit of almond milk (or milk of your choice) to thin out the egg a bit so it can spread into the waffle maker evenly.

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Serve with toast and there ya go!!!

Now to snack time!!! New favorite snack, Citrus Yogurt Parfait!

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And all it is is Okios 0% Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (1/3 cup), 1/4 of a grapefruit with a bit of juice, and a little drizzle of honey for some sweetness!! SO GOOD!!! 😀

Onto Lunch and Dinner!!!!

Cucumber Tuna Boats? Yes!

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Make a simple tuna salad (mayo, mustard, tuna) and then de-seed a small cucumber, place tuna inside, top with cheese, and cut into pieces and enjoy! Not a cucumber fan–but I really liked this.

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Grilled Tilapia Fish Tacos–romaine lettuce:

1/4 tsp salt
2 small whole wheat tortillas
1 Tbsp Wholly Guacamole
1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
splash of lemon juice
4 oz, Frozen Tilapia Filets
dash of Cayenne Pepper

Grill the Tilapia in a skillet, on a grill, or bake it. Take tortillas and spread 1/2 the guac on each tortilla, place lettuce down, place 2 oz of fish on each tortilla, drizzle lemon juice on top, and then sprinkle on cayenne. Sounds like a weird combination–but really tasty!

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Chicken in Foil

1/3 cup Tri-Peppers (can find it frozen or homemade. If homemade then add a bit of white onion)

1/3 cup Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

4 1/2 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

I also added some cayenne, cumin, and chili powder–to taste–can’t say how much I used but I put it all over the potatoes, and on the chicken. You put that all in foil and then create a pocket so that the chicken will steam inside. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Take out and enjoy!! 😀

My other favorite was something I made over spring break for my parents was called Mouthwatering Chicken:

Here’s the original link, http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/melt-in-your-mouth-chicken-breast

But here’s how I revised it:

  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Mayo
  • 1/2 Tbsp Homestyle 100% Natural Parmesan
  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

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I grilled these on the girl along with the asparagus, which I topped with olive oil, pepper, salt, and parmesan cheese. Add a side of rice, and you have a nice little lunch or dinner. It was SO good!!

YYYYUUUUMMMM!!! Just made myself hungry again! But hey, that’s all I have for this week. Will probably have some more next Sunday, but because I’m trying to get things out of our freezer and fridge (school ends in 35 days) I’m mainly just eating same old, same old things!

But until next time, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!!! 🙂

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Saturday’s Seasonings : Mac and Cheese and Homemade Peanut Butter

Well hello there all!!! Long time no see! It’s been awhile and I apologize for that, but with the holidays, getting back to school, and then hitting the ground running (literally), it’s been kind of hard to get on here and write. Plus I’ve been having some problems knowing what to write about because I don’t want to bore ya’ll to death with the same things over and over again. 😛 So I hope that this post isn’t boring or that it’s the same thing over again, because I really don’t want to do that. So please let me know if I am and you guys can also give me some ideas as to what you would like me to write about!

I only did about 2 different recipes this week, so this post will be kind of short.

This week made I made some macaroni and cheese with spinach–sounds weird but ssssoooo good!

All you do is make the macaroni (whole wheat) according to the box, add in the spinach (which I cut into little pieces), I actually didn’t have to drain it because I wanted the starchy water and there wasn’t much left in there after I let it finish cooking. Then add in some Velveeta 2% cheese (2 oz), a dollop of butter, and then some milk ( I used almond milk). Add a little bit of salt, pepper, basil, and a little bit of parsley and enjoy!!! 😀

Besides that, today I made homemade peanut butter. (SAY WHAT?!?!) Yeah, I did. I go through so much peanut butter in a week it’s not funny, and not to mention I switched to Jif Whipped Peanut Butter so I could lower the calories for the same amount (2 Tbsp) that you get with normal. However, with watching my sugar–even the whipped peanut butter has 2 grams of sugar for the 2 Tbsp (not bad…but with only 15 grams, I’m already going over MAJOR)!!!! Jif Whipped Peanut Butter is 140 calories for 2 Tbsp. Not to mention 12 grams of fat, 95 mg of sodium, 6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. My peanut butter has 102 calories for 2 Tbsp, 9 grams of fat, 1/2 tsp of sea salt so 27 mg of sodium , 4 grams of carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 gram sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

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Oh yes…it was definitely a learning experience. Don’t put water in 😛 so I’ll let you know how the next batch turns out if I make it again (I’ll probably give it one more shot).

