Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two Great Recipes!

Two great recipes - Caramel Apple Frappe and Tortilla Free Burrito.

Recipe #1 - Caramel Apple Frappe

I absolutely LOVE this shake! This recipe comes from the Hungry Girl newsletter (10/29/09). The original recipe calls for freeze-dried apple pieces from Gerber Graduates. No matter how much I search, I can never find the apple ones - just strawberry. So I substitute no sugar added applesauce for those.

Ingredients:
1 Jell-O Sugar Free Dulce de Leche (or Creamy Caramel) Pudding Pack
1/2 cup apple cider (plain, not sparkling) (I used no sugar added apple juice)
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce (or 1/4 cup Gerber Graduates Apple Mini Fruits)
1/4 cup fat free vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice or 5-8 cubes (I usually use more)
2 Tbsp fat free Reddi-whip

Directions:
Place all ingredients except for Reddi-whip into a blender. Blend until smooth, and then pour into a nice, tall glass. (Or even a crummy tall glass. Your call.)
Top with Reddi-whip, stick a straw in it, and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving
Stats for original recipe: 199 calories, 1 g fat, 250 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 23.5 g sugars, 2.5 g protein


Recipe #2 - Tortilla Free Burrito
This recipe comes from the Biggest Loser book 6 Weeks to a Healthier You. It's super good and high in protein. It makes good leftovers, as well as a good breakfast scramble with egg whites! It definitely needs salsa. Cheese is up to you - I used Weight Watchers reduced fat 4-cheese blend.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lbs (20 oz) lean ground turkey
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 c diced bell pepper (yellow, red, or green)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp oregano
red chile flakes (optional)
1 1/2 c (one 15 oz can) cooked black or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed, or 10 cups baby spinach
cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Coat a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven with cooking spray. Add the turkey, onion, and bell pepper and simmer for about 5-7 minutes until just cooked through.
Add the chili powder, cumin, mustard, oregano, and chile flakes, if desired. Add the beans and spinach and cook until just heated through. Season to taste. (Needs about 1 Tbsp of salsa per serving) Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings
Stats: 140 calories, 21 g protein, 12 g carbs (1 g sugars), 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 30 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 105 mg sodium



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Finish Strong Challenge 2010 - Vol. 1

First blog check-in on Finish Strong Challenge!

Even though I know this program so well (and I should after 1 full year), I figured it would be a good refresher to go back through and read my Weight Watchers books (will be referred to as WW from here on out). So last Saturday, I pulled out my Week 1 book and re-read it cover-to-cover. I'm so glad I did, because I found that DELICIOUS turkey-apple salad recipe that I posted earlier this week. I will definitely need to add that into my recipe rotation.

As I read the book over again, I realized I had been missing an important element - tracking my food. Sure, I planned out my meals for the week and posted what I planned to eat daily on my accountability post on the Getting In Shape board from The Knot, but I didn't end up writing down what actually made it into my stomach. I tried to at least do a quick total at the end of the day so I made sure I was still on track.

Another thing I realized is that with all my added workouts, I need to compensate my points total to include all of those calories I'm burning off. I don't want to starve my body by not giving it enough food. So I'll be re-calculating my Points total this week. With all that said, I think I had a fairly awesome week. I generally stuck to my meal plan, with a few indulgences.
Best splurge of the week? A child sized Pumpkin Cheesecake nonfat frozen yogurt from Yogurt Mill with crumbled graham crackers and cinnamon. (cue drooling) It was simply divine.

When I stepped on the scale at my WW meeting this morning, it was amazing to know all the hard work I put in this week paid off. I lost 2.2 lbs this week! Hooray! I know that I earned every bit of that.

I'm going to read my WW book 2 today, but I think I'm covered there. It's called "Start Moving More." hehe...

Here's my workout plan for this week (P90X week 3):
I'm trying to add in an evening walk when I have the time a couple of nights a week.
Saturday: Yoga X, walking
Sunday: rest
Monday: Cardio X, Ab Ripper X, Chest & Back, walking
Tuesday: Plyometrics,walking
Wednesday: Cardio X, Ab Ripper X, Shoulders & Arms
Thursday: Kenpo X, walking
Friday: Cardio X, Ab Ripper X, Legs & Back, walking

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Finish Strong Challenge

I know at least for myself, since my wedding I've had a hard time putting as much effort into weight loss as I did before. I work better with a deadline/something to look forward to. So I decided from now until the end of the year, I'm putting every effort towards rededicating motivation to health & weight loss.

Starting NOW till December 31st.

Dedication. Motivation. Perseverance.

Let's finish out 2010 STRONG!

Anyone with me?

Here's my plan for success:
  • I will plan out my meals once a week and follow the Weight Watchers program that I have come to know and love. I will do my best to stick to my meal plan, but still allowing myself to live my life.
  • I will be trying my best to put in a couple of workouts a day by following the P90X Doubles program.
  • I will attempt to blog about my successes/failures for the week.
  • My goal will be to lose 1 - 1.5 lbs each week.


Time to BRING IT. haha... yay for cheesy P90X lines... =D


This has been my workout schedule this week:
Monday: 5am - Cardio X (50 min), 11am - Ab Ripper X (17 min), 1pm - Chest & Back (60 min), 8pm - walking (20 min)
Tuesday: 3pm - Plyometrics (60 min), 6:30pm - walking (30 min)
Wednesday: 5am - Cardio X (50 min), 11am - Ab Ripper X (17 min), 4pm - Shoulders & Arms (60 min)

Still to do:
Thursday: Kenpo X (60 min), walking (20 min)
Friday: Cardio X (50 min), Ab Ripper X (17 min), Legs & Back (60 min), walking (30-45 min)
Saturday: Yoga X (90 min), walking (20 min)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick post - DELICIOUS recipe!

Hello there. :) This will just be a quick post to brag on a recipe that is simple, filling, healthy, and DELICIOUS!

Turkey-Apple Salad with Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette
Serves: 4

2 cups cooked, skinless light meat turkey (about 1 turkey breast tenderloin), sliced, shredded, or chopped
1 medium apple, cored & diced
1 c seedless grapes
2 medium stalks celery, sliced thin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
4 c chopped or shredded romaine lettuce
6 Tbsp Ken's Steakhouse Lite Raspberry-Walnut Vinaigrette

In a large bowl, toss together turkey, apple, grapes, and celery.
For each serving: 1 cup lettuce & about 1 1/4 cups turkey salad mix. Drizzle 1 1/2 Tbsp of dressing on each serving.
Enjoy!