Monthly Archives: February 2012

Locked Away

Sometimes you just need to step AWAY from the kitchen, lock yourself away in your room and meditate on what you want your body and lifestyle to be. I don’t want to be an unhealthy, unhappy over-indulger. And it may take a few moments of clarity to get back to the right state of mind and realize that. Besides meditating, as I also mentioned before, I also check out “fitness inspiration” (aka fitspiration or fitspo) via web. It’s important that I mention it’s FITNESS inspiration and not “thinspiration” or another term that enforces eating disorders. The goal here is HEALTH and HAPPINESS. ūüôā

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Sugar Free Snickerdoodles and Monday Fitspo

Found this great recipe for all natural snickerdoodles. I’m posting the recipe as is, but I think I may try it on my own with almond flour instead of whole wheat. I LOVE cinnamon and snickerdoodle flavors, so this was a great find!

All Natural Sugar Free Snicker Doodle Cookies!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Cup butter softened
  • 1¬†1/2 Cups of Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Baking Stevia
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Ground Cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Preheat Oven to 350
  2. Combine all ingredients with 3/4 cup of wheat flour until well mixed.
  3. When thoroughly combines add additional 3/4 cup of flower. Mixture should be dough-like
  4. Cover bowl with plastic and chill for about an hour
  5. In a separate bowl combine 1 Tbsp of ground cinnamon and 3/4 cup of baking Stevia.(Add 1 Tbsp Sprinkles Optional)
  6. Scoop dough with 1 Tbsp and roll into balls
  7. Roll Tbsp Balls into Cinnamon mixture and set onto un-greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes.
Per Cookie: 105 Calories, 1.5g Fat, 17g Carbs, 1.4g Protein

The Magic of PB2

All natural powdered peanut butter!! 85% less fat calories than regular PB. 2 tbsp mixed with 1 tbsp water makes this delicious treat 45 calories, 1.5g fat, and 5g protein!! It’s like a miracle!

I’m having mine with an apple for an afternoon snack filled with vitamins, nutrients and protein!

Fat Kid Mentality!

When you want to eat an entire pint of ice cream, don’t fret! Reach for Arctic Zero, a healthier, all natural alternative with 14 grams of whey protein, 8 grams of fiber and only 150 calories in a full pint.

I added 4 tbsp of fat free whipped cream and crumbled my fit brownies into mine for a total of 260 calories! I’m totally indulging like a “fat kid” guilt-free!! You don’t need to starve, or feel deprived…just hunt for healthy alternatives.

Mid-Week Fitspo

Britney Spears circa 2001 with her killer fit body was a major source of inspiration for me back in the day…and still is!

Feeling good after today’s super early morning full body strength training and cardio workout!¬†

Thai Peanut-Teriyaki Chicken Vegetable Dish

VOLUMIZING!!!

I’m eating an entire frying pan full of fresh chicken and loads of veggies and it’s only 305 calories!!!

Bon Appetit!!

Healthier Options

In my attempt to avoid pre-packaged foods on the go (loaded with sugar and salt) I opted to take brown rice and Gardein protein strips to the office for lunch instead of my usual Lean Cuisine. Same amount of calories, less added salt, sugar and processing.

I’m gonna try to make this switch at LEAST once a day with one food item. I didn’t do as well with breakfast. Short on time, I reached for Life cinnamon cereal. In the future I will be buying clean brands like Kashi and adding Stevia to the cereal for sweetness.

Today’s count:
Breakfast- Life cereal and low fat milk (280cal)
Snack- Large banana (140cal)
Lunch- 4 Gardein strips and 1/4cup brown rice with a dash of hot sauce (320cal).
Sub-total: 740

Fit Brownies

Shaped like footballs since today is Superbowl Sunday!! 30calories each, 1 gram of fat. Recipe coming later!

Substituting Ingredients

I’m reading a book that has been explaining a lot about neurotransmitters in the brain, cravings, and hormonal imbalances affecting weight, mood and said cravings. I’ll have to post more detail later about this book, but my first switch is going to be trying to limit my sugar intake.

For example, I’ll be using natural zero calorie sugar substitutes like Stevia, Truvia, etc that don’t alter blood sugar levels and therefore don’t leave you craving MORE sugar.

This morning I put Stevia and cinnamon in plain oatmeal instead of using cinnamon roll oatmeal by Quaker (processed and packed with sugar). 1/2 cup (80cal). The rest of breakfast included two scrambled eggs with tiny bacon bits (160cal) and 1/4 of an orange (20cal).

I also made “Fit Brownies” which I’ll post the recipe for later. I had quite a few bites, licks and tastes while baking these, so I added an extra 100calories to my daily count to be safe. Subtotal: 360cal