Saturday’s Seasonings: All Chicken…and then a fish

It’s SATURDAY!!! You know what that means right?! That’s right! Saturday’s Seasonings!!

Made some great recipes this week, and unfortunately that scale didn’t budge off of its 153-154 plateau that it’s on. (Ggggrrrr). Not that I’m sad that I’m sad about it being in this area, but I was hoping to be down to 150 by today. However, I still enjoyed my Valentine’s Day splurging on homemade cherry mashes. 😛

Here we go–> FOOD!!!!

Ultimate Turkey Burger

1 tsp, Minced Garlic

½ tbsp. green onion

2 slices, 45 Calories & Delightful 100% Whole Wheat With Honey

1 tsp Mayo

1 tsp Ketchup

½ tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 lettuce leaf

2 oz, Extra Lean Ground Turkey (per patty)

1 American Cheese Slice

1 tomato slice

Preheat grill to medium to high heat. Combine turkey, garlic, soy sauce, and green onion together in a boil. Divide into patty. Put meat to grill and cook to desired taste. Then top with cheese and then put a top on the grill to let the cheese melt. Once melted, remove and build your sandwich.

I forgot to take a picture….but it was SO good!!!

 Super Cheesy Turkey (Ham) Omlete

2 eggs

½ oz mild cheddar cheese

1 oz smoked turkey breast or ham

Butter skillet, whisk the eggs, pour them into skillet, let them start to cook for a bit. While their cooking, dice up turkey (ham) and then add them to one side of the omlete and then top that with the cheese. Fold over and allow egg to cook until brown, and then flip allowing the other side to brown as well. Serve with 2 slices of bacon and a piece of toast

(Same with this one)

 Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

½ cup frozen broccoli florets, chopped up

2 Tbsp. Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce

2 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast

1 ½ oz. organic whole-wheat spaghetti

1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese for topping

1/4 cup Chicken Broth

Cook chicken breast ahead of time

Cook pasta accordingly, cook and then drain

In medium saucepan, stir alfredo sauce, chicken broth, and bit by bit of the starchy water and get to simmering. Add the chicken and cook until warm. Add in the broccoli and cook another 2-3 minutes, and then top the pasta with the sauce. Top with seasonings

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Chicken Stir-Fry

½ cup frozen broccoli stir-fry

2 ½ oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 Tbsp. chopped green onion

1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

1/4 tsp. coconut oil

¼ cup Rice Selects Royal Blend

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 Pan-Seared Tilapia with spinach

1 tilapia fillet

1/3 cup baby spinach, chopped and sautéed

1 Tbsp. Dakota style sunflower seeds

¼ tsp. grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. extra virgin coconut oil

½ tsp. butter

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and a bit of basil on the fish. Start to grill in coconut oil and then flip over.  Add a bit more basil and then top with a tad bit of Parmesan.

Sauté spinach in a tsp of unsalted butter. Sprinkle on a bit of salt and add sunflower seeds. Once the spinach has taken a darker color, put on plate and then top with a bit of Parmesan.

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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the spinach or the tilapia without some other sort of thing to take away the fish taste. But this was actually a great combination! I loved it!!

All of these recipes I really liked and enjoyed, and I highly bet that I’ll be making them again in my future! So now you guys try them out and tell me what you think! Remember, these recipes I have down are for 1 person, so you might have to double or whatever to make more. Another disclaimer (I don’t always measure 😛 )

Have a good week guys!! I have plans to finally have a post on Wednesday, so we’ll see if school lets me 😛

 

Saturday’s Seasonings: Finding New Favorites

Hello there fellow followers!! It’s been quite the battle to get back down to 150 since the holidays happened. Been a month and then some, and I’m just starting to see that number on the scale fall again 😛

