Saturday, January 30, 2010

Adventures in Healthy Eating Days 1 & 2

     So as you're all well aware it turns out that I'm a terrible blogger.  I've decided after much thought that it has to do with the fact that I'm not sure what to blog about.  Well I WASN'T sure until a stroke of genius hit me!
     Since Christmas time Spencer has been trying really hard to watch what he eats.  He's been carefully cutting down his portion sizes and began working out at the beginning of January.  He told me that he does much better with this sort of thing if I participate to encourage him.  Knowing that I have a few pounds to lose and a lot to gain by choosing healthier foods, I jumped on board!
     So that's what I've decided to blog about, my great low-cal finds, easy substitutes we've found when cooking, and our adventure in healthy eating.
     We've been doing this for 2 or 3 weeks now and I think I'm starting to get the hang of things.  Last night we were both craving a good burger.  Unfortunately for the burger, we've cut out red meat all but one time a week.  So we had to get creative.  We enjoyed a fantastic supper of Garlic Herb Turkey Burgers and oven french fries.  SO GOOD!  Calorie Count= hamburger bun (120 cal), turkey burger (160 cal), oven fries (140 cal) TOTAL: 420 calories.  I added ketchup, Spencer added mustard.  We both loved it!
     After our delicious meal we each worked out.  We've been doing the P90X program.  I'm working on the lean program and Spencer's working on the fit program.  We each work out for an hour a day 6 days a week.  Usually I'm toast by the end, but feel so good when I'm done that it's worth it.  I should probably mention I spend half the time working out mouthing off to the guy on the videos.  I hate being told what to do!  :)
     I rewarded myself for my good caloric intake and workout ethic by treating myself to a FAB new find: Pillsbury Brownie Minis.  I paid more than I should.  But here's the deal, I've got a terrible sweet tooth and living without sweets just isn't an option, so I find great ways to work them in.  These Pillsbury Brownie minis are 50 calories a brownie.  The best part is, they're good!  Overall, I'd say Friday night was a success.
    So today, (hang in there with me, I won't normally blog two days at once), we had to get up and go clean the church with our small group.  I had a bowl of cereal w/ skim milk.  For lunch I had a pesto turkey panini on wheat (super good), a tropical fruit cup, and a glass of water.  For supper we had spaghetti.  Spaghetti usually has a lot of sugar, sodium, and calories.  That's because most of us buy spaghetti sauce in a jar.  Spencer and I decided to save calories and money by making our own.  We just added a palm full of this and a palm full of that till it tasted good to us.  (Lg. can crushed tomatoes, small can tomato paste, 2 cloves garlic minced and toasted, 1/2 white onion minced and sauteed, 1 c. water, 2 T. sugar, a palmful of oregano, a palmful of garlic powder, a palmful of basil, and a sprinkle of parsley.  We let this simmer on low for 2 hours.)  Of course instead of ground hamburger we subbed in ground turkey.  Total calories for this delicious new meal? 2 (dry) ounces of linguine= 210 cal, 1/2 c. homemade sauce= 209 cal, 2/3 c. green beans cooked= 30 cal.  TOTAL= 449 calories!
   Thought you should know, I snacked on two brownie minis= 100 cal and 1 Crystal Light Popsicle= 15 cal.
     I hope you'll follow me as I blog along in my adventure of healthier eating!

1 comment:

  1. I want to talk about these Mini's! I loved them. We made them for company last night and my initial thought was "they sure are mini." But they were delicious and with some strawberries made for a great dessert. Thank you for the idea! However, I have noticed that you are counting them for 50 calories? Are thsee what you cound for 50 calories? I think that they are actually 75? Or I did my math wrong. But one tray has 6 brownies. And one serving was 1/3 tray, so that would be 2 brownies. Total calories per serving was 150 or 75 each. Am I figuring something wrong here? Do you have a better mini that's only 50???? I'm just sitting here thinking that there were several different varities so maybe it varies more than I initially saw? Well, anyho, thanks again for the delish idea-- we love it and we will do it again!