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Friday, December 21, 2012

Thurs. Dec 20th


Daily Tidbit:  I have not read Eat This, Not That!  yet, but it is on my list!  I like the basic idea of making good choices by knowing more about the things that we eat everyday.  Like today I splurged and took the kids out for lunch and had a Hamburger.   I skipped the Cheese and Mayo to save myself the extra Fat & Calories and guess what?  It was still awesome, super juicy, and thoroughly satisfying.

Before you find yourself out for lunch or dinner, you may want to check this chart out, which identifies the worst meal choices at various national chains, and what to order instead for a healthier meal (and here is a surprise:  often the burger is a better choice than the chicken sandwich!): 


Cheerios with Walnuts & Smoothie

Breakfast: Cheerios with Walnuts
1 cup Plain Cheerios
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp chopped Walnuts
5 oz Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, 1/2 tsp Plain unsweetened Cocoa, splash Fat Free Milk


Lunch: Fast Food Burger & Fries!
1 Quarter Pounder Hamburger with Lettuce, Tomato & Extra Red Onions on a bun (No Mayo & No Cheese - amazingly still crazy delicious!)

1/3 Large order of French Fries (me and the kids shared these)
Large Diet Coke


Chick Pea Curry with Cilantro

Snack:  1 cup of Chick Pea Curry with Cilantro leftovers from last night

Full recipe here:

Snack:  1/4 cup plain unsalted Cashews, Fat Free Milk

Mozzarella Scallion Nachos
Black Beans, Avocado & Fresh Salsa

Dinner: Mozzarella Scallion Nachos with Fresh Salsa 

(Yes, this is basically the same exact meal I had two nights ago....the husband was out and the kids were sleeping and it just sounded too easy and too yummy to not enjoy again!) 

1 Small Toaster Pan of Organic Yellow Corn Lower Sodium Tortilla Chips, toasted with Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese & sliced Scallions

Served with:  Homemade Fresh Salsa (recipe below), mixed with:
1/2 Avocado & 1/2 cup mix of Black Beans (canned, drained, rinsed)   

Red Wine

*I was still hungry after finishing the above, so I went back for a couple more handfuls of Plain Corn Tortilla Chips, which did the trick!


Red Delicious Apple

Dessert: 1 Local Red Delicious Apple, Water 



Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie Recipe:
Into blender, add:
2 Ripe Bananas
1 cup All Natural Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup Strawberries (I used frozen Organic Strawberries, which I thawed in the fridge overnight)
1 packed cup Baby Spinach
Blend and enjoy!    
*So far my whole family loves any Smoothie I make with Spinach in it, as long as there are Strawberries or Pineapple in it too.  It's awesome!


Homemade Fresh Salsa Recipe:

Into food processor put:

1 clove Garlic (process first before adding the remaining ingredients)
1 large handful fresh Cilantro
1/2 Red Onion
1/4 cup Scallions
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
Salt, to taste

While Processing above items, stream in 1 tbsp EVOO.  Chill in fridge for a couple hours for flavors to meld.


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