Sunday, December 30, 2012

Low carb tortillas

Part of the reason I miss my carbs is because I am a sandwich girl.  I love my bread.  But also because it's more convenient to eat at work and doesn't smell as offensive as my salmon, tuna and eggs (which I DON'T bring to work or else my co-workers will hate me).

I now make these low carb tortillas.  There are two types and they only require two ingredients each, although I have been experimenting with other flavors.

Each tortilla is about only 100 calories each!

Almond flour:  I use this one for my sandwich breads. 

- 12 grams almonds (crush up in magic bullet or sub almond flour)
- 1/3 cup egg whites.

Blend ingredients in magic bullet.  Then cook in a pan like an omelet and flip.  I have been experimenting with seasonings like garlic, pepper, and sugar-free Debbie benson seasonings.  The seasonings make a difference! 

Tortilla with turkey, mustard, shredded cabbage/carrot mix:


Coconut flour:  I prefer to use these as a sweet treat, as opposed to sandwich bread (doesn't go well with turkey, I like it with chicken better).  I REALLY like it with almond butter on top or coconut butter. 

- 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/3 cup egg whites

Blend in bullet and cook like pancake. 

You can experiment with cocoa powder, cinnamon, etc.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Homemade Coconut Butter

I love coconut butter, but it's hard to find... My local supermarket does not sell it and the nearest whole foods is about 3 miles from my house... (yes, I am THAT lazy)  Therefore, I make my own :)  It's very easy.  All you need is one ingredient, a blender and some patience (you have to stop every few minutes to scrape down the sides)...

- bag of shredded unsweetened coconut
- magic bullet, vitamix (or blender)

throw a bunch of the shredded coconut into your blender of choice and blend...  you will need to scrape the sides every few minutes....


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Homemade Guacamole

Avocados have been my most favorite thing to eat lately...  I like making guacamole and using it as a "dressing" for my salad bowls.  This guacamole I made in a rush... but I definitely want to experiment more with flavors.  Literally, I blended three ingredients: an avocado, a tomato, and a slice of an onion.... in my magic bullet (blender)... came out pretty good!  

Monday, December 24, 2012

I'm baaaaaack (again) and some new updates

Hi, after another brief blogging break, I decided I missed it and am back...  I am still actively reading blogs, but have taken a break from blogging myself...

It's now almost 2013 (Merry Christmas Eve Everyone!!)

Some updates:

I decided to start off by sharing some of the restaurants in the area I have been going to:

Still loving my sushi.  I am a huge fan of sashimi!  (As you can tell from the pics below):

From Fuji Steakhouse in Needham (this was delicious!):

Super Fusion (Watertown): This is my favorite sushi place in Watertown.  If you are my facebook friend, you will know I am a regular here!

My family celebrated Christmas early this year and we went to Isaac's on the Waterfront in Plymouth.  I got steamed lobster, baked sweet potato and butternut squash:

My twin got the lobster special (I forget the name, but came with spaghetti, scallops, steamed mussels and shrimp)... I stole some of her shrimp and scallops :)

I am still a regular at ufood grill in Boston.  This is the plain grilled chicken and two sides of broccoli...  There is yummier food to order here, including burgers, wraps, and "healthy" french fries (called "unfries")...

And Fire and Ice...  This is a restaurant where you basically put a bunch of raw food (veggies, meats) on a plate, with some sauce, and cook it on a grill (they cook it for you)... each line represents a variety of veggies... 

At home, I am becoming a huge fan of making salad bowls for lunch:

 1.) Turkey Avocado broccoli-slaw: 3 ingredients only! Turkey, Avocado and broccoli-slaw mix.  For this, I used 100 calorie guacamole packs.

Another one: I substituted ham for turkey and regular coleslaw mix for the broccoli slaw mix.

2.) Another turkey/avocado bowl:  This time I used 1/2 avocado and had to cut up my own cabbage (red/green).

 3.) Spicy Chicken and almond Butter bowl: I actually cooked up the cabbage and topped with chicken, almond butter and franks red hot sauce.... and salt.

Made one for home:

Another one for work:

 1.) Chicken Avocado bowl: Chicken, Avocado and Veggies (red and green cabbage, broccoli, carrots).  I mixed some mustard in it as well.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cabbage and Eggs- sunny side up :)

 I made stir fried cabbage (red and green) with 2 eggs and an egg white- sunny side up.  Delicious and filling!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Coconut chicken salad

Easy to make...  I chopped up some red and green cabbage, chicken and mixed it in a container with one tablespoon of coconut oil and some soy sauce. 