In my attempt to get my body back in proper working order, I’ve been working again to get my calories up higher and I’ve finally reached that goal. I want to start T25 again and actually finish it this time, but I’ll let my body continue to “heal” itself before doing that again. But that’s for another post 😛

And in attempt to get back into a healed state–> I HAVE NEW RECIPES!!!!!! Most of these are from the Fat Belly Cure book and then some are ones I found on Pinterest. Hope you try them and enjoy!! And let me know what you think 😀

Recipes are for only 1 person

Smokey Turkey Sandwich:

2 slices 45 Calories & Delightful 100% Whole Wheat With Honey

1 slices cheese

1 tsp mayo or miracle whip

1 tbsp. Guacamole spread

1.5 oz, Mesquite Turkey Breast (each sandwich)

1 leaf lettuce

Assembly like a normal sandwich, serve with chips or veggies (whatever you wish) and enjoy!! I actually really liked this sandwich. The Guacamole really brings something out with the turkey and cheese…weird enough lol.

Detox Salad:

1 cup romaine

¼ cup Cauliflower

¼ cup Broccoli

1 Tbsp chopped Red Onion

1 celery stalk

1 Tbsp Roasted and salted sunflower kernals

1 cups Baby Spinach

1 cups Organic Baby Kale

2 Tbsp Sauerkraut

Assemble like a normal salad. Use some olive oil with cayenne pepper and pepper flakes and you have a great little salad. Amazingly I really liked this too, even though I thought I wouldn’t.

Pizza Blanca

1 Heart Friendly Pita Bread

1 Tbsp Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce

1/4 cup Low Moisture Part Skim Shredded mozzarella Cheese

2.50 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (haven’t tried this yet, I think this is how much it might take to do the pizza)

1 Tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

1/4 cup, Tri Color Peppers and Onion

 It’s actually really simple, and it was really filling. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, put everything together, bake for 7-8 minutes, and BAM! Deliciousness in your mouth ya’ll!!!!!!

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As you can see, I added some carrot and celery sticks with fat free ranch as a side…that ranch got used on the pizza too 😛

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (for 1)

1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

One 4 0z tilapia fillet

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 Tbsp dried parsley flakes

1 Tbsp 4c Homestyle Grated Parmesan cheese

Here’s the actual link in order to see how to make it 🙂

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/parmesan-crusted-tilapia

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Serve with a basic salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, red onion, some Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, olive oil, cayenne and red pepper flakes–> a great little meal.

Mediterranean Omelet

2 egg

½ tsp Minced Garlic

1 Tbsp Green onion

1 tsp butter

1 Tbsp sliced mushrooms

¼ cups baby spinach (chopped or not)

1 tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

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Chocolate Sludge

1 tsp Stevia in the Raw (or to sweet taste)

1 scoop, Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder

1 Tbsp, PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)

1 Tbsp Cocoa Natural Unsweetened

½ Tbsp, Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (you can skip these but I like them)

1/4 cup, Blueberries (optional)

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Bacon and Feta Chicken Salad

1 cup Lettuce

1 medium carrot

1 Tbsp, Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Stone Ground Dijon Mustard

½ cup baby spinach

2.5oz, boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 slices fully-cooked bacon

15 g diced tomato

1 Tbsp President Fat Free Crumbled Feta Cheese

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*The Dijon mustard and apple cider made a little dressing for the salad. I really didn’t like this one too much, but try it and see what you guys think

Robust BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 Heart Friendly Pita Bread

1 Tbsp KC Masterpiece Original

2.5 oz, Chicken Breast, Boneless Skinless

¼ cup Low Moisture Part Skim Shredded mozzarella Cheese

½ slice red onion

1Tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

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This probably just became one of my favorite pizzas!!!!! My Kansas side really came out, oh it was ssssoooooo good!!!!!!

Chocolate Yogurt Parfait

1 tsp Stevia in the raw

1 Tbsp Fisher’s Chopped Walnuts

½ tbsp, Cocoa Powder Unsweetened

1/3 cup Okios Greek Yogurt – Plain 0% Fat

*can add blueberries too it to make it even better 😛

Tuna Sandwich

Make tuna salad like usual (can of tuna, tbsp of mayo, a bit of mustard, and pinch of stevia)

2 slices of bread

1 hard boiled egg either in the salad or sliced on top

¼ cup baby spinach

Also for the Super Bowl, I played around with a few new recipes that I wanted to try. One was really simple, BLT sliders:

Just bacon, a few slices of onion, tomato slice halved, and a small square of cheese. Put inside a small piece of romaine lettuce (kind of like a taco) and then held together by a toothpick.

