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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sat. June 30th

White Fish Nachos for Dinner!

Daily Tidbit:  You may have already noticed that Nachos are a staple in my life, it is my favorite meal!  It is super delicious, filling AND takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and serve.  I try different variations like tonight's version with White Fish and a spicy Salsa on top (pic above!)  Though Nachos can be a belly buster of sodium and saturated fat, often with little nutritive value, I take various steps to improve the value of this yummy meal so I can enjoy it more often, so here is my "Healthier Nachos" tips:

*Use lower sodium Salsa OR try my low sodium homemade Salsa.
*Cut sodium in jarred Salsa by mixing in 1 tbsp of water.  Jarred Salsas are typically very chunky and the water helps stretch the flavor and reduce the sodium without compromising flavor.

*Use less cheese (1/4 cup usually is enough!) and use Part Skim Mozzarella 

*Add healthy ingredients on top or in a dip on the side, like Beans & Veggies, Chicken or even Fish! 
*Use lower sodium Corn Chips (Trader Joe's has several great options!)
* Corn Chip portion control: I use my toaster oven pan, which measures 6.5 inches by 10 inches.

*Use Organic Corn Tortilla Chips to avoid GMO Corn.  Nearly all corn in the US is GMO (genetically modified) unless it is certified organic.  I generally try to avoid GMO foods – which are largely outlawed in Europe for various reasons.  

"A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment."  To read more from this article:


Breakfast:  Oatmeal with Walnuts
1/2 cup plain Oatmeal (this is a pre-cook measurement)
microwaved in Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp Walnuts
2 shakes of Plain Cinnamon
5 oz. OJ
Regular Coffee, black


Portobella Panini for Lunch!

Lunch:  Restaurant Portobella Panini
Waiting for my lunch to arrive I broke down and had a piece of bread and EVOO with lots of yummy garlic and spices.  My sandwich had sauteed Spinach, Portobella Mushroom & Fresh Mozzarella in a Balsamic Vinaigrette on Focaccia Bread.  It was yummy, but wasn't served with anything else, so I ended up eating some of my Mom's Fries.  
Diet Coke.

Note: So this meal was less healthy that I would have liked, but I was starving when we arrived, which is typically a recipe for disaster for me.  It would have been better for me to eat a handful of nuts before arriving.  I need to remember to put a little packet of nuts in the car for a quick and easy snack for days that we are out for long periods of time to help me make better food decisions at meals!


Summer Salad

Snack:  Summer Salad Leftovers from last night (without the Salmon or Bacon).
Regular Coffee, black

Fish Nachos for Dinner!
Dinner:  White Fish Nachos
Organic White Corn Tortilla Chips, topped with: 
1 Fillet of White Fish, chopped
1/4 cup Cheddar & Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1 tbsp Spicy Jarred Salsa mixed with 1 tbsp of water
White Wine


Dessert:  Nothing tonight.  
(Last night's dessert was enough for two nights easily!  Check it out here:


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