Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 55—Dairy And Berries January 9, 2010

Try this quick and easy smoothie. Photo from sparkpeople.com.

Sometimes ya just gotta have a sweet snack. What better boost for your energy than dairy and berries?

I posted my favorite smoothie recipe on SparkPeople.com—http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=873136 . All you need are berries and milk, and 2 or 3 ice cubes. You can use whatever combination of berries you like or have on hand, and sweeten it if and to whatever degree you like.

Here’s the nutitional breakdown:

With sugar      Without sugar

140                    116          calories

0.7                     0.7          g fat

2.4                     2.4          mg cholesterol

66.3                   66.3       mg sodium

30.3                   24.3       g carbohydrate

5.5                      5.5          g fiber

5.1                      5.1           g protein

I hope you enjoy it!

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Day 26—Mix It Up December 11, 2009

Healthy mixes make great gifts!

Are you makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice—and realizing that giving calorie- and fat-laden treats to your weight-watching friends may not be very nice?

Here are six mixes to please anyone on your gift list:

1. Ho-ho-oats—containers (cellophane bags, plastic tubs, glass jars…) of oatmeal, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, and any other goodies that your recipients can mix as desired in their oatmeal. Optional: cinnamon.

2. ” ‘At’s Italian” seasoning—mix 1 Tbsp each: oregano, basil and sage, and 1 tsp each: rosemary and red pepper flakes. Great for spicing up the marinara sauce!

3. Tasty taco seasoning—mix 3 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp each: cumin and red pepper flakes. Now that’s a tasty taco!

4. Pumpkin pie spice—mix 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp each: mace, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Simplify the season!

5. Hail to the trail mix—mix nuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds…be creative! (Maybe even sneak in a few M&Ms to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth!)

6. Musical mix—burn a CD of great tunes that you can’t help but groove to. Your recipients can download them to their MP3s for rockin’ workouts!

Do you have any more mixes to share? (That’s what that little “comments” box below is for!)  😉

 

Day 10—Low-cal Thanksgiving Options November 25, 2009

A little effort can result in BIG calorie savings!

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving! Naturally, high on our lists of things to be thankful for is the abundance of food we enjoy on that—and every—day.

Also in great abundance in holiday foods: calories in the form of sugars and fat. Calories aren’t our enemy. But an overabundance of calories can be.

So here are some tips to cut the calorie count of your favorite holiday dishes:

1. Going homemade can make a HUGE difference in the calorie count of your traditional favorites. Take cranberry sauce, for example. If you buy it canned, you’re getting two-thirds of a cup of sugar (488 calories) per can! If you make it yourself, you can use artificial sweetener instead of sugar. Savings: 81 calories per serving.

2. Use lowfat versions of ingredients. For instance, try substituting lowfat buttermilk in your mashed potatoes. Tasty AND low-fat / low-cal!

3. Especially if your crowd is small, try cooking a turkey breast rather than a whole turkey. Breast meat is much lower in fat and calories than dark meat.

4. Shun creamed veggies. Instead, steam them. They’ll retain more nutrients in addition to containing fewer calories and fat grams. (Just go easy on that butter! Try spray-on butter-flavored margarine instead.)

5. Go whole wheat. Whole wheat breads and rolls are not only higher in fiber, they’re also lower in calories.

So there you have them: 5 tips for a healthier holiday menu. Remember: You have the POWER!