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.
Carbs 14 g
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.
So this weekend I had plans of blogging, baking the kids some healthy snacks and cleaning the house. Well that didn’t happen. We had a wind storm on Saturday and it knocked out our power all weekend. In fact we never got power back till Monday around 7 am.
Since we didn’t have any power and everyone was out of ice we had to go to the store and rely on shelf stable foods. Let me tell you even if something is marked as healthy if it’s not a fruit or a vegetable their probably lying to some extent. And yes this even includes protein bars. Did you know that some protein bars have over 10 grams of sugar in them? And the amount of crap in some of them is ridiculous.
Anyway after browsing the store for awhile and giving up on looking at labels I decided to just get something that I could feed my family. I came across these Belvita cookies and I though how bad can they be will check it out before I eat them. Well their basically just a bear paw in a grow up package. Don’t believe me check out the nutrition facts from bear paws that I bought the kid and my grown up cookies.
I talk to a lot of people who are dieting or eating healthy and eating foods they don’t even like to shed a pound. Well I can tell you for sure that this will not work for long and you will be running back to your favourite foods. Weight loss isn’t about depriving yourself it’s about eating healthy foods that you love. If you have to choke it down don’t bother eating it. I do have to say that the healthier you eat the more foods you will love. Your taste buds do change if you change what your eating. I was a huge sugar addict and I was always chasing the sweetness but now I am learning to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits and some veggies instead of cakes and chocolates. I thought I would share some of my favourite snacks. Feel free to add your favourite snacks in the comments.
Liberte Greek yogurt banana caramel is my favourite
spinach and cucumber salad with almonds and lemon poppy seed dressing or just a squeeze of lemon
butter lettuce stuffed with cooked chicken with a squeeze of lemon
cheese string with pepperettes (ham, chicken or turkey I love them all)
hummus and veggie cups are great for on the go snacks
home made yogurt with berries and a touch of honey (check back for a post with recipe for yogurt)
watermelon with almonds
cantaloupe and prosciutto
I try to always have a source of protein and fiber with every snack so I stay full and satisfied till the next meal.
I’ve wanted to blog so many times recently but I couldn’t seem to put my thoughts to words that made sense. And when I did think I could make sense of everything something came up with the kids or I had an appointment but I am here now.
I started the new weight loss plan and although I cannot go into specific details I have been given the ok to tell my story just not share others.
I have been terrified of starting this diet. I was afraid I was going to be hungry, fail or just plain give up. I was also afraid that I would have massive headaches and not be able to function. But on Saturday I took the plunge and just decided that I was going to do this. I was going to give it my all and the hard work has paid off. Before I tell you my results so far let me tell you a little about the diet.
So as I mentioned this is a medical weight loss program and not something that everyone can participate in or should. I am in phase 1 of three. In phase one you are allowed 1000-1200 calories a day. You have two meal replacements and a lean cuisine type meal for supper and two snacks a day that’s it. Oh and some PGX granules to keep you full and satisfied. I only put mine on my supper since I haven’t experienced any hunger yet. Now I know some people are going to freak out when they read that I am only eating 1000 calories but please remember I am being closely supervised by an obesity specialist and he has done his homework to make sure that this is safe for his patients.
Now the good part. I have been following my diet to a T since Saturday and I am officially down 5 lbs today. The weight loss won’t always be this dramatic but for right now I will take it.
I’ve had a few people ask me what I eat in a day so I will give you a sample menu of what I’m eating and keep updating you as I go thru the program.
Breakfast: meal replacement shake
Snack: cheese string and apple
Lunch: meal replacement shake
Snack: spinach, cucumber, almonds, lemon poppy seed dressing
Supper: PC blue menu Italian Lasagna with pgx granules sprinkled on top.
And lots of water
I have to say I haven’t felt deprived at all so far on this diet. I am eating at regular intervals and I am eating quality food. In fact yesterday I went to a potluck event that had a free sundae bar and I didn’t have any. In fact I didn’t eat any of the food at the potluck I portioned my own food and brought it with me. I am tired of losing and gaining the weight. And this is my last chance before surgery so I will give it my all.
This week has been a little crazy. I had day surgery on Tuesday and it threw off my whole schedule. I can’t workout for three weeks, I have to have a high fiber diet and I was in pain. Thank fully the pain has died down and I am starting to feel normal again. Since I was sore I really did want fast meals this week that didn’t require me standing in the kitchen for hours or even longer then 15 minutes really.
I was a little taken by surprise by the high fiber diet as I wasn’t warned prior to my appointment that I would have to eat a high fiber foods. Thankfully my husband took down a list of foods that I like and set out to the store while the kids slept. So you wanna know what I ate ? Well here’s what I ate and if there is a recipe I will attach the link.
Tuesday for lunch and supper I had a baked sweet potato. Once it was baked I topped it with canned refried beans and a little cheese. Put it back in the oven till it was all warmed.
Wednesday I didn’t want to look at a sweet potato at all. I had had my fill the day before. So for breakfast I had a big bowl of raisin bran. For lunch I wanted something that I could have leftovers and turn them into a few different things so I made these rice and beans.
I made rice and beans cause I could eat them as they are. Or I could put them in a tortilla with avocado and tomato. Or I could make a breakfast burrito by adding salsa, avocado, crumbled bacon and some shredded cheese to a tortilla. I even served it as a side to this beef stroganoff instead of having plain rice. As you can tell I made use of cooking a nice size batch of the beans and rice as to not have to cook a lot lol.
Another recipe I made this weekend was these delicious raisin bran muffins. These little gems are great for breakfast and you can reheat them beautifully in the oven. If you have a chance watch the video and he will give you the instructions to reheat them and store them. The recipe only makes 6 muffins. Honestly their so delicious I don’t know why you would only make 6 but you can easily double the recipe.
Tonight I’m making a simple roast chicken with roasted sweet potatoes. We also had take out one night.
Healthy and high fiber eating can be boring but I have to say I really enjoyed everything I ate this week. Oh I almost forgot my favourite snack of the week. I had Wasa Rye crackers topped with avocado. It was the best snack for when I was hungry and didin’t want to waste any time in the kitchen.
Now that we have talked about all the yummy food I’ve been eating lets talk about how I’m going to stay motivated to lose weight. I can’t workout till I get the ok from the Dr so I have to concentrate on my food. But I have been wanting to make a lbs lost and a lbs to lose jar for quite some time. Well I finally went to the dollar store got some pretty jars and marbles and started my jars. I think having a visual of what I lost vs what I have to lose will motivate me a lot. Hopefully you made it this far into my blog lol. But I’ve written enough for now and I’m off to have supper. Have a great night everyone!
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