Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Mango peel and sap contain urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause urushiol-induced contact dermatitis in susceptible people. Cross-reactions between mango contact allergens and urushiol have been observed. Those with a history of poison ivy or poison oak contact dermatitis may be most at risk for such an allergic reaction. Urushiol is also present in mango leaves and stems. Wikipedia
So, imagine my surprise when I broke out in tiny blisters all over my left hand. I had no idea that I would have that kind of reaction. I have not taken a picture of it and posted it and for that you are welcome. It is totally gross. There were blisters all over my wedding ring finger and my pinky finger. Ewww.
This has not stopped or even slowed my mango consumption, but I felt like I should make you aware of the possible problem because I had absolutely no clue.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
-2 giant portobello mushroom caps (gills scraped and stems removed)
-1 cup jumbo lump crabmeat
-4 wedges of laughing cow cheese (we used garlic and herb)
-4 green onions chopped-green and light green parts only
-1/4 of a red bell pepper diced
-1/2 tsp. old bay seasoning
-4 T. grated parmesan
-1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a pan or a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Mix the crabmeat, cheese, green onion, red pepper, old bay and parmesan. Split the mixture in half and put 1/2 of the mixture in each mushroom. Top with panko bread crumbs. Spray the panko lightly so it browns easier.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the filling is hot and the breadcrumbs are toasted.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I found this recipe for healthier cookies and it includes almond butter so it must be the best cookie ever! It contains much better ingredients that I can live with rather than having 2 sticks of butter sitting on my counter for hours to soften.
Perhaps it is because I haven't had a cookie fresh from the oven in so long, but seriously, this is one of the best darn cookies I have had. I'm not joking. I would have no problem telling you that this cookie would do, or it was ok. It is really, really good! I thought I would miss the loads of butter and refined sugar and the loftiness of all purpose flour, but this cookie is really delicious! I may still eat them all, but I won't feel as bad about it. HAHA! I am totally joking...i think.
Spread it on crackers for a yummy afternoon snack! You won't regret it!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
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1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup seedless/pitted dates
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup seedless/pitted dates
1/3 cup almonds
2 tsp. cinnamon
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tonight, I made the hubs another recipe from his Men's Health Magazine. I made him the Southwest Burger from the most recent issue and, yes, it was meatless....and very tasty. While I sauteed some sugar snap peas, red bell pepper and a little garlic in some cooking oil, I also cooked the burgers. The hubs grilled the pineapple and the buns for our burgers.
The grilled pineapple made the burgers very juicy and the bbq sauce made it very tangy. The burger itself was made with quinoa, oats and black beans and was very filling. I must say that I am surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I will definitely have it again.
I had a veggie burger and lived to tell the tale....
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I sure have been eating a lot of wraps at lunch this week. Today, I had some beans left over from dinner so I used them on top of spinach with some salsa, some avocado, and a sliced babybel. So delicious. I am a huge Mexican food fan and this was very yummy and you have to love a wrap that is only 250 calories.
No you aren't reading wrong and yes it is VERY easy!!!!! Remember that this was my food item of the week this week. These bars are about 4 for $5 where I live. My daughter (6 years old) and I both eat them so I figured there MUST be an easy way to make them. I mean there aren't many ingredients in them for goodness sake. So, I looked it up in Pinterest and found this. It lists many of the bars and their recipes! Woo HOO! The leg work was done for me already. Each recipe makes 3 bars.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My mornings are a little too crazy to make myself a really good breakfast. I make protein bars on the weekend and eat them all week. I'll normally just eat one of those and sometimes some fruit, but that is normally the extent of it.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
I made some hummus yesterday and today for lunch I spread about 2 tablespoons of the yummy goodness in a wrap, added some turkey breast, baby spinach, cherry tomato halves and rolled that baby up! So incredible! All of it for less than 200 calories. I must also add that I had some fresh mango with my wrap as well. I am not sure I have mentioned how much I love mango lately, but it is true.....I LOVE it!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I made some homemade Guilt-Free Hummus today to use to dip veggies in and to spread on wraps for lunch. It is about 15 calories a tablespoon! I made it according to the recipe except that I used 1/4 cup of fat free Greek Yogurt instead of nonfat plain yogurt and I tossed in an extra garlic clove because I am a garlic junky. It is very tasty!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
HOLY SMOKES! This was so good!!!! My picky husband who does not normally like salmon even loved it and that says A LOT! He took a bite of the burger and said, "Wow! Now, this is a new favorite."
I have seen these all over the blogs and on Twitter lately and I wasn't really sure how I felt about the idea of them. I mean, a leafy green posing as a chip? I decided to just try them to see how they were.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I am a huge fan of Italian food. Huge. It was probably a big contributor to my need to lose weight. Who doesn't like pasta covered in a garlicky tomato sauce topped with cheese?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Look at what my family did last night! What do YOU do with your hard boiled Easter eggs?? All I can think of is egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad....and those aren't the most low calorie thing to make.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Since I use the Myfitnesspal App on my smartphone it also calculates the number of calories I burned during my workouts and adds them to my total so I can eat more during the day. Sometimes it is hard to determine how many calories I have burned, so I found this Calorie Burn Calculator and it has A LOT of different activities listed. All you do is put your weight in and how many minutes you performed any of the activities listed, and it gives you the amount of calories you burned during that activity. Pretty Sweet!
I LOVE CHEESE! It's true. I love it more than one person should love cheese. I have tried breaking up with cheese entirely, but I just can't stay away. This week I have been snacking on The Laughing Cow products. I will spread the cheese on bread or celery for a low calorie snack. or add the cheese to sandwiches. The spreadable cheese wedges are between 35-45 calories a piece and the Mini Light Babybel is 50 calories. Soooo Gooood!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I came across this recipe at Sarahfit.com (my new favorite blog).
1 ½ cups rolled oats
½ c almond meal
2 servings of protein po
3T shredded coconut
½ c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 T honey
1 mashed banana
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ c almonds
¼ c golden raisins
Mash all of the ingredients together and spread them out into a 9 1/2 X 11 pan. Put into a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Cut into 10 servings. Sarah says each bar is 146 calories, 5.4 g fat, 19.5 g of carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 7.8 g sugar, and 6.8 g protein.
They are very tasty! They aren't crunchy though. They are more like a delicious and healthy oatmeal cookie. I love them! My house smells absolutely fabulous after baking these!
Monday, April 2, 2012
I took a trip to Trader Joe's today and came home with a lot of yummy goodies! Today, I am having an open faced turkey sandwich, spread with Laughing Cow Veggie cream cheese and some mango. So delicious! Ezekiel bread has 4 grams of protein a slice and is low glycemic, so it keeps you fuller longer. I have a feeling, I will be having this for lunch tomorrow as well.
Just the facts:
This little gem is a great calorie cheat. It is only 40 calories for a whole cup (less than half the calories of skim milk) and you can replace it where you use skim milk. It is pretty tasty in your coffee and in your cereal in the morning. I'm not going to say that I was so excited about the calories that I saved that I dunked a shortbread girl scout cookie in my coffee at breakfast. :)