Monday, August 31, 2009

Coconut Shrimp and Flax Salad

Note: I absolutely love flaxseed in my salad. I also love grilled vegetables in my salad, too. This was such a yummy and satisfying dinner after my nightly run! Not only that, in between cooking my meals tonight, I left my apartment to do laundry in the basement. came back to my apartment and my house smelled like coconut. I love it.

Ingredients:
- 3 oz shrimp
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- tablespoon flax
- slice onion

Directions: Cook shrimp and onion in coconut oil. Top on pre-made salad with a tablespoon flax.









High Protein Pudding

Note: I had this pre-workout today. I love dessert for breakfast :)

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup fat free milk
- 1 scoop "all the whey" cake batter protein powder
- 1/4 package (8 grams) sugar free fate free jello pudding (I used white chocolate)
- 20 grams Fiber one cereal

Directions: Mix protein powder, jello mix and skim milk together. Top with fiber one cereal.










Lemon Garlic Pepper Tuna

Note: Another quick and easy lunch.

Ingredients:
- 5 oz tuna
- spicy brown mustard (can use regular, but I like spicy)
- garlic pepper salt
- 1/2 lemon

Directions: Mix all items together.




Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lower Carb Pizza

Note: I got this idea from a variety of websites/peeps: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/powerhouse_nutrition_pizza.htm; Emily from Figureathlete.com, and http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=298261 . I had it with a GINORMOUS salad.

Ingredients:
- Pam (or olive oil) for skillet
- 3 tablespoons flax
- 3 egg whites (or 1 egg)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 28 grams fat free shredded cheese (I used 1/2 cheddar/mozzarella)
- basil
- oregano
- 1/2 tomato
- slices of onion

Directions: Mix egg whites, flax and baking powder. Spray pam with non-stick skillet. Pour batter and cook like pancakes. Add cheese. Meanwhile, cook onion and tomato in pan. Top on cheese. Top with spices.















Brown Rice!

Note: For some reason lately, I have been CRAVING rice lately... Rice gets a lot of bad wrap because of the carbs, but being a runner, my body craves the carbs. In addition, it's a staple for bodybuilders. I will be honest, there was a period of time when I first started dieting, I was scared to eat rice. But, as the old saying goes, it's all about moderation. However, rice is very good for you and tastes so good!

Check out this article from bodybuilding.com, which compares brown rice and white rice.
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?p=54200631

Be on the lookout for some rice recipes :)





3 Minute Chocolate Coconut Brownie

Note: I enjoyed my soy flour brownie so much, I decided to make a coconut flour brownie. I thought a one-for-one substitution would work, but it totally didn't. Came out much thicker batter. I added one more egg white and that seemed to do the trick. This came out less brownie-like looking (I used a bit less cocoa powder), but it tasted better than the soy flour. I ended up eating it with a spoon out the bowl. I didn't have any topping, but you could add peanut butter or cream cheese.

Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup coconut powder
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tbsp sugar free torani syrup (or water)
- 1 tsp instant coffee (optional)
- sweetener of choice
- 1/8 teaspoon Barlean's coconut oil (prevents sticking)

Directions:
- In a shallow bowl, rub coconut oil with paper towel. This prevents sticking. If you don't have coconut oil, use Pam, or nothing and get a good arm workout scrubbing the dish :) Mix all ingredients and cook in micro for 3 minutes at full power.









Funny Looking Carrot

Note: OK, so I sometimes gnaw on carrots while cooking or else I will eat everything I make. I pulled out this carrot today and started cracking up... little flexible guy! (I don't know why I found it so hilarious)


Cheesecake Topped with Hot Bananas!

Note: oh wow!... some days I forget I am dieting :) I had this for breakfast pre-workout. But, it makes an awesome dessert. It kind of evolved while I was cooking, as you can tell from the pics. I added in fat free creamer and xantham gum later. Both are completely optional if you don't have either. If you don't use cream, you might need more milk to thin it out.

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon cheesecake flavored sugar free fat free jello instant pudding
- banana
- splash of sugar free maple syrup
- splash of torani (optional if you don't have it)
- packet of desired sweetener (stevia, splenda, equal)
- 1 oz almond milk (can sub fat free milk)
- cinnamon
- dash of xantham gum (optional)
- 1 tablespoon fat free cream (optional)

Cheesecake:
-blend cottage cheese, pudding mix sweetener, milk, xantham gum, .

Hot Bananas
- in a skillet, place sliced bananas. Pour sugar free syrups on top (I use as little as possible). Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Cook until bananas look done.















Banana Coffee Ice Cream

Note: I am still in ice cream craving mode. As you can tell, I always keep a supply of frozen bananas on my hand to support my habit. frozen bananas make awesome ice cream...

Ingredients:
- frozen banana
-1/2- 1 tablespoon instant coffee
- 4 oz almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder (I used "all they whey" cake batter)
- 5-6 ice cubes

Directions: Blend in blender, pour in bowl and freeze.










Saturday, August 29, 2009

Broccoli, Cheese, Feta and Turkey Bacon Omelette

Note: Eggs for dinner! This is like a kitchen sink omelette.

Ingredients:
- 6 egg whites
- tons of broccoli
- 1 oz fat free cheddar cheese
- 1 oz fat free feta cheese
- pam
- 2 slices turkey bacon

Directions: Cook Broccoli. Set aside. Spray non-stick skillet with pam. Cook egg whites. Add broccoli, turkey bacon and cook some more. When done, top with cheese and feta.