Sunday, November 13, 2011

What Are Your Secret Weapons?

Since starting this weight loss journey I've had to compromise and find combinations of foods that are both very satisfying and healthy along with watching my portions.   I think many times people think of healthy eating as being bland tasteless food (I know I thought that way at one time).  I must say it felt kind of impossible in the very beginning to go from getting a doughnut or two from the local drive through doughnut shop to eating oatmeal.  When it came to eating pizza (for the first 9 months of this journey) instead of getting take out I would make my own pizza with a homemade whole wheat pizza dough (made in the bread maker) and I would cook it on the grill.  When it came to eating ice cream I would take my family to the local dairy bar and I would buy a kid size cup for myself or if I purchased some at the grocery store I would get one pint for my family of four to share (my family was accustomed to at least two pints).

My eating of healthy dishes goes in phases.  I remember when I ate spinach salad and a 1oz serving of Garcia Brand Tortilla chips with 1oz of shredded Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar for lunch every day.  I think I ate that every day for about 6 months.  Ironically when I posted the salad recipe earlier this year the point of the post was to try something new LOL!!!!  I guess I really loved that salad :-)

My current secret weapons that I find very satisfying:

     
Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce (medium - there's no fat, calories or carbs)
PB2
Teddy Unsalted Smooth Peanut Butter
Artisana Coconut Butter
Almond Butter (unsweetened, unsalted)
Unsweetend Almond Milk (only 1 ww points plus per cup)
Sauteed Mushrooms, Carmalized Onions (sans butter) and 75% Low Fat Cabot Cheddar Cheese in a Low Carb Pita Pocket or wrap
Ezekiel 4:9 Bread
Low Carb wraps
Rolled Oats (love oatmeal this time of year)
Banana
Cortland Apple (cored, sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon - put in microwave)
Cold Apple Slices with Low Fat Cheddar (Thank You Jillian Michael, love your books)
Blueberries
Strawberries
Orange
Butternut Squash (roasted with some pumpkin pie spice)
Spaghetti Squash (with Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce)
Garbanzo Beans
Baked Beans
Spinach
Mixed Greens
Tofu (see ChocolateCoveredKatie.com)
Low Fat Cream cheese
1% Cottage Cheese
0% Plain Greek Yogurt with Berries
Dutch Cocoa Powder
Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips
Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips
Homemade Oatmeal with egg white, cinnamon, vanilla, sweetener and chopped apple.
Anything from chocolatecoveredkatie.com
1/4 c of Sabra hummus mixed with Frank's buffalo wing sauce, shredded carrot, english cucumber slices and mixed greens - stuffed in a pita pocket
Hard Boiled Egg
Spinach/veggies and Cheese Egg White Omelette with Salsa
Bigelow Decaffeinated French Vanilla Tea
Celestial Seasonings Chai Decaf Tea, Sweet Coconut
Liquid Stevia Extract (organic without any other added ingredients)

I'm sure a month from now this list will look different but for now these are my staples that I use.  They all hit that flavor spot while giving my body the fuel it needs.

What is your secret weapon for eating healthy food that's full of flavor?

My next post will be about my workout secret weapons :-)

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