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What did we find in the kitchen and Harry Potter

Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.

 

I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.

 

The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!

On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate

yogurt

berries

double chocolate breakfast bakes

chicken parmesan wrap

chicken cordon blue wraps

chicken nuggets

home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket

roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)

and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.

We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.

 

80/20 rule

Earlier this week I attended a meeting about how to handle eating during the holidays. I had been looking forward to this meeting for quite some time as I was hoping I would get some new information on how to handle the holidays. Sadly that wasn’t the case. The same old information that has been going around for years was regurgitated throughout the session. I left the meeting thinking I might have outgrown the program I am in or I am just more determined to stay on track. Be warned I am about to rant.

One of the things that struck a nerve with me was being told to follow the 80/20 rule. If your not aware of the 80/20 rule let me break it down. You eat healthy 80 % of the time and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. In a perfect world this rule works. In reality with this rule we are feeding the disease we have by giving ourselves permission to eat crap. If you can follow this rule I tip my hat off to you. However in my case if I was able to follow the 80/20 rule I would never have gotten to 274 lbs. I would have been successful on the many diets I tried that told me I shouldn’t deprive myself. But guess what it didn’t work for me. I find with all the information available to us now we shouldn’t be encouraging the 80/20 rule. We should be looking for healthier alternatives. How does that saying go If you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results that’s insanity or something along those lines. This applies to food as well. If you keep allowing yourself to eat cakes laden with sugars and fat and empty calories and then step on the scale and gain weight that’s pretty much to be expected. But what if you found a healthy dessert that was high in protein, low in sugar, low in carbs and healthy for you. Guess what craving is satisfied and you are fuelling your body properly.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule? How is it working for you? Have you found alternatives to your favourites? How are you handling the holidays?

As you guessed I won’t be following the 80/20 rule. I am making meal plans and figuring out my protein intake and finding healthy alternatives or eliminating certain foods altogether from our spread like mashed potatoes. The holidays can be stressful enough without going thru them feeling bloated and overstuffed. This year make sure to treat your body right.

 

For breakfast tomorrow I wanted to make the kids and myself something we could grab and go  So I made muffins. These muffins below are what I baked. There’s no added sugar, there’s no refined flour and they taste amazing! If we are serious about our weight loss journeys and wanting to be healthy, we need to put extra work and effort into it. We didn’t get obese by eating one piece of cake or one treat meal but clearly we need to change our ways it we want to be healthy.

Ingredients:

2 cups quick oats ground in food processor

2 medium bananas mashed

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup applesauce(unsweetened)

1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt

1 egg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder ( I used GNC ISO BURST french vanilla)

1/2 cup no sugar added chocolate chips

What to do

preheat oven to 400.

Mash bananas. Stir in yogurt, applesauce, extract and milk. Once that’s mixed together add ground oats, baking powder, protein powder and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Let rest for a couple minutes then divided into 12 cup muffin pan and bake till toothpick comes out clean. I baked these for 22 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to hearing how you are going to handle eating during the holidays.

Holiday Leftovers

Now I know your probably thinking what? Did I miss a post? No no you did not but since I cooked a ham the other day which is on many tables at Christmas and had leftovers I decided why wait lets show them some delicious meals they can have with leftovers as well as do the holiday cooking posts.

So here’s the recipe

Egg wraps ( this is just an egg cooked really thin into a crepe or wrap, you can   add seasonings if you wish I usually add a bit of Italian seasoning)

1 pepper diced ( I used yellow)

1 small to medium onion diced

Diced leftover ham ( I had about a cup finely diced but you can put more or less)

Pasta sauce

Cheese of choice

In a bowl mix pepper, onion and ham. Take one egg wrap and put in about 3 tbsp of ham mixture. Add 1/2 tbsp pasta sauce and sprinkle of shredded cheese. Roll up and top with 1-2 tbsp pasta sauce and another sprinkle of cheese. Repeat to make as many as you need.  Put in microwave for 30-40 seconds or until cheese is melted and filling is warm.

I usually make one ham roll at a time for myself so what I like to do is actually saute the ham mixture before putting it in the wrap but that step in optional. I would only saute the 3 tbsp I was going to use.

The best part about this recipe is you can have it for breakfast, lunch of supper!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and look at how delicious this looks before its cooked and after.

 

Holiday Cooking part 1

As I mentioned in my last post I want to arm you with some recipes that are healthy and tasty this holiday season. I know I really should start with the main course or the veggies but I’m going to break the rules and go straight to dessert.

A few months after my weight loss surgery I rediscovered protein balls. These delicious little balls packed with flavour and meeting my nutritional requirements while allowing me to feel like I was have a treat. So today I am going to share with you a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake protein balls. I made these ones cherry but you can you a mixture of dried fruit of mango if you prefer.

This recipe will make 8 servings of 2 protein balls per guest. I didn’t fancy these ones up as I really like the flavour of them as they are.

Here’s what you need

1 cup quick oats

1/4 cup dried cherries ( I used unsweetened)

3 tbsp ground flaxseed

1.5 scoops of vanilla  protein powder ( I used GNC Iso burst French Vanilla)

3 tbsp light cream cheese

1 tbsp all natural almond butter

3 tbsp of milk

In a food processor add oats, cherries, protein powder and flax seed. Process by pulsing until it’s crumbly. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese and the almond butter once combined add to the food processor along with the milk and pulse till it starts to come together in clumps. Using a 1 tbsp measuring spoon, scoop out the mixture into your hand and roll. Refrigerate or freeze and pull out when needed to entertain or just a quick snack while shopping for the holidays.

Here’s a little secret with these delicious Cherry Cheesecake balls you can eat them year round! you can have them for breakfast, snack or a dessert that doesn’t require ustencils.

Just in case you were curious here’s the nutritional information for two protein balls(1 serving) I used MFP to calculate the nutrition.

Calories 134

Carbs 14 g

Sugar 11g

Fiber 1 g

Protein 8 g

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I look forward to sharing some more tasty ideas with all of you.

Protein I put that S*** in everything

I am seriously starting to feel like the old lady in the Franks Red Hot sauce commercials, except instead of hot sauce it’s protein lol. My newest protein product is protein ice cream. With the weather getting warmer and warmer finally I want a healthy treat that will still get me to meet my protein goals. I am hoping to record and upload a vlog about all the products I’ve been trying. But here’s a list for those of you interested in my favourite protein products and it’s quite the list.

Atkins lift water (got mine at walmart)

Atkins Indulgence Bars(for when I want a chocolate bar also bought at walmart)

Syntrax comes in tons of flavours but I prefer Twisted Cherry and Fuzzy Peach  it makes a great protein juice or popscicles   ( got mine at a specialty shop but you can order from Amazon)

Vega chocolate protein powder with greens ( from walmart)

Premier protein protein bars especially the salted caramel one from Walmart

Premier protein shakes my favourite at the moment is the new bananas and cream ( I get them at walmart or costco)

Atkins Cookies and cream shake for when I want a milkshake type treat (got mine at walmart)

Those are just a few products so you can see why I feel like the lady from the commercial lol.

protein

I also want to share my numbers with you since it’s been a few weeks.

Current weight 188 lbs!!!!

Highest weight 274 lbs

If you’ve read up to this point thanks for bearing with me I’m a little scattered but I want to talk with you about some struggles since having weight loss surgery. Some would think it’ a blessing to never be hungry and to not realize you are skipping meals till it’s the end of the day. At first I was one of those people. I was grateful that for once in my life I wasn’t thinking about food and what I could eat and couldn’t eat. But now that I’m almost 6 months out and I am skipping 2 sometimes 3 of my 6 meals I am getting concerned. I am trying to be more respectful of my body and treat it properly which means I need to fuel it to avoid having deficiencies or getting malnourished. Thankfully I am part of a bunch of weight loss support groups and they have been helping me. I have my Fitbit set up to go off at regular intervals so that I eat and over the past few days that has helped me a lot. So I will keep that up and hope it becomes a habit 🙂

Also here’s a link to the video if you have no idea who the old lady is with the hot sauce 🙂