Then I made Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. I know it sounds weird, but I actually really liked them.

Here’s the link: http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/01/buffalo-roasted-cauliflower.html

and just to tell you, I only used 2 tablespoons and that was hot enough for me.

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Along with that I made a chocolate blackberry frozen yogurt. Needless to say, depending on what kind of Greek yogurt you use, you might have to add a bit more stevia or sweetner. And here’s the link for that.

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2012/05/blackberry-chocolate-greek-frozen-yogurt-cones/

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That’s all I got for this week, and (like usual) I will have more to tell you about next Saturday! Have a good one!!!

Monday’s Musings: Belly Fat Cure 1 Week Challenge

Hey everyone! Last Sunday I talked about a 1 week challenge that my parents and I were going on last week. We did it, and I wish I could tell you the results for myself–but we had Christmas last night so I didn’t weigh this morning because….well you can figure it out 😛 However, I loved it. People in Denver often ask me why I go back to Kansas for so long, or why I’m going to return there after graduation. The reason, I love it here! I love home–the openness, the freedom, the ideals, the people, the environment, and most importantly–my family! This is where my roots are set and actually where I would like to raise my family, but that’s a different conversation. Maybe for Christmas 😉

Anyway, to the 1 week challenge. It was actually a lot simpler then I thought. We did the carb week, and that actually had me worried because I was going to eat more carbs then then I had in a LONG time. Going into this (like I said on Sunday) was that I was worried about gaining weight from all this, but I was surprised when I started going down in weight. Ounce by ounce, but an ounce is an ounce. For last week, I lost 2 pounds. Started out at 152 and ended on Sunday at 150. This was surprising that I even lost that much, because I was actually expecting to gain weight.

I didn’t realize how much sugar I personally eat in a day, even when I watch it very carefully. I went over 15 grams every day, but I did try to keep it as low as possible. Friday was crazy cause I went on a sweet binge, where I needed chocolate and peanut butter and I wanted it NOW!!! (Today was a sweet binge day too because I made some fudge for gifts….off to do total body workout 😛 )

Even with that binge I dropped some pounds and I laughed because I realized that this is the lifestyle I should have all the time. With such an intense workout like T25 or Insanity, it’s important to up the calories (even if it was from too many sweets….oops…) but this is a plan I think I can follow. It’s definitely something that I’m going to do at the start of the new year after all this craziness ends. Help get myself started on a good note. Here are some of the recipes that we did. (I forgot to take pictures of all of them, but they were all really good recipes):

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This is a Greek type of salad with a Greek pizza. Instead of tomato sauce, it was Fettuccine sauce. I really liked it, Dad on the other hand……..really need to get his taste palate to grow.

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Tried two different whole wheat pancake recipes, broke down and just bought some mix 😛 but on the right it has homemade blueberry/blackberry/raspberry jam with berry topping and then the left is just plain original.

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Salad and then a Sage sausage tomato penne dish. Again, mom and I enjoyed this but Dad…… 😛

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I’m not a veggie pizza person, but this pizza was actually quite delicious. Had black olives, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, and red pepper flakes. Next time I want to try fettuchine sauce on it!!

That’s all I got for the 1 week challenge!! I really liked it, so we’ll just have to see what happens when I use it to get back on track (if I need to get back on track) after Christmas! I’ll let you guys know how this week goes with the multiple Christmas dinners and we’ll get back on track with our weight journey in the new year!! Enjoy life with your family. Eat, live, love, and be merry!!!

Merry Christmas from the Farmer’s Daughter!!!!

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 Hayleigh             I love my family time (they all cute)               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 😉 😛

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. 😛

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 😉

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 😉 ) 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 😀 (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 😛

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)

½ C Unsweetened original almond milk

¼ tsp vanilla extract

¼ 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 😛 ) 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 😀 😀 😀 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!!!!