I brought it to work with me and right before I ate it, I heated it in the microwave for about 20 seconds so the coconut oil melted.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Peanut Butter Chicken Salad

The easiest recipe...  I cut up some red and green cabbage, 3 oz chopped chicken, and mixed it with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter as the dressing... and topped with soy sauce.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Coconut cinnamon Eggs

 Todays lunch.....  cooked 4 egg whites in 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil.  Once cooked, topped with cinnamon, salt, 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil... awesome.

With a salad on the side..... :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My favorite pre-workout snack

Ricecakes topped with protein powder spread...  (protein powder mixed with a bit of water).

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Eggs

Don't knock it until you rock it.... this has been one of my favorite go to meals lately.

I might want to try with sugar free jelly on top too...

I cooked 180 grams (Approximately 100 Calories) topped with one tablespoon all natural peanut butter and cinnamon... and salt.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wholly Guacamole Salad

Yesterday's lunch I mixed wholly guacamole with my salad and it was delicious!
In the mix: red and green cabbage, roasted yellow squash and zucchini, chiken, dressing (mustard, balsamic vinegar and one splenda).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Coconut Flour Pancakes

 I made two different batches of coconut flour pancakes yesterday. 

First batch (plain for work): mixed 180 grams egg whites with 3 tablespoons coconut flour.  mixed in my magic bullet; cooked on a pan (made two large pancakes).  topped with cinnamon and sugar free maple syrup.

Second batch:  2 tablespoon coconut flour and 180 grams egg whites.  topped with one tablespoon of peanut butter, sugar free maple syrup and cinnamon.

Batch 2: ate for Dinner Sunday

Batch 1: took to work with me

PB protein Shakes

 I love my PB protein shakes.  They are delicious, easy to make.  On Sunday I was out and about so I didnt have time to make big meals.  I made two shakes: one for now and one for later when I got back from errands.  I froze the second in the freezer to make an ice-creamy shake.

Peanut Butter Graham cracker shake:  Scoop of VPX graham cracker explosion, tabelspoon, PB, water and ice cubes.... so good!

Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream Shake:  One scoop, Isopure cookies and cream, tablespoon peanut butter, ice cubes, water.. Freeze!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More PB chicken!

Last night's dinner consisted of the following:
- 1/2 bag brussel sprouts
-1/2 bag broccoli slaw
- 3 oz chicken
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- soy sauce

Avocado Eggs

2 recipe ingredient...  well, 3 if you count cooking spray! 

I used 1 cup of egg whites and cooked them in a pan with pam spray and topped with one serving of wholly guacamole.

PB Coconut chicken

Yesterdays lunch consisted of:
- 2 teaspoons PB
- 1 teaspoon coconut ooil
- 3 ounces chicken
- 1/2 bag of frozen brussel sprouts

- I cooked the veggies in the coconut oil; added cooked chicken and topped with peanut butter.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Retail Therapy

So, I went on an amazon shopping spree last week and these are some of the items I purchased:

Isopure Protein Powder - Cookies and Cream- this protein powder (and flavor!) was my best friends recommendation...  I haven't tried it but will definitely soon!  According to my friend, this is the "purest" forms of protein powder and mixes easily with water (which is apparently a big deal to some people)....  I just think of mixing as an arm workout :)  Just kidding. 

This is a top quality protein powder, so it's more expensive.  It's a whey protein isolate:

Nutrition info: 2 scoops (62 grams) has 210 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams carbs; 0 grams sugar and 50 grams protein.  

I will one use one scoop, or 31 grams, per serving. 

VPX Graham Cracker Protein Powder- This is MY FAVORITE protein powder of all time.  I never buy it because it's so expensive, though, and I am not training for any fitness shows.  One scoop has only 80 caories, No Carbs and 20 grams protein.  You can't beat those stats.  Plus, this tastes awesome too!!  As soon as you open the tub you smell graham cracker!  I have converted many people to this protein powder!

Coconut Flour: I bought a 4 pack of coconut flour from Bob's Red Mill.  This is a great lower carb flour to use in replacement of regular flour.

Nutrition Info: Two tablespoons have 60 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 10 grams carbs (6 of which are from dietary fiber); 0 grams sugar and 2 grams protein.

Be sure to check out the coconut flour recipes on my blog (there is a tag to the right)

Coconut Oil:   I bought Nutiva coconut oil.  I am HUGE, HUGE fan of coconut oil.  If you are dieting/low carb, this is a great source of fats for energy.  I feel my energy level increase when I take a tablespoon (or more!) daily.  I use this for cooking my chicken, eggs and veggies.  Be sure to check out my links to coconut oil recipes. 

NUTIVA Coconut oil is:
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Made from fresh coconuts, not dried copra
  • Cold-processed under 104 degree's
  • Pressed within two hours of chopping
  • Unrefined and unfermented
  • Chemical-free
  • Unbleached, undeodorized, unhydrogenated
  • Pure white like fresh coconut, tastes like fresh coconut, and has fresh coconut fragrance

  • Coconut is one of the most healthy super foods in the world. Ideal as a high-heat cooking oil, a healthy substitute for shortening in baking, and a "better-than-butter" replacement on bread and veggies.

    Nutrition info: 1 tablespoon has 120 calories, 14 grams fat (12.5 g of saturated fat); no sugar; no carbs and no protein.

    Moroccan Oil:  This is for my hair :) Not for human consumption!    I highly recommend this if you want shinier hair.  Plus. it smells nice :)

    Wholly Guacamole Snack Packs (100 Calorie)

    Tonight I bought some wholly guacamole 100 calorie snack packs.  I am a huge fan of these snack packs since I normally buy avocados and dont eat all of it at once and then it turns into brown mush in my fridge :)  Plus, I make a mess when I cut them up and nearly half the time cut myself trying to cut these suckers up :)
    These are great little snack packs to take on the go or if you like portion control, they are great.  (When I make my mini- meals, I usually use about 100-120 calories of fat (tablespoon of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or peanut butter), so this is the perfect size.  Plus, 100 calorie packs seem to be the new "thing."  I would recommend avocado packs over any of those cookie 100 calorie packs....  people fear fat but there is no need to :) 

    You can top them on eggs, dip raw veggies in them, add on top of a salad,  on a sandwich, on top of ricecakes, mixed with tuna or chicken...  there are lots of possibilities.

    I actually checked out their website and they had a great idea.  Freeze a pack overnight and then use it as a mini ice pack in your lunch and let it defrost by lunch time....  good idea.

    NUTRITION FACTS: 100 Calories, 10 grams fat, 5 grams carbs (3 grams dietary fiber), 0 grams sugar, and 1 gram protein.

    INGREDIENTS: Hass Avocados, Jalapeno Puree (white vinegar, jalapeno peppers, salt), Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Granulated Garlic.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Blue Diamond Almonds and More Purdue Chicken...

    I found these at the store tonight... I normally buy the regular unsalted... but these are made with sea salt... and I like my salt :) I usually grab these with a container of chobani non fat plain yogurt.

    Tonight I made some chicken and broccoli slaw.

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Travelling this week.......

    I am travelling this week for work, so I apologize for the delay. I usually bring snacks on the road with me. I packed a baggies of almonds to snack on. I also brought some of my protein muffins (protein powder and squash mixed and microwaved for a minute).

    So, I am without an oven, stove, toaster or microwave for the week, but I do have a refridgerator!

    I tried a new product: these are great for when you don't have a kitchen to work with.

    The nutrition stats are great. Low carb and lots of protein.

    I bought some bagged broccoli and mustard and made lunch for the next two days... yes, I couldnt get creative without a kitchen! (you cant see the chicken, but it's on the bottom).

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Dr. In The Kitchen Flackers

    Thanks to Dr. In the Kitchen for sending me their flackers to review. As the name implies, these are crackers made of flaxseeds, which are extremely healthy.

    Flackers are gluten free and raw and high in omega 3's. They are made in a nut and gluten free facility.

    Flackers come in three flavors:
    * Dill
    * Rosemary
    * Savory (My fave!)

    Nutrition for savory:

    3 flackers

    Calories: 100

    Fat: 7 grams

    carbs: 8 grams (of which 7grams are from fiber)

    Sugar: 0 grams

    Protein: 5 grams

    These are perfect right out of the box or topped with peanut butter or low fat cheese.