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Salmon Salad, FTW

I’ve been making a huge effort in bringing my lunch to work to make sure I keep it healthy. I was steaming shrimp or making chicken to put on my salads, but to change it up I started using smoked salmon. How could I not have thought of this sooner? DELICIOUS. Just a little pepper on it, no dressing needed. Enjoy.

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Bagel Thins

Nicely timed with my weight loss challenge, I’m now participating in a BzzCampaign for Thomas’ Bagel Thins.  Bagels have long been one of my favorite things to eat but they’re not the healthiest breakfast choice.  In fact, despite them being something I love, I can’t remember the last time I had an actual bagel, for that very reason.

See? Skinny bagels for those of us who want to be, well, skinny.

Bagel thins are exactly what they sound like – thin bagels.  Each serving of Bagel Thins is 110 calories, which is about the same as one piece of toast.

They come in a few flavors, but I’ve only tried wheat so far.  I’m not a cream cheese fan, so jam or butter is usually what I use as a topping.  The first time I tried them I tried them with jam.  It was actually really good.

The second time I had one I used butter (well, Smart Balance Light, actually, but I pretend it’s butter).  I was a little put off that the butter wasn’t really melting on the bagel.  I don’t like the taste of unmelted butter, or unmelted fake butter, in this case.  I think that’s because it’s so thin – maybe the butter doesn’t have anywhere to go?

At the end of the day, I thought they were good and I don’t really feel bad about the 110 calories.  Definitely a nice alternative to traditional bagels.  For more info, check out Thomas’ Facebook page.

I’m a BzzAgent who received coupons for this product free of charge to test and discuss.  My opinion is my own.  You can learn more about BzzAgents and BzzCampaigns at www.bzzagent.com.

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The Challenge: Day 3

The book Drop 5 I read back in December (oh – by the way – never did drop those 5 lbs) gives what sounds like an easy way to break down calorie intake during the day:

350 calories for breakfast

An apple a day...

500 calories for lunch

500 calories for dinner

100 – 200 calories worth of snacks/desserts throughout the day

This way you have up to 1450 – 1550 calories to plan with.  I like it – it’s clear, straight forward and makes planning for daily meals easy.  I’m trying to stay 100 or more calories below this.  I do a lot of sitting at work – I shouldn’t need all those calories, right?

I wrote those numbers on a sticky note and put them on my monitor at work to help remind me of what I should (and shouldn’t) be eating and I definitely find it helpful while I’m there.  However – it isn’t eating at work that’s giving me problems.  I’ve always brought food to work instead of buying there and a lot of my diet consists of fruit, low-fat oatmeal, low-fat soups and non-fat yogurt.  So this isn’t work where I’m running into trouble, it’s eating at home.

I love fruit.  It’s a quick, easy and healthy snack but  for whatever reason I keep a lot of it at work, but not at home.  Not this week.  This week I bought fruit to actually keep in the apartment.  It’s helping with my normal routine of coming home from work and snacking way too much before dinner.

Baby steps.

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Drop Five

I just received a copy of the book Drop 5 lbs courtesy of Good Housekeeping.  It’s filled with tips as to how to (you guessed it) drop 5 lbs in two weeks.

 

My copy of Drop 5 - think it will work?

 

It has tips, recipes and facts about food.  It also features “swap out” ideas, so if you are thinking of eating something that may not be so good for you, you’re given another option.

Some of my favorite tips:

  • Save about 100 calories by having an open-faced sandwich
  • Look for no-sugar-added foods – added sugar adds empty calories
  • Bake fries instead of frying them
  • Plan your meals to avoid eating empty calories

Let’s see if I can stick to it – that would mean I would drop 5 lbs by Christmas…we’ll just see about that.

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Five Food Habits to Kick

Women’s Health has a great post on five food habits to kick (full article here).  I know I for one have been guilty of four out of five – how about you?

  1. Rushing through your meal – I think I am actually most guilty of this one.  I’m always eating faster than those I eat with.  Since it takes your brain about 20 minutes to catch up to your stomach this almost ensures overeating.  When I remind myself to slow down I often remember what I was told when visiting France: you make food to enjoy. So take your time and enjoy it!
  2. Eating while multi-tasking – if you eat blindly while doing something else – mainly staring at a screen, whether it be the computer or the TV, you’re not necessarily eating because you’re hungry.  Isn’t hunger the reason we’re suppose to be eating in the first place?
  3. Eating while stressed or bored – Again – you aren’t eating while you’re hungry.  Find something else to do be relaxed or preoccupied.
  4. Cleaning your plate – I think this is something cultural we have ingrained into our heads as children: FINISH YOUR DINNER.  People eat more because a) the food tasted good and b) they instinctively don’t want to waste it.  No need to clean your plate if you don’t want it.  Save it – it will most likely make a great lunch tomorrow.
  5. Always having meat as your main course – Out of the list of five, this is the only “habit” I don’t do.  While I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t tend to eat that much meat.

Which habits do you need to break?

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Too good (for you!) to be found at the Cheesecake Factory…

This recipe is courtesy of Skinny and the City. Nice alternative to 1,200 calorie (no joke) pieces at restaurants!!

Cheesecake Light

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 (9.7 ounce) containers Tnuva Creamey Soft Cheese 5% (also called Norman’s)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding (powder)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF degrees.
  2. Separate egg whites from egg yolks.
  3. In a bowl, beat egg whites with 1 cup of the sugar until stiff.
  4. Peel lemon and grate the peel so you have lemon zest.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks, the other 1/2 cup of sugar, cheese, flour, pudding powder, the lemon zest, and the juice from that lemon until well blended.
  6. Add egg white mixture to the other mixture. Fold in with a spoon or by using a mixer until well blended.
  7. Pour batter into a round aluminum springform baking pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake rises high and the top turns brown.
  9. Turn off the oven. Let the cake sit in it with the oven door open for 20 minutes.
  10. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool for 2 hours.
  11. Refrigerate overnight to set. Serve cold.

Nutrition content:
Per serving (1 slice, 1/16 of cake): 165 calories, 3 g fat, .6 g sat fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 4 g protein, 93 mg sodium

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