Healthy Favorites

Posted on September 10th, 2013 by Jean

I’m back to eating healthy, trying to lose a few lbs. prior to a special event in October. (More on that soon!) Here are the food choices I’m making:
Oikos Dannon Yogurt photo Oikos_zpsafb5b552.jpgDannon Oikos Fat Free Greek Yogurt – Only 120 calories per serving, and sinfully delicious. I choose vanilla and top w/granola sprinkles. Greek yogurt has 2x the protein of regular low-fat yogurts.
Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola – Available in Oats ‘n Honey or Oats n’ Dark Chocolate. 210 calories per 1/2 cup, and 10g of protein. It’s a very tasty topping for yogurt, or a good snack in general.
LaraBar Cherry Pie photo Larabar_zpse06d6981.jpgLaraBar Cherry Pie – I bought a box of snack-sized Larabars. One 0.78 oz fruit & nut bar has 90 calories and zero sodium! How many snacks can make that claim? The cherry pie flavor is very good, tart and moist.
Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds – I’ve been a smokehouse almond fan since I was a kid. They are smoky, salty and delicious. Their seasonal flavor, Rosemary & Black Pepper, is very good as well. 170 calories per serving (approx. 28 nuts).
Healthy Choice Soup photo Soup_zps44869815.jpgHealthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup – In microwavable bowl, ready in 90 seconds. There are 2 servings per can, 100 calories per serving. This soup has a delicious broth, full sized kidney beans, large cubes of potato, slices of cooked tomato and celery. It’s a filling lunch with great flavor.
McDonald’s Premium McWrap – I know, McDonald’s. My girls enjoy eating there typically once a week. I finally decided to indulge in a McWrap, and they are just as crave-able as their burgers & fries! You can order it alone (without fries & a drink). The Crispy Chicken & Ranch has 580 calories, but now that I’ve seen their sodium count (1290mg), I’d better find a Mc-Alternative! ::: gulp! :::
Subway Sweet Onion Teriyaki on Flatbread – You know I’m serious when I’m choosing a flatbread instead of a loaf of frenchbread! Subway let’s you calculate the calories based on your choice of bread & toppings. Mine comes out to 380 calories per 6″ serving. With sodium at 900g, it’s (dare I say?) healthier than the McWrap.
water photo water_zpsf334b14b.jpg I guess that would be water. I haven’t quite figured out my dinner alternatives yet. Having a cold is keeping my cravings at bay.
• What is your healthy dinner choice?
• Do you have a special occasion on the horizon?

Banana, PB, Seeds & Raisins | Healthy Snack

Posted on March 20th, 2012 by Jean

My youngest daughter helped me create a healthy snack today. We think it is delicious and easy to make.
• 1 fresh banana
• 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
• 30 raisins
• 1/4 oz. Sunflower seeds
1) Peel & slice banana
2) Top banana slices with dab of peanut butter
3) Garnish with raisins and sunflower seeds
4) Eat and enjoy
Calories per serving: 200 (Serves 2)

A Pound A Day

Posted on May 15th, 2011 by Jean

I’ve lost 3 lbs. in 3 days, and this is what I’ve learned so far.
The SparkPeople Diet Tracker App is awesome! Download it, tell it your current weight, your goal weight, and go. It’s easy to track your calories burned and consumed. Sparkpeople is also online. I just signed in and was surprised to see that all of my input from the phone app was already updated online. So when your kids steal your phone to play Angry Birds, you can still update your records.

(Screenshots left to right: Calories Eaten/Burned, Glasses of Water Consumed, and Food Eaten.)

If you buy Orville Redenbacher’s 100 Calorie Smart Pop, you’d better buy extra popcorn for your family. The first three packets I nuked were confiscated by my daughters and husband. When I finally was able to eat my share in peace, I found it to be very tasty especially with a sprinkling of chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.
Thomas’ 110 calorie whole wheat bagel thins are fairly good. They’re chewy, filling, and not terrible. Hubby won’t eat them again even though I topped his with butter and cream cheese. Other flavors include plain, raisin, and “everything” (with onion, sesame and poppy seeds).
Freshness is key. A slice of fresh lemon in my water puts me in the right frame of mind. The color, scent, and flavor say “healthy” to me. Adding a slice of fresh cucumber to your water is a treat I learned from the salon at Mandalay Bay. Fresh cilantro in my salad adds a burst of flavor and really livens the greens.
What products do you turn to when you want to lose a few pounds?