Cucumbers

TGIF

Heya! Last night’s festivities turned out to be quite a bit of fun, but this morning was less so. I had a few of these:

Earl Grey Julip, which was basically a glass of bourbon on the rocks. yum. I also had two steamed veggie buns and a delicious salad to eat.

(Veggie buns are top right of the salad). The salad had shrimp, a citrus vinaigrette, and rice noodles on it. SO good.

The one win for the night was that I always tend to crave pizza after a night out, and last night was no different. BUT, instead of calling Domino’s like I usually do, I decided to make my own low-cal version of a pizza, with RF shredded cheddar on a flatout wrap with garlic. No picture but it was a victory none the less.

Today I made another Breakfast Parfait but reworked it a bit so it was only 3 points!

This had:

  • 1 cup of blueberries, microwaved for 90 seconds and then refridgerated overnight (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup fiber one (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup raw rolled oats (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (1 pt)

It was a little smaller than the one earlier in the week since I used half the yogurt, but it still kept me full for a few hours and tasted delicious. Plus, only 3 points for a breakfast parfait? Sign me up!

Lunch today was also really delicious and colorful.

This had:

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 2 cups arugula (0 pts)
  • 2 fresh apricots, sliced (1 pt)
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (2 pts)
  • 2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)

On the side I had 2 sliced up baby cucumbers (0 pts)

And then a pink lady apple for dessert (1 pt).

This wrap was AWESOME. The arugula was spicy and peppery, so worked perfectly against the sweet craisins and apricots. Plus, the goat cheese was crumbled throughout and was creamy and rounded out the wrap perfectly. I got the apricots from my farm share yesterday and honestly cannot remember the last time I had fresh apricots! Dried, yes, but fresh? They are so delicious, sweet and juicy. ┬áMy boyfriend put a fresh goat cheese, apricot, and asparagus pizza on the menu at the restaurant, so I’m thinking about using the rest of them to make an at home version of that. Mmmm.

What are you plans for this evening? I am looking forward to tonight because I’m trying out an African Dance class with a few friends for the first time! It’s an hour and 15 minutes and I was told “Prepare to sweat!” so I think it’ll be a good workout, but something new and fun. I rarely ever do classes since I don’t belong to a gym, so doing this with my girlfriends will be a treat!

Holy Veggies

I just got my entire day’s worth of fruit and veggies in 20 minutes. Let me show you.

First, I had a Mexican Style Salad.

It had:

  • Red Leaf Lettuce, no slug (0 pts)
  • Fresh cilantro (0 pts)
  • New Jersey Corn (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans (1 pt)
  • 1 oz 75% RF Cabot Cheddar (1 pt)
  • Salsa (0 pts)
  • 1/2 serving baked tostitos (1 pt)

On the side, I steamed some broccoli (0 pts)

And then had 2 baby cucumbers sliced, and 1 cup of cherries.

Everything that I ate (besides the canned black beans, cheese, salsa, and baked tortilla chips) was organic and from a local farm. It was so filling and satisfying, and the whole huge meal was only 5 points. As you can probably venture to guess, I’m trying to use up all the fruits and veggies I have because I have a new farm share box coming tomorrow! Normally I won’t have a problem using up everything but because I’ve been traveling on the weekends, its been tough trying to use it all.

What are some of your favorite ways to add extra flavor to meals, without adding too many calories? Adding fresh herbs to a salad is one of my favorite ways to add tons of flavor with minimal calories. I also love to use garlic and vinegar in cooking, and salsa for salad dressings, dip, or as a topping on baked potato.

Substitutes

Hey! How’s your Friday going? Mine is goooood. It is absolutely gorgeous outside, so making it a little tough to want to be in the office, but I got out and took a nice long walk during my lunch break, so at least I got some fresh air. That egg and crab from this morning kept me full for a few hours so I didn’t eat lunch until almost 1! When I was looking in my fridge trying to figure out what to make for lunch, I spotted these:

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I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with them, but I’d bought them a few months ago and knew they needed to be used up soon, so I threw them in my bag. I’m not really into processed foods or meat substitutes too much, so I wasn’t sure what these would turn out like, especially given the fact that I’d have to heat them up in the microwave. I tried one of the strips plain and didn’t LOVE it, but the dish I threw together actually turned out really good. Eating them with the veggies and cheese made them totally palatable, and for 80 calories a serving (and just 1 WW point) I think they were worth it!

I grabbed some frozen tricolored peppers and threw them in the microwave, and then mixed them in with the heated Steak Style Strips. I added some RF cheddar (1 pt) and put them in a toasted over an arnold thin (1 pt) to get the cheese melty. I also topped them with salsa after the cheese melted, and had a sliced up cucumber from the farmer’s market on the side.

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The verdict? These were actually quite good mixed with everything! I don’t think eating them plain is a good idea, but if you add them in with other stuff they’re a great low-cal source of protein. And for only 3 points for this whole plate, they were great.

What’s your opinion on meat substitutes? Like ’em or leave ’em? In general I try to stay away from processed stuff but do indulge from time to time, especially now that I’ve given up meat. I mostly prefer beans, tofu, eggs, and tempeh for sources of protein, but every once in a while I don’t mind having these. I do love the sausage style crumbles and think they taste great plain or mixed in with other things, but I only eat meat substitutes a few times